“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 Mornings: We view the weekly worship gathering of our church as being vitally important for the health of children’s souls. We encourage parents to have their children be present and engaged in these gatherings as young as possible. During the worship services, we provide nurseries for the youngest children (two years old and down) for the entirety of the service. Children three years old through kindergarten are able to be dismissed midway through the service–for a teaching and activity time that is more geared toward their age group. This dismissal, however, is not required if families would like to keep children with them in the service.
Typically at 9:00 a.m. each Sunday, we have nurseries and classes for children of all ages, which utilize a curriculum called the Gospel Project. These classes provide children with an opportunity to learn the storyline of the Bible in a way that has Christ as its focus from beginning to end. Life Education classes for adults are offered simultaneously to these classes, enabling families to come together and learn with their peers before gathering with the collective church for worship. NOTE: We are currently not having this educational hour due to our COVID-related shift as a church to having two worship services. Once we return to “normalcy,” we are excited to begin having this educational hour once again!
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 New City Catechism, which teaches children key doctrines through a system of questions and answers. 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, “Wheels” Nights, 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!
Director of Children’s Ministry