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:
Where does wisdom come from? Wisdom comes from God through His Word.
God chose Solomon to build a temple where He would dwell with His people.
1 Kings 6–8
Proverbs 2:6-7 - “For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity.”
BIBLE STORY REVIEW AND BIBLE SKILLS:
Before the session, use a marker to divide a piece of construction paper into six sections. Number the sections from 1 to 6. Position the paper on the floor. Set a small bowl of water on a table next to several cotton balls. Form three teams of kids. Instruct kids to open their Bibles to 1 Kings 6. Point out that today’s Bible story is found in the book of 1 Kings. Explain that 1 Kings and 2 Kings describe the time when Israel was ruled by kings.
SAY Does anyone know what Bible division 1 Kings is in? (Old Testament History) Call for one representative from each team to come to the front of the room. Guide them to stand several feet away from the construction paper. Choose a team representative to play first. They should dip a cotton ball in the water and then toss it at the paper. The cotton ball should leave a wet spot where it first lands. Ask a review question. If they answer correctly, award their team points corresponding with the numbered section where his cotton ball first landed.
- Who built the temple? (King Solomon, 1 Kings 6:1)
- Who was Solomon’s father? (David, 1 Kings 6:12)
- Where was the temple? (in Jerusalem, 1 Kings 8:1)
- God chose Solomon to build a temple where He would do what? (dwell with His people; 1 Kings 6:13)
- Where does wisdom come from? Wisdom comes from God through His Word.
- Say the key passage, Proverbs 2:6-7, from memory.
- Who was allowed to approach God in the temple? (only the priests, 1 Kings 8:6)
- Who gives us direct access to God? (Jesus, Eph. 2:18)
- How did Jesus take away our sin? (He died on the cross in our place, 2 Cor. 5:21)
Allow the other players a turn. Then choose new representatives and play again. If a player gives an incorrect answer, award no points. Allow any of the kids to give the answer. Play passes to the next representative. The team to earn the most points wins.
FAMILY ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS:
Option 1: Crossover Challenge
Clear an open space for an active game. Instruct kids to stand against one wall. Choose two or three players to sit cross-legged in the middle of the floor. Explain that kids will try to cross the room without being tagged. Players who are seated will try to tag crossing players. If a player is tagged, they should sit. They are now a tagger, too. Taggers must stay seated to tag players passing by. Play several rounds. Each round will be more difficult as more tagged players are seated. End play when all players are tagged. If time allows, reset the game and play again.
SAY Why was crossing the room so difficult? What stopped you? What would have made crossing easier? In our Bible story today, we heard about the priests in the temple. Because God is holy, only the priests could approach God—and only if theyfollowed specific instructions. Ordinary people had no direct access to the holy presence of God. But Jesus changed all that. By His death on the cross, Jesus took away our sin. We can approach God intimately and individually when we trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior.
Option 2: Make Soap Carvings
SAY God chose Solomon to build a temple where He would dwell with His people. The temple Solomon built was beautiful! The walls were made of wood and were carved with ornamental gourds and flowers. Have you ever made a soap carving? Let’s try carving some beautiful things like Solomon made in the temple.
Provide supplies for kids to carve bars of soap. Show the carving templates and demonstrate how to carve:
- Use a pencil to trace a template onto the soap.
- Use the carving tools to carefully scrape away the soap beyond the outline.
- Carve details into the soap as desired. Remember, once you carve something off you cannot put it back!
Allow kids to work for several minutes. Encourage them to use the soap at home and remember that Solomon made a temple where God could be with His people, but when we trust in Jesus, He is always with us.
SAY Remember that Solomon built a temple where God could dwell with His people. When we trust in Jesus, He is always with us.
Family Discussion Starters:
- What’s the difference between a temple and our church buildings?
- Where does God live now?
- Why can we now approach God directly, without a priest or a temple?
KEY PASSAGE ACTIVITY SUGGESTION:
If your family made posters for key words during the first session, ask a volunteer to hold up the posters as kids say the key passage. Remove the key passage poster and challenge kids to say Proverbs 2:6-7 using only the key words as prompts. Write phrases of the key passage on several pieces of tape and apply them to blocks. Invite kids to construct a building, arranging the blocks so the words of the key passage are in order.
SAY Wisdom is a gift from God. Memorizing His Word can help us become wise. If you haven’t memorized Proverbs 2:6-7 yet, practice this week!
JOURNAL AND PRAYER:
Distribute pencils and paper or notebooks. Encourage kids to write a few sentences describing how they feel knowing that they are never alone. God dwells with His people.
SAY Let’s pray ... Lord God, you are faithful and you keep your promises. Thank you for your Word. We know that the temple did not contain you. You cannot be put in a box; you are so great! Thank you for sending your Son, Jesus, to take away our sin and bring us to you. We love you. Amen.
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.