Merge, ministry for children age 3 - grade 5
As leaders and parents our primary calling is not to keep our children in the church but to lead them to be the church. The best gift we can give our children is to enable them to play an active role in God’s story of restoration and redemption. If what they hear doesn’t move from their heads to their hands it will never make it to their hearts. With that in mind, Merge seeks to bring the church and the family together to help children grow to love Jesus passionately, love others unconditionally, and love people sacrificially. Merge is located in the 2nd floor of the Family Life Center.
We are looking for families and individuals who will serve in various ways during our weekend services and on Wednesday nights in Merge Children's Ministry. There are also behind the scenes opportunities. Share the light of Christ with kids on a weekly basis. Interested? Fill out this form.
Sundays at 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., 2nd floor of the Family Life Center
Through age appropriate scriptural lessons and interaction with other children in a small group environment children will learn the value of Biblical guidance and Christian fellowship.
Sundays at 10:15 a.m., 2nd floor of the Family Life Center
Through fun music, cool arts and crafts, attention holding life-application lessons, and small group interaction children will learn how to love the Lord their God through their worship.
Wednesdays 6:30-8 p.m., 2nd floor of the Family Life Center
On Wednesdays during the school year, through entertaining skits and videos, upbeat music, games, and small group interaction children have an opportunity to experience just how fun and exciting it can be to follow Jesus Christ.
Children are a gift from God. We want to provide our parents with the security of knowing that their child/children will be loved and well cared for. All ministry leaders who work with children are background checked, and we have a secure check-in system. We have chosen Check-Ins by Planning Center as our check-in solution to bring you the best check-in experience and to allow us to partner with you to keep your children safe.
To begin setting up your account please fill out this form.
Join us for a free movie at Freeman Lake Park bandstand on Friday September 6 featuring Ralph Breaks the Internet. Movie starts at dusk. Bring a blanket or chairs. Food available for purchase.
Join us on Friday, October 25 6-8 p.m. for our annual Trunk or Treat with 100,000 pieces of candy, games, inflatables, and more! Watch for more details coming soon. (Rain plan - the morning of October 26)
The Parent Cue is a helpful resource for you to use when discipling your children in the home. This resource allows you to see what we will be teaching the children on Sunday mornings all month long, and offers some suggestions of things you can do with your children as we work together to help our children grow to love God passionately, love one another unconditionally, and love the lost sacrificially. Click on the link below to download to age appropriate Parent Cue for your children.
God Time Cards:
Help your children have some “God time” each week with these God Time Cards. There are four different devotions on each God Time card. These devotions are designed to help your children take what they learned on Sunday and go deeper. Each devotion is designed to be done on a different day and includes: 1) a verse(s) to read, 2) a devotion paragraph that teaches something about God and an explanation of today’s verse(s), 3) an activity that makes real-life application of the day’s devotion, and 4) a suggested prayer.
Even though kids in early elementary (kindergarten through 3rd grade) are beginning to read things on their own, most are not mature enough to have a God time by themselves. Parents do this devotional with your children. It is a great opportunity to model for them what it looks like to have “God time”. Encourage kids to choose four different days during the week to do these devotions. Most 4th and 5th graders are capable of having a “quiet time” on their own, once they’ve been taught how to do it, but they still need an adult to prompt them and/or follow up on.
We know finding quality TV shows for your littles can be daunting! What are they hearing? What is the world teaching them? Head to Right Now Media and let your kiddos watch these shows...you can feel confident that they won't hear or see anything questionable. Haven't set up your free RightNow Media account? Click here.
Preschoolers: Topsy Turvy
Younger Elementary: The Mr. Phil Show
Older Elementary: Hurleyville