Children's Ministry

IntroductionProgram OverviewSundays 9:00–10:15 a.m.Sunday 10:30–NoonWednesday NightVBS 2016

Children's-Ministry-LogoOur vision is to reach children for Christ and to equip them to surpass us in the knowledge of God, in faith, in righteousness, in fruitfulness, in evangelistic zeal, and commitment to world evangelization.

Our mission in children’s ministry is to intentionally reach out to children with the whole counsel of God—that they might know Him and love Him. Although children do not have the vocabulary to express it, they have hungry souls that yearn after God, so it is our desire that every experience a child has in our church includes God-centered programs and activities. We want to nurture faith in each child. We believe that spiritual foundations can be laid in even the youngest child in our nursery.

Early and consistent teaching in a child’s formative years has an enduring effect (Proverbs 22:6). We consider it a privilege to walk alongside parents as they train their children through faith-nurturing programs and ministries here at Apostles.

In Scripture, the Church is portrayed as a living spiritual house with Christ as the foundation and Cornerstone, and each believer as a stone. We want the children to understand that they are living stones, choice and precious in the sight of God. To children, our church is a picture of the Kingdom of God. We trust that every time they come to this place, they will be reminded that they are part of a bigger Kingdom and in the presence of the King of Kings.

Infants and Toddlers

… Need loving nursery care with a prayer focus. . . Each child is known and loved.

Specially chosen music, truth statements, stories, and toys are designed to make each baby feel loved and secure.

2 & 3-year-olds

HEARING develops Bible skills for newborns through age 3.

Our goal is that our 2’s and 3’s hear the Word as it is spoken in prayers and blessings, and stories.

“Wee Worship” utilizes music, puppets, and drama to engage these children.

4 year-olds & Kindergarten

SEEING & MEMORIZING develops Bible skills in children this age. Our 4-year-olds see the Bible used during teaching time & Bible memory is emphasized.

“Kingdom Kids” worship uses music & drama to allow the Bible to “come alive.”

First Grade & Second Grade

APPLYING develops Bible skills in Kindergartners & First Graders as the children come to know that the message of the Bible is for them. They are becoming acquainted with their own Bibles.

Kid’s Connection 1 and Leading the Way Moments reinforce stories & lessons.

Third Grade & Fourth Grade

READING: Children this age become acquainted with their own Bibles and become actively engaged in the text.

INTERPRETING: Through guided questions and explanations the children learn how to understand the text. Large group teaching by master teachers & small group interaction is important to this age group.

“Apostlelot” and Kid’s Connection 2 are large-group meetings that utilize many methods to allow children to become actively involved in truths presented.

Special Needs: “Special Stones”

Check in at Children’s Ministry Kiosk; Class meets in room 309

The Special Stones class at Apostles has an exciting individual based approach for our Sunday School lessons. We are passionate about children learning about the gospel on their personal level. New students are always welcome and our sweet, loving and well-trained volunteers constantly have open arms. Loving and caring for each child is our strength. If you have a loved one that would fit well in our class, we would love to meet them.

Our ministry to children with special needs is offered from 9:00 to noon on Sunday.

Infant – Age 2
3rd Floor | Visitor Check-in at Kiosk
Loving Nursery Care and Bible Stories

Age 2–3
3rd Floor | Visitor Check-in at Kiosk
The children will hear stories of God’s faithfulness through the Old and New Testaments.

Age 4-5
3rd Floor | Visitor Check-in at Kiosk
The children will discover the wonder of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit by studying His attributes in the Old and New Testaments.

Special Stones
Room 309
Special Needs Children

1st Grade
4th Floor
The ABC’s of God – A Study for Children on the Greatness and Worth of God

2nd Grade
5th Floor
Faithful to All His Promises

3rd Grade
5th Floor
In the Beginning . . . Jesus: A Chronological Study of Redemptive History

4th Grade
5th Floor
To Be Like Jesus – A Study for Children on Following Jesus

Apostlelot (2nd – 4th Grade)
Children gather together at the end of Sunday morning classes for Assembly where they visit the land of “Apostlelot.” Kingdom characters (and the kids!) learn how to work through real life dilemmas. The drama presentation focuses on the lives of faithful men and women throughout history and the godly character evident in their lives. Church members also visit Apostlelot and share their testimonies of God’s faithfulness in their lives.

Infant – Age 3
Toddler and preschool teaching and activities in a small group setting accompanied by large group puppets and drama (“Wee Worship”) and lesson themes that amplify what has been taught during the 9:00 hour.  Each child will experience the love of God and others and learn themselves how to express their love for Jesus.

Age 4-5
Small group Bible teaching and interactive activities including a large group worship service (“Kingdom Kids”) with music, teaching, and mission moments.  Children will begin to discover who God is, praise Him because of those attributes, and be taught to implement their love for Him in their lives.

Kid’s Connection
Room 423

Kid’s Connection is available for any 1st through 4th grader as an alternative to attending the 10:30 worship service with their family.  Kid’s Connection is our worship service offered to elementary children until parents determine their child is ready to sit in the main sanctuary with them for church.  During our time together, we sing praises to God through our worship and seek to honor and know the Lord through our main lesson and small group interaction.  This year’s theme is The Fruit of the Spirit.  Children often think in terms of being good enough or not good enough to please Jesus. Our study of Galatians 5:22 will focus on fruit of the Spirit as something Jesus does in us.  We will look at all nine fruits, describing what each one looks like in the daily life of a believer.

Our prayer is that each child who attends Kid’s Connection will gain an understanding that developing fruit is to abide in Christ (John 15:5).  We want children to know at a young age the difference between works of the flesh and fruit of the Spirit.

Kid’s Connection will not meet on November 29, December 27 & January 3 due to the holidays.

Infant – Fours
6:00 p.m. | 3rd Floor Check-in

Kid’s Quest Catechism Club for 3s and 4s
Beginning Kids’ Quest Catechism Club is an opportunity to teach our preschoolers stories from the Bible of God’s work in the world. What a joy it is to help the children understand God’s character and theological truths.  Music, games, art, written activities, and a lot of repetition reinforce the teaching and help the children memorize the answers to the catechism questions.

Running Church
Kindergarten – 4th Grade
6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. | 4th Floor Check-in

Both preschoolers and elementary children enjoy this midweek time of Bible teaching on Covenants and Promises followed with recreation in the gym and on “the green.” Come for family night supper, which begins at 5:00 p.m.

VBS 2016 is coming June 6-10, 2016!

Check back soon for important registration dates!