Inviting kids to find their place in God's story, living into and out of it for the rest of their lives.
Children's Ministry Sunday mornings during the Gathering.
We believe that parents, before any institution, have the primary responsibility for the spiritual development of their children (Deuteronomy 6:4-9 & 11:18-21; Ephesians 6:4). However, as a faith community, we have the opportunity to work together to raise our kids to know, love and serve God. To this end, we have structured our kid’s ministry as a co-op where all parents participate in serving on a rotational basis in our children’s Sunday morning classes.
We believe, in accordance with Deuteronomy 6, that parents should take every opportunity to talk about God’s love and faithfulness, intentionally creating reminders for themselves and for their kids to pray, read Scripture, share stories about life and faith together and to model Godly values to their kids. As a faith community, we will choose curriculum and tools that will help equip one another, as parents, to carry out this task.
We believe that kids need an environment where the Truth of Scripture is presented to them in age-appropriate ways. In addition to being age-appropriate, these learning environments should be safe and comfortable, creative, interactive, educational, inspiring and relational. We will seek to create these environments for our kids at each Sunday gathering.
We believe the soul care of a child is an awesome opportunity and responsibility. The friendships children form with those who lead them are among the most influential relationships they (the child and the leader) will have in the community. For this reason, we encourage all adults in the faith community (even those who are not parents) to prayerfully consider getting involved in this critically important task of teaching and leading our kids.
We believe that there is immense value in having our children participate in a portion of the worship gathering with their parents. As little disciples of Jesus, our children should be included as full participants in the worship experience and see community worship modeled through singing, liturgy, scripture reading, giving of tithes and offerings, the sharing of stories of God’s faithfulness, and occasional participation in communion.
DWELL is designed to challenge children to use their imaginations to wonder how people in God’s story must have felt and experienced things, allowing them to step into the story. This promotes both long-term retention and deeper understanding.
DWELL leaves space for open-ended wondering questions, allowing the Holy Spirit to work as kids discover truth through exploration at every grade level. They become immersed in God’s story instead of merely learning facts, morals, and principles. They’ll learn to find their place in God’s ongoing mission of renewal and redemption.