The purpose of JRCC Children’s ministry is to cultivate young disciples of Jesus who embody God’s love everywhere they go.
What does a typical Sunday morning look like?
On Sunday mornings, families gather together in the banquet hall for songs and family news. Then we have a brief ten-minute break for people to grab coffee and for kids to be dismissed to their classes.
Our Kids @ the Ridge (K@TR) Sunday Morning Program is a one hour program for kid’s from birth through grade 4. The goal is to prayerfully create age specific environments where kids
- Learn about God (teaching the Bible),
- Hear from God (learning to hear the Holy Spirit), and
- Respond to God (prayer and service)
We have four main environments where this occurs:
Nursery: kids born in 2016-2014
Pre-School: kids ages 3&4 who were born in 2013 & 2012
K-Grade 4s: kids who are attending kindergarten this fall up to and including those attending Grade 4 this fall
What about Grades 5 and 6?
We're glad you asked! We recognize the unique nature of this age group, and have a class just for them twice a month called Source. While still working in partnership with Children’s Ministry, our Source kids will experience a learning environment tailored to this transitional stage between kids and youth. (Note: Proximity Youth begins for students in Grade 7 & up)
THE SOURCE (GR 5-8)
The Source is a dedicated time for students in Grades 5-8 that happens twice a month during the teaching time on Sundays. At Source we meet together to read God’s Word and see what He is saying to us before we split into two smaller groups to apply what God has said to us and pray for each other. Some Sundays we may go out and serve others to show God’s love to our community. Source aims to develops four branches in students’ lives: God’s Word, Prayer, Community, and Service.
This fall, The Source happens on Sunday, Sept 18 & 25, Oct 2, 16 & 30, Nov 6 & 20 and Dec 4 & 18.
Each summer K@TR moves to a more relaxed and parent participatory format called Sunday Cinema for age 18 months to going-into-Grade 2. Kids are dismissed at the usual time and meet upstairs in Room A for a video based lesson followed by colouring, games, and free play. Kids going into grade 3 and up join adults in the Banquet Hall for a family-inclusive teaching time (Busy Bags with coloring and activities are available at the check-in table). We may also occasionally run this style of programming during the school year (for example, during our E.P.I.C. Sundays)
All volunteers are required to submit to a thorough background check. In addition all teachers must attend training in our safety and policy procedures as well as abuse prevention and awareness.
Children are required to check-in at the Children’s Ministry table where they receive a name badge and information on their class. The parent will receive a security code to use when picking their child up from the class.