Real Jesus. Real Kids. Real 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.
As we anticipate our Children’s Ministry starting back up in person this fall, we have put together a COVID-19 protocol for our children and volunteers.
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 Kids’ Concourse.
During the Worship Service, kids ages 3 years through 2nd grade can be dismissed after the announcements to attend Children’s Worship. Children’s Worship is split into two classes: 3 & 4-year-olds, and Kindergarten-2nd grade. Parents must drop children off at their classes and pick them up once service is over.
We also have Kids’ Worship Bags for use during the service. Each Sunday, visit our Children’s Worship Bag Table, located at the back right side of the Sanctuary, to pick up an age-appropriate children’s worship bag prior to the service. Two sets are available: one for children 3-7 years old & one for kiddos 7+ years old. Each week they will contain kid’s bulletins, crayons, and a Bible storybook (for the younger kiddos), and maybe even a fun surprise from time to time! So grab a bag each Sunday & don’t forget to return it 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 our two check-in stations in the Kids’ Concourse area, located just outside the nursery. You will be asked to answer the following simple COVID screening questions at check-in:
- No one in my household has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
- No one in my household currently has any COVID symptoms: new cough, fever, chills, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath.
- No unvaccinated person in my household has had close contact (been within 6 feet of someone diagnosed with COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes over a 24 hour period) in the last 14 days.
- No one in my household has been contacted by health department staff advising them to quarantine for 14 days.
For our 9:30 SMC hour, our CGS kids are engaged in a Gospel-rich, Jesus-centered curriculum, Gospel Story Kids, by Marty Machowski.
“The Gospel Story Curriculum teaches children that the Bible is one continuous story pointing to Jesus as the hero. Designed to span three years, the 156 lessons present key stories from Genesis to Revelation, each highlighting God’s plan of redemption in a way that’s engaging, interactive, and easy to understand.”
Here is what we’re learning during our second fall session, November 7-December 19:
During Children’s Worship, children are taught this year from the Truth 78 curriculum (the children’s curriculum department of Piper’s Desiring God ministry): The ABC’s of God. These lessons teach children the various unchanging, eternal attributes of our good and loving God.
Scripture Memory Challenge
Our Scripture Memory Challenge this year coordinates with our Sunday School curriculum, Gospel Story Kids.
Upcoming Christmas Season Events
Cookies and Carols
- December 4, 10:00-11:00am
- For ages Kindergarten & under
- Bring your littles & family to CGS for a fun morning of kid-friendly Christmas carols, crafts, & a brief storytime while we enjoy cookies & milk together! Questions? Email RiLee Robeson.
CGS Kids Service Project: Salvation Army Bell-Ringing
- December 11, 10:00am-12:00pm
- For ages 1st-5th Grade
- Plan to drop your kid(s) off in front of Sam’s Club that morning to join Ms. Marti and other CGS adult volunteers. We will spend a couple hours ringing the bell for the Salvation Army, singing Christmas songs together, and greeting our neighbors as they go into the store. This will be a great chance for your kid(s) to spend some time focusing on others this Christmas season as they learn about the needs of other children in our community.
Marti Hutchison (Director of Children’s Ministry)