Here at Calvary, we believe that our mission of being a Christ-centered church calls us to place a special emphasis on children. After all, it was Christ who said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19:14). Our goal is to help kids – along with their parents – to begin exploring their relationship with Jesus Christ and to weave Him into everything they learn each week. That’s why we call our Children’s Ministry “Explorers,” and that’s why we offer a variety of activities that allow kids and their families to get a great start on the adventure of faith.
Worship (Sunday Mornings at 8:30 AM and 10:55 AM)
While we provide a safe, clean and nurturing nursery environment for infants and toddlers, once children reach Pre-K we encourage parents to begin getting them involved in worship. Our 8:30 Contemporary Service is lively enough that most kids will probably enjoy participating and singing along. In our 10:55 Traditional Service, children participate in the opening music and prayers and are then invited to the front of the sanctuary for a children’s message led by the pastor or other staff member. After this, members of our children’s ministry team take the kids to Children’s Church – a special time of Bible stories and activities designed just for them.
Sunday School (Sunday Mornings at 9:45 AM)
Calvary’s weekly Sunday School provides the backbone of our Children’s Ministry. With caring teachers leading classes for children in Pre-K through Grade 5, Sunday School allows children to discover Bible stories and learn essential truths, all while building relationships and having fun together.
Mid-Week Ministries (Wednesday Nights at 5:45 PM)
All of us can use a little “spiritual recharge” during the week, and kids are no exception. So children play a big part in our Mid-Week Ministry, which operates on a September to May schedule that parallels that of local schools. Kids (and their families) are invited to be part of the Snack Supper at 5:45 PM, which is provided free-of-charge every week through the hard work and generosity of other groups in the church. Then, at 6:15 PM, children are invited to participate in Mission Friends (for Pre-K and K boys and girls), Royal Ambassadors or “RA’s” (for grade school boys), and AIM or “Abide in Me” (for grade school girls). These high energy ministries reinforce biblical truths and allow kids to be “hands on” about their faith through regular mission and ministry projects.
Calvary’s “Explorers Children’s Ministry” is rounded out by a variety of other activities that take place throughout the year. These include:
- Vacation Bible School
- Passport Kids: a summer church camp for grade school children
- Children’s Christmas Pageant
- Fall Festival
- Easter Celebration
- Other Special Outings and Day Trips