Philosophy of Kids Ministry

  • The home is the primary environment for faith formation in our children.
  • Dad and Mom are the primary faith formers in their children.
  • The church is an important complement to faith formation at home, especially in equipping parents for the task of spiritual parenting.
  • The church blesses children with “spiritual fathers and mothers” – faith-nurturing adults outside of their nuclear family.
  • For Kids Ministry (children through grade 5) we use TRU Curriculum.

 

Baptism and Baby Dedication

  • The WHY Church honors both theological frameworks: infant baptism and baby dedication.
  • Important note: Baptism is not just for children, but for people at any age who are beginning their life with Christ (or who have not yet been baptized).
  • Preparation for baptism or baby dedication is completed by meeting 1-on-1 with Pastor Bjorn Dixon.
  • At this occasion a child receives his or her own Beginner’s Bible.

 

3rd Grade Bible

  • In the fall of their 3rd grade year, children receive their own Hands-On Bible during Sunday morning worship.
  • The Hands-On Bible is an interactive format in the New Living Translation (NLT), designed for children ages 6-12.

 

Vacation Bible School

  • The WHY Church offers Vacation Bible School at the Y for one week every summer in partnership with YMCA Summer Power.
  • VBS is free of charge and open to all children in the community.
  • VBS is for children in grades K-5, though middle schoolers are encouraged to serve as Junior Leaders.

 

1st Communion

  • The ideal age for First Communion can vary from child to child, so we intentionally leave room for flexibility and discernment.
  • 5th grade is the typical age at which we celebrate First Communion.
  • Preparation for First Communion is completed by attending the 1-time gathering for children and their parents in the early part of the year.
  • First Communion is celebrated at the first Communion Sunday of Lent.

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