families with children

Welcome to Community Chapel’s Children’s & Family Ministry! We’re excited about partnering with you in the spiritual development of your children as we journey together to know, love, and become like Jesus!


We’re excited about our role as encouragers and equippers as we partner together in this adventure. Join us for the many children’s ministry opportunities available to you and your family.


Sunday Ministries Schedule


9:00AM


Nursery (up to age 3)

3 year olds - 5th grade combined this hour. Meet in rooms 208 and 209

One Room “Fun day” School: Children ages Preschool through 5th grade meet together to experience the concept of Christian community as they learn about God’s love as evidenced through Jesus Christ. Using a large group/small group format, children study God’s Word, worship through song and prayer, and are provided with developmentally appropriate, multisensory learning experiences intentionally planned with fun in mind! The multi-age setting provides children opportunities to practice the things Jesus teaches us about loving and serving others.


10:30AM


Nursery (up to age 3)

We have a fully staffed nursery area available during each Sunday morning worship service to provide loving care for infants and young toddlers in a safe environment. We have a special program for our 2 year olds that includes an interactive Bible story, singing, prayer, and a simple craft or color paper. These little ones will begin to hear and experience God’s love for them.


3 year olds - Kindergarten Meet Room 201

Preschoolers and Kindergartners come to us with boundless energy and a desire to learn about Jesus and His great love for them! We have a creative and loving team of adults and teens who love and teach them each week. The children will learn that God made them, God loves them, and Jesus wants to be their forever friend.


1st - 5th grade Meet in Fellowship Hall

On Sunday mornings our elementary kids are given the opportunity to form relationships with their peers, adult mentors, and their awesome God! They learn about a new Biblical virtue each month through a new Bible story each week and they also discover how to apply that virtue to their lives. They learn three important truths during their elementary years: I can trust God no matter what, I will make the right choice, and I will treat others the way I want to be treated.


Wednesday Ministries Schedule


6:30PM-7:45PM


Benson Buddies (3-5 year olds)

Peschoolers enjoy a fun and interactive night “traveling on the Benson Buddy Bus” to explore new places in their world, and learn new things from God’s Word too! This includes activities, crafts, Bible story, prayer, and games.


321 KIDS (Grades 1-3)

First-third graders meet together each week to form great friendships, learn exciting things from God’s Word that they can apply to their lives through lots of fun activities and games, and encourage each other through prayer and sharing what is happening in their lives.


Club 45 (Grades 4 & 5)

Club 45 is a special program that we have developed for our preteens that closely resembles a youth group. The purpose of their time together is to offer to our 4th & 5th graders an opportunity to develop friendships with each other and with their God. We play games, discuss topics relevant to where they are at in light of God’s Word, and spend some time sharing and praying together. One night a month we have a special night where we have “For Girls Only” and “For Guys Only” and it has become a favorite!

baby dedications

Congratulations! You are the proud parent of a new little life! We are looking forward to partnering with you on this your journey of parenting that you have just embarked on, or are continuing on if your new little baby is joining siblings.


Baby/Child Dedication is more than a one time church family celebration event; it is first of all a time to renew your commitment to love God and His Word in your home (Deuteronomy 6: 5-7). Then, it is taking the beginning steps of having the awesome privilege and responsibility of being the primary faith influencer of your child. As we commit to partnering with you in this journey of guiding your child in their faith in Jesus, we have put together these steps to help you begin...


      1. Fill out an application to request a date to have your child dedicated. You can get this from the church office, and return it there when you have it completed!


      2. Schedule a meeting with a pastor who will be conducting your Baby Dedication, and an orientation meeting with Pastor Mike to introduce you to children’s ministry. These could be separate, or combined.


We pray that God will bless you on this very exciting journey of parenting, of guiding your child to know, love, and live for Jesus!

suggested resources

KIDS BIBLES


NLT Hands-On Bible: The Hands-On Bible uses experience-based learning that communicates God’s Word in a way in which kids can be actively involved in their learning. It includes hundreds of activities for kids and parents to do together. Recommended for elementary aged kids


The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name: The Jesus Storybook Bible shows how every story points to Jesus! This story unfolds beginning with the Old Testament and continuing right through the New Testament. Children will understand how Jesus is at the center of God’s great story of salvation, and the center of their story too! Recommended for ages 4-8


NIV and NIrV Adventure Bible: The Adventure Bible takes kids on a fun and exciting journey through God’s Word. It has features such as Life in Bible Times, Words to Treasure, Did You Know, Live It!, Book Introductions, and more. It comes in hard and soft cover as well as imitation leather in a variety of sizes and colors. The NIrV is written for early readers. NIV recommended for ages 9-12, NIrV recommended for ages 6-10


PARENTING BOOKS/WEBSITES


Parenting Beyond Your Capacity by Reggie Joiner & Carey Nieuwhof: Parenting Beyond Your Capacity will guide you in engaging your family in a bigger story, a story that involves other influencers who are on the journey with you to grow in their journeys with Jesus. It will help you invite others to invest in your children, create a culture of unconditional love, and tap into the power of quality moments together. You’ll learn about resources you can tap into that will increase your parenting capacity.


The Legacy Path by Brain Haynes: The Legacy Path will guide you in becoming the spiritual champions of your family. It includes The Milestone Strategy which gives parents the tools, the path, and the confidence to lead their children in a lifelong relationship with Jesus.


The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian: Stormie shares in her book from personal experience as to how parents can pray for their children's safety, character, adolescence, peer pressure, school experiences, friends, and relationship with God. Now adults, Stormie's grown-up children also reflect on the way their praying parents raised them---and what a difference it made.


OrangeParents: This website will expand your ideas, skills, and influence as a parent. It includes parenting articles, newsfeeds and podcasts related to our elementary KidZone 252Basics curriculum, and so much more!


Studio252: This website builds upon the Biblical virtue of the month introduced in KidZone each week. Kids and parents can learn together more about what God wants to do in them to change the world around them.


FAMILY TIMES AND TEACHABLE MOMENTS


Sticky Situations: 365 Devotions for Kids and Families by Betsy Schmitt: Our responses to “sticky situations” can get us into trouble or glorify God. This devotional offers families a year’s worth of situations to discuss and explore where young people live: in the classroom, on the sports fields, at church, and at home. Parents and kids look at these situations, talk about the variety of choices young people face daily, and look into God’s Word to discover how it can instruct and guide them on His path.


The Gabbit (Group Publishing): The Gabbit is a fun gadget that grows families closer to each other and to God. It’s an electronic device with hundreds of family friendly questions. Just pick a category, push a button, and let the fun conversations begin! Use it wherever you go!


The Family Reading Bible (Zondervan): This Bible will help your family engage and understand the Bible together as a family. The Family Reading Bible is designed to help parents use the Bible itself as their family devotional tool. A reading system with three easy-to-use tracks allows parents to accommodate children of various ages and stages. Readings of manageable length along with age-appropriate, engaging questions will encourage and maintain your kids’ interest in God's Word.


KIDS' WEB SITES


AdventureBible: This website is geared toward 3rd-5th graders. It has great ideas and activities to get kids engaged and excited about exploring God’s Word. It includes Bible Search, Games, and Bible Activities (Reading plans, Crosswords, Devotions, and more).


VeggieTales: Check out these games, videos, activities, e-cards, stories, and shop with your VeggieTale friends!