Southbrook Kids’ is a place where kids get excited about knowing Jesus. A place where they hear the gospel, become disciples, and are inspired to make disciples of others, as they make a big deal of Jesus where they live, work, and play.
Our ministry meets kids right where they are and helps them to discover God and His Word on their own level. We know that kids are not just the church of tomorrow, but they are the church of today!
We encourage parents to know what your child is studying and make applications throughout the week. Each month, we connect with our families via a personalized email from our Family Ministry Team with information about what your child is being taught and ideas to keep the learning going at home.
We also recommend checking out and using The Gospel Project for Kids app. It’s a great resource that complements our curriculum and provides fun tools to help kids continue to learn.
Sunday Worship Times | 9:00 am & 11:00 am
Thank you for sharing your little ones with us! Each week we strive to present Biblical truths in creative, memorable ways. We seek to come alongside parents in modeling loving, Christian relationships while providing exciting opportunities for growth and learning for your kids. We do all of this so that a lifelong relationship with Jesus Christ can begin.
Nursery | Birth - Twos
Location: Main building/adjacent to the main worship center
Babies from birth through 2 years old are pampered by loving volunteers. Our rooms offer swings, exer-saucers, bouncy seats, age appropriate toys, and cribs. Volunteers enjoy a low teacher-to-child ratio and are able to meet a young child’s needs.
Faith in Jesus is introduced to babies and toddlers through music and movement. Our 2 year olds also experience large group teaching and a large group craft time. For nursing mothers, a room is available with rockers and closed circuit television, so moms can see the worship service.
Early Childhood | 3 - 5 years old
Location: Kids’ Building
Our early childhood area serves children from 3 years old through early fives and is characterized by active play and bible teaching through engaging story videos, fun worship songs with motions, key passage learning with hand motions, and activity or craft time. This is where children are first introduced to an organized lesson time and begin to build relationships with each other and with their leaders while learning about Jesus.
K - 3rd Grade
Location: Kids’ Building
Our K-3rd area kids begin in small groups, then join together for an age-appropriate worship service. Kids sing high-energy worship songs, memorize Scripture, and participate in interactive Bible teaching, using Gospel Project for Kids curriculum. After worship, they break into small group discussion and activities.
K-3rd provides a fun environment as the setting for our kids to build strong relationships with each other and their leaders through intentional small groups. Kids will learn about Jesus and about God’s plan for their lives.
4th - 6th Grade
Location: Student Building
Our 4th- 6th area is for our pre-teens in 4th through 6th grades. These kids will gather together for worship, relevant teaching, and gender-specific small group time led by their group leaders as they dive deeper into God's word. We are using Gospel Project for Kids curriculum, with an aim to transform the lives of preteens by providing an authentic encounter with the Gospel, within the context of true community.
Southbrook Kids offers the Gospel Project for Kids' curriculum for 2 year olds through 6th grade. Each week's lesson helps children understand how Christ fits into the entire Gospel story, pre-creation to eternity. Children also learn how they fit into this big story, too!
BIG PICTURE QUESTION:
Why should we obey God? We obey God because He loves us.
God planned to bring His people back to their land and give them new life.
Ezekiel 11:19-20 - “I will give them one heart and put a new spirit within them; I will remove their heart of stone ... and give them a heart of flesh ... Then they will be My people, and I will be their God.”
BIBLE STORY REVIEW AND BIBLE SKILLS:
Distribute a Bible to each child. Draw a body (stick figures are fine) on a white board or large sheet of paper. Ask kids the following questions about the story, directing them to look up in the Bible any answers they do not know. If a kid answers a question incorrectly, they have one chance to find the verse where the answer can be found, and read it aloud. If they fail to find the verse, erase a body part. Erase parts in the following order: leg, leg, arm, arm, torso, head. Each time they answer correctly on the first try, add a body part back to the figure. If they get through all the questions before the head is erased, they win.
- Who saw the vision of the valley of dry bones? (Ezekiel, Ezek. 1:3; 37:1)
- What happened to the bones at first? (God caused them to come back together and covered them in flesh and skin, Ezek. 37:7-8)
- When did the restored bodies come to life? (when the breath entered them, Ezek. 37:9-10)
- What did the bones represent? (The people of Israel felt hopeless and dead, but God would restore them and fill them with His Spirit; Ezek. 37:11-14)
- What did Ezekiel write on the two sticks? (“Belonging to Judah” and “Belonging to Joseph,” Ezek. 37:16)
- What happened to the two sticks, and what did it mean? (They were joined into one stick by God. God would reunite the two kingdoms under a new King; Ezek. 37:20-24)
SAY • Even when God’s people were in exile (removed from their land), God’s plan was at work. God planned to bring His people back to their land and give them new life. God would restore Israel and give them a new King, Jesus! God showed Ezekiel a valley of dry bones. The dry bones remind us what we are like because of sin. God showed Ezekiel His power to make dead people alive. We see God’s power at the cross, too. Jesus died and rose again to save sinners. Jesus gives us eternal life.
FAMILY ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS:
Option 1: Two Sticks, One Stick
Give each child two empty paper towel tubes. Instruct them to write “Judah” on one and “Joseph” on the other. Help them to slightly fold one end of one tube to slip into the other tube, and secure them in place with tape. Allow them to decorate their joined tubes with stickers, markers, glitter pens, or other craft supplies.
SAY • God planned to bring His people back to their land and give them new life under one king, King Jesus! We can be a part of God’s kingdom too, by trusting in Jesus for our salvation. Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead so that we would have a way to be united with God as His children.
Option 2: Scatter and Gather Tag
Select one child to be Judah and one child to be Joseph. Start the game by calling “Scatter!” All the players must spread out in the room. Judah and Joseph will run around tagging other players. A tagged person must link arms with the player or chain of players who tagged him. Once all the players are in one chain or another, direct the two chains to join together. Choose two new kids to be Judah and Joseph, and then play again.
SAY • God punished His people by scattering them to other nations as prisoners. But God never stopped loving them. God planned to bring His people back to their land and give them new life! God sent Jesus to die for our sins, and when we trust in Him, He gives us the Holy Spirit and connects us to God.
Family Discussion Starters:
- What did Ezekiel see in his visions?
- What did God promise to do for the people of Israel?
- If you are a believer, talk about how your life has changed since trusting in Jesus.
KEY PASSAGE ACTIVITY SUGGESTION:
Ahead of time, print the key passage on pieces of paper cut to look like bones. Ask if anyone can say the key passage from memory. Once kids have tried to say the key passage, give them the bones in a scrambled order and allow them to put them together in the right order. Use brass fasteners or tape to hold them together.
SAY • God’s people were living in a land that was not their home. They were sad and wanted to be home again. God planned to bring His people back to their land and give them new life. God promised to put a king over them who would rule forever and take away their sins. The King God talked about is Jesus! Jesus died to save us from sin, and He gives us life when we trust in Him. Jesus unites people together into a group called the church, God’s people.
JOURNAL AND PRAYER:
Give each child a piece of paper or a notebook and ask them to write about or draw a picture of what happens when people get old. Ask them about people they know who may be experiencing such changes as hair turning gray or needing a cane to walk.
SAY • Our world is broken by sin. God’s perfect creation didn’t include our bodies breaking down or dying, but sin causes those problems. We all experience that. Thankfully, Jesus left us with a promise to come back some day and restore earth. People who trust in Jesus will be raised to life and given new bodies that won’t get sick or die! Just as God’s people in exile longed to return home, we long for Jesus to return and fix everything about our world that is broken.
Kids’ Registration for First-Time Guests
If you're visiting Southbrook for the first time, save time by registering your children for check-in ahead of time. Click here for printable pdf.
The safety of your child while in our care is of great importance to us.
In order for your child to attend any of our classes on Sundays, you will need to visit one of the Kids’ Ministry Check-in stations (located in both the kids’ building and the nursery area of the main building). If you are checking in more than one child, you will be able to check all of your children in at one time.
Each weekend a trained volunteer will assist you in checking in your child. Your child will be given a room assignment and security/check-in tags for you and your child. Place the tag on your child’s shirt and drop your child off at his assigned room.
Remember to keep the other security tag. You will need that tag to pick up your child after service.
If we need to contact you during the service, your security tag number will pop up on the large screen in the main service.
All of our amazing adult disciple-makers (volunteers) have gone through an application process that includes a background check and references.
Due to various food allergies, we do not have food in any of our environments. However, babies/toddlers will be able to have their bottles.
For your safety, the doors of the kids’ and nursery areas will lock 10 minutes after service begins. If you are late, please ring the doorbell, and someone will open the door for you.
How early can I check in my child?
Our kids’ ministry check in stations will be available 30 minutes prior to the start of services; however, our classrooms are not open for child drop-off until 15 minutes prior to the start of services.
Who are my child’s teachers?
All of our adult kids’ disciple makers (volunteers) are Southbrook members or regular attendees who have completed a background check. We adhere to the “Two Deep Rule” which requires two adult volunteers in each classroom at all times.
What is your well child policy?
It is our desire to provide a healthy and safe environment for all of the children at Southbrook Church. Parents are encouraged to be considerate of other children when deciding whether to place a child under our care. We cannot accept children who exhibit any of the following within the 48 hour period prior to service:
Fever, diarrhea, nausea, scarlet fever, or vomiting within the last 48 hours;
Discoloration of discharge of the nose and eyes;
Croup, thrush, pink eye, chicken pox, unexplained rash;
Lice (A staff member will need to check the child for head lice before returning into the classroom. If a nit or lice is still present, the child will not be able to enter the classroom)
Measles, strep throat, poison ivy;
Eye or skin infections; and/or
Other symptoms of communicable or infectious disease.
Children who are observed by our workers to be ill will be separated from other children, and the parent or guardian will be contacted to request that the child be picked up immediately.
Environment Placement & Promotion Sunday
We follow Union County Public School's birthday cut-off. Children will be place in their specific environments based upon their age as August 31st or their grade as of the current school year.
Promotion Sunday is when we move children up to their new environments. This, typically, takes place, yearly, on the Sunday of the week school begins.