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But did He not make them one, having a remnant of the Spirit? And why one? He seeks godly offspring. Therefore take heed to your spirit, And let none deal treacherously with the wife of his youth. (Malachi 2:15)
The goal of our Children’s Ministry is to fulfill the mandate given to us by God: to bring forth “godly” children who understand that they are children of God, with a mission to fulfill His will and purpose in their life. As Christians, we are called to “seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness,” (see Matt. 6:33) and this must be our priority in raising children. Our Children’s Ministry is a comprehensive program involving the components detailed below in order to help fulfill our divine mission.
We want to help!
In reading Malachi 2:15, it is obvious that the responsibility of raising a “godly seed” is on the parents. As a church, our responsibility is to help you (the parents) fulfill your ministry.
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, (Ephesians 4:11-12)
The leadership role of the church is to inspire and encourage you with a vision; an exhortation to see and fulfill your God-given responsibility. The nurturing role of the church is to equip you with the necessary support to fulfill this mandate. We have a “Parent Pastor” with a desire to connect with parents and families in order to strengthen and guide you in your God-given mandate.
The prophet Malachi’s exhortation informs us that the foundation of parenting is a good marriage, so we also provide marriage support as part of our Family Ministry. This support involves marriage classes and counseling as needed, as well as Life Enrichment classes covering a wide spectrum of the life skills necessary to experience the best of life.
Training them up…
Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)
To help parents train up their children, we offer an engaging presentation of the Word during each of our adult services, utilizing music, drama, and teaching. The phrase train up means to “create a path.” This path must be clearly outlined by the Word of God. The priority of the Children’s Ministry instruction is to convey the Word of God to the children in as many ways as possible. We want to get the Word into their minds and also their hearts.
Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You. (Psalm 119:11)
Memory verses are available online, and story reminders are provided weekly, so that you can reinforce the lessons and assist in the memorization of the Bible.
Community is important too!
When Pastor Loren was raising his family, he had a very busy schedule. To make sure he took the proper time for his family, he scheduled family time into his weekly routine. Family time was a designated time for the family to spend time together doing something recreational. This inspired him to provide affordable activities for families at our community centers.
Family Time at the Waterford Christian Association is a bi-weekly, fun night providing activities, inflatable toys, a collection of Little Tikes toys in a village, as well as Bible-oriented presentations to create a fun-filled evening for families. Family Time also provides an opportunity to interact with like-minded people, giving both parents and children the opportunity to build long-lasting relationships in Christ.
We also offer Family Movie Night at Mt. Zion Cinema in the main church theatre as a bi-weekly activity, featuring family-friendly films recently released on DVD, projected on a full-sized screen with cinema-quality sound. Family Movie Night is offered on an offering basis, with concession prices priced low for the family budget.
Men’s Ministry and Women’s Ministry:
The father and mother parenting roles are unique. Through our Men’s Ministry and Women’s Ministry, parents are given a special opportunity to learn and share the burdens and cares of parenting, marriage, and life in general with like-minded people.
Nursery and Walking 1′s
This is a precious time for you and your little one. We completely understand the new changes and potential dilemmas you now face with coming to a church service. One of the most important decisions you make as a parent is: who will watch my child in my absence? That is part of our stewardship responsibility; therefore, when seeking volunteers, we first think as a parent with that thought in mind. If you would like to see us in action, we invite you to come back and speak with our volunteers. We have great success in working with parents to assist them during this transition of leaving their child in our care. Our goal is to make your child’s experience a pleasurable and loving one, while you attend service. Click here to learn about Baby Dedication, an opportunity to enter your family into a commitment with the Lord.
2 to 3 Year Olds
The 2 and 3 year old program is a foundational time for our children’s ministry. During these years, we focus on Proverbs 3:5 “trust in the Lord with all your heart…” and have created a program that develops lessons through in-house characters to teach trust. Those characters (Mrs. Appleseed, Farmer Faith, and My Heart) help the children to see how the Word of God is important and how we need to hide it in our heart. Service time includes songs and crafts that reinforce the lesson, as well as fun snacks and playtime. If you have a 2 or 3-year-old, bring them by the program (located between the theatre and the main auditorium) to see us for yourself.
Pre-K to K – Click here to view/print the Pre-K to K Faith Sheets
Our little ones are now growing up and it’s time for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten. This is a special time in the life of the child because they need to have a confidence that God is with them wherever they go, built onto the foundation of trusting God. A typical service includes: praise and worship, time for offering, and a skit with Farmer Faith, Sprout, and other characters. We use this time to focus on faith in God and God with us.
In this age group, we also introduce classroom time separate from the service room time. During classroom time, they interact with a teacher concerning a specific lesson from the Bible that relates to children, they perform activities which reinforce the lesson and crafts to illustrate the lesson. Teachers also work on memory verses. Finally, the children return to the service room for a summary with Farmer Faith and other characters. If you have a child that is Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten, visit Auditorium B to check us out!
1st to 3rd Grade – Click here to view/print the 1st-3rd Faith Sheets
We believe that 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders are able to comprehend the natural and spiritual aspects of life, so we have created a program utilizing the acronym B.A.L.L. We challenge the students to BELIEVE in Him, ASK Him for help, LEARN His word and LISTEN & obey. The program includes time for praise and worship, offering, and a skit. The children then split off to their respective grades for in-class time.
In-class time consists of memory verse work, a Bible story lesson, time spent in the Bible looking up parts of the story, as well as activities that reinforce the lesson. Class concludes with powerful interactive prayer by the students themselves (Note: 1st grade is connected with the Pre-K to K program in Auditorium B. The 2nd and 3rd graders begin and finish in the theatre). If you have a child that is in 1st–3rd grade, we encourage you to come and check out our program.
4th to 5th Grade – Click here to view/print the 4th-5th Faith Sheets
Our 4th and 5th grade program is designed to help your child learn to make proper choices in life, based on godly principles and their relationship with Him. We teach them to use the tools that God has equipped them with so that they can successfully navigate through life. A typical service consists of: live praise and worship, creative illustration of the Word for the week, and a presentation of a Bible lesson utilizing multimedia as appropriate. The students are then split up into groups of boys and girls and moved to smaller rooms. During this time, we listen to the students and help them navigate the application of the Word of God in their lives.