Kids Mini-Church

stacks_image_118Sunday Morning 1112:30

 

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.(Deuteronomy 6:4-7)

Purpose

Kids Mini-Church at Your Church started with our desire for our kids to enjoy church life and to come to know God more. Generally, many churches have “Sunday schools” or “church schools” but our goal is not to have a school. Kids Mini-Church is the place where kids worship God, learn from the Bible, pray together, fellowship with each other, and have lots of fun!

Programs

Kids Mini-Church is held during the message for adults at the Fellowship Hall.

1. Program for elementary school children (1-6G) consists of listening to simple messages from the Bible and various activities including songs, crafts, and games.

2. For toddlers, toys and picture books are supplied in the Fellowship Hall. Church staff takes care of them during the message for adults.

There is also a TV monitor in the Fellowship Hall to view the message, should it become necessary for parents to stay with their kids.

* Kindergarteners (4 to 6 years olds) may be able to attend the elementary class at the parents’ request. Please check with the contact person about the possibility.

3. Junior High-school students are expected to attend the regular service with the adults. The church often plans Bible studies and other special events (e.g. summer camp) during the long holidays.

Nurturing faith at home

Kids Mini-Church only takes up less than one hour of a child’s week. Because of this, it cannot build up all the basic elements of faith (learning about God, becoming familiar with the Bible, praying, etc) by itself. The place to do that is home.

The same principle applies for kids as well as adults: you can’t expect spiritual growth to happen by just attending church on Sundays. Instead, spiritual growth happens in our everyday lives. At Your Church, kids and adults learn about the same passage from the Bible every week. Using that as a common base, parents are encouraged to share the blessings they received from that passage with their kids (you can think of it as doing a kind of mini-church with your kids).