At Emmanuel, children are viewed as one of the greatest blessings and responsibilities God has given both to parents and the church community. These little ones in our midst are a tremendous source of joy, and we desire that each of them grow into the man or woman God has created them to be! It is our hope and prayer at Emmanuel that God would use us to raise up the next generation in Christ. We believe that the church has a unique opportunity to assist parents in leading these little ones to Jesus. He Himself said,
“Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 19:14
Each child is a soul in need of Christ, the Savior. Through the various children’s ministries at Emmanuel we strive to provide avenues of opportunity to teach children to love God’s Word and obey God’s will. By God’s grace, this will lead them to truly know God, trust Him by faith, serve others around them, and spread the good news of Christ! Below is a simple summary of some of our ministries devoted to children.
No child is too small to be shown the love of Christ and that is our goal in the nurseries here at Emmanuel. Our caregivers are volunteers who desire to minister to the smallest ones in our church by taking care of their needs and helping them play and feel safe while away from their parents. Babies and toddlers are often read to, sung to, rocked, and prayed over during their time in the nursery. Of course, safety and health is of utmost importance and great care has gone into the design and procedures of the nursery at Emmanuel. A detailed copy of our nursery policies and procedures are available upon request.
Children are created with an amazing ability learn and remember so much! We are so thankful for the weekly opportunity to teach the toddlers, preschool, and school-aged children in our Sunday School classes. The beauty of Christ and the gospel, the faithfulness of God to His people, the attributes of God, and how God’s creation declares His glory are just a few of the larger truths that are covered through the years of Sunday School. Our primary goal is to teach our children the truth of the Bible and lead them to Jesus. All of our Sunday School classes are staffed by members of the church who are passionate about raising up the next generation in Christ.
Vacation Bible School
We look forward to our annual week of Vacation Bible School which takes place in the summer The kids and adults alike have so much fun during the week long intensive study of God’s Word, accompanied with games, crafts, fellowship, and lots of silliness! Though this time does provide a ton of fun, the primary goal is to reach children in our community and help them understand the gospel. We encourage everyone to invite their neighbors and friends to join us for this special week. We hope and pray that God uses this ministry to bring these little children to Himself.