Children’s Ministry

Introduction

But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Luke 18:16

Our 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.

Program Overview

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.

Summer 2015 Preschool Schedule

PRESCHOOL Sunday 9:00 – 11:45 A.M. Summer Classes at 9:00 and 10:15 A.M.

Infant – “Young Toddlers”
3rd Floor
Visitor Check-in at Kiosk
Loving Nursery Care and Bible Stories

Age 2
3rd Floor
Visitor Check-in at Kiosk
GOD IS BIG! GOD IS STRONG! GOD IS GOOD! These are but a few of the Biblical truths that our 2-3 year olds will be learning over eleven weeks of summer Sunday school. Our little ones will learn about GOD’S plan and power as they hear the stories from the Bible. Bring your little ones to hear and experience the love of GOD through His Word! First and second hour will be the same.

Age 3 &4 – (Rising Pre-K and Rising Kindergarten)
3rd Floor
Visitor Check-in at Kiosk
Preschoolers will be called to action as they focus on SERVING THE SAVIOR. During our summer weeks, rising Pre-K and Kindergarten will begin learning what it means to love and obey Jesus, and what it means to serve God and others. They will find out that it is Jesus who calls us to belong to Him and who leads us into service.

Special Stones
Special Needs Children
Room 309
Visitor Check-in at Kiosk
Students in Special Stones use The Compassion Curriculum, an interactive Bible study series designed for those with intellectual disabilities. Students are engaged in real Bible study and this class is loving and FUN with the true Gospel presented for every level.

Summer 2015 Elementary Schedule

In the summer, elementary students meet during the 9:00 hour only.

Room 420-423—9:00 AM SHARP!
Visitor Check-in at Kiosk
Rising 1st –Rising 5th graders will be introduced to John Bunyan’s enduring masterpiece with the all-new children’s adaptation of The Pilgrim’s Progress this summer! The children’s imaginations will be captured as they journey with Christian while learning important truths of the Gospel and gaining a richer understanding of Christ’s work in the life of a believer. Children will receive their own copy of the book and a full-color map of Christian’s journey. Parents are welcome to join us for this life-changing opportunity!

Our school-year Kid’s Connection will resume on September 13.
(Rising 1st – 5th grade “Children’s Church” that meets at 10:15 during September-May)

Calendar

An updated calendar for Fall/Winter 2015 will be available soon!

Jobs

Job Opportunity- Childcare Worker

This position involves caring for children ages 5 and under while their parents attend classes, small groups, or other activities provided by The Church of The Apostles. Full position description and requirements are included in the job description.

Click here for full Job Description.

This is a permanent, part-time position, 5-10 hours per week.

Applicant must be available the following times:

Sundays:  8am to 12:30pm
Tuesdays: 9am to 12:00pm

Applicant may also be scheduled during the following times

Wednesdays: 5:00pm -8:00pm
Thursdays: 9:00am to 12:00pm

Or as needed for special events.

Workers can bring their children 5 and under with them. They will be enrolled in their age appropriate class while you work.
Send a resume with a cover letter and references as well as a completed Church of The Apostles Job Application via email to lchandler@apostles.org.