Children's Ministry

Family Integrated Worship on Sundays
We know that Jesus said in Matthew 19:13-15 to bring the children to him without hindrance. We know Paul cared about children enough to speak directly to them in Ephesians 6:1-4. These and several other passages show that it is right for a church to care for children. But they also show that children were present in the crowd while Jesus taught and in the church during instruction from Paul’s letters. We also recognize from passages like Deuteronomy 6 and Ephesians 6:1-4 that God has given parents the primary responsibility for the discipleship of children. And we had to ask how can we be faithful to the example of Scripture and help parents disciple their children if we separate them from each other during our time of worship in the Word of God? 

To be biblically faithful and help parents fulfill their responsibility of discipleship we practice a Family Integrated Worship model of ministry. What does that mean? It means that on Sunday mornings children stay with us in the sanctuary for worship in music and through the sermon as we worship in God’s Word. Our Children’s Ministry Team are not the “experts” who disciple the children themselves, they are the “Equippers” who teach and assist parents in discipling their own children. 

We know it's not easy to sit still for an hour, so we provide buckets for each child which contain snacks, coloring pages, word searches and games with crayons and notebooks, that are relevant to the sermon so that children can follow along. We hope these worksheets will be helpful tools to parents as they discuss and teach the Bible passages with their children at home during the week, since we see parents as a child's primary disciplers.