Real Jesus. Real Little People. Really Big World.
At Church of the Good Shepherd, we believe that kids need the gospel too, and aim to love them through sound teaching, compassionate leadership, and consistent mentorship. While we adhere to the belief that the family is a child’s first place of ministry, the church strives to reinforce the nurture kids receive within their own families and to further support these children as they grow to know Jesus personally.
We have developed a plan for CGS Children’s Ministry during this season of social distancing in order for you to utilize this extra time at home with family for His name and glory. You can find additional details below.
Virtual VBS 2020
Our Virtual VBS materials from 2020 are available for you to do at your own pace. The theme is “Courageous: Ruth’s Road to Redemption.” You can access all the lesson materials below.
We now have special CGS Children’s Ministry social media channels. Check them out below:
When + Where
Sunday School for ages 3 years – 5th grade is held during the 9:30 hour in assigned classrooms. Kids can check in at the Welcome Desk located in the concourse.
During the Worship Service, kids ages 3 years through 5th grade can be dismissed after the announcements to attend Children’s Worship (ages 3 through 1st grade) or Kid’s Club (2nd through 5th grade). Children’s Worship is split into three classes: 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds, and Kindergarten-1st grade. Parents must drop children off at their classes. Kid’s Club is one large class held downstairs in the auditorium. Children are dismissed from the sanctuary and escorted to Kid’s Club by their leaders, who will be situated in the back of the sanctuary. Parents must pick kids up from Kid’s Club at the end of the service. Ages 12 weeks through 2 years are accommodated throughout the service in the nursery for the entirety of the service.
We use a digital check-in system that prints name badges for children that include food allergies. To check in, simply visit one of our two check-in stations. One is located in the concourse area, where coffee is served. The other station is located just outside the nursery, which is adjacent to the sanctuary.
“Sayings & Sacraments”
In “Sayings & Sacraments: The Language of Christianity,” we attempt to take the “snore” out of church word definition. Through fables, illustrations, allegory, gospel connections, and the aid of the Holy Spirit, this curriculum will help you and your kids suss out the depth and beauty of these words we use with regularity in the Church.
Sayings & Sacraments: Introduction
September 27: Chapter 1 – Gospel
October 4 & 11: Chapter 2 – The Fall
October 18: Chapter 3 – Sin
October 25: Chapter 4 – Covenant
November 1: NO SUNDAY SCHOOL – HAPPY DAYLIGHT SAVINGS & HALLOWEEN!
November 8: Chapter 5 – Salvation
November 15 & 22: No Sunday School – HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
November 29 – December 20: “Prepare Him Room” Advent Devotional
December 27 & Jan 3: No Sunday School – MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Jan 10: Church Model Craft Activity
Jan 17: Chapter 6 – Repentance
Jan 24: Chapter 7 – Sanctification
Jan 31 – March 14: “The Biggest Story” Book Discussion
March 21: Chapter 8 – Redemption
March 28: Chapter 9 – Born Again
April 4: No Sunday School – HAPPY EASTER!
April 11: Chapter 10 – Atonement
We are teaching Sunday School virtually via Zoom at 9:20am for Lower Elementary (Kindergarten-2nd Grade) and at 9:40am for Upper Elementary (3rd-5th Grade). The Zoom link will be sent out in the parent email each week. If you are not on the parent email list, please email Abigail Grebe to be added.
Scripture Memory Challenge
Each week, kids age 2 through 5th grade are encouraged to participate in our Scripture Memory Challenge! Instructions and our current memory verses are linked below.
Amelia Cassar (Director of Children’s Ministry)