Third Christian Reformed Church
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Growing in Grace

Children's Ministry


 

Nursery (Infant – 2 years old):  Nursery is offered during the morning and evening services for infants and children  too young to sit in church.  We offer two rooms: one with a crib, rocking chairs and small toys for infants who are not yet walking, and the other room for the older, more active children.  Our nursery is staffed by volunteer members of Third.


Learning Lambs (3 and 4 year olds): Children, who are 3 years old by  September 1 are invited to Learning Lambs during the morning worship (September through April).  There is a Bible story, puppets and a snack.  They do several different crafts, activities, and games which emphasize the Bible lessen.

Children’s Worship (Preschool – 4th grade):  During the morning service from September through April, children from Preschool age through 5th grade are excused for Children’s Worship.  Here they are trained to sit quietly and hear God’s voice speaking to them.  They have the opportunity to sing, pray, reflect, share and learn about what God’s Word says to us.  Given the in-depth value of this program, it is dismissed at 11:45 A.M., giving the children time to participate in all Children’s Worship has to offer.

GEMS (2nd – 6th grade girls):  GEMS is a program designed for girls meeting the first and third Wednesdays from 7:00  -  8:30 P.M.  GEMS stands for Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior.  Committed leaders center each meeting around this theme.  Their goals are to build relationships with each girl through small and large group activities, strengthen each girl’s spiritual relationship with God, promote “servant-mindedness” in the GEMS girls and have fun.

Cadets (2nd – 6th grade boys):  “Living for Jesus” is our theme for Cadets.  Each meeting starts with the Landmarks which summarizes our devotion to God.  Bible study is an important part of our time together.  Our lessons typically come from The Quest, a monthly magazine published by the Cadet organization.  Cadets also participate in doing badge work, projects and games. Fun activities include model rockets, campouts, hockey games, Christian service projects, and a pinewood derby race.  Dedicated counselors enjoy meeting with the boys. They help the Cadets learn more about God, themselves, and the world around them.