KidsChildren's Ministry Mission...
Jesus said, "Let the children come to me. Don't stop them!"
At Good Shepherd Community Church we recognize that children matter! Our desire is for Good Shepherd to be a place where we have a body-wide focus on children; where children are embraced, valued, and made to feel that they are important.
As a Children's Ministry Team, our heart's desire is that each child would know God and have a personal relationship with Jesus. We believe that ministry happens through relationships. We want to embrace little ones as Jesus tenderly cares for them and we want to engage our older children as they grow in Him.
We are committed to coming alongside families as they lead their children in faith. We want to join parents in helping equip their children as they move into adulthood as vital members of society. We are committed to be there, to encourage, and to provide resources to parents as their families engage the culture, gracefully representing Christ.
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|The Nursery Department introduces the love of Jesus to the youngest hearts, ages birth to 36 months. Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers are nurtured through bible stories, bible-themed crafts, music, game time, and snack time. There are many great volunteers waiting to love on the little ones.
Leader ~ Janna Schearer (email)
Assistants: Christy Miesner, Lyn Tierney
Volunteer Needs for the Nursery
|The Early Elementary Ministry (grades 1-2) is using a strategic curriculum formulated specially for the purpose of developing a child's worldview (teaching them to 'do the Bible'). Focusing on the major themes of the Bible, the characteristics of God, and introducing Small Groups into their weekend experience (where personal application and prayer happen), these children are beginning to internalize and understand what they are learning about the Lord and His Word.
Leader ~ Steve Ziegler (email)
Assistants ~ Matthew Magana, Danielle Bressel
Volunteer Needs for Early Elementary
|The Elementary Ministry (grades 3-5) is both biblically sound and culturally relevant. Church for these kids is a cool place to "hang" with your friends and a place where real life issues are discussed and addressed (according to God's Word, of course!). The Large Group/Small Group experience is designed to give them an opportunity to ask hard questions and talk about how to apply what they've just learned in their lives, in an environment that is safe and ready to provide strong, God-directed answers.
Leader ~ Lani Russell (email)
Assistant ~ Jolie Hensley
Weekend Assistants ~ Greg Austin, Michelle Ziegler
Volunteer Needs for the Elementary Department
The Breakout Ministry is our mid-week discipleship program that is available for kids in grades 3-6 who choose to dive in and grow deeper spiritually. This is a four-year program that compliments our weekend program and provides more opportunities for spiritual growth, personal accountability and long-term relationships with peers and leaders. Students must pre-register to participate.
|Kid’s Quest is a small group, discipleship program for children in pre-K through 2nd grade. Using Bible stories, kids will listen, learn, look and live with safari animals as they complete weekly lessons at home and participate in games, crafts and stories during their small group at church. Registration begins in August and the program runs October through May. Call Kathy Skinner at 503-663-5050 x214 with questions.
Breakout & Kid's Quest Blog
|Women's Bible Study (WBS) Mom to Mom (M2M) Kids|
|Through interactive, age-appropriate teaching, WBS/M2M Kids strive to help children know and love Jesus, use God's word as a filter for understanding life and develop skills for lifelong learning and following. These programs run Mid-September through Mid-May. WBS Kids meets weekly on Wednesdays from 8:45 -11:15 a.m. M2M Kids meets once a month on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 8:45 - 11:30 a.m. Coordinator: Tonya Walmer (email)
Assistant ~ Danielle Bressel
WBS & M2M Kids Blog
|Good Shepherd School is a K-8th school. For more details and contact information, click here.
|Community Outreach Ministries
||EMBRACE Adoption & Foster Care Ministry
EMBRACE is a ministry providing support, encouragement, and resources to anyone connected to or interested in adoption, foster care or our local DHS community. Our heart for this three-fold ministry follows James 1:27, "Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit the orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world." Please join us as we EMBRACE God's passionate heart for the fatherless.
For more information about EMBRACE check out our Facebook Page or contact Sherri Hufendick at Embrace.email@example.com.