Our Children’s Ministry serves children from Kindergarten to 4th grade. It is our aim and prayer that this ministry is a blessing to our families and glorifies God as we keep the following principals before us:
SUPPLEMENTARY NOT PRIMARY
We recognize that parents are primarily responsible for teaching biblical truths to their children (Ephesians 6:4). Therefore, any class for children that we offer is designed to reinforce what children are learning at home or to encourage parents in making disciples and can in no way be a replacement for parental-led discipleship. (Deuteronomy 6:6-9, Ephesians 6:4)
POINTS TO JESUS
We aim to make the whole counsel of Scripture known to children with special emphasis on the message of the Gospel. (Deuteronomy 6:6-9; Romans 1:16-17) We want our children’s ministry to teach the children how all of Scripture points us to Christ. (Luke 24:27; Romans 1:16-17; 2 Timothy 3:16)
OUR PART AND GOD’S PART
We are actively praying for the children and relying on the Holy Spirit to regenerate their hearts through the faithful teaching of His Word (Romans 10:17; Ephesians 2:4-10). We humbly acknowledge that no parent and no Sunday School teacher can convert a child. We seek to be faithful in proclaiming the Gospel and pray that God, in his kindness will bring our children to repentance and faith. (Romans 10:17; Ephesians 2:8-9)
A FAITHFUL EXAMPLE
We seek to not only teach biblical truth, but as leaders, model biblical faithfulness for them how Christians are called to respond to God, interact with each other, and with the world around us. (Matthew 5:16; 1 Corinthians 11:1)
To that end, it is important that parents understand the following:
We seek to provide a safe, secure environment for children. Along with security precautions within the classrooms themselves, each volunteer is required to be fingerprinted and undergo a background check.
We aim to create a children’s ministry that reflects the priorities of Redeemer Church. The ministry at Redeemer is is simple, intentional and centered on the Word of God. We aim for our children’s ministry to be the same. Crafts, activities, and games are all designed to be vehicles for truth, not ends unto themselves.
Our goal is to prepare children for corporate worship. We want our children’s ministry classes to faithfully teach children while we prepare them to participate in corporate worship, not to be an alternative to corporate worship or a means for delaying participation in corporate worship. For this reason, as children approach ages 10-11 years, it would be wise to start talking with your teacher about the timing for transitioning them into the main worship service.