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Childhood is an adventure full of energy, exploration, lessons, and laughs. Our hope is to equip and support your family as you navigate through the ages and stages of childhood. We believe that you, the parent, are the spiritual head of your household. You are the person right by your child’s side as they journey through this adventure. We hope to equip and support you by creating resources, spaces, and moments to model a life of faith. When the church supports the family, no one ever journeys alone.

 

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Parents

We believe that to grow spiritually healthy families, parents must be equipped to be the primary nurturers of their kid’s faith (Deuteronomy 6), the faith community needs to play a supportive role in this endeavor (Ephesians 4), and we must remain dependent on the Holy Spirit to bring about spiritual growth and formation when and as He chooses (Philippians 2:13).

On Sunday mornings, every developmental and grade-level room provides an intergenerational experience as adult leaders, youth helpers, and children all journey together through the Bible. Our goal is to help children understand they have a part in God’s Big Story and this faith community.

In addition to Sunday morning programming, we host a variety of family events focused on connecting and equipping families through teaching and fun. We also participate at Youthfront Summer Camp (3rd-5th grades).

Safety

The safety of your child is a priority to us.

Parents are provided with an alphanumeric code for their children at check-in so they may be picked up only by those adults with the code. Our adult volunteers are screened with a background check, and we secure our Children’s Ministries areas during worship services.

Wellness

We want our classrooms to be a healthy place for children.  Please do not bring your child to their classroom if they have any of the following:

  • Fever within last 24 hours
  • Runny nose that is not clear
  • Questionable rashes
  • Coughing
  • Diarrhea
  • Impetigo
  • Active chicken pox
  • Measles/mumps
  • Pinkeye

Any child on antibiotics should have been on the drug for at least 24 hours before coming to class.
NOTE: Children’s Ministry Volunteers cannot administer any medication.

 

Nursery (6 months – 2 years)

Welcome! The nursery is the perfect space for our youngest family members. Here the babies are prayed for and given loving care. Your child will be rocked, read to, fed, and played with to ensure s/he is content.  Please stop by and see the smiles as each child first experiences Christ through the love of our leaders.

Blessing

A blessing is spoken over all children, birth – 5th grade. A blessing is offered in order to ask God’s Spirit to overflow in such a way to bless others, as well as for the purpose of declaring God’s protection, joy, or wisdom.

What to Bring

  • When packing a diaper bag for your child, please include the following items:
  • Diapers, a complete change of clothes, and a bottle or sippy cup.
  • Please label all personal items (including pacifiers and sippy cups) with your child’s first and last name. Labels are provided at the entrance of your children’s class.
  • Toddlers will be offered a snack of rice chex.

Early Childhood (Two Years – Kindergarten)

Welcome to the Early Childhood Department at Christ Community! Each week, our caring leaders build spiritual truths into the lives of our children. Biblically based, fun, and age-appropriate learning occurs in classes defined by birth dates.  Children will be offered a snack of rice chex and craisins. We try to avoid snacks that may trigger food allergies. You may at any time request to see ingredients for the snacks and items used in class.

Bible-Based Curriculum

We use a curriculum called Tru that teaches God’s Big Story, showing children how the Bible is connected and written as one Big Story, beginning to end.

TRU Blessings (2s & 3s)

      At this early age, repetition is essential, so each Bible story is shared for two weeks.

 TRU Wonder (4/5s & Ks)

      TRU Wonder piques the natural curiosity of children and invites the wonder of who God is.

      TRU Wonder is a two-year curriculum, so different stories are told over the years.

For more information about this curriculum, click here.

Respond and Blessing

Respond

After storytelling, time is carved out for your child to respond in worship to what they’ve heard. This creates space to speak to God and listen for His voice. They can visit a Worship Response Station, pray, sing, or do an activity together.

Blessing

A blessing is spoken over all children, birth – 5th grade. A blessing is offered in order to ask God’s Spirit to overflow in such a way to bless others, as well as declaring God’s protection, joy, or wisdom.

Safety and Staying Healthy

Safety

In order for a child to feel comfortable in a space, they must first know they are safe physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The safety of your child is a priority to us. This includes a computer check-in system, background checking all our adult volunteers, and securing our Children’s Ministries area during services.

Staying Healthy

It is our goal to provide a safe and secure environment for children. In order to ensure the health of our children and staff:

  •       Children who have had any of the following symptoms and/or illnesses within the past 24 hours will not be admitted into class: fever, runny nose (anything but clear), questionable        rashes, coughing, diarrhea, impetigo, active chicken pox, measles/mumps, pinkeye, vomiting, open sores, and any contagious virus.
  •       Any child on antibiotics must have taken it for at least 24 hours before attending.
  •       Leaders will not administer any medication.

Elementary (Children in 1st – 5th Grades)

Every moment we share with your child will focus on telling the Bible as one complete story from beginning to end.  When we teach God’s Word, we want to capture the entire story and make sure that God is at the center of that. It’s a big story about God’s redemption throughout all of history and it continues to this day. We call it “The Big God Story.”

Bible-Based Curriculum

  •       TRU Story
    •       Children meet in a large group for worship music and Bible story then break into small groups for discussion, response, and games.
    •       TRU Story follows the Big God Story (Bible) from creation to Revelation.
    •       God’s Story reveals God’s incredible plan and invites kids to be a part of it.
    •       TRU Story is a three-year curriculum.
  •       For more information, click here.

Worship Together

We encourage children to participate weekly in age-specific programming, as well as worshiping side-by-side with their parents in “Big Church.” We believe the worship service is an important way to promote spiritual formation in your family. Studies have shown that a vital indicator in a child retaining faith into adulthood is their adoption into the full congregation.

We welcome and encourage children of all ages to participate in the worship service.

Legacy Milestones

The passing of a baton of faith from one generation to the next is the role and responsibility of spiritual parents. It is our joy as a faith community to partner with and equip families in their role as spiritual nurturers of their children’s faith and celebrate milestones in the parent-child spiritual formation journey.

The following legacy milestones are recognized and celebrated:

  •       Child Dedication Service
  •       1st Grade Bibles Presentation
  •       Baptism and Faith Commitment
  •       5th Grade Recognition

The church equips parents by hosting orientations, parents’ meetings, family nights, and providing materials for families to use in the home. Find out more about each milestone by selecting the topic below.

Child Dedication

Child Dedication

Fewer things are more important to us than our children. God has blessed you with a child and the responsibility to be the primary nurturer of their faith. Alone, this task could be daunting. As a church family, we are here to support, equip, and encourage parents as they grow in faith and pass it along to their child.

Child dedication is a wonderful milestone celebrating identity and faith community. Each child is created in God’s image and they bear His fingerprint. Child dedication embraces parenting yoked with God. It establishes a larger faith community who will surround your family, speak words of encouragement, and partner in raising your child.

In preparation for this important faith milestone, we gather for a class. We invite you to share your faith stories, your parenting desires and hopes, and we desire to come alongside you with prayer and resources for the parenting journey. We long for this to be a meaningful time for you as parents, growing in relationships with other parents and with the Children’s Ministries team at Christ Community. Contact Laura Tate for more information.

1st Grade Bibles

1st Grade Bibles

First grade marks a big transition at Christ Community from the Early Childhood Department to the Elementary Department! This is a change for both children and their parents. We look forward to celebrating this Legacy Milestone each fall.

During this important milestone moment, parents present their first graders with a Bible for Elementary Children’s Ministries. This is a moment to pause as parents and the church to reaffirm the responsibilities of spiritual training in the home and of supporting families in our stewardship.

It is a great honor to partner with our first graders, and we look forward to watching how God will continue to grow them up for His glory. It is our prayer your child will continue to grow in biblical knowledge and relationship with the Holy Spirit as their character is formed. As they reach this new horizon on their journey, we will continue to pray they remember the basic foundations parents have established as the spiritual leaders in their life and home.

Baptism

Baptism Classes

The beauty of baptism is that you enter into a family. Listen to these poetic words, written centuries ago in the Book of Common Prayer.

There is one Body and one Spirit;

There is one hope in God’s call to us;

One Lord, one Faith, one Baptism;

One God and Father of All.

As your child prayerfully considers stepping into the family of God, you remain essential to their faith. It has been through your modeling, serving, love, respect, and inclusion of your family in a faith community that has led them to desire claiming Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior.

As the closest witnesses of faith for your child, we feel called to inspire, equip, and support your family. When your child expresses the desire to be baptized, we invite you contact Laura Tate. A pastor will schedule a time to meet with you and share in the baptism conversation with your family.

5th Grade Recognition

5th Grade Recognition

5th Grade Recognition is a service designed to celebrate, as a church family, a legacy milestone in a 5th grader’s faith journey. This is an important time for our students and their families as they transition from 5th grade to 6th grade, in many cases, from elementary school to middle school, and from Children’s Ministries to Student Ministries.

As parents pass on the baton of faith to their children, and as the church continues to partner with the home through Student Ministries, we create an environment where children can grow in their faith journey as they mature. This service celebrates that.

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)

1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 9:15-11:00am, beginning September 19
Meeting at Christ Community’s Olathe Campus, 20600 W. 119th. St.

MOPS is a group for moms of young children birth-5yrs old. At MOPS you will make new friendships with moms in the same stage of life, enjoy breakfast, an inspiring speaker and fun crafts. Childcare is provided.

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