Common Ground values children as uniquely gifted individuals who are integral members in Christ’s body. Accordingly, our guiding vision for children is to include them in the life and work of the church so they can encounter Jesus. This begins with coming alongside parents to nurture each child’s relationship with Christ. We believe that parents, before any institution, have the primary responsibility for the spiritual nurture of their children; the church's role is to assist in the cooperative effort of that task.
Because of our commitment to valuing our children's spiritual growth, we're always in need of teachers. If you'd like to serve with our children, email Mary Anne Martin.
In children's ministry at Common Ground West, We focus on these three values:
- To belong to God and His community,
- To grow to be more like Jesus, and
- To respond to the Holy Spirit's leading to serve others, as they begin the process of spiritual formation.
Following are the descriptions of each classroom.
Nursery (Birth to Age 2): There is no curriculum used with this age group, however, through play and care, we focus on the truth that these children belong to God and they are invited to grow to be more like Jesus. Children can be checked into the nursery any time after 9:40 a.m.
Two's-Three's: We use God Loves Me curriculum, which introduces little ones to the Scriptures through 52 beautifully written and illustrated storybooks. Children can be checked into the Two's-Three's class any time after 9:40 a.m.
Age Four-3rd grade: These classes utilize the Godly Play curriculum, which teaches children the art of using Christian language - parable, sacred story, silence, and liturgy - helping them become more fully aware of God's presence in their lives. Children are dismissed to their class after a time of worship in the gym.
4th-5th Grade: These classes employ the Life with God curriculum, which is a great continuation of Godly Play. It engages Biblical stories and practices for spiritual formation. Children are dismissed to their class after a time of worship in the gym.