VISION

Our Children’s Ministry exists to draw children to Jesus Christ (evangelism) and lead them in a life long relationship with Him (discipleship).

Children’s Ministry Mission Statement

To Love and glorify God by teaching children His Word, leading by example and building a Biblical foundation for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. Based on 2 Timothy 3:15, “and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”

CORE Values

  • Draw near to God (James 4:8) - Salvation, Prayer, Worship, Bible Study, Giving
  • To become more like Jesus (2 Corinthians 3:18) – Character/Attitude, Relationships, Words/Actions 
  • To acquire knowledge and a love of God’s Word (Hebrews 8:10) – Seek God’s Word for wisdom, apply God’s Word, Memorize God’s Word
  • To be mission-minded (Matthew 28:19-20) – Teach Biblical basis for missions, lead others to Christ, help meet the needs of people
  • To be child-friendly (Luke 18:16) – Provide a safe, secure and appealing learning environment

Spiritual Formation Plan for Grades K-1

  • Can locate the two main parts of the Bible – Old and New Testament
  • Can locate several books in the Bible without assistance
  • Can memorize short Bible verses
  • Becomes familiar with the contents of specific books such as: Genesis tells about God and His creation; Psalms contains songs about God; The Gospels tell about Jesus
  • Knows the Bible tells us that God sent Jesus to earth because He loves all people
  • Identifies some of the names of the people in the Bible
  • Can discover and apply truths in a Bible verse
  • Can begin to know the books of the Bible in order
  • Can locate books of the Bible by using the table of contents or with teacher assistance
  • Understands the importance of prayer and how to pray
  • Becomes familiar with Worship and the concept of church (a body of believers) and the purpose of the church; Knows the meaning of Christmas and Easter
  • Missions (meeting other’s needs)

Spiritual Formation Plan for Grades 2-3

  • Can identify if a book is in the Old or New Testament
  • Can locate many of the books of the Bible
  • Can memorize verses or short passages
  • Can locate often-used Bible passages such as:  The Lord’s Prayer; 
  • The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20, Deut. 5); The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5, Luke 6)
  • Knows that the Bible tells about God’s plan of salvation
  • Can find the names of prominent people in the books where their stories are recorded (Daniel, Moses, Jesus, etc.)
  • Can discover and apply truths in a Bible passage
  • Knows all of the books of the Bible in order
  • Introduced to other resources to enrich Bible skills/knowledge (commentary, Bible dictionary, concordance, etc.)
  • Child is comfortable praying to God
  • Understands concepts of baptism, Jesus’ death and resurrection, The Lord’s Supper
  • Missions (evangelism/meeting the needs of others)

Spiritual Formation Plan for Grades 4-5

  • Can identify all the books of the Old and New Testament; Can name the 10 divisions
  • Can locate all books in a limited time frame
  • Can memorize Bible passages; can quote several verses in the Bible
  • Is able to locate Bible passages in a limited time frame
  • Knows how to use the Bible to tell others God’s plan of salvation
  • Can identify prominent Bible people by the books in which their stories are recorded; Can identify the writer of each book in the Bible
  • Can begin to tell others the meaning of a verse or passage; Knows how to use their Bible as a guide for daily choices/living
  • Can recite the books of the Bible in order in a limited time frame
  • Can use other resources to enrich Bible skills/knowledge (commentary, Bible dictionary, concordance, etc.)
  • Child is comfortable praying to God
  • Understands how to mature in their relationship with Christ by recognizing the importance of a daily quiet time, prayer, and obedience to God; Understands The Trinity, tithing, and The Great Commission
  • Missions involvement (through giving of time and resources)

CHILDREN’S CHECK-IN

Role: To help families get their children checked in and to the right age-appropriate classroom. You are the first smiling face of the Children’s Ministry most parents and children get to see...we want them to feel safe and loved!

General Information: Every child should have a security sticker.  Every child must have a security sticker before entering the secure children’s area – Adults must have a stub to enter secure area for pick-up. First-time visitors should also fill out the visitor information sheet.  These should be given to Lisa Stone or Tammy Pass.  Thank you!

9:30am
Room 101 – Bed Babies (0 – 18 months)
Room 102 – Toddlers (18 months – age 3)
Room 103 – Preschoolers (age 3 – age 5)
Room 105 – Lower Elementary (Kindergarten & 1st grade)    
Room 106 – Upper Elementary (2nd – 5th grade)            

11am
Room 101 – Bed Babies (0 – 18 months)
Room 102 – Toddlers (18 months – age 3)
Room 103 – Preschoolers (age 3 – age 5)
Room 107 – Kid's Church (Kindergarten – 5th grade)

EXTENDED SESSION VOLUNTEER

Role: To provide safe, secure, nurturing care to our children. Your ministry responsibilities include playing with the child or directing their play, reading to them, praying for each child, exhibiting Christ-like patience and love, and relating the events of the day to the lesson and theme in words the child can understand.

Teaching Little Ones: Early Childhood is best time to build a God-centered worldview for children. We have provided age appropriate teaching material that is easy to prepare and use. Instructions are written in the curriculum. If you need additional help see Lisa Stone or Tammy Pass.

Integrate the biblical truth or theme into the activities the children are doing. Take advantage of every opportunity to make the truths “real” to the children, repeating them over and over, applying them to anything normal around them. Example: “Do you see the elephant in the puzzle? God made elephants. What else did God make? God made everything!”

Your role is to teach the children a short Bible lesson each week. It is important to be able to express excitement, energy, and love for God’s word when sharing the story and its principle. It is to be taught as truth, not as just a story.

General Information

  • Arrival: Please arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to make final preparations in your classroom and to allow for early arrivals
  • Greeting: Please greet each child at the door with a smile and check to make sure each child has a security sticker.  Have an adult walk child back to Children’s Check-in if they are missing a sticker.
  • Allergies: Please pay close attention to your class roster and the children’s security stickers to be aware of any food allergies a child may have.  If a child has a food allergy, parent permission is required before giving that child any food item.
  • Snacks: You may give each child a snack and water.  If they bring their own, give them that.  If you need snacks for children w/o their own, you will find them in top cabinets with cups for water.
  • Babies and Toddlers: Please make sure that you change their diaper or take them to potty (if they are potty training) by the end of the worship hour.  Place an “I’ve been changed with love” sticker on their shirt to notify the parents of diaper changes.
  • Classroom Policy:  There should be two adults serving at all times.  Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and have completed their Volunteer Application (with completed background check).  Volunteers 16 years of age or older may serve along-side a parent. All children under the age of 16 should be in their own age appropriate classroom.
  • Curriculum: In your classroom, you will find a leader guide and lesson materials including a take home page for each child.  If you need additional materials, please notify Lisa and please return any unused materials to Lisa Stone at the end of each quarter.  
  • Substitutes: Please be sure to secure a substitute should you need to miss a Sunday when you are scheduled.  You may try switching weeks with another teacher.  Please notify Lisa Stone of the change.
  • Emergency: Please familiarize yourself with the classroom’s emergency procedures and evacuation route in case of an emergency.  In case of an emergency or incident, please notify Lisa Stone or Tammy Pass.
  • Promotion:  In order to be consistent with the school systems, we will be enforcing the September 1st rule in our classrooms.  This means that if a child has a birthday after September 1st, they will be placed in the classroom of the age they are before their birthday.
  • Early Arrivals:  It is a good idea to have activities/stations planned for children who may arrive early.
  • Dismissal: Dismiss children to their parents, make sure to check their security stubs and gather all of their belongings (including bags, Bibles, coats, take-home page, crafts)
  • Packing up: When all of the children have been picked up, please clean your classroom.  Wipe down toys with disinfecting wipes, and put toys and supplies away.

TEACHING 9:30 AM BIBLE STUDY

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve,  and to give his life as a ransom for many.   - Mark 10:45

Teacher Role

  • Please be prepared to communicate the truths and principles of the Bible and engage children in the lesson with activities designed for all learning styles.
  • Please arrive at least 10-15 early to prepare and allow for early arrivals.
  • Keep accurate records of attendance and return the attendance book to the Kid’s Church cart after class.
  • Distribute Bible lesson materials to children (take-home sheets).
  • Follow up with children (notes of encouragement, “missed you” notes, Birthday cards) and new visitors (send them a note to say “glad you visited”).
  • Make sure each child has a security sticker…bring child back to Children’s Check-in if they are missing a sticker.
  • Please familiarize yourself with your classroom’s emergency procedures and evacuation route in case of an emergency.
  • Please wipe down toys with disinfecting wipes and put supplies away.

Goals of the Role

  • Reaching the lost with the Gospel (Evangelism)
  • Life transformation and making disciples
  • Grow the body of Christ and His church in strength and numbers
  • Raise up and equip children for leadership

General Information

  • Arrival: Please arrive by 9:15am for any last minute preparation and for early arrivals.
  • Allergies: Please pay close attention to your class roster and the children’s security stickers to be aware of any food allergies a child may have.  If a child has a food allergy, parent permission is required before giving that child any food item.
  • Class Schedule: Sunday School is from 9:30am to 10:45am…please have your class gather all of their belongings and walk them to Kid’s Church at 10:45am.  If no Kid’s Church teacher is present, please wait until the designated person arrives (never leave the children unattended)
  • Offering: There is an offering jar on the Kid’s Church cart where children may leave any offering they bring
  • Curriculum:  You will be given a leader’s guide to keep with you and each classroom bin will contain the Leader Pack (teaching pictures, student activity pages, enhanced cd, etc.).  If you need additional materials, please notify Tammy Pass and please return any unused materials to Tammy at the end of each quarter. 
  • Classroom Policy:  Teachers must be 18 years of age or older and have completed Volunteer Application (with completed background check).  Volunteers 16 years of age or older may serve along-side a parent. All children under the age of 16 should be in their own age appropriate classroom.
  • Substitutes: Please be sure to secure a substitute should you need to miss a Sunday when you are scheduled.  You may try switching weeks with another teacher.  Please notify Tammy Pass of the change at tammy@passlings.com.
  • Emergency: In case of an emergency, please notify Tammy Pass or another Keystone staff member.
  • Promotion:  In order to be consistent with the school systems, we will be enforcing the September 1 rule in our classrooms.  This means that if a child has a birthday after September 1, they will be placed in the classroom of the age they are before their birthday.  
  • Early Arrivals:  It is a good idea to have activities/stations planned for children who may arrive early.

Managing Your Classroom

  • Keep classroom rules to a minimum. State expectations clearly and in a positive way For example, say “walk in the hallway” instead of “don’t run.”
  • Provide lots of encouragement
  • Be consistent, organized and prepared
  • Use age appropriate activities and vary the activities from week to week
  • Remember that children aren’t the problem, their behavior is.  Calmly correct behavior while affirming the value of the child.
  • Talk to children individually about poor behavior choices and allow natural consequences to occur (such as “if we don’t put our supplies away quickly, then we won’t have time for a game”).
  • If a child is disruptive or poses a threat to himself or others, he/she should be taken out of the room and a staff member should be contacted.

Outreach Suggestions

  • Send “Glad you Visited” notes to new visitors
  • If a child has been absent 1 or 2 Sundays, send a “we miss you” postcard
  • If a child has been absent for 3 or 4 Sundays, call the family and let them know they are missed and see if there is a way you can minister to them.
  • Send Birthday cards to all children on your roster
  • Don’t forget the faithful attendees, they (and their parents) would love to hear from you too.

Creative Ways to Teach a Bible Story

  • Drama – act out the story or write a script and have the kids do the acting
  • Let students use puppets to retell the Bible story
  • Use Props
  • Lead students on a scavenger or treasure hunt to discover clues about the story
  • Interview characters from the story
  • Incorporate crafts to reinforce story elements or Bible verses
  • Use visual aids
  • Read the story using a character voice
  • Allow the children to make a movie of the Bible story where they create the backdrop/props and do the acting 
  • Have students draw a picture of the story after hearing it
  • Sing a song with the children to aid with memorization
  • Pop some popcorn and show the Veggie Tales version
  • Use motions each time a child hears a particular word in the story(interactive)
  • Reinforce the story with a game: memory/concentration, jeopardy, ball toss (great for asking questions or leading discussions), board game (where each player gets a turn after answering correctly)

Leading a Child to Christ

  • To help a child give words to their thoughts/feelings about Jesus, ask many open-ended questions (What do you think? Tell me more about…) 
  • Talk individually and simply with a child.  Focus on how God makes people a part of His family.
  • God loves us, but we have done wrong things (sinned).
  • God says sin must be punished.
  • God sent Jesus to take the punishment for the wrong things we have done.
  • We can tell God that we have done wrong and tell Him we are sorry for our sin. 
  • We can ask Jesus to be our Savior.
  • Then God forgives us and we become a part of God’s family.

ABC’s of Salvation

  • Admit that you are a sinner and repent.  Be sorry for what you have done wrong and turn away from sin. (Acts 3:19)
  • Believe in Jesus.  Believe that He died for your sins.  Believe in a way that you want to live your life by choosing Christ’s way and not your way. (Acts 16:31)
  • Commit to live your life in a Christ-like way.  Choose the will of God, not your own. (Matthew 7:21)

Prayer

  • What is prayer?  Prayer is talking and listening to God.  The Bible tells us that God hears all Christians who pray to Him.  We learn how to pray by the prayers we see in the Bible and the stories Jesus told help us to understand prayer. 
  • Prayers are answered through reading God’s Word and by listening with our hearts to the will of God. Not all prayers are answered the way we would like. 
  • Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:6-8 to pray privately and humbly.  We should not draw attention to ourselves when we pray.  He wants us to speak from our hearts and not use words that have no meaning.  This means to talk to the Lord as you would a close friend.
  • The Lord wants us to pray any time or place. He is with you always and will hear you.
  • Jesus gives us the model prayer in Matthew 6:9-13

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY

  • Stay Calm
  • Familiarize with the nearest exit for the classroom you are serving in. They are posted near the door of your classroom. If you hear the fire alarm, calmly have the children in your care line up and follow your route to a safe distance from the church building. If you see or smell smoke, pull the nearest alarm, and call 911 or designate someone to do so as you exit the building with your class.
  • Know the tornado plan: bring children to an interior room (babies, toddlers, or lower elementary); kids seated with backs against walls, arms over heads/neck
  • Know lockdown plan (door closed and locked or wedged if possible, lights out, everyone out of sight and silent)
  • Communicate to parents about where to meet in case of an emergency (outside=at cross/inside=large kid’s church room)
  • Other emergency: Call out or send someone for help; designate someone to call 911; ask for someone with CPR/First Aid training (teachers, healthcare professionals); familiarize yourself with the location of an AED (in lobby)

 

Thank you for serving! Please don’t hesitate to ask me for anything...discipline strategies, supplemental
lesson ideas, resources, etc. I am here to serve you as you serve in the Children’s Ministry. 
Tammy Pass