CommunionKIDS church is offered for children from 0-8 years of age. There is also a cry room in the back of the sanctuary. Please drop your kids off before the service begins. After the sermon, you are free to get your kids to have them join you in response, or you can wait and pick them up at the conclusion of the service.
We believe that children can handle deep biblical truth at a young age
Because our culture has fallen victim to sensory overload, we mistakenly assume that our ministries must compete and be largely attractional in nature. While we believe in having dynamic ministries that engage kids, we want to win our kids to the gospel and not develop mini-consumers in the image of today’s adults. Therefore, we believe that the Bible must be taught in depth, yet in a child-friendly, engaging manner. Beginning with the gospel, we desire to fill them with solid Bible truth that will give them a foundation to fall back on when they go through difficult times.
We believe children are full participants in the one church
We believe that the church is a body of believers and those children are part of the one body. We believe that by the age of 6, or younger depending on the child, children can benefit from and should participate in the gathering as a church. We believe that they benefit from seeing the body worship together, hearing the word of God preached, and from the taking of communion even if they only observe. We believe the experience of seeing other believers, including their parents, participate in communion will in fact provide more teachable moments.
We believe that parents are responsible for the spiritual training of their young and old children
We believe that before God, parents, not churches have the primary responsibility for the spiritual nurture of their children. We believe in partnering with, not replacing, parents in nurturing the faith of children so that, by God’s grace, they will be well equipped to spread a passion for the supremacy of God to the next generation. For that reason, we strongly encourage parental involvement in the classroom and make use of meaningful take-home materials for every lesson to encourage and enable parents to interact with their children over Scripture and the lesson content. Our goal is to instruct the students that we might assist, support, and complement what parents should already be doing in the home.
We believe that having separate ministries on Sunday morning may fracture the desired unity we hope to see in the church family
We believe that Sunday morning is our time to gather as a body. Having separate ministries for older children and youth can isolate them from participation in the corporate experience. Separation of families, specifically children from adults, creates an unnatural barrier and unbiblical distinction. As much as we would hope the children graduate from ‘little church’ to ‘Big church’, it typically does not occur if the adolescent ministries compete with our Sunday morning gathering. Any number of studies will show that young people who do not genuinely connect with the church itself, as opposed to a ministry within the church only, will often transition completely out of the church because they failed to ever connect with it.