At Christ’s Kids we strive to provide a fun, safe, and engaging space for kids to play and learn. Our teachers are all well trained and fully dedicated to teaching little ones about the never-ending love of God. Our classroom is bright and inviting as we want everyone to join in the fun as we “Camp out with Christ!” Our toddler/pre-school class is called “Sparks” because we want to spark in them a love for Christ, our elementary class is called “Pines” because we want to watch this love grow into a faith with a sturdy foundation, and our Jr. High small groups are called “Skyline” because with God the sky is the limit!
We are constantly studying up on new teaching techniques and ways to serve our families the best way that we can. At Christ’s Church we want to partner with parents to create the best religious education we can for each child as an individual. For us, it’s not just about Sunday morning (though Sundays around here are super fun), but as we all know, Monday is coming… and we have school, lessons, homework, chores… We want to ensure that we give our students the tools to apply what they learn in Sunday School to their everyday lives.
Oh, how we love our littlest parishioners! Please feel free to utilize our Mother’s (or Daddy’s) Corner to give your little one space to crawl around while you enjoy the service. Our Mother’s corner is located in the back of the sanctuary and is stocked with rocking chairs, soft toys, a baby swing, play mats, bouncer seat, etc. There is a changing table in the Sparks classroom as well as in the sanctuary bathroom if you need one. We want you to be as comfortable as possible and we love to hear the babies squeal along to the music 😊
Sparks - Toddlers and Preschool
Preschool is messy… and that’s just how we like it! Hands on learning is what we do best! Studying the bible in an in-depth and interactive way that gets kids fully immersed in the faith. We run, we play, we paint, we sing, we do acts of service, and we shout to the world that “Jesus loves everyone!” We have developed milestones for each age group and listed below are our milestones for preschoolers and toddlers:
- Know: God made me, God loves me, Jesus wants to be my friend forever
- Know who God is (One God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) and how to worship him
- Memorize key Bible verses
- Learn how to pray (the five-finger prayer)
- Memorize the Lord’s Prayer
- Be capable of re-telling well known bible stories
Pines - Elementary (1st - 4th)
This is the phase of discovery where our little ones are becoming mini scientists and curious about pretty much everything. The age of a million questions, trying new things, and discovering who they are as an individual. We want to encourage our students to ask as many questions as they can and to take apart every lesson to get to the heart of the story.
In this class we take a "spiritual meat" approach. While with younger kids we focus on more basic concepts (spiritual milk) and teaching them stories from the Bible, in this class we focus on themes such as obedience, humility, and faithfulness. We want to see our children grow in wisdom and stature with God and people (Luke 2:52). In addition to the milestones above, milestones for this age are:
- Learn to use the Lord's prayer as a model for more sophisticated prayers
- Memorize the Nicene Creed
- Actively participate in acts of service both at the church and in their community
- Know that we need to make wise choices, we can trust God no matter what, and we should treat others the way we want to be treated
Skyline - Jr. High (5th-8th)
Once in Jr. High we invite students to join everyone in the service. This is a wonderful opportunity for them to learn how to worship from their parents’ and Church family’s examples and to hear the Word of God read and preached. After the service students meet with our Music Director Ron Offringa to discuss the sermon and next steps for them to continue to grow in love for God and others.