Children

Just as Jesus welcomed and called for the children to come to him (Matthew 19:14),1080-Lees_Summit_Christian_Church_9101 we also welcome children into the life of our congregation. We are serious about raising the next generation of God’s people, and we are continuing to seek the best ways for all of God’s children to experience Christ’s love and grow in faith.

Our Children’s Ministry Mission:

Nurturing and loving all God’s children to be rooted in faith, grow in knowledge and bear the fruits of God’s love in their lives, community and world.

Nursery

Nursery care is available during all Sunday morning worship services and programs. With a minimum of two trained child care providers in each room and a pager system to assist parents, families are free to enjoy the many opportunities for faith enrichment on Sunday mornings.1080-Lees_Summit_Christian_Church_9129

9 a.m.– Nursery available for infants-3 years

10 a.m.– Nursery available for infants-1 year
Toddlers engage in our education hour (Sunday School)

11 a.m.– Nursery available for infants-3 years

Sunday Enrichment

No matter what the age of your child, we can help him/her grown in faith! Please join us for worship at 8am (in the church chapel) at 9am for a more contemporary style of worship or 11am for traditional worship.

Children’s Church (using curriculum from Worship and Wonder) happens during our 9am and 11am services and is for children ages 4 to 5th grade.

Have your child(ren) join you in worship so he or she can begin to experience what it is like to be in the sanctuary. A few minutes in children ages 4-5th grade will be invited to Children’s Church where you may pick them up after worship (room 225 in the education wing).

Children’s Choir/Enrichment is SUNDAYS AT 10:00 am. 

Bridge Builders

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The name Bridge Builders is taken from our mission statement: Lee’s Summit Christian Church exists for the purpose of building bridges of grace from the Welcome Table to every table. All of children’s Sunday school and youth groups will be included in the Bridge Builders program, which will address specific goals to nurture children on their faith journey.

1.       We want our kids to be biblically literate.  We will use curriculum that follows the Revised Common Lectionary, a three-year cycle of scripture readings including the different seasons in the church year (Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost). Each week will focus on a different Bible story, and there will be a memory verse for the children to learn.

2.       We want to provide tools for families along their faith journeys. Each week, children will receive a take-home card with the week’s memory verse, a table prayer or discussion question, and a suggestion random act of kindness to do together.  There will also be family-oriented events, like the Harvest Hootenanny in October, where families can enjoy fellowship and fun together.

3.       We want to help children engage in the full life of the church.  At LSCC we describe ways to engage in church life as being in four “containers”: Worship, Grow, Serve, Bridge. While the Bridge Builders program itself fits well in the Grow (education) container, the program will encourage children to participate in worship in age-appropriate ways that make sense to them, to serve their church, and to build relationships in our community through service and fellowship.

4.       We want to motivate children and acknowledge their work and participation.In the program, children will have certain goals they work toward—attending Sunday school, evening programs, and worship, memorizing the weekly verses, doing random acts of kindness with their families, and more. When those goals are achieved, kids will receive wooden Bridge Builders tokens, which can be traded at our Bridge Builders store during designated store times.

Along with all of that, Bridge Builders will provide an opportunity for kids to build relationships with one another and with others in the church. It will be a safe, fun place for children, where they will be loved and valued just as they are.

 

Sounds great! How do my kids get involved?

Come this Sunday! Stop at the information desk and we’ll get you started. You may also call or email the church office (524.3616 or kporter(at)lschristian.com) to receive a registration form for your child.

How can I get involved in support of this program?

Whether you have children in the program or not, we can use your help! Here are the ways you can volunteer your time, talents, and resources:

1.       Teaching/Facilitating a groupBridge Builders  depends on having loving, compassionate, patient people teaching our kids, both in the morning and in the evening. Fall curriculum is available now, and all supplies will be provided each week. You don’t have to be a theologian or know all “the answers” to be a teacher. If you find joy in hearing kids’ comments and insights during the children’s moment each week, if you love to greet them when they come to church, if you were moved by what they had to say during Children’s Sabbath—we hope that you will consider teaching.

2.       Being a second, “support” adult—our Safe Spaces policy designates that we have two adults in each class. We will be asking parents of participating kids to help support teachers by being the second adult in the room. This opportunity is available, though, for anyone who wants to be present in a supporting role.

3.       Behind-the-scenes—We always need help week-to-week with organization and preparing for activities. You could assist with gathering and sorting supplies for classes, serve snacks to groups on Sunday evenings, or assist with special events (Hootenanny, Christmas musical reception, Easter egg hunt, etc). Whether you would like to be involved on a weekly or occasional basis, we can find a place for you to serve.

4.       Donations—Children’s programming requires significant amounts of supplies and snacks. We will periodically send lists of needed items to the adult Sunday school classes. In addition, we will use an online service called Sign-Up Genius to keep an ongoing list of needed items and allow people to sign up online. This will help us cut down on multiple people signing up for the same item.

Successful children’s ministry is an all-church effort. We hope that each person in this community of faith will remain aware of what is happening in the Bridge Builders program. Ask the children about their progress—the Bible verses they’re learning, the acts of kindness they do, and the friendships they’re building. Encourage them. Celebrate with them. Pray for them.

We are excited for ministry with children, and we hope you’ll get excited with us!

Interested in Volunteering?

Please fill out a form for your background check in order to volunteer with LSCC children and youth here.