Our Kids and Families ministry works by partnering with parents to raise kids who love Jesus. Below are some of the ways we strive to accomplish this goal. Click below to find out more about each thing. *this will definitely need rewording but serves as a placeholder at the moment.*
Kidtown exists to teach kids that Jesus is the hero we all need. We want to lay a foundation of the good news of Jesus for families to build on back home. We have numerous experienced Kidtown volunteers who will make sure your child has a blast AND learns about Jesus. Our Kidtown areas are secured to ensure that your child is safe during the Gathering. We hope this will allow you to focus during worship, knowing your child is hearing about Jesus in a kid-friendly manner.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT KIDTOWN
At Kidtown, we love welcoming new families! We want to make sure kids and parents alike feel comfortable worshiping with us. Below are a few tips and pointers so that new families know exactly what to expect.
Our Kidtown greet team is stationed by a sign that says “New Families.” They are there to help with the check-in process, give families a tour of our Kidtown space, and answer any questions.
Kidtown is for children 6 weeks old through 5th grade and takes place during our Gatherings each week.
Babies 6 weeks - toddlers have a quiet and safe place to play and learn in our upstairs nursery. Rooms are divided and labeled according the child's age and level of development. There is also a private nursing room and bathroom with a changing table available upstairs.
Children that are potty trained and between 3 years old and 5th grade, will get to play, build friendships, and learn about Jesus in our Kidtown building. After our initial play time with other children and Kidtown volunteers, we gather as a large group to sing and learn about Jesus using the same passages of scripture that mom and dad are learning from in the Gathering. Next, we divide into age specific small groups where teachers will help lead a discussion on the lesson with the goal of helping kids apply the truth to their lives. At pick up, parents will always need to provide the matching identification sticker that they received at check-in. Once parents present their child’s sticker, a Kidtown leader will match the parent’s sticker with the child’s and give the parent a Homelink. Homelinks are written by Kidtown staff and provide a summary of the lesson your child learned that morning. Included are questions that you can ask your child about the lesson and a scripture memory verse for the family to work on each week. If parents miss Gatherings or misplace their Homelinks, they can find them here.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
WHAT SHOULD I BRING FOR MY CHILD?
Depending on the age of your child, be sure to bring any diapers, pacifiers, extra clothes, bottles, or toddler cups that they may need. To help us keep track of your items, please label them with your child’s first and last name before arriving.
What Time Does Kidtown Open?
Kidtown opens and begins checking children in 15 minutes before each Gathering. We ask that parents/guardians come and pick up their children promptly after the Gathering ends.
WHO WILL BE TEACHING MY CHILD?
Kidtown is hosted by volunteers committed to having fun and teaching kids about Jesus. Each volunteer has undergone a national background check and is supervised by Midtown’s Director of Kids and Families, Laura Jones.
HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER AT KIDTOWN?
There are many positions available for you to serve. To apply to be a Kidtown volunteer ***.
WHAT ARE INDICATORS THAT MY CHILD IS TOO SICK TO COME TO KIDTOWN?
We always LOVE to have your child/children at Kidtown, but in cases where your child has had a fever, upset stomach (diarrhea, nausea, and/or vomiting) within 24 hours of Kidtown, has a concerning cough, thick green runny nose or snot, or combination of cold like symptoms such as cough, congestion, sore throat, etc., an undiagnosed skin rash, or anything that has been diagnosed as contagious, we will kindly ask that you not bring your child to Kidtown. If your child has been seen by a medical professional and prescribed antibiotics, we ask that you not bring your child to Kidtown until they have been on their medication for at least 24 hours. This would include any cases of head lice or bed bugs until treatment has been received, and all signs of the lice/bugs have been gone for at least 48 hours.
LifeGroups are the very core of our church family. They are where we live out our vision of being a Jesus-centered family on mission. Our desire is that every family connected to our church would be connected in LifeGroup.
A LifeGroup is a group of people committed to experiencing life and walking in biblical community together. LifeGroups meet in homes throughout our city, but they are not simply once-a-week meetings, Sunday School classes, or Bible studies. The people in a LifeGroup do study the Bible and push each other toward Jesus, but they also eat together, play together, serve together, becoming family with one another. Because Christian community is the best way for us to live life, it is also the best way for our kids to live life. That is why kids are part of LifeGroup.
LifeGroups meet on various nights all over the greater Columbia area. If you are interested in learning more or joining a LifeGroup sign up at ….. Or go to the connect counter in the lobby.
Midtown’s ministry to kids and families includes much more than a Sunday morning experience. New families are invited into a biblically based comprehensive plan for their child’s spiritual development that will provide teaching, support, and encouragement as they disciple their children from birth to adulthood. We call this our Family Milestones Plan:
Diapers to Opinions
For parents with kids 3-years to pre-kindergarten, we will discuss
family discipleship, including proactive and reactive conversations, living on mission with
kids, and age-appropriate responsibilities. Families will write their Family Agreement and
plan regular family worship.
For parents with kids starting kindergarten, we will discuss Gospel fluency
for kids, kids and technology, and age-appropriate responsibilities. Families will rewrite their
Family Agreement and plan regular family worship and anual peer-group fundays.
Preparing for Adolescence
For parents with kids entering into the 5th grade, we will
discuss changing relational dynamics, Increasing age-appropriate responsibilities,
puberty/sexuality, teenagers and technology. Families will rewrite their Family Agreement
and plan a parent/kid outing to discuss puberty and sex.
Right of Passage
For parents with kids in 8th / 9th grade, we will discuss independence and
autonomy, dating and relationships, Chrisitian identity, church responsibility, and Masculinity
and Femininity. Families will rewriting your Family Agreement and plan regular family
worship and a Right of Passage Experience.
We love serving our city while building relationships with people in our community. Because being on mission is such an important part of the discipleship process, we want to make sure kids can be included. Families can serve together throughout the year with six of our seven serve the city partnerships.
Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital - Serving the patients and families who are hospitalized and experiencing ongoing medical treatment.
Home Works for America - Serving the poor, widowed and elderly in our community with home repairs that they are unable to accomplish on their own.
The Ezekiel Center - Serving at-risk youth who attend the EZ center for afterschool help.
DSS in Lexington - Serving clients (families, children and foster parents) who are in the foster care and adoptions system.
Epworth Children’s Home - Serving residents (kids) who have temporarily or permanently been removed from their homes.
Carver-Lyon Elementary - Serving students struggling with reading at an inner-city school near Two-Notch road.