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We know that children learn by what they observe. Recognizing the responsibility we have been given as adults to mentor these children, we know that you cannot give away what you do not have. Therefore, we seek to develop authentic and enthusiastic followers of Christ by being one.
We know that children learn from those they feel safe with, cared for and loved by. We acknowledge the privilege given to us to enter into a relationship with a young person, outside of their own family, and the opportunity to love them as Jesus does.
We know that children learn from culture current music. This means that we need to provide a means to which children can worship in a familiar expression that is culturally relevant to them.
We know that the Word is God inspired and central to all life. Our children need to grow in that desire to discover God's Word and find for themselves the promises He has for each of them as He spoke them. The Word is taught in an age appropriate way by using teaching techniques creatively through humor, dance, visuals and stories. Jesus was the great model of the way he taught using parables. As teachers, we know that children learn best when we are listening to them. This allows us to be open to those teachable moments.
We know that God intended for children of all ages to 'do the stuff'. All Christians, children included, are called to serve. We believe that children are capable of ministering to each other and adults. Children are more than qualified to feed the poor, pray for the sick and move in all spiritual gifts. We believe that children are capable of moving in all the spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit. We know that we need to encourage and build that desire for each child as well as model for them the character and role of the Holy Spirit. We need to provide ministry opportunity in an age appropriate manner and at the same time acknowledge that age is not a limitation. (God used Jeremiah, Mary and Timothy when they were young teenagers)
While we face the challenge of mentoring and disciplining our own children, the need to gather, receive and welcome other children exists. Our goal is to find that balance and fulfill the call to all children that God places before us.
That each child is a precious gift from God.
That God creates each child as an individual and wants to draw every child into a unique relationship with Himself.
That God has called parents as the primary teachers of Christian love and character.
That God calls the Christian community to assist parents in providing opportunities by which He may draw children into a deeper relationship with Himself.
That in response to this call, we should offer ourselves to children in relationships that model God's love, patience, forgiveness, discipline and kindness; and reveal the incredible works He is doing in us.
That the foundation of this response should be our in our Sunday meetings and that this time will be set aside for training children up in the ways of our Lord through Scriptures and other classroom activities.
That our purpose in training should be to make authentic and enthusiastic followers of Jesus Christ using age appropriate methods and materials.
That our greatest resource in this process is the Holy Spirit and prayer is our most effective tool.
That the emphasis in all that we do should be to provide the fellowship with our Lord in a variety of settings that reflect the different means by which God can relate to us.
That God releases His Holy Spirit and spiritual gifts among children of all ages.
It is our prayer that all children will place their hope in Jesus Christ, receive the gift of salvation and be trained up in the ways of our Lord. Our goal is that each child becomes an authentic and enthusiastic follower of Jesus Christ.