Ministry to Children & Youth
Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.’
At Restoration, we value children’s participation in our worship and community life. Their curiosity, childlike faith, and energy are a gift to our whole church family, and the wisdom, guidance, and hospitality of the congregation is a gift to children. They are always welcome in every part of our worship service. Because children learn differently than adults, we also offer a nursery and children’s ministry.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is at work in the lives and hearts of children, and we partner in this by creating spaces for worship, learning, and prayer.
Newborns – 36 months
Childcare workers are available through the entirety of the service and provide a safe caring space for infants and toddlers. Three year olds also participate in a Bible lesson during the sermon. Children age 0-3 may be dropped off at any point before or during the service; many families choose to pick up their children for the Eucharist.
Preschool – Sixth Grade
Children of preschool age through 6th grade are blessed after the reading of the Gospel for an age appropriate Bible lesson. If some children wish to stay in the service during the sermon, they are welcome!
After children leave the service, teachers gather all the children together briefly to preview the morning’s lesson and to pray. Then they have time in smaller groups to learn from the Bible and grow in their faith. Children are led back into the service just before announcements.
While our curriculum varies in its focus over the course of the year, we want every child to understand three essential, biblical truths:
God is Great
God is the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth. From Genesis to Revelation, we see that God is mighty to save and we can trust Him to be bigger and stronger than our fears. God’s kingdom is never threatened and we are always safe when we trust in Him.
God is Good
The God who made us also loves us with a never-ending, never-failing love. God is for us—he is our good Father who wants good things for his children. Throughout the Bible, God is always working for the good of his people, and we see this fully in the life and ministry of his son, Jesus Christ.
God is Gracious
Although God made us for himself, we turn away from God’s good plan and follow our own hearts. Our sin breaks God’s heart and leads us into sadness and even death. But God never gives up on his children, and he sent his son Jesus to live, die, and be raised back to life to give us a way back to God. By God’s grace, we have new and unending life with him.
On Sunday mornings, we encourage youth to participate fully in every part of the service; in fact, many of our youth are part of the worship team—helping serve communion, reading from the Bible, running the visual and sound equipment.
Outside of Sunday mornings, we have a Youth Community Group that meets to study the Bible and learn how to live as disciples and host activities throughout the year. We believe that young disciples learn and grow best when they are able to participate fully in the ongoing life of the whole church.
For other questions regarding Children’s and Youth Ministry contact our Family Minister Kolby Kerr.