Providing places where kids can be kids while meeting Jesus & getting to know Him! Our Children’s Ministries are Christ centered, relational, safe, & extremely fun!
This Week @ the Covenant Church
Children’s Church (Kindergarten – 5th grade @ 10am)
Preschool & Nursery – throughout the morning
What does Jesus think about children and their place in the kingdom?
People were bringing little children to Jesus in order that He might touch them; & the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant & said to them, “Let the little children come to me & do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the Kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall not enter it.” And Jesus took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them and blessed them. – Mark 10:13-16
Clearly Christ is inviting children into the Kingdom of God, not as an afterthought, not as second class citizens, but as full participants in the Kingdom! He was also affirming the parents who were bringing their children to Him and points to children as the way we are all to enter the Kingdom of God. This scripture has significant implications for children and our ministry with children. It emphasizes the importance of a children’s ministry based on several sound principals:
- Children’s ministry is a partnership between church and home, where children are most significantly influenced.
- Faith development includes more than head knowledge.
- Children must be integrated into the whole ministry of the church.
- The purpose of children’s ministry is personal spiritual formation.
We are committed at The Covenant Church to the mission of being used by God to help our children become authentic disciples. True Christ followers. We affirm that the Christian formation journey is a continuous and lifelong process of being transformed by the Holy Spirit into the likeness of Christ, experiencing and expressing love for God and others. We teach our kids that this journey requires intentionality on their part and an active partnership with the Holy Spirit to allow His transforming work to emerge.
So, what’s the difference between Sunday School and Spiritual Formation Classes?
A Philosophical Shift:
Historically, the church has provided a learning environment based in large part on the public educational system. As a result, the focus has leaned more towards head knowledge rather than a heart change, one that would be evident in a visible and continual life change. As leaders, we need to provide a new perspective and create a new environment in which the Spirit can work to transform lives.
For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
2 Corinthians 3:17-18
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
What this means is that we are in the process of making a philosophical shift in our way of planning for ministry in three areas – shifting from…
- A primary focus on program to a focus on transformation.
- A primarily segmented to a more integrated and holistic environment.
- Emphasis on the head (or cognitive dimension of learning) to an integration of head, heart, and hands.