Children's Ministry

Program OverviewVBS 2018Infants & ToddlersTwos & ThreesPre-K (Fours) & Kindergarten1st Grade2nd-4th GradeService OpportunityCommunicant’s Class

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Ministry that is driven by the hope and vision that our children will have one pure and holy passion to know and follow hard after God…

In our fast-paced culture, many families are foregoing the opportunity for serious Bible teaching of young children. The idea that the Sabbath Day is set apart from all other days of the week is what we strive to honor. How we long for our next generation to one day have memories of solid Bible teaching during happy Sunday mornings in their beloved church!

The 9:00 hour on Sunday morning is the place to be for families. One of the great blessings in our children’s ministry is the excellent opportunity for Bible study for all ages. The best of the best is offered during the 9:00 hour! It is our belief that we have tremendous opportunity to reinforce solid truth when children are present from 9:00 until noon and not just for one hour.

Vacation Bible School 2018

June 11—15
(Pre-K—Rising 6th Grade)

Infants and Toddlers

Sunday Morning | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
2nd Floor | Check-in at Kiosk

Wednesday Night | 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.
2nd Floor | Check-in at Kiosk

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 little one feel loved and secure.

Children in these age groups are “promoted” developmentally throughout the year (i.e. when your baby is sitting, crawling, and beginning to walk, we e-mail you and let you know that it is time for a new classroom).

Twos and Threes

Hearing develops Bible skills for newborns through age three. The children hear the Word as it is spoken in prayers and blessings.

Sunday Morning | 9:00 a.m.
2nd Floor | Check-in at Kiosk

Twos and Threes have a Sunday School lesson at 9:00 a.m.—a Bible story taught by teachers who are a consistent influence in these young children’s lives. Old and New Testament stories are taught from a God-centered view.

Sunday Morning | 10:30 a.m.
2nd Floor | Check-in at Kiosk

Sunday School teachers leave and “Shepherds” (who serve once a month) come in to lead the class, continuing with the story that the children began at 9:00. Activities and Wee Worship (drama, puppets, and worship led by our Middle and High School Students) are a highlight. The children are back in the classroom after Wee Worship, doing crafts and games that tie into the lesson.

Wednesday Night | 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.
2nd Floor | Check-in at Kiosk

Loving nursery care, stories and activities are offered during this time.

Pre-K (Fours) & Kindergarten

Seeing and memorizing develops Bible skills in children this age. Children see the Bible being used during teaching time, and Bible memory is emphasized.

Sunday Morning | 9:00 a.m.
2nd Floor | Check-in at Kiosk

Children have a Sunday School lesson—a Bible story taught by teachers who are a consistent influence in the children’s lives. Old and New Testament stories are told with visuals, props, and from a God-centered view.

Sunday Morning | 10:30 a.m.
2nd Floor | Check-in at Kiosk

Sunday School teachers leave and “Shepherds” (who serve once a month) come in to lead the class, continuing with the story of the morning. Activities and Kingdom Kids, led by our older elementary students, feature a dramatization of the Bible story of the day and worship with familiar characters and puppets. After Kingdom Kids, children return to the classroom for crafts and activities that reinforce the theme of the lesson.

Pre-K (Fours)

Wednesday Night | 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.
3rd Floor | Check-in at Kiosk

Kid’s Quest Catechism Club

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.

Kindergarten

Wednesday Night | 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.
3rd Floor | Check-in at Kiosk
STS Gym | Child Pick-Up

Kid’s Quest Catechism Club (Running Church, Jr.)

Children begin the evening with Kid’s Quest Catechism Club lessons (see above), and join the elementary children in the STS gym for the recreation component of Running Church! Pick-up your child in the STS Gym at 7:15 p.m.

1st Grade

Applying: First Graders come to know that the message of the Bible is for them. They are becoming acquainted with their own Bibles.

Sunday Morning | 9:00 a.m.
5th Floor | Check-in at Kiosk

1st graders participate in a Bible study called The ABC’s of God, a study on the greatness and worth of God using the alphabet as a framework for teaching the attributes of God. It has been noted of great men and women of the faith that many came to understand the glory of salvation when they were in first grade.

From 9:50 a.m. – 10:15 a.m., 1st graders go to Apostlelot, a presentation by seasoned actors in our congregation who present a “dilemma” and tell the story of a great hero of the faith. This is an anointed time, and we trust that the Holy Spirit uses these 25 minutes to go straight to the hearts of our 1st graders, who sit together with their teachers in the Apostlelot Chapel, room 520.

Sunday Morning | 10:30 a.m.
4th Floor | Check-in at Kiosk

Kid’s Connection (Begins September 10th)

Following Apostlelot at 10:15 a.m., 1st grade children are taken to the 4th floor, room 411 or 416, where they have two options:

  • Parents come to take the children to the main worship service with them
  • Children stay for Kid’s Connection.

1st grade children not attending 9:00 a.m. classes may be dropped off at 10:20 a.m. in their assigned room on the 4th floor.

Kid’s Connection is our children’s church for 1st – 4th graders. Children attend worship, large group teaching and small group. Parents may bring their children to Kids Connection as an     alternative to Family Worship in the sanctuary if they feel their child is not quite ready to attend the service.

Kids Connection does not meet October 27th, November 26th, December 24th or 31st, Easter– April 1st, Mother’s Day—May 13, and during the summer months.

Wednesday Night | 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.
4th Floor | Check-in at Kiosk
STS Gym | Child Pick-Up

Running Church

Elementary children enjoy this midweek time of Bible teaching and activities. This Fall, music and scripture memory for our Christmas Program is primarily taught during this time. The evening ends with recreation in the gym. Family night supper begins at 5:00 p.m. in the commons.

2nd – 4th Grade

Reading: The children become aquatinted 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.

Sunday Morning | 9:00 a.m.
5th Floor | Check-in at Kiosk

2nd Graders will study Faithful to All His Promises. What better time than 2nd grade to begin to learn that the promises of God are precious and powerful because behind these promises is the all-powerful, all-knowing, faithful, gracious, unchanging, sovereign Ruler of the universe! God is watching to make sure that His Word is performed (Jeremiah 1:12)! Our 2nd graders will study these lessons in the class room with teachers who are with them each week in a small-group format. This study has been found to be incredibly powerful throughout the years we have used it.

3rd Graders will study In the Beginning, Jesus, with the prayer that they will begin to see that the focus of the entire Bible is the Person and work of Jesus and that there are clues revealing Jesus in every book of the Bible! 3rd graders are putting together the pieces of what they know about God, and this study has been used to change hearts forever! Our third graders will study these lessons in the class room with teachers who are with them each week in a small-group format.

4th Graders will study To Be Like Jesus, a study for children on following Jesus. How do you become a Christian? What does it mean to become like Jesus? This study explains elements of the Gospel message, its purpose, and promise, and how we are conformed to the image of Jesus—becoming like Him! To Be Like Jesus was written to carefully steer children down the true, Biblical road of the gospel message and not a “to do” list for the Christian life. Fourth grade is a big jump on the way to being a grown-up, and we believe these lessons will be used to build strong believers who know where they stand! Children will study these lessons in the classroom with teachers who are with them each week in a small-group format.

From 9:50 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., 1st—4th graders go to Apostlelot, a presentation by seasoned actors in our congregation who present a “dilemma” and tell the story of a great hero of the faith. This is an anointed time, and we trust that the Holy Spirit uses these 25 minutes to go straight to the hearts of our children, who sit together with their teachers in the Apostlelot Chapel, room 520.

Sunday Morning | 10:30 a.m.
4th Floor | Check-in at Kiosk

Kid’s Connection (Begins September 10th)

Following Apostlelot at 10:15 a.m., 1st grade children are taken to the 4th floor, room 411 or 416, where they have two options:

  • Parents come to take the children to the main worship service with them
  • Children stay for Kid’s Connection.

1st grade children not attending 9:00 a.m. classes may be dropped off at 10:20 a.m. in their assigned room on the 4th floor.

Kid’s Connection is our children’s church for 1st – 4th graders. Children attend worship, large group teaching and small group. Parents may bring their children to Kids Connection as an     alternative to Family Worship in the sanctuary if they feel their child is not quite ready to attend the service.

Kids Connection does not meet October 27th, November 26th, December 24th or 31st, Easter– April 1st, Mother’s Day—May 13, and during the summer months.

Wednesday Night | 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.
4th Floor | Check-in at Kiosk
STS Gym | Child Pick-Up

Running Church

Elementary children enjoy this midweek time of Bible teaching and activities. This Fall, music and scripture memory for our Christmas Program is primarily taught during this time. The evening ends with recreation in the gym. Family night supper begins at 5:00 p.m. in the commons.

Service Opportunity

Are you looking for opportunities that will help your 3rd – 5th graders develop a heart of service?

Our children’s ministry has a unique opportunity for 3rd-5th graders to be involved in an incredibly important ministry opportunity.

Covenant Keepers is a ministry that is specially designed to train and encourage our older elementary children in sharing their faith and gifts before God. This takes place on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. with Wednesday night rehearsal. 3rd – 5th graders serve 5 to 6 times a year leading preschool worship with songs, Bible memory, drama and puppets during Kingdom Kids—a 10:30 a.m. service for 4 and 5-year-old’s.

For more information, please contact Elisabeth Hooker at ehooker@apostles.org.

Communicant’s Class

2018 Dates: January 7, 14, 21, 28

Registration for 3rd – 4th graders begins in December.