Children are an important part of Shawnee Church of the Nazarene. That's why we provide a wide range of spiritual growth activities, learning opportunities and friendship-building events. All volunteers are background checked and trained to care for the young worshippers of Shawnee. Below is an overview of a few of the regularly scheduled activities.
2020 sure has thrown us some curve balls, right!? As of December, 2020, with the uptick of Covid-19 in our area, each week our kids are remaining with families on Sundays for Family Worship. On Wednesdays, parents and children are invited to participate in games, music & a devotional together in family groups, at 6:30pm. We will revisit our weekly gatherings in January!
During our Sunday morning gatherings, students begin worship with their families in the sanctuary; kids are then sent to continue worship in “The Neighborhood”. During this time, students learn and grow through developmentally engaging sermons, games, and fellowship. Our students in The Neighborhood return to the sanctuary at the end of the sermon to participate in the Eucharist. Each month on the third Sunday, the congregation participates in Family Worship, where all ages worship and learn intergenerationally together.
Age level small groups are offered for all children birth to 6th grade. Each group is guided by a teaching team, following a scripturally based curriculum. The purpose of these small groups is to help children grow in community with each other, develop a biblical overview, and apply Jesus's teachings in their daily lives.
Our preschool-aged kids begin Sunday worship with their families; they are dismissed from the sanctuary to the Cul-de-Sac where they continue in worship and learning through movement, stories, play, games, and art. Experienced teachers and volunteers provide loving interactions as we help parents build a foundation of Bible truths.
We understand that parents have varying comfort levels for dropping off babies in a nursery setting. We welcome each family to do what feels best for them and their little ones. In our nursery rooms, trained caregivers provide quality care for and interaction with each child.
Students can be checked in prior to the start of service or activity at any of our three check-in desks: Children’s Ministry hallway, Preschool hallway, or Hispanic Ministries Center foyer. Two tags will print for each student: one sticker should be placed on the child, and the other is placed on the class check in clipboard. A security tag will be printed, which must be presented by a responsible adult in order to pick up the student following the service or activity.
On Wednesday nights children birth through 6th grade have the opportunity to deepen their faith through Bible Quizzing, build mentor relationships through hobby workshops led by various congregation members, receive leadership training, and pray, play and build community together.
Preteens are invited to participate in Lead Team, where they receive monthly leadership training. Preteens also enjoy participating in two KC District retreats every year, as well as monthly fun activities!
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