Our children's ministry is referred to as The Everlasting Seed Company. Because learning about God has eternal effects, our prayers is to plant seeds of faith all along a child's development teaching them age-appropriately and engaging them using activities, games, crafts and adults who have a passion for teaching children about God.
The nursery/preschool ministry area is available for children ages birth to pre-kindergarten during the 9:00, 10:15 and 11:45 services. Each service offers a unique, age-appropriate lesson with interactive activities for children 2 and up. Babies up to 24 month olds are rocked, soothed, cared for and played with by loving and caring volunteers.
Nursery/Pre-school check in: Children 5 and under are checked in at the nursery registration desk in the lobby. Volunteers at the registration desk help with this process, where families are checked in through a computer program that keeps track of information like parents’ location, allergies, potty training, etc. Children have name stickers to wear with a unique code. Parents will be given a sticker, too, which has the same code. The code is posted on the screens in the worship area in case a parent that parent is needed in the nursery area. The parents' stickers is used for the pick up time so that children are picked up only by the parent who has that check in sticker.
The nursery check in procedure is a safety precaution for our little ones. Another safety measure in place is our background checks. All volunteers that work with our Children's Ministry are background checked. Safety is a priority and protecting the children in our care is important.
For children in kindergarten through 5th grades, Sunday School is at 9:00 every Sunday morning. Bible lessons, life application, memory verses along with interactive fellowship with classmates and teachers are used with the curriculum to teach age-graded lessons & help make the Bible real & applicable to the kids' lives.
Junior Worship (2nd-5th grade) takes place at 10:15 & 11:45 every Sunday morning for 2nd through 5th grade students. Junior Worship is an exciting, contemporary worship service. Offering & communion (& teaching about what they mean), energetic songs, games, engaging Bible lessons, skits, prizes, Bible memory verses, and videos are all part of Junior Worship. While we work to engage the kids using these "fun" methods, the ultimate goal is to teach them about God and inspire them with His word.
Children's Church (Kindergarten & 1st grade) is at 10:15 & 11:45 every Sunday morning. Energetic worship, interactive games, Bible stories & memory verses - this is Children's Church. It's similar to Junior Worship - just for the younger kiddos.
Offering for kids: At each of our Sunday morning classes (Sunday School, Junior Worship & Children's Church), kids are encouraged to give an offering. The offering money received goes to support two different children-related ministries. Through Christian Missionary Fellowship, we support two young girls in the Ivory Coast, Africa who have diabetes. Our funds buy their insulin, a shot that each girl has to have twice a day. Also, through Haitian Christian Ministries in Pillatre, Haiti, we support two children in a Christian school. Our funds buy their daily lunch, their school uniform, their daily vitamins, their school books & supplies, and any medical needs.
Other Children's Ministry events include Baby Dedication services, Christ In Youth (CIY) Super Start, Trunk or Treat, Operation Christmas Child, Upward Basketball & Cheerleading, Easter Egg-stravaganza, ServeU, Christmas Program, Vacation Bible School and High Hill Christian Camp.
For more information contact Charla Jamison firstname.lastname@example.org or Megan Goff email@example.com.
UPWARD Evaluations for the 2015 season are:
Saturday, November 15th from 9am-1pm
Tuesday, November 25th from 6-8pm
Makeup evaluation day: December 13 9am-1pm
Register online at http://registration.upward.org/upw57305