Hello! My name is John Riner and I serve as the Family Ministry Director at our Downtown congregation. Our dream as a Family Team is to see God change the city through kids and parents meeting Jesus. We believe that, because of the Gospel, kids can love God, love people and push back darkness in their world. And our hope is to partner with parents to raise kids who do just that. Our Sunday morning (Nursery/Kids) and Wednesday night (Youth) gatherings are marked primarily by three things:
God drawing near and the Gospel being proclaimed through worship, teaching and prayer. Watching hearts get awakened to God is an incredible joy.
God is full of life, our teachers and leaders enjoy kids!
God is our Protector, we want kids to experience His church as a safe place to be – physically, emotionally and spiritually.
If you have any questions, please reach out to me at the email above or come by on a Sunday! I’d love to meet you and your kids.
Preschool & Nursery (Birth – K)
Our goal is to partner with parents to form the foundation of a gospel-centered faith within your little ones. We have created a safe and fun environment for your child to learn about the person and completed work of Jesus. Each classroom’s leaders teach, lead worship and pray over their kids every week. It is amazing to hear parents report that their kids are “getting the gospel.”
First time? Here’s what to expect…
The Nursery is located on the West side of the building. The easiest way to get there is by entering the street-level doors on the corner of NW 10th & Robinson Avenue.
Once inside, there will be signs and our Serve Crew to direct you. We suggest that you arrive 10-15 minutes prior to service. One of our Service Coordinators will walk you through registration and show you how to complete check-in on your next visit.
Each child will receive an identifying sticker that they will wear and parents will be given a security sticker. After checking your child in, you will be shown to their classroom. We use worship, crafts and a lesson to reinforce the gospel. We use a curriculum called The Gospel Project®. The Gospel Project® immerses kids in the gospel through every Bible story and brings a call to mission from Genesis to Revelation. Please email email@example.com if you have questions. We look forward to meeting you!
The safety of your children while they are in our care is of utmost importance. All of our volunteers are background checked and trained prior to stepping into a classroom. We use Ministry Safe as part of our required training. To ensure the health of your child and our volunteers, we ask that your child not join us in the Nursery unless they have been fever free and symptom free for 24 hours.
Symptoms may include: persistent runny nose, fever, diarrhea, vomiting, hacking or wet sounding cough and/or lethargy.
Also, please let us know about any allergies or special needs that your child may have.
It’s true that it takes a village to bring up a child. We want to come beside caretakers to resource and pray for you. Although it is not saving, dedicating your child before the congregation signifies your intentions to raise your children in the ways and knowledge of the gospel. We currently offer baby dedications once a quarter (please check the upcoming events listed on the website, link below). We ask that you register for dedications so that we can ensure we have enough gifts for all participants. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Kids (1st – 5th)
Each Sunday in Kids Church our goal is to provide elementary students with a safe and fun environment to explore the claims of Jesus Christ in community and get challenged to apply them between Sundays.
Our church’s mission is to love God, love people, and push back darkness. We believe every kid should leave Sunday knowing, from the Bible, why they should follow Jesus, what Jesus desires for their relationships, and how Jesus transforms everything.
First time? Here’s what to expect…
We begin Kids Church check-in 15 minutes before our 3 service times (9am, 11am, 6pm) each Sunday. Elementary-aged kids meet in the Theater which is located on the 1st floor (street level) on the southeast side of the building and is accessible from N. Robinson Street. Upon entering the building a Kids Church volunteer will welcome you, enter your children into the check-in system, print a check-in/check-out sticker, and escort you to the appropriate classroom(s). Please keep your sticker because it is required during checkout for safety.
We utilize live worship each week from the same worship leaders found in the adult service to foster a love for praise and worship from an early age. We select songs that are age appropriate yet rich in meaning to help shape the kids beliefs to be with them for a lifetime.
Every week we teach kids the Bible. As a Bible-honoring church one of the greatest ways we can serve kids, families, and communities is by teaching the full counsel of God’s spoken words. We use a curriculum called The Gospel Project®. The Gospel Project® immerses kids in the gospel through every Bible story and brings a call to mission from Genesis to Revelation.
Kids are also given an opportunity to ask trained leaders tough questions about the Bible while also being mentored in practical life skills. They are placed in age and gender specific groups where they can discuss what it means to mature into a godly man or woman in today’s culture.
We believe kids are both the future leaders and present change-makers in our city so we have decided to go all-in to equip them to proclaim the gospel and demonstrate the kingdom in love to a broken world.
Youth (6th – 12th)
There is so much for teens to look to in the world for a life of definition and satisfaction, and we want to point them to the ultimate satisfaction found only in Jesus. He is a better Father, friend, brother, and leader than anything we can find in this world. Youth on Wednesday night is a time for teens from 6th – 12th grade to come and get away from the craziness and chaos of life to worship Jesus, hear the gospel, and be equipped to go out and tell it to the world.
First time? Here’s what to expect…
Wednesday night begins with a family-style dinner at 6pm followed by a group game at 6:45. We then break into two separate groups, Mid-High (6th-8th grade) and High School (9th-12th grade). We have a time of worship and teaching for both, followed by small group time where our leaders build discipleship relationships with students that go well beyond Wednesday nights.
Our teaching team is gifted and passionate about seeing teens come to know and love Jesus. We have developed a curriculum centered on our core mission: love God, love people and push back darkness.
We take seriously the call to disciple the next generation. Small group leaders explain and unpack the lesson, mentor and disciple them into a life that, although broken, points to Jesus. We also believe kids need friendships, so we are committed to living in community and being known while recognizing our brokenness and our need for a savior. We also believe that parents are the primary disciple-makers of their kids, we are very intentional to come alongside parents to encourage, resource and equip them to raise teens that love Jesus.
Tutoring will begin in the Fall of 2016, check back here for further information. Tutoring will be Wednesday afternoons from 3:30-5:30. Our mission is to unite the teachers of the city to collectively walk with students to redeem their educational narrative through mentorship, tutoring, and project based learning. We also want to foster an environment of positive identity, formation through communal learning, and ownership of the learning process.