Welcome To Kids Ministry
Welcoming and loving each child in Jesus' name, growing with them as Jesus' disciples, and serving others together in His name.
We do this in the midst of a community that sincerely lives out the vows regularly affirmed at baptism, to provide a place where children can grow in Christian friendships, in knowing God's Word, in responding to Jesus as Savior and Lord, and in service to God's world.
Wednesday Night Kids
Eight-week Fall Session: Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, Nov. 2, 9, 16
* Join us on Oct. 26 for Trunk-or-Treat.
Eight-week Spring Session: Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, March 1
* Join us on Jan. 4 for Family Game Night, Feb. 22 for Ash Wednesday Service & March 8 for Family Service Night with Meals From the Heartland.
6:30-7:30 PM (1st-3rd Grade)
Adventure Club is an action-packed hour with large-group games, activities, and awesome Bible lessons such as the Fruits of the Spirit or The Ten Commandments. This program is designed to help give younger children a solid foundation using the building blocks they will need to rely on throughout the course of their entire life. We welcome students to bring neighbors or friends at any time along with them to Adventure Club on Wednesday nights!
Salt & Light
6:30-7:30 PM (4th-5th Grade)
Salt and Light is geared for 4th and 5th-grade students and aims to inspire wonder and curiosity about who God is in their lives! We offer a two-year curriculum rotation that 4th-5th graders LOVE.
Sunday Morning Kids Connection
(Preschool-5th Grades) September 11-May 21
Check In – Use our self-serve kiosks to check in! Check-in begins 15 minutes prior to each worship service. If you are a first-time guest visit our check-in desk located in the main entrance and speak with a check-in volunteer to get started!
Family Worship – 10:00 AM - Families worship together in the worship center for the first 15 minutes of the worship service. Sunday mornings are a great opportunity for children to experience part of our intergenerational worship service. Children see their parents, grandparents, and other important people in their lives living out their faith in tangible ways as they worship together as a family.
Dismissal to Kids Connection classes – Preschoolers-5th graders are dismissed to their age-appropriate classrooms for songs, story, and Bible application after the music and prayer time at the beginning of the service.
- A parent or adult must drop off their child(ren) to their assigned classroom and pick them up with their check-in badge after service.
Preschool-Kindergarten: Drop off to the Early Childhood triangle space on the first floor.
1st-5th Grade: Drop off to room 219 on the second floor.
Being an acolyte is a special opportunity for 4th grade students on Sunday mornings! The acolyte helps us to remember Christ’s presence in our worship and in our lives by ushering in Christ’s light as they light the Christ candle on the altar at the beginning of each worship service. At the end of the worship service they once again carry out the light of Christ as a symbol to be his light in the world around us. Acolytes are scheduled on a rotating basis throughout the school year.
Sunday Morning Nursery
(Newborn-3 year olds)
- Nursery care is provided for all Sunday morning worship services, special worship services (i.e. Thanksgiving) or for a special event when stated in the The Bridge communications.
- Each child must be checked in and be wearing a name tag on their back. Please see the Check-in information above for details on how to register your child or check them in each time you arrive to church.
Kids Connection Volunteers (Early childhood serves 3yrs-Kindergarten and Elementary serves 1st-5th grade) Serve on Sundays once every 4-5 weeks in teams of two; one leader and one helper. All supplies and training are provided.
Adventure Club volunteers serve on Wednesday nights 6:30 - 7:30 for 8 weeks in the fall and 8 weeks in the spring. All supplies and training are provided.
Salt and Light volunteers serve on Wednesday night from 6:30 - 7:30 helping 4th and 5th graders discover God through games, small groups and Bible-based learning.
Nursery Volunteers serve families of infants and toddlers by rocking, playing with and caring for these little ones on Sunday mornings once a month.
Weekday Preschool Ministry
Our weekday preschool has been a life-shaping ministry of our church since 1971! We offer an outstanding faith-based preschool program for 2-5 year-olds. We have been highly accredited by the Iowa Preschool Quality Rating System since 2012. Our preschool has an excellent staff who all have early childhood experience and love working with young children. They teach using a developmentally appropriate preschool curriculum that is designed to nurture each child's social, emotional, physical, intellectual, and spiritual growth with a positive introduction to the school environment. Check out our website for more information!