Youth and Children's Minsitry

1 Timothy 4:12 says, “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” That’s why the goal of our next generation ministries are to help young people enjoy a growing relationship with God.

If that happens, it’s a win!  This is true whether they’re 17 months or 17 years old, whether they come from a single-parent or two-parent household, whether they’ve been to church a thousand times or never before.  We achieve this goal by helping them treasure Jesus Christ, pursue authentic community, and love their neighbors in age-appropriate ways.

Young people matter at KingsWay because the next generation matters to God.

The heart-orientation of our mission means next generation ministry is more than running a program. It’s about partnering with parents to raise up a new generation of God-followers. Over the years, we’ve found consistent, quality, programs provide an ideal context for such discipleship ministry. All of our programs for young people are guided by seven core values:

1. The Word of God must provide the framework for discipleship ministry. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

2. God has given parents primary responsibility for discipling their children. (Deuteronomy 6:4-9)

3. God has ordained the church to envision, equip, and encourage parents. (Ephesians 4:12-16)

4. The church and the family are designed to work together in discipling children. (Acts 2:42-47)

5. Children and parents need to experience the love and care of God in the context of community. (1 John 4:7-11)

6. Children and parents need truth to build their lives upon: who God is, what He’s done, and why it matters. (Psalm 78:1-7)

7. Being faithful to the Gospel is more important than being culturally relevant; the method must never overshadow the message. (1 Corinthians 2:1-5)

Frontline (Middle and High School Students)

Frontline is our ministry for middle and high school students and their parents. We exist to help one another enjoy a growing relationship with God by treasuring Christ, pursing authentic community, and loving our neighbors.

We meet regularly meet throughout the month for times of worship, fun & games, teaching, and small groups. The following represents a typical schedule for Frontline:

1st Wednesday – Off / Adventure!
2nd Wednesday – Small Groups
3rd Wednesday –  Frontline Together
4th Wednesday – Small Groups

What are Small Groups?
We do life together in small groups, studying God’s truth in regular community. We offer three small groups:
1. High school girls
2. High school guys
3. Middle school girls & guys

What is Frontline Together?
At these monthly meetings we introduce Gospel-centered, biblically-based sessions and an environment to invite unbelieving friends and neighbors. After each session, we break into our small groups for a Q&A to discuss application.

What are these so called “adventures”?
On our off weeks, we like to plan fun adventures such as volleyball games, pumpkin carving competitions, and Christmas gift giving, depending on the month and season!

King’sKids (Nursery – 11 years old)

Our ministry for children 0-11 years is called King’sKids.

We are using the curriculum called, “The Gospel Project” which takes 3 years to go through the entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation.  Each week, the children will read and watch a short video about a Bible story, learn about how each story connects to Christ, and will get a take home sheet and trading card to help parents continue to discuss Biblical truths with their children at home.

The Values presented through the Gospel Project:

+ Christ-centered Study that helps participants understand how all Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation, gives testimony to Jesus Christ.

+ Chronological Study Plan that shows how the Bible is not just a collection of stories, but one unified story— God’s story of redemption.

+ Missional Application that examines how the gospel encourages and empowers us to be mission-driven.

+ Essential Doctrines that help participants grasp the theological truths and central themes of the Christian faith.

As a church, we desire to come alongside the parents who are the main ones discipling their children.  We hope to provide you with resources and discussion starters that will help as you are caring for your children’s hearts.

Classes:
Open from 9:45 a.m.-Noon:
+ Nursery (up to 2 yrs old)
+ 2-4 year olds

These kids will be with their parents at the beginning of the meeting for worship, and then will be dismissed for class:
+ 5-6 year olds
+ 7-8 year olds
+ 9-11 year olds

If you are visiting for the first time, please visit the King’sKids Desk in the foyer to register your child(ren) before the meeting.

A Word to Parents

If you’re a parent, then you are an essential part of God’s plan for next-generation ministry. No Sunday school, no youth group, no church leader can replace your role in the life of your child. Maybe things are going well. Your child loves you, you love them. Maybe things are not going so well. Your child is pulling away, you’re unsure how to respond. Wherever you are on the roller coaster of parenting, one thing is true: you can’t fly solo, at least not for long. At KingsWay, we’re committed to helping parents learn to fulfill their God-given responsibility in the context of community with other parents. So download the King’sKids scripture songs and homework sheets to teach your 4 year old. Come to a Frontline meeting with your 11th-grader and participate in the parent training segment. Spend a Friday night snow-tubing with your 6th-grader and learn to laugh together. Find a place where you can link arms with other dads and moms to receive the real hope and help that only God can provide.

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