Children

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 will never enter it. And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.

(Mark 10: 13-16; parr. Matt 19:13-15; Luke 18:15-17)

Quick Links to Areas of Children’s Ministry

Quick Links to Special Programs

Vacation Bible School (VBS)

 

Dates for 2017:  JULY 10-14

Volunteer Registration is OPEN!

Participant Registration is OPEN!

Donation list for supplies coming soon.

 

 

 

Children’s Sunday School

IMG_0559We welcome all children ages 2 through 4th grade to join our Children’s Sunday School based on their age or grade as of September 1st.  Fifth grade through high school are part of our youth program.

We are dedicated to bringing God’s Word to our children in a way they can understand.  Children have fun while learning how to live their lives according to God’s plan.

 Currently filling the staff positions for the school year.  Teachers, helpers, and substitutes welcome. If you have gifts of teaching to share with children, we would like to have you join the Sunday School staff!

SUNDAY MORNING – Where to go?

GrowingInChrist logoOur fall/winter/spring series follows the Bible from Old Testament through the live, death, and resurrection of Jesus, followed by the growth of the Christian church through Jesus’ followers.  We use the Growing in Christ curriculum which has levels designed for Toddlers & Twos, Early Childhood, Lower Elementary, and Middle Elementary.

Maps are available at the front reception desk to help you find classrooms for children as from 2 years old through 4th grade.   Each week’s lesson includes some small group sharing time as well as the day’s Bible story and several activities to help reinforce the lesson.

 

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The nursery of Messiah is here to provide loving and safe care for infants and small children while their parents are involved in worship, Bible study, or fellowship. It’s open to all children 3 years and younger. We have two separate rooms to care for infants and toddlers.

The toddler nursery is for steady walkers through age 3 and is located in room E125N.  This room is in the education building down the back hallway, near the elevator.  There is an infant nursery (E123N) equipped for newborns from 10 weeks up through steady walkers next door to the toddler nursery.

We offer a simple set of Bible stories, songs, and prayers that are part of your child’s visit to the Toddler Nursery during the Sunday School hour. These will allow our almost-two year olds a preview into the world of Sunday School.  When your child turns two, we offer a Sunday School class especially for this age.

Our caregivers all have long experience in childcare, first aid and CPR training, and most importantly of all, a love for our little ones. If you need help finding the nursery, please ask a greeter, usher, or any of our members, and they’ll be happy to assist you.

 

Special Programs

Footprints of Faith Series

Messiah’s Children’s Ministry established a program to recognize some of the many steps children take in their faith journey from the time they are still in their parents’ care to the time they finish high school.  Four of these “footprints” are recognized within the Children’s Ministry years.

Faith Series for Children
  • Remembering Baptism – Making Sunday School routine for Three Year Olds
  • Family Faith Walks – Teachable spiritual moments as children enter Kindergarten
  • First Bibles for First Graders – Summer reading program coming June 5th
  • Catechisms for Third Graders – Celebrating Lutheran heritage at Reformation

Each step in the series follows a similar format.  All the families of children taking that step are invited to a fellowship breakfast at 9:00 am.  Then during the Sunday School hour, we have special lessons planned that refresh parents in the promises made during their child’s baptism.  The children have lessons tied to the day such as Baptism/Coming to God’s House, Family Devotion Time, Exploring the Bible, and Understanding the Impact of the Reformation.

During the 11:00 worship service, we recognize these families for their recommitment to bringing up their children according to God’s plan.  Each recognition includes an item handed to the child from the parents such as a baptism shell candle, a devotion book, their new Bible, and their new Catechism.

Praise God for faithful parents/guardian and children ready to live and learn!

Children’s Choir

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Cherubs choir is for children in Kindergarten through 2nd Grade. The choir meets once a week for 45 minutes to learn all about music and rhythm. Movement comes naturally! Once a month the Cherubs sing an anthem during Sunday morning worship and for the Wednesday evening worship service. Annually the Cherubs participate in a Praise Service. No prior singing experience is necessary. Come and enjoy praising God through song!

Choristers choir is for children in 3rd through 5th grade. The choir meets once a week for about 50 minutes to have devotions, sing together, and begin to learn to read sheet music. Once a month the Choristers sing an anthem during Sunday morning worship and for the Wednesday evening worship service. Annually the children’s choirs lead a praise service. Show your love of God through music for Him!

 

If you have any questions about any of our programs please contact Amy Plenger, our director of children’s ministry (aplenger@messiahlutheran.com or 972-398-7500 )

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