What to Expect on Sunday

Children’s Ministry is provided on Sunday during our worship gathering for children from age newborn-5th grade. As a whole, every activity and lesson is designed to foster in children a deep understanding of a few simple points:

  • They belong to God and His community
  • They are invited to grow to be more like Jesus
  • They can respond to the Holy Spirit’s leadings to serve others

Our Classrooms and Curriculum

When you arrive on Sunday you’ll find the following classes for your children age newborn - 3:

Age

Location

Curriculum

Newborn - 2

Conference Room

 

2 & 3

Teacher's Lounge

God Loves Me

 Children in the preschool room and up begin the worship gathering with the congregation and are then invited to join our children’s ministry for age appropriate teaching in the following classes:

Age

Location

Curriculum

4 & 5* 

Cafeteria

Godly Play

K-1st

Music Room

Godly Play

2nd – 3rd Grade

Computer Room

Godly Play

4th – 5th

Media Center

Life with God for Children

*This is for children who will turn 4 by December of the current year

Following the worship gathering, we ask that you go to your child’s classroom to talk with your child’s teacher and pick-up your child.

Our Teaching Philosophy

We want children to:

  • Understand themselves and how they relate to God
  • Learn the particulars of who God is and how He works actively in relationship
  • Learn about Jesus, who He is and how to be more like Him
  • Learn how to live for God in this world, empowered by the Holy Spirit

 This happens through:

  • Experience/Formation Lessons are experience-based in order to better form hearts, not just inform minds
  • Guidance
    Teachers are encouraged to facilitate spiritual conversations, allowing kids to ask questions to further growth in their faith. Parents are encouraged to talk with teachers before or after class about how their child is responding to the content – socially, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually, etc.
  • Response
    Each week after teaching/discussing the Bible lesson, there is a response time to act out /work out what they have learned. The medium varies from week to week (writing, art, worship, silence, conversation, prayer, etc.).

Our Sick Policy

We ask that parents keep children out of children’s ministry who exhibit any of the following symptoms:

  • Any degree of fever within the last 24 hours
  • Diarrhea                                  
  • Vomiting
  • Questionable body rash            
  • Severe coughing
  • Eye discharge                           
  • Yellowish skin or eyes
  • Any communicable disease/lice
  • Green or yellow runny nose
  • Sore throat with fever and swollen glands
  • They have been on prescribed medication for an illness for less than 48 hours

For the protection of all involved, if a child exhibits these symptoms during their time in our care, parents will be paged to remove their child from the classroom.

Please contact the West children's ministry director if you have any questions regarding our sick policy.