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

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.”

Kindergarten & First 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.

2nd – 4th 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.

Winter 2014 Preschool Schedule

Infants & Toddlers

Birth to 23 months old | Check in at Children’s Ministry Kiosk near the third floor bridge.

SUNDAY MORNING nursery opens at 8:50 a.m. and closes at 12:15 p.m.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT nursery opens at 5:45 p.m. and closes at 7:15 p.m.

Two & Three Year-olds

Check in at Children’s Ministry Kiosk near the third floor bridge.

SUNDAY MORNING, 9:00 AM

God’s Family, God’s Son, God’s Love, & God’s People

SUNDAY MORNING, 10:30 AM

“WEE WORSHIP,” a first worship experience for 2′s and 3′s in the Wee Chapel with music, drama, & puppets

WEDNESDAY NIGHT, 6:00 to 7:15 PM

A reinforcement of Sunday’s lessons: Old and New Testament stories with extra special crafts and playtime!

Four Year-olds

Check in at Children’s Ministry Kiosk near the third floor bridge.

SUNDAY MORNING, 9:00 AM

August – January: Old Testament Stories; February – May: New Testament Stories; Summer: New Testament lessons on learning to trust & obey Jesus

SUNDAY MORNING, 10:30 AM

“Kingdom Kids,” where the children gather in the Preschool Chapel for Children’s Church with music, drama, and puppets–reinforcing the theme of the morning.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT, 6:00 to 7:15 PM

Beginning Kid’s Quest – Beginning Catechism: lessons on understanding the faith with stories from God’s Word. Fun activities, play time, and Review & Recitation Weeks with special treats are not left out!

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.

Winter 2014 Elementary Schedule

Kindergarten & 1st Grade

Check in at 4th floor elevator landing

SUNDAY MORNING, 9:00 AM:

The ABC’s of God, a study for children on the greatness and worth of God using the alphabet as a framework for teaching the attributes of God. “Blessing Boxes” provide the clue for the attribute studied. “Leading the Way” Moments–stories from God’s work around the world–take place twice a month.

SUNDAY MORNING, 10:30 AM:

KID’S CONNECTION 1 Worship for K-1st: More from The ABC’s of God with object lessons and activities as well as a focus on God’s attributes seen in the life of Joseph. Children will learn Who God is, what He is like, and “how should I respond to Him?” Mission Moments also reinforce the theme of the morning.

Kids’ Connection is a children’s church experience that includes praise and worship, giving, Bible teaching, and small group activities for children in grades K-4. Our prayer is that children will learn what it means to bow down and worship before their heavenly Father and that they would “graduate” from the children’s ministry ready to actively participate in the weekly gathering of the Body.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT, 6:00 to 7:15

RUNNING CHURCH! Children will enjoy stories from Elementary Kid’s Quest… with Catechism, games, and Scripture memory that is celebrated (FREEZE WEEK) every six weeks. The evening culminates in the gym or on the green for games and recreation!

2nd -4th Grade

Check in at 4th floor elevator landing

SUNDAY MORNING, 9:00 AM

2nd Grade Faithful to All His Promises, a study for children on the promises of God . . . The challenge of the Christian life is not simply to know the promises of God, but to place unshakable confidence in them. Second Graders attend “Apostlelot” the final 30 minutes of this session.

3rd Grade In the Beginning… Jesus, a chronological study of redemptive history with clues & surprises, showing that the Bible is one complete true story that progressively reveals God’s redemptive plan. This plan comes to complete fulfillment in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Third Graders attend “Apostlelot” the final 30 minutes.

4th Grade To Be Like Jesus, a study on salvation. 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! Fourth Graders attend “Apostlelot” the final 30 minutes.

SUNDAY MORNING, 10:30 AM

KID’S CONNECTION 2 Worship for 2nd – 4th Graders. Worship is about God, not “me.” Bible Study emphasis for 2010-2011: “Listening to Jesus: The Parables of Jesus.” Small group discussion in boys groups and girls groups ends the morning.

Kids’ Connection is a children’s church experience that includes praise and worship, giving, Bible teaching, and small group activities for children in grades K-4. Our prayer is that children will learn what it means to bow down and worship before their heavenly Father and that they would “graduate” from the children’s ministry ready to actively participate in the weekly gathering of the Body.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT, 6:00 to 7:15

RUNNING CHURCH! Children will enjoy stories from Elementary Kid’s Quest… with Catechism, games, and Scripture memory that is celebrated (FREEZE WEEK) every six weeks. The evening culminates in the gym or on the green for games and recreation.

Calendar

View and download the current children’s calendar below. If you would like to download this calendar please click here.

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.