What a lot of little bodies there are at Christ the Lord and how they are loved! Under the watchful eye of Diane Thomas, Director of Children’s Ministry, programs are offered which teach the faith, nurture joy and security and fill the halls with laughter and noise!
Our Children’s Ministry Fosters Love of Christ
Our Children’s Ministry programs are designed to foster a love of Christ and develop a strong sense of friendship among peers. Sunday school, Friends of Faith and Vacation Bible School teach the children valuable Bible lessons while nurturing relationships between friends. The loving volunteer staff provides a warm safe environment for the children to grow in their faith. Designed for children birth through fifth grade, Children’s Ministry offers a wide range of programs and activities for kids and their families.
Bibles for Second Graders
At Christ the Lord, we believe putting the scripture into the hands of young children is a valuable gift on their journey of faith. Each September, the congregation presents all second grade students with a Bible. This serves a reminder to the students the importance of God’s word in their lives. What a very special occasion it is when a child receives their first Bible. If you have a second grade student, please contact the church office, Diane Thomas, or sign up outside the Children’s Ministry office.
Children in first through fifth grades are welcome to participate in the Children’s Chime Choir, which meets on Sundays at 11:00 am. The Chimers share their music with the congregation several times a year during church services.
First Communion Preparation
First Communion classes are generally start in March from noon to 1:30 p.m. in room 9 at church. Classes are for youth 10 years old or older or in the fifth grade. There will be a Seder meal at the church in April after the classes finish. This is the meal Jesus celebrated with his disciples at the Last Supper. First Communion Sunday is in April usually at the 10 a.m. service. A letter is sent to parents in February. If you have a child fitting these requirements or did not receive a letter, please contact Janice Aldridge at the church office.
Friends of Faith, Little Friends of Faith and Friends of Faith for Teens
Our Wednesday evening program, for children from birth through high school, is one you will not want to miss. Starting at 5:30 and ending at 7:00 p.m.
The programs begin on Wednesday in August and run through November. Second semester is January through March. A tuition is charged to cover the cost of the meals. There are discounts for families as well as scholarships upon request.
Little Friends of Faith is for children under the age 4 along with their parent(s). Our schedule will coincide with “Friends of Faith” which older siblings may already be attending. There will be fun playtime for the children, group lessons on Christian parenting, and fellowship for the adults, including dinner together. Join anytime!
Friends of Faith offers fun, education and fellowship for our children ages 4 through 6th grade. the program includes music (children’s choir), Bible study, crafts and dinner. The children share their musical experience during Worship on Sunday.
Friends of Faith Teens is for our middle and high school youth. Youth will have a program of their own, led by Vickie Davis, from 5:30 to 6:30 followed by dinner. Designed for youth, grades 6 through 12, the youth ministry program of Christ the Lord inspires growing relationships with Christ and with one another. Combining learning, fellowship, and service events, this program is enthusiastically attended by our youth.
The Imagination Dancers present a worship dance in church, typically during the 9:00 and 10:00 services one Sunday in the fall and one in the spring. They also present a celebration of liturgical dance during the Children’s Christmas Program each December.
Practice is on Sunday mornings from 11-12 at the church. Thirty minutes of ballet technique and 20 minutes of choreography for presentations during worship. Class concludes with a reverence to thank our Heavenly Father and prayer.
Servant Camp for Preteens
As a week-long day camp during the summer, rising fifth, sixth and seventh graders benefit from experiences in outreach and adventure. Each day the children serve at various organizations for approximately 3 to 4 hours per day. After lunch, the group participates in fun activities like laser tag and bowling. A daily group devotion is planned to familiarize the children with God’s Word about service to others. The cost is limited to the activity fees.
Sunday School & Adaptive Sunday School
Weekly, during the school year, our children learn about Jesus, connect with friends, and experience Christ’s love through dedicated teachers. At 10:00, Sunday school classes are available for age 4 through 12th grade.
We have an Adaptive Sunday School class for students (children, youth, and young adults) needing special assistance in the classroom. Trained professionals staff the classroom and lead the group in weekly Bible lessons and activities. The class meets from 10:00 – 12:00 on Sundays and may be attended for one hour or two. A parent or relative must be in the church building while the student is attending the class.
Vacation Bible School
A summertime tradition, VBS fills the halls, the classes, the sanctuary, the fellowship hall, the parking lot — you get the picture! Join us for the action and Spirit packed week.
Every June, for one week, the church becomes the host for a fantastic adventure at Vacation Bible School. Children ages three years through fifth grade join together for a themed week of Bible study, crafts, music, games, and yummy snacks.
VBS kicks off bright and early on Monday morning at 9:00 a.m. and continues until noon, each day. On Friday we conclude the week with a carnival for the kids in the morning and a musical show for their families at 11:30 a.m..
Contact Diane Thomas, Director of Children’s Ministry if you have an interest, questions or would like to volunteer.