Children’s Ministry

childrens1At Amherst Christian Church, the Spiritual Formation of our children is a primary goal. Our aim is to raise our children to be dedicated followers of Jesus Christ, prepared and empowered to live for Him in what is becoming an increasingly hostile climate. To accomplish this goal we work with parents to form Christ in our children.

What Will Our Children Worship?

As we move into a new year of Children’s Church, we have spent a lot of time reflecting on our kids. We know that, at some point, our kids will need to make the (likely rocky) transition from their parent’s faith to their own. So we asked ourselves, what will our children worship? Right now, it’s more likely their iPod or Kindle than the living God. (It’s a work in progress.) As Christians, it is our greatest hope that our children will make Christ their own.

Our vision is to teach our kids to use the Bible as the manual for their lives, to build relationships and learn what corporate worship looks like.

To achieve our vision, for the first 2 weeks of each month, we will demonstrate what worship looks like during the sermon by having our children stay in the service. That’s right! The kids will stay with their families for the ENTIRE service! Why?

Imagine the culture shock of a child who has been in church all of his life but has never been in the main service. He has played games every Sunday, sang active songs, and had every message or Bible story illustrated with a skit, object lesson or interactive device. Suddenly the child turns 10 or 12, or in some cases, 18 years old. He has graduated to big church. There are no games, skits or illustrations, only some guy preaching for a half hour or longer. And there’s no candy! Get the picture? He’ll look for a church that entertains him and isn’t boring. If he doesn’t find one, he’ll drop out of church. This may be why so many young people are no longer attending church. They never were a part of the church. Our vision requires our entire congregation, their patience and God‐given status as role models

For the 3rd, 4th and 5th (if applicable) weeks, our kids will be in their classrooms diving into one book of the Bible each month, learning the following:

  1. Who Wrote it?
  2. When? (Historical Context)
  3. Intended Audience
  4. What’s the Big Idea? How can we apply it today?
  5. Main Characters & their Specific Stories
  6. Key Verses?
  7. How does this point to Jesus?

Parents can expect from our team:

  1. a significant amount of communication
  2. teachers praying for each of our kids every day
  3. team building events with our kids
  4. our kids teaching other kids in their class
  5. to see your children grow in knowledge and relationship with Christ.

We want our children to develop their own relationship with Christ and we want to come alongside your family and encourage you.