KIDS & YOUTH
We believe that the children in our community will one day be pastors, elders, leaders and servants in the church of the future. We take our responsibility seriously to equip them. While we do have tailor fit ministries for unique age groups we also work hard to make them feel comfortable being a part of the adult community at Ren through participation of Sunday worship, community meals and neighborhood outreaches. The following is a breakdown of what is specifically offered for each age group.
On Sunday mornings we have special programs for children of all ages. In the room called the Nest we provide childcare for infants and walkers. In addition, we also have a room upstairs in the sanctuary for moms to nurse.
In the room called the Meadow we have a structured program for children that are confident walkers until age 3. Each week the children learn a Bible story that is catered to their age and includes a craft. They also have time for songs, games and free play. Snack is provided, which is animal crackers or goldfish and water.
In the room called the Forest we have a structured program for children 3 years old until entering Kindergarten. Each week the children learn a Bible story that is catered to their age and includes a craft. They also have time for songs, games and free play. Snack is provided, which is animal crackers or goldfish and water.
In the larger room called the Valley we have a full church experience for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade. The group is split up by grades - Kindergarten and 1st grade, 2nd and 3rd grade and 4th and 5th grade. The lessons are based on the previous week's sermon so parents and children can have authentic conversations about what they are each learning about God around the same topic. Each lesson is created by the lead teacher along with a craft to help reinforce learning. The Valley also has a time of worship with one of Ren’s musicians, which is done as a whole group at the beginning of class. The Valley also incorporates prayer, a monthly memory verse and organized fellowship/free time at the beginning and end of each session.
Since the Fall of 2016 we have been partnering with another local church to establish a thriving youth ministry every Friday night. There are well over a dozen dedicated staff and volunteers serving and a beautiful little community of youth from 6th-12th grade coming together. From 6-7:30pm there is open time which allows the youth to play games like foosball, air hockey, Wii and board games. At 7:30 there is a more structured time of worship, testimonies, teaching and small group discussion. Contact Chris Waugh for more details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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