The cornerstone of our ministry is found in Deuteronomy 6:1-9. We are commanded to love the Lord with all our heart, soul and strength and to impress this upon our children. We also believe the children are to be a vital part of church body life and therefore are included in church discipleship.
While we provide quality activities for the children on Sundays, we believe that it is the primary responsibility of parents to raise children in the knowledge and nurture of the Lord. Therefore we seek to provide resources and training as support for this home-based discipleship of children at SBCC.
What Happens on Sundays
We have age-appropriate activities for the children from birth to fourth grade at all 3 services (the 8:45am, 11:00am and 4:00 pm).
Please note: Children enter the youth ministry in fifth grade, which meets only at 11:00 am.
We have a small group system for the children to nurture relationships and insure visitors will be welcomed and cared for. Please check in at the “Info Table” on the right as you face the Sanctuary entrance for specifics on where your child will be worshipping at the different services (since each one has unique configurations and locations).
Sunday Children’s Programs
- We have a nursery and toddler room (first building on the right as you enter the campus) staffed by people from the body who rotate leadership on a monthly basis. They are assisted by homegroup helpers assigned from the larger body to serve a few times a year (see below).
- PreK/K children can be checked into their activities 15 minutes before each service downstairs in the Christian Education building to the right as you exit the sanctuary. They have playtime, worship, stories, and snacks under supervision of loving small group leaders we call “Friends”.
- First through Fourth Grade children at the 8:45 & 11:00 am services (Kindergarten-4th grade at the 4pm) attend the adult worship service each week before being dismissed for age-appropriate activities. This is structured into small groups led by adults we call “Friends” so that the children get the individual attention they need.
- There are several Sundays during the year in which elementary children are included in the adult worship in the sanctuary. These are intentionally scheduled as part of our whole church’s need to grow to worship intergenerationally.
The Church as Family
We view our church as a family and want to provide opportunities for everyone to interface with each other. The homegroups provide leadership during the children’s Sunday acitivities which is one such opportunity to be family to one another. During the summer, the church family is asked to participate in childcare while the homegroups are on a break.
Homegroup helpers are assigned to assist in the children’s ministry activities on Sunday. These helpers…
- provide children opportunities to interact with adults other than their parents who love the Lord.
- provide opportunities for childcare helpers to see God at work in other venues besides the adult worship service.
- provide opportunities for helpers to serve the ones Jesus called to Himself (Matt. 18:5).
Leaders involved in the Sunday program seek to reflect their own relationship with Jesus Christ as they prepare age-appropriate activities or lessons that help children grow in their knowledge of God and His church.