Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:14). In that spirit, Junior Church exists to offer relevant and engaging ministry to 1st through 4th graders, through a structured environment of worship and learning. One of our goals is to prepare children to enter adult worship in by the 5th grade.
Children begin in worship with parents at 9 am, remain during the time of singing, and are then dismissed to Jr. Church. Here children are taught God’s Word, and learn what it means to know, love and glorify Jesus – all in a format that meets them where they are emotionally, intellectually and spiritually.
For more information, contact:
Matt & Jenn Seda | firstname.lastname@example.org
Here at Crossroads, we are so thankful that Trinity Presbyterian Church in Virginia graciously allowed us to use the curriculum they developed for our children’s program. Here is an excerpt from their curriculum guide: “When we think about children in worship we should consider these three things: Children have much more potential and capability for growth than we know, coming to church is a part of forming and shaping their habits, and even at their age they have the ability to truly worship God. With that understanding, our desire is to capture the hearts, minds, and imaginations of our children with the beauty of the gospel.
We firmly believe that helping the children in our congregation to become engaged participants of our service is best accomplished by better equipping their parents to lead and prepare them. But how exactly do we propose to teach and train children to become more engaged participants in our worship services? A three-year program for children’s church has been designed to address this question.
Year One will cover the Order of Worship. The goal is to walk children through each part of the Order of Worship, giving them a simple summary of what each part means. Year Two will cover the Church Year. Children will learn about the life of Christ through hands-on projects that focus on Advent, Christmas, Lent, Pentecost, Epiphany and the Christian calendar. Year Three will be a discussion on Spiritual Disciplines, helping our children to understand disciplines such as prayer, fasting, and giving that form our daily lives and prepare us for lives of worship.
We want to engage the whole child: mind, heart, and body. To this end, the curriculum will include three foundational elements: narration, formation, and creativity…Through story, habit, and art our children will develop a greater capacity to hear God’s voice and see His work. Their whole selves will be engaged and drawn into worship. Our desire is that they will be captured by the beauty of the gospel. This is the greatest thing we could ask for.”