Pastor Riley Rath | Area Leader
Physical, Emotional, Spiritual Safety
Loving, Nurturing Environment
Fun, Child Targeted Discipleship
Encouraging Parental Partnership
A core belief for all of Next Generation ministries is that it is God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) who saves and raises people into faith; we are merely His helpers! Thus even children’s ministry is centered around helping children experience God as they begin to get to know Him. Leaders see themselves as Jesus’ ambassadors, and thus prioritize their own faith so they can best demonstrate the character and kindness of Jesus to our children. Lessons are grounded in identity, focusing around learning about who Jesus says He is and who Jesus says children are, rather than mere behavior modification. The varying activities offer numerous means for children to familiarize themselves with the teachings, creating a robust approach of integration and expression. And all of this is designed to complement, not replace, what is happening at home; we believe parents to be the primary leaders in their children’s spiritual growth, and in turn we are called to support parents in any way we can.
Nursery (Ages 0 - 4)
Drop your little ones off at the KIDzone nursery, located at the front of the church, just to the right of the main lobby. Our KIDzone nursery staff will provide excellent care for your infants/toddlers while you are in the adult service. Children will hear a Bible story, color a picture and play with others, all while being encouraged and loved by our experienced and screened KIDzone team. Don't worry - if your child needs you, we will come and find you to be sure their needs are being met.
Primary (Age 5 - 2nd Grade) & Elementary (Grade 3 - 5)
Check in your child, ages 5 through grade 5 in at the KidZONE room, which is located just to the left of the lobby entrance with the grey door. All children will create a name tag to attach to their clothing for identification purposes. Parents of children ages 4-second grade will also be given a numbered bracelet to wear and return for checkout at the end of class. This bracelet is one of the ways Christ Community Church helps to identify our younger kiddos and keep them safe
Following check-in procedures and playtime, children gather for lessons designed to teach all sorts of children in multiple ways. All kids initially meet together as they learn what it means to worship God through music and prayer, followed by quick story and/or video to introduce the lesson’s topic. They then split off into with trained volunteers into Primary and Elementary age groups to interact with the Bible and Christian truths. These lessons incorporating games, crafts, singing, discussion, dancing, and other activities designed to make their church experience FUN.
During weeks that the church celebrates communion, Our KIDzoners will join the congregation in worship. We have the option to participate in communion when celebrated in church. If this is not your preference please share your decision with a teacher, and thoughtful accommodations will be made.
At the end of the service, parents pick up their Primary aged children through the gray door to the right in the lobby. Parents of the kids 8 through Grade 5 should arrange to meet their children either in the classroom or in the church lobby. Elementary kids are dismissed at the end of the adult service, while the Primary and Nursery children must await their parents return.