PURPOSE AND MISSION
We believe that Scripture clearly teaches that the parents have the primary responsibility to raise their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. This includes teaching them about God, disciplining them and striving to honor God before them in all they do. The Children’s Ministry team here desires to be a support to our parents by encouraging them and supplementing them in the nurture of their children.
The following four things: Joy in God, Glorifying God, Studying His Word, Testifying to His mighty work in our lives are the four fundamentals of how we try to teach the children and how we encourage our parents to do also in their spiritual nurturing of their children.
The children’s ministry of Orlando Grace Church exists to glorify God by:
- Supporting and encouraging parents who are primarily responsible for teaching biblical truths to their children (Ephesians 6:4)
- Making the whole counsel of Scripture known to children with special emphasis on the Gospel (Deuteronomy 6:6-9; Romans 1:16-17)
- 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)
- Living faithfully before the children and modeling 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)
Amanda Walton, Children’s Ministry Director
SAFETY AND SECURITY
Your child’s safety is extremely important to us at OGC. All volunteers are background checked and must be covenant members in good standing. During Equipping Hour and the Worship service we have volunteers who monitor the halls. We also have a matching tag system for drop off and pick up in all our nursery and Sunday School classes.
We provide a safe and nurturing environment for children from birth to three years old where our kids learn Bible stories, sing worship songs, and get solid foundational teaching about the Gospel.
Nursery is provided during Sunday School classes and the Worship Service.
Koala Room – Infants up to Crawlers
Zebra Room – Walkers up to Runners
Cheetah Class – Runners and Potty Trained (3’s and Pre-K).
We currently offer four classes for our pre-school-elementary aged children during our 9:15 Equipping Hour. Our children learn about Jesus, redemption, and the promises of God in engaging and small group environments. Each class is uniquely tailored to the needs of children in that specific age group. Lessons often include catechism questions, scripture memory verses, felt storyboards, songs and games.
The Cheetahs Class is for 3s and Pre-k children.
Currently, they are using He Established a Testimony, Truth:78 (formerly Children Desiring God) curriculum full of Old Testament Stories for Young Children.
The Eagles Class is for kindergartners and 1st graders.
Currently, they are using The Ology: Ancient Truths, Ever True, which has been described as beautifully illustrated storybook of systematic theology for children.
The Giraffes Class is for second to fifth graders.
Currently, they are using the New City Catechism Curriculum which contains engaging lessons developed from the questions and answers of The New City Catechism, designed to help children ages 8–11 learn the core doctrines of the Christian faith.
DURING THE WORSHIP SERVICE
Children ages 4 up through 2nd grade join their families in the first half of the worship service. They are dismissed during the sermon time to an age appropriate, engaging, and fun group called Grace Kids! Currently, they are working through The Gospel Project for Kids, which helps kids to see big picture of the Bible and how all of the small stories are part of one unified story of redemption. Through whole group teaching with movement and songs, to small groups where kids go more in depth, to prayer time, to applying the lesson through coloring, crafts, or games, our kids attending Grace Kids get solid Biblical teaching.