While our children's ministry is in its nascent stage, we have a Sunday children’s program through the 5th grade. Kids from 6th grade on are privileged to take part in the church service, and gain valuable encouragement and exhortation through the clear preaching of the word of God, and begin to serve the greater body, as we continue to develop a diverse body socially, ethnically, racially and generationally.
We also desire to begin a youth program in order to make disciples of the next generation. They will be conducted similar to our MC Groups and DNA structure. We want to encourage our youth toward loving Jesus and the mission that He has given them. We hope to employ parents to work with the kids, and train MC leaders with a heart for youth to disciple our youth to first love Jesus, then love others by serving them, and leading others to become worshipers of Jesus Christ.
Our Vision for Ministry to Children...
Our vision for our children's ministry is to create a an exciting learning experience for kids, so that they would become active followers of Jesus Christ, and be able to critically think through their faith and be able to defend it as they got older.
As children get a little older, we invite them to assimilate into the main worship service, where our music and teaching take their age and maturity level into consideration--while also challenging them to reach a little beyond where they are.
This is part of an overall teaching philosophy of challenging all believers to be mature in their thinking (1 Corinthians 14:20). God calls us to love him with our heart, soul, mind and strength (Mark 12:30). This is not merely intellectual, but to the degree we can grow in our understanding of our Lord, we may expand our ability to worship and glorify him.
We also hope to create curriculum that will buoy up the values and concerns of parents for their children since parents are clearly the main conduit for their children to learn about God (Deuteronomy 6:4-8; Ephesians 6:1-4). We are working toward a curriculum that connects to all the class rooms and the sermon, so that the family can all be discussing the topic of the day.