Kids on Sundays

7 October, 2018Generations

Children and their families are an integral part of our life together as the family of God here at Coro. As an intergenerational church community, we place value on children worshipping together with the whole church family, also understanding the need for kids to have opportunities to learn and engage with the Bible in ways that are designed specifically for the different stages of their development.

On Sunday mornings our children spend the first half hour or so together with their families in worship. There is an area set aside for very young children with some quiet toys and books, however we encourage parents to help their children engage with the service by explaining to them what is happening and encouraging them to participate.

After around half an hour, the children move out to different programs that are designed to stimulate, encourage and enable each child to grow in their own faith journey and in their relationships with their peers. We have five different programs that we run most weeks:

  • LPC (ages 0-3) is a free-play session for our very young ones
  • Kindy Kids (ages 3-5) is a more structured program with story, craft and free time
  • KBG (R-Yr5) has large group and small group times with teaching, memory verses, creative and fun activities and times of prayer.
  • ChillIn (Yrs6-7) currently join with Bounce for combined input and separate small groups
  • Bounce (Yrs8-10) learn through discussion, video clips, and games – always with plenty of food on offer!

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Note: The safety of the children in our care is paramount. Children are signed in and out of programs with all our helpers police-checked and key leaders having undergone Child-Safe Environments and First Aid training in line with the Uniting Church Child Safe Policy.

“People were also bringing babies to Jesus to have him touch them.” Luke 18:15

Each individual is created uniquely in the image of God and even from a very young age infants and young children can learn about Jesus through the caring, loving actions of those who look after them. They learn that being part of a church community is good and healthy and they learn to build relationships with other kids.

This session is a time of free play for the children (eg. trikes, climbing castles, playdough, books, toy kitchen etc.), with cut fruit being served for morning tea before the end of the session.

As children grow in their relationship with God and learn more of his love for them, we look to encourage this developing faith in a variety of creative ways that actively engage children as they learn.

Each Kindy Kids session includes a simple truth about God that children learn through singing fun, energetic songs that relate to the message, listening to a story and Bible verse, talking with God through prayer, and taking part in a relevant, creative craft and games or activities. There’s also time for free play where children can develop friendships and encourage each other.

We like to celebrate birthdays and enjoy sharing a snack of gluten-free crackers before the session finishes.

Our Kindy Kids program runs throughout the year and is run by enthusiastic volunteers. Visitors and new-comers are very welcome.

Once kids start primary school their way of thinking changes. They become aware of a whole new world that is opening up to them and start to work out where they fit.

One of our aims in KBG (Kids Belonging to God), our Sunday morning program for primary-aged kids, is to help each child to see that they are a unique and precious individual in God’s eyes but that they are also part of a wider church family that has both responsibilities and privileges.

We creatively teach about the Father, Son and Spirit and aim to bring children into an awareness of the great salvation story of which we are all a part. We use the Scripture Union Light resource which allows for a variety of teaching styles to explore biblical themes and passages as well as core values of the Christian life.

The format of a typical Sunday morning involves small groups for discussions and prayer, large group input with multimedia, fun and creative construction activities, games and memory verses.

We'd love to have you join us!

Relationships and friendships are key for upper-primary kids and we find that learning is best done through games, discussions and using video clips.

We are currently combining those in upper-primary and lower-high for a time of input with ChillIn and Bounce small groups for discussion. From time to time both groups will remain in the main service. We also have occasional ChillOut social evenings for the Year 6-7s which we have found to be helpful in fostering relationships and just having some fun together.

Come and join us - you'd be more than welcome!

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