Super Sunday – 5 through 8 Years
On the 1st and 3rd, Super Sunday’s the word! After a time of worship together through music, children age 5 through 8 are dismissed for Super Sunday! Classes are led by adult teachers. Our curriculum is The ABCs of God. Using the alphabet as a framework for teaching the attributes of God, this study explores the delight that God has in Himself as the source, means, and purpose of all things.This is a wonderful study for children on the greatness and worth of God.
Sunday SUPERB– 9 through 12 Years
On the 2nd and 4th, Sunday SUPERB’s the word! After a time of worship together through music, children age 9 through 12 are dismissed for Sunday Superb! Classes are led by adult teachers. Our curriculum is How Majestic Is Your Name! The names of God in the Bible are a reflection of His character, which is so glorious that He cannot be described by a single name. His character is communicated in hundreds of names progressively revealed in the Bible. But the focus of How Majestic Is Your Name is not the many names, titles and references to God. These are merely the structure to show the greatness of our God. Each lesson presents glorious truths about God and encourages students to see and rejoice in His goodness and greatness.
Our vision and prayer for the children of Redeemer Community Church is for them to:
- KNOW God and His character, learning to trust in Him in all of life,
- GROW into passionately obedient followers (disciples) of Jesus Christ, and
- GO into their world of relationships to share His reconciling, forgiving love with others.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27
At Redeemer Community Church, we want to assist and support parents as they guide and train their children. We believe the Bible teaches that moms and dads have the primary responsibility for the spiritual development of their children. As we spend time with children in our Sunday morning children’s ministry, our goal is to reinforce and support the training and instruction the children are receiving at home. In addition, everyone who is part of Redeemer is also part of the larger “covenant family” with a responsibility to share in spiritually equipping and training the next generation.
We want our children to know God personally and to know God’s character in all its many dimensions (i.e., cognitively, subjectively, experientially, relationally, etc.). This requires first and foremost a relationally grounded exposure to and experience of what the Bible teaches about God. Thus, we teach His words and His deeds in the scope of what is know as the history of redemption. The central person of this history is Jesus Christ, the Beloved Son of God who died on the cross for the sins of the world, who was buried and who was raised from the dead three days later (1 Cor 15:1-4). Our prayerful hope and decided intention is to help children come to know God personally through a vibrant, life-giving relationship with Jesus Christ. This requires that they learn to trust the God of the Bible, which is His completely trustworthy and authoritative Word. In order to trust God in Christ like this, it is essential for children to understand that they HAVE fallen, DO fall and WILL fall short of what God requires of them. Children must understand that by God’s grace, their sins are forgiven only through faith in the good news of Jesus Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. It is only then that they come to know Jesus Christ as their personal one and only Savior and Lord. We don’t simply want children to know about God – we want them to be transformed as they respond to His grace and to the gospel (2 Cor 3:18, Rom 12:1-2).
We want our children to grow in their knowledge of God in Jesus Christ as revealed in the Bible, what the Christian tradition has long referred to as “the Holy Scriptures (writings).” That’s why in every children’s activity at Redeemer, children will hear God-in-Christ-centered teaching, so that they might grow in their understanding of the character of God as revealed to us in the person and work Jesus Christ.
But we want them to grow not only in knowledge but also in grace. As children learn who God is and learn how to trust Him, we believe this pleases God and that God will begin the process of transforming them more and more into, and conforming them to, the image of Christ (2 Cor 3:18, Rom 8:29). Our job is to scatter and water the seeds of the gospel, the good news of Jesus’ death-burial-resurrection, so that as they grow older they will grow more and more into passionate obedient followers of God.
Armed with a passionately obedient trust of God in Christ that is evidenced by a growing personal love relationship with God and others, we want our children to go. We want them to understand that the mission of the church is to tell others about Jesus and to make disciples, and that they are part of this mission, God’s mission to the world. We want them to be lights when they walk out the doors of our homes and church. We want them to be so in love with Jesus that they shine brightly for Christ as they go into the darkness of an unbelieving world. We want our children to love, serve, pray, and share the gospel with those who don’t know Jesus.