"And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise."
What do you believe about discipling the next generation?
We believe that Jesus died for the world and that includes the youngest of us. We also believe that God through the Bible calls his people to come alongside parents in raising the next generation to love and follow Jesus.
As a church, we do so by providing age-appropriate teaching from the Bible in environments specifically designed to foster joy, peace, development, safety, vulnerability, and belonging. We also offer training and support to parents and caregivers as they work to bring up their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4).
What do you offer?
During our main Sunday Morning Worship Gathering, we offer age and developmentally appropriate groups for children, birth-5th grade, as a precious addition to the time you spend with them nurturing their faith at home. We show our children God’s love and share His story through storytelling, worship, conversation, prayer, and play, and you can expect each of our classes to be safe, structured, and focused on the good news of Jesus.
We know there are some unique challenges that come with being a parent today and that parents are facing these challenges earlier and earlier in raising their students. At each of our regular Parent Roundtables, parents & other caregivers like you discuss a particular topic related to encouraging your student’s faith, and you can expect each conversation to be hope-filled, practical, and centered on the good news of the gospel.
Note to Parents
You may check-in your child(ren) before the service, starting 15 minutes before the service, or you may check-in your child(ren) before the sermon when the elementary-age children are dismissed. Nursery and Pre-K classrooms open 10 minutes before service, and elementary children are dismissed during the greeting time. Our Journey Kids area is next to the sanctuary in the upstairs hallway of our education building, and our Journey Kids Service Coordinator would be happy to assist you.
Services with Family
We also love having children in service with their families! Check out the Kid’s Kart in the foyer for resources to help your child participate in worship.
Should you need to step out with your child, the Moms Room is available to you to the rear left of the auditorium or our Family Room in the Journey Kids area where you can watch the service streamed live.
What curriculums do you use?
Trained volunteers navigate children through intentional curriculum every week to help children engage with the Bible in a way that makes sense to them. We currently utilize the Grow Kids for Preschool and The Biggest Story Curriculum for our Elementary age students.
Grow Kids provides a comprehensive overview of the Bible as well as engaging and age-appropriate activities to help the Bible come alive for some of our youngest children.
God’s story is the most beautiful story ever told, full of wonder and scandalous grace. There is nothing more important for the younger generation than imparting to them a rich vision of the gospel. Based on the bestselling Biggest Story Bible Storybook by pastor Kevin DeYoung, The Biggest Story Curriculum incorporates a host of integrated print and digital components to teach kids key Bible stories from Genesis to Revelation. Featuring 104 Old and New Testament Scripture lessons for kindergarten through fifth grade, the curriculum set provides 2 or more years of teaching material that will help children understand God’s plan to redeem the world through his Son, Jesus.
What are your favorite recommended resources for parents?
Check out the links below for some of the resources we recommend for growing in the gospel as a family. In addition to the books below, we also recommend two websites (linked below)--The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding (CPYU) and Axis Parenting Resources--which provide several practical trainings and resources aimed at helping you to nurture your child in a lifetime of biblically-faithful, whole-life Christian discipleship.
In this timely book, Pastor Ray Ortlund makes the case that gospel doctrine creates a gospel culture. In too many of our churches, it is the beauty of a gospel culture that is the missing piece of the puzzle. But when the gospel is allowed to exert its full power, a church becomes radiant with the glory of Christ.
Shepherding a Child's Heart
Shepherding a Child’s Heart is about how to speak to the heart of your child (Luke 6:45). Written for parents with children of any age, this insightful book provides perspectives and procedures for shepherding your child’s heart into the paths of life.
In this life-giving book, Paul Tripp offers parents much more than a to-do list. Instead, he presents us with a big-picture view of God’s plan for us as parents. Outlining fourteen foundational principles centered on the gospel, he shows that we need more than the latest parenting strategy or list of techniques. Rather, we need the rescuing grace of God―grace that has the power to shape how we view everything we do as parents.
The Biggest Story Bible Storybook
The Bible is a BIG book about the BIGGEST story. Each page tells about the God who created the world, acted in history, and continues to act in the present. In The Biggest Story Bible Storybook, pastor Kevin DeYoung shares this grand story with children ages 6–12 through 104 short chapters.
Good News for Little Hearts
The Good News for Little Hearts series brings gospel help and biblical counsel to families. Based on CCEF’s model of help and hope, each story focuses on an animal family’s real-life issues, encouraging young readers toward a growing relationship with Jesus in the midst of challenging circumstances. Each individual story guides parents toward meaningful conversations with their kids, based on what Scripture has to say about living by faith in everyday life.
Tales that Tell the Truth
Every book in this series features beautiful illustrations and engaging story-telling that captures young imaginations but always remains faithful and true to the biblical text. Which means that adults will love these books as much as the kids they are reading to!
TGC Kids illustrated storybooks engage the hearts and imaginations of kids aged 3–7 by teaching them biblical truths about how to live and grow as God’s children in today’s culture. Published in partnership with the Gospel Coalition.
Tiny Theologians Podcast
This adventure podcast for kids is fun, upbeat, and rich with biblical theology. Each week, kids can join TJ and Tory as they adventure through the attributes of God. In each episode, Tory comes home from school to her little brother TJ, and their circumstances send them on an adventure to discover something about God with the help of their parents and the lovely and quirky folks in the neighborhood. Each episode culminates in TJ and Tory learning about God and discovering just how big He is.
Gathering together for worship is an indispensable part of your family’s spiritual life. It is a means for God to reveal himself to you and your loved ones in a powerful way. This practical guide by Donald S. Whitney will prove invaluable to families—with or without children in the home—as they practice God-glorifying, Christ-exalting worship through Bible reading, prayer, and singing. Includes a discussion guide in the back for small groups.
The Tech-Wise Family
Drawing on in-depth original research from the Barna Group, Andy Crouch shows readers that the choices we make about technology have consequences we may never have considered. He takes readers beyond the typical questions of what, where, and when and instead challenges them to answer provocative questions like, Who do we want to be as a family? and How does our use of a particular technology move us closer or farther away from that goal? Anyone who has felt their family relationships suffer or their time slip away amid technology’s distractions will find in this book a path forward to reclaiming their real life in a world of devices.