Children’s Ministries

 

 

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Mission:

“Loving God, Loving People.” It defines our utmost value and helps guide our actions as a department and a church family.

Vision:

To see families in love with God, living out His Word, and raising their children as disciples of the Lord. We want to help encourage families in growing relationship with God and each other. We desire to inspire families to bless and love the community in which they live. We want to support and help equip families to embrace the rejected, the hurting and the lost.

Children 0-3 years – Nursery – Room 1 – 1st and 2nd Service

Children 3-5 years & potty trained – Preschool Class – Room 2 – 1st and 2nd Service

Children Kindergarten-5th grade – Elementary Class – Room 6 – 1st and 2nd Service

 

Our nursery age children engage in free play with a number of developmentally appropriate toys. Teachers help with coloring and bubble blowing, and as always a snack is provided.

Preschool-5th graders are taught a weekly lesson from our curriculum titled Tru. These lessons are created much like a church service and have time for building relationships, learning and engaging with scripture, finding application in real life, talking and listening to God, and at the end of each class, a blessing spoken over each child. Each week, children go home with a half sheet of paper for you as a parent to introduce the lesson for the next Sunday, and a scripture that they can memorize. A magazine goes home monthly that is full of creative ideas to get parents and children talking and having fun. If you would like to know more, please see Pastor Will or join us in your child’s classroom to see first hand what we do.

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First Service 9:15 am

Nursery (age 0-2)

Preschool (age 3-4)

Kindergarten–5th grade

Second Service 11:15 am

Nursery (age 0-2)

Preschool (age 3-4)

Kindergarten-5th grade

We are excited to utilize a dynamic, spiritually forming, and family empowered curriculum in our Children’s Classrooms called Tru.

Home Front

Tru provides families with materials to help them connect as a family and grow together spiritually. HomeFront Weekly is a pre-teach resource for parents. Divided into multiple sections, it allows parents the opportunity to choose different sections to share with their children throughout the week, before coming to Faith Center. ‘Just For Fun’, invites parents to create a setting or environment to read God’s Word together. ‘Did You Know’, contains interesting facts about this portion of The Big God Story. Each ‘Weekly’ has a developmental piece for parents as well as question prompts in the Teachable Moments section after reading the passage together. The Remember Verse for the environment is included. Each age level will be learning one verse over four weeks to help them truly hide God’s Word in their hearts. Mirroring the lesson, it ends by providing parents with a blessing to pray over their children.

The HomeFront Monthly is a publication given once-a-month. It provides great inspiration, insight, teaching and encouragement.

Both the HomeFront Weekly and HomeFront Monthly are a tools for you to extend and reinforce the Sunday lesson at home though engaging your child in “God Talks” and fun activities that build holy habits. Your consistent involvement with these will provide a foundation for building a life-time pattern of encountering God’s presence throughout the week. Nothing the Church does will influence children as much as what happens in their homes.

Environments

The Holy Spirit brings about growth when and how He chooses. We are creating environments to allow space for the Holy Spirit to move. It is not us doing the work, it is God.

1. Storytelling

“God has a big story and I can be a part of it!” The power of The Big God Story impacts our lives by giving us an accurate and awe-inspiring perspective into how God has been moving throughout history. It is the story of redemption, salvation, and hope and tells how I have been grafted into it by grace. It further compels us to see how God is using every person’s life and is creating a unique story that deserves to be told for God’s glory.

2. Identity

“I belong to God and He loves me!” This environment highlights who we are in Christ. According to Ephesians 1, we have been chosen, adopted, redeemed, sealed, and given an inheritance in Christ … all of which we did nothing to earn. This conviction allows children to stand firm against the destructive counter identities the world will offer.

3. Faith Community

“God’s family cares for each other and worships God together.” God designed us to live in community and to experience Him in ways that can only happen in proximity to one another. The faith community serves to create an environment to equip and disciple parents, to celebrate God’s faithfulness, and to bring a richness of worship through tradition and rituals, which offer children an identity. Our love for each other reflects the love we have received from God.

4. Serving

“Asks the question, What needs to be done?’” This posture of the heart asks the question, “What needs to be done?” It allows the Holy Spirit to cultivate a sensitivity to others and focuses on a cause bigger than one individual life. It helps fulfill the mandate that as Christ-followers we are to view our lives as living sacrifices that we generously give away!

5. Out of the comfort zone

“God transforms me when I step out in faith.” As children are challenged to step out of their comfort zone from an early age, they learn to experience a dependence on the Holy Spirit to equip and strengthen them beyond their natural abilities and desires. We believe this environment will cultivate a generation that, instead of seeking comfort, seeks a radical life of faith in Christ.

6. Responsibility

“God has entrusted me with the things and people He created around me.” This environment captures the ability to take ownership for one’s life, gifts, and resources before God. A child must be challenged to take responsibility for his or her brothers and sisters in Christ, as well as for those who are spiritually lost. Our hope is that the Holy Spirit will use this environment to allow each child to understand that God has entrusted His world to us.

7. Course Correction

“When I get off track, God offers me a path of healing.” This environment flows out of Hebrews 12:11–13 and is the direct opposite of punishment. Instead, biblical discipline for a child encompasses: a season of pain, the building up in love, and a vision of a corrected path for the individual with the purpose of healing at its core.

8. Love and Respect

“God fills me with His love so I can give it away.” Without love, our faith becomes futile. Children need to experience love and respect in order to receive and give God’s grace. Innate in this environment is the value that children are respected because they embody the image of God. We must speak to them not at them, and we must commit to an environment where love and acceptance are never withheld due to one’s behavior.

9. Knowing

“God knows me and I can know Him.” Nothing could be more important than knowing and being known by God. We live in a world that denies absolute Truth and yet God’s Word offers just that. As we create an environment that upholds and displays God’s Truth, we give children a foundation based on knowing God, His Word, and a relationship with Him through Christ. God is holy, mighty, and awesome, yet He has chosen to make Himself known to us!

10. Modeling

“I see Christ in others and they can see Him in me.” Biblical content needs a practical living expression in order for it to be spiritually impacting. This environment serves as a hands-on example of what it means for children to put their faith into action. Modeling puts flesh on faith and reminds us that others are watching to see if we live what we believe.

Remember and Celebrate

Every 6th and 13th week of each quarter is a Remember and Celebrate lesson.

Opportunities to remember and celebrate were scheduled often in the Israelite calendar. These were times to remember what God had done for His people and to celebrate His goodness. They were times for the entire faith community to gather without the burden of work to simply worship and celebrate. During the feasts, the Israelites ate, danced, sang, played instruments, prayed, and offered sacrifices to God.

Each remember and celebrate weekend, parents are invited to join the feast/ festival. Families are given recipe cards from which they can create festival foods to bring with them to share at the feast. The parents are not invited as observers, but as participants.

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Parents Night Out

Every third Friday of each month we offer free child care from 5:30-8:30. It is our heart to bless the families of this church and the community with a night to reconnect as a couple or get some greatly needed alone time.  All children who are able to use the restroom unaccompanied welcome.

Vacation Bible School

Preschool VBS will be June 20th and 21st

Elementary VBS will be June 23rd through the 27th

Summer Camp
July 14th-17th, 2014 at Camp Crestview in Corbett, OR

For children entering 3rd – 5th grade the following year.

Contact the church office for registration forms and current pricing.

 

Teachers and Assistants

Our teachers love God and love discipling children into God’s Kingdom. We are committed to creating a safe and nurturing environment that fosters spiritual, emotional and physical health for all children who participate in our ministries. Each classroom is taught by a qualified teacher and assistant, both of which have a current background check on file, taken a Child and Youth Protection and Safety class, and been personally interviewed by the Children’s Ministries pastors.

Checking in

Each child will be signed into an attendance record and assigned a corresponding number. We use this number to make sure we are returning the child to the authorized individual and also, to alert you to a possible need regarding your child.  On this attendance record, you also have an opportunity to indicate any special needs, allergies, and other pertinent information.

Restroom Policy

Parents of a newborn to 5 year old will be alerted by the use of their assigned number flashing in the sanctuary so they can assist their child with a diaper change or to the restroom.

Elementary age children and beyond are expected to be able to use the restroom by themselves and will be released from their classroom, accompanied by the deacon on duty. (Unless otherwise requested by a parent.) The deacon will walk the child to the restroom, make sure the restroom is vacated, wait in the doorway of the restroom, and then accompany the child back to his or her classroom.