“If the tree must be bent, it must be done when it is young and tender, and with a very gentle, easy hand, for the spirit is not to be broken but bowed.” -Matthew Henry
While we believe that parents have the primary responsibility of teaching their children to follow Jesus, we also believe that the entire church family has a responsibility to join them in that work! So as a church, we try to invest directly in children through the following means:
Sunday Morning Worship Gatherings: As with every other age group, we view the weekly worship gatherings of our church as being vitally important for the health of children’s souls. As young as possible, we encourage parents to have their children be present and engaged in these gatherings—joining us as we meet with God, sing His praises, read His Word, pray, encourage each other, and listen to gospel teaching.
Sunday Morning Classes: Every Sunday, we have age-graded children’s classes (9:00 a.m. | Nursery – 6th Grade; 10:30 a.m. | Nursery – Kindergarten), which utilize a curriculum called The Gospel Project. In these classes, every child from pre-school to high school learns from the same passage and is taught to see how that passage fits within the Bible’s big-picture story. We recommend that children attend a Sunday morning class at 9:00 a.m. and then join their parents in the 10:30 a.m. worship service.
Wednesday Evening Groups: During the school year, on Wednesday evenings at 6:30, we have age-graded groups that meet. These groups are currently using a curriculum called Lost & Found, which teachers use to help children see how each unique portion of the Bible is informed by the gospel. During the evening, the children are on a rotation schedule that entails large-group and small-group time, a game, and an opportunity to hear the Bible story specifically geared toward their age. In addition to the evening, the children are given opportunities to imprint the Word of God on their hearts by memorizing Big Idea Truths and Bible verses week-to-week.
Events: Over the course of any given year, we have events that are geared toward children and families. Examples include: the church picnic, Vacation Bible School, Date/Movie Night, Wednesdays at the Park, Build Your Own Sundae, and various holiday parties and celebrations.
If you are new to CCC and have children, you might be wondering where/how you check them in for their class and what safety precautions are in place for your children. Please visit our Child Check-In and Safety page to learn about that and other important things that will help you get a clearer picture of what to expect when you arrive!
Jordan Weddle, Director of Children’s Ministries