In light of our church’s vision statement, the verses found in Deuteronomy 4:9; 6:6-7, and the image of children’s being like arrows that we want to aim at a target (Psalm 127:3-6), our Children’s Ministry Team has formally written down a vision statement for our Children’s Ministry.
Redeemer wants to see its children grow to become mighty men and women of faith, who love the Word and live by it, have a God-centered view of the world around them in hope that they will glorify the Lord in all that they do and spread His glory to future generations.
This time in the life of Redeemer is exciting because we want to have a vision-orientation ministry and not just one that is “something for the children.” At Redeemer, we believe the purpose of our Children’s Ministry is to provide opportunities for children to discover truth and grow in knowledge of God through His Word. But we also believe our purpose is to provide resources and support to undergird parents as they seek to shepherd their children.
Toward that purpose, the Children’s Ministry has adopted the verse 2 Peter 3:18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We want our Redeemer Kids to know Jesus. We want them to understand His Lordship in their lives but be intimately in love with their Savior. We want them to be amazed by His grace but never stop learning His Truth. This endeavor can sound like a big undertaking for a preschooler, but yet it is the Gospel message. And thankfully, that message doesn’t change, but we must adjust our methods.
Last year for 2013-2014, the kids learned through The Jesus Storybook Bible: A chronological Bible that teaches who God is and His continual story of redemption, fulfilling the grace and Savior portion of the 2 Peter 3:18. This year for 2014-2015, our kids are learning The Catechism, which is a way to package large truths about God in easy-to-memorize questions and answers, fulfilling the knowledge and Lord portion of the verse.
Redeemer Kids has been reorganized into a Preschool class (3K-Kindergarten) and an Elementary class (1st-4th grade). Find more detailed information about the classes on our children’s page.