Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. -Proverbs 22:6
We recognize that our families are all at different places in their walks of faith. So, it is our goal to offer as many options as possible in order to support one another in worship on Sunday mornings, and throughout the week. If family-integrated worship is your style, we love to have children of all ages stay in the service. We offer busy bags with quiet activities and snacks for those who become restless. Some of our families choose to use our staffed nursery, or send their kids to Children’s Church during the sermon. Students between 3 years and 3rd grade are dismissed by the pastor before the sermon, to a classroom where they will be taught an age appropriate lesson. Following the worship service, we offer classes for both children and adults during the Sunday School hour. Throughout the week there are also Bible studies, theology classes, youth group, play group, and a variety of other activities designed to engage the whole family!
Tiny Theologians offers theologically-robust training tools for the youngest members of God’s household. Categorically there are many children’s options to choose from, but we don’t want to teach the youngest members of God’s household an overly-simplified version of the Biblical narrative or, perhaps more dangerous, a moralistic version aimed to promote good behavior. Instead, Tiny Theologians offers beautifully illustrated, catechism-style cards to help parents pass on our Christian faith. Covering topics like theology, church history, missions, and discipleship, we pray these tools are a blessing as you seek to train the tiny theologians in your life.
Songs for Saplings is a non-profit organization that is providing music that clearly communicates Scripture and its rich truths in clear, memorable and very enjoyable ways. The music was written by Dana Dirksen. Her initial goal was to help her children understand and memorize Scripture. Over time, the projects grew and Dana has completed eight albums, including the 6 volume “Questions with Answers” series which is based on the Westminster Shorter Catechism. Each song contains a scripture verse to support the truth being taught.
We believe American culture’s influence on the gospel is a problem, so an “American Gospel” is a distorted, corrupted gospel. That distortion happens when you add to the gospel (promises of “the American dream” of health, wealth, & prosperity), or when you subtract from the gospel (due to the influence of postmodernism, relativism, religious pluralism, etc.). There are currently two AG films in the series with a third in production (see below). We also have a streaming service called AGTV (watchagtv.com) where you can find the AG films along with supporting content, recommended ministries, and other films and series.
Have you ever wondered why God included certain stories in the Bible? The Bible is meant to show us Jesus and his glorious gospel, yet often we get stuck focusing only on Bible heroes or bad guys with our kids. In each episode, Alicia Yoder tells the story of a passage from the Bible, looks at the choices that were made and how God is at work, and then shows how God does the same for us–only better–in Jesus. Subscribe for your kids, or listen alongside them!
Seeds Family Worship creates Scripture memory songs for kids by setting verses from the Bible to music. They have a library of 176 songs and 250 videos written to word-for-word Scripture that makes memorizing the Bible easy and fun. The songs are written for kids but are meant to be enjoyed by the whole family.
Seeds is passionate about family discipleship, and has created 80 devotionals that include a short reading with a corresponding Scripture memory music video. Their YouTube channel is also packed full of great video content for your family!
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together…but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.Heb. 10:24-25
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.1 Pet. 4:10
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith. Eph 4:11-13