Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it
If there was one word to describe our children's ministry at The House it would be MASSIVE although it may not seem like it to the casual observer. Almost a third of our resources goes to making sure our children grow up in the ways of the Lord and become useful members of the community. The goal of our Sunday School is:
Making Sunday the best day of a child's week
We have special section of the church gallery to showcase our children's ministry so be sure to check it out. Here's a quick summary of what we do throughout the year:
REGULAR SUNDAY SCHOOL
Bubbles for ages zero to six, Splash from ages seven to ten, Xtreme for ages 11-14 and Grid for ages 14-17. We have age groups because we believe in age appropriate study materials and methods. However the children are not isolated from church and at certain times we would have joint services. In addition the children join the adults for praise and worship twice a month.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
This usually takes place in the last week in July and its a very big item on the children's ministry agenda with lots of forward planning. It is open to everyone (children from the community and from other churches regularly attend this annual event) Each year is themed and in 2011 our theme was Pandamania - Where God is Wild About You. 2010 was themed High Seas Adventure. Vacation Bible School is a mix of learning the Bible in fun ways, songs, drama sketches, outings to the beach, zoo, amusement park and other interesting places AND the T-shirts and other gear have been priced collectors items.
Summer camping is what our children 12-15 do every year with an organisation called Youth For Christ. Safety, fun and biblical teaching is guaranteed. All our children who go to these summer camps always come back changed in one positive way or another. We are looking to expand our summer camping activities soon to include a wider age group. Again watch this space or subscribe to our eNewsletter to be kept up to date.
One of our highlights of the year is the Children's Christmas Musical. We are in production number twelve now (2011) and the musicals get better and better. We've recently invested in wireless headsets for the children and as soon as we can afford it we will be installing proper stage lights. Pictures from past musicals are posted on our church gallery page >>
There's much more of course, we haven't mentioned the Easter play, outings, story writing competitions etc. but this is because we understand you can only read so much online. We look forward to welcoming you and your family to church sometime.