St. Stephen Reformed Church, Children’s Ministry exists to draw children closer to the Living God.
- We strive through persistent prayer and reliance on His power, to help children establish a firm knowledge of the entire Word of God.
- We make every effort to communicate the Gospel in word and deed to children in our church and in our community.
- We provide tools and opportunities that enable children to embrace Christ through consistent corporate and personal worship and service to God.
- Finally, we desire to assist parents in the Christian nurture of their children. Our role is never to take the place of the parent, only to aid in the spiritual growth of their children.
All of our volunteers are screened for child protection and have completed background checks, as well as training. We are blessed with gifted volunteers who are passionate about serving the children of our church.
We offer Kingdom Kids, and nursery care for ages 0-8 years old during our 10:30 service. Sunday School is offered for ages 0-5th grade. The nursery is open during our 8:15 AM service if parents would prefer to attend the earlier service and need to step out for a bit. We provide a live audio feed from the Sanctuary so you won’t miss a thing while you take a moment to soothe, feed, or change your child.
That said, children are always welcome in all of our services. We understand that occasional noises are all part of them learning and growing as a covenant member of the body of Christ.
Kingdom Kids is offered during our 10:30 service. Offered for ages 4-8 years, we explore and engage in all aspects of Biblical worship.
Kingdom Kids mirrors the main service in its format and order, so children participate in a call to worship, praise, offering, confessions of faith, hearing of the Word and benediction. All of these things are done in a manner that is geared towards the children’s developmental milestones. We want them to become comfortable and familiar with the flow of worship, so when they have graduated from Kingdom Kids, they will be able to confidently participate in the service with their parents and older siblings.
Children are provided a snack and activities that go along with the lesson. Music is incorporated throughout the morning, and it plays a big role in how the children memorize Scripture and learn. Lessons are pulled directly from The Jesus StoryBook Bible, by Sally Lloyd-Jones, and cover the entire scope of the Bible in the course of a year. Kingdom Kids offers a broad brushstroke approach to narrative of Scripture, making sure to pull out key themes and connect the smaller stories to the large story, the story of the gospel.
Our desire is that children would walk away from their time at Kingdom Kids feeling confident in their ability to be active participants in both corporate and private worship. We want them not only to understand why we do the things we do during a corporate worship service, but our prayer is that their hearts are impacted and a hunger for worship of the Living God would express itself in all aspects of their lives.
Sunday school is offered for infants through 5th grade during the 9:30-10:30 hour. We offer age appropriate lessons, that vary from season to season. Topics for individual age groups include:
Our desire is that children would be able to establish a firm knowledge of the entire Word of God, and understand how to put that knowledge into practice in their everyday lives. We offer classes for 0-18 months, 19 months-3 yrs, 4 yrs-2nd grade, and 3rd-5th grade. Our teachers are passionate and committed to teaching truth and grace to our covenant children. Lessons include music, crafts, and other activities to reinforce principals they are learning in a fun and engaging ways.
The valuable work of children’s ministry starts in the nursery. We strive to create a warm and safe environment for our visitors and covenant children. Our nursery volunteers are compassionate and gracious individuals who love to care for babies and toddlers, and recognize that being apart from mommy and daddy can be difficult during certain ages and stages. We take very seriously the work of providing loving care that cultivates spiritual development in the nursery. It is our joy and privilege to serve families by providing a place for their babies and toddlers to rest and play safely.
Summer Kids Camp
July 23rd-27th we are thrilled to offer a week of Summer Kids Camp at St. Stephen Reformed Church. Camp runs Monday-Friday with Drop off at 9:00AM and pick up at 12:00PM. Children are provided a snack each day, and participate in games, music, crafts and lesson time.
This Summer we will be exploring the Mystery of the Lighthouse! Join us as we adventure together, and uncover the story East Eden a small town along the coast of Maine, with a puzzling history – one that no one seems to want to talk about! It will be a week full of thrills, fun, and joy that can only be found in Jesus Christ. It’s a week your kids won’t want to miss.
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