CHILDREN

CHILDREN ARE NEXT-GENERATION LEADERS

We are committed to welcoming children into our faith community at birth and valuing their presence and participation as they grow. We understand the importance of teaching children about God from an early age and we strive to provide a learning environment that is safe, loving, and developmentally appropriate. We believe that family discipleship provides the most effective way for spiritual development. We are dedicated to providing preschoolers, children, and their families with a solid foundation for growth along their faith journey.

Transformation in Christ is the end goal for every person! Our greatest desire is to help parents lead their children to accept Jesus as their Savior and know that their lives, earthly and eternal, are forever changed by this decision. To lead them, we must equip families with foundational biblical knowledge and spiritual disciplines that move them toward the next milestone in a faith journey.

We look forward to walking alongside you as we build strong, Christ-centered children and families. Will you partner with us to make a permanent impression for Christ on the heart of your child? To get involved or for more information about children at Tabernacle, contact our Discipleship Pastor, Rob Sauls.

CHILDREN ON SUNDAY MORNING

Sunday School at 9:45 AM

Scripture shows us the significance of celebrating the spiritual steps that occur in daily life. God’s people also expended significant time and energy to highlight the spiritual passages in their lives. We have identified significant spiritual milestones in our congregational life that offers short-term goals for families as they seek to lead their children towards the joy of salvation. The primary means of navigating our spiritual journey comes through weekly discipleship through age-graded Sunday School classes. These meet every Sunday morning at 9:45 AM. Here is a full listing of Sunday School classes for children:

Room 107 - Babies
Room 101 - Toddlers
Room 106 - Twos-Threes
Room 128 - Fours
Room 301 - Kindergarten
Room 304 - 1st-2nd grade
Room 308 - 3rd-5th grade

When you arrive on campus, please enter through the 1st floor entrance marked “Children” near the playground. Our caring children’s ministry team will give you a warm welcome as you check your child in and can direct you from there.

Worship Service at 11 AM

Children ages PreK4 and older attend our intergenerational family worship service with their parents. We believe children learn how to become life-long worshippers best by actively participating in the worship of God with their parents and their larger family of faith. We are committed to providing incremental learning opportunities that successfully train families and transition children from childcare into intergenerational worship. Trainings like Big Church Bridge and Parenting in the Pew offer children and parents alike opportunities to learn and grow together during worship. You can also find resources that will aid you in leading your child during worship in the Kid’s Corner in the Welcome Center. Big Church Bulletins are available with weekly updated activities that will help your child in worship. We also have Big Church Bags with other activities that will guide your child to experience worship. For babies through PreK3, we provide childcare during the worship service on the 1st floor. Dedicated volunteers will nurture our smallest children in a safe and caring environment as older children worship with their family in the worship center.

CHILDREN ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT

WAM! is a fun ministry for kids that teaches each child about worship arts and missions. During worship arts, children will experience singing, movement, playing instruments, and God’s word as they learn how to become life-long worshippers. Their songs and activities will lead them to hide biblical truths in their heart as they grow older. During missions, children learn about how they can be missionaries wherever they are as they experience mission projects and talk about how to do missions. Our dedicated volunteers will lead your child to find their voice and confidence in worship and will help embolden them to share God’s love through dynamic outreach in service to the community and participation in the global mission of God.

Room 301

In this group, the beginning stages and foundations are laid for each child as they build music and motor skills and a basic understanding of what it means to worship and serve God. Throughout the year, these children have opportunities to publicly share what they have been learning in smaller settings during special seasons.

Room 304

In this group, worship arts and missions are put into “high gear” as each child learns and memorizes scriptural songs and experiences more in depth activities.  Going deeper with Christ is a major focus.  Throughout the year, these children have opportunities to publicly share what they have been learning in our church-wide concerts and larger events.

We provide childcare for our youngest children during WAM! time on Wednesday nights so that parents are free to attend a discipleship class or serve in a ministry area.

CHILDCARE

Childcare is also offered on Wednesday nights for all children from 7:15 PM (after WAM! concludes) until 8 PM (when other Wednesday night activities conclude) for any parents who are serving in other areas like student ministry or the adult choir.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER

A delicious meal is served beginning at 5 PM in Fellowship Hall so families can eat together before Wednesday night activities begin.  The cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.

For more information about WAM! on Wednesday Nights, contact our Worship Pastor, James Kimmel.

CHILDREN’S SAFETY PROCEDURES

We strongly believe in establishing a safe and welcoming environment where your child is valued and finds their place as an important part of God’s family. Each of our children’s workers have been approved through a rigorous vetting process and have been trained to offer specialized care for their age group. To view our Children’s safety policy, click the button below.