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Kids

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.

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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!

TALKING TO KIDS ABOUT SALVATION

BIG PICTURE QUESTION:

Whom can we trust? We can trust God to take care of us. 

MAIN POINT:

God fought for His people and led them into the promised land.

BIBLE PASSAGE:

Joshua 2–4; 6

KEY PASSAGE:

Joshua 1:9 - “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

BIBLE STORY REVIEW AND BIBLE SKILLS:

Form three groups with family members. (If your family is small, you can participate as individuals rather than as groups.)  Assign each group a different part of today’s Bible story: 1) the spies hiding with Rahab (Joshua 2); 2) entering the promised land (Joshua 3–4);  3) and taking over Jericho (Joshua 6). Assist groups in designating roles such as the narrator, Rahab, the spies, Joshua, the priests, the Israelites, and so forth. Give kids a few minutes to rehearse their skits. Then invite each group to take a turn acting out its scene. Ask review questions to reinforce details as needed.

  1. How many spies went into the promised land? (two, Josh. 2:1)
  2. Who hid the spies in her house? (Rahab, Josh. 2:1)
  3. Which river did the Israelites cross to enter Canaan? (the Jordan River, Josh. 3:14-16)
  4. How many stones did the Israelites take from the river? (12 stones, Josh. 4:3)
  5. How many times did the Israelites march around Jericho? (once a day for six days, and then seven times on the seventh day; Josh. 6:3-4)
  6. What caused the walls of Jericho to come crashing down? (God gave the city to the Israelites, Josh. 6:16)

SAY: God fought for His people and led them into the promised land.

FAMILY ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS:

OPTION 1: Marching drill

Guide kids to stand in rows. Ask if they have ever seen an army marching. Explain that troops move together in unison. Invite them to imagine how the Israelites might have marched around the city of Jericho. Teach kids a few commands and lead them to march in place. As kids master the commands, allow a volunteer to lead them.

  • Attention—Stand with heels together, toes pointed slightly outward. Stand up tall with arms at your side.
  • March—Call out “Left, left, left, right, left” as kids march in place.
  • About face—Kids turn around (180 degrees) and then stand at attention.

SAYL God fought for His people and led them into the promised land. Just as the Lord defeated Jericho for the Israelites, Jesus defeats His enemies and leads believers into the promised land of eternity.

OPTION 2: Decorate stones

Provide smooth stones and colored duct tape. Invite kids to cut the duct tape into strips to decorate the stones. Allow each kid to decorate several stones. As kids work, remind them that when the Israelites crossed the Jordan River into the promised land, they carried 12 stones out of the river to set up as a memorial.

SAY: God told the Israelites that the stones would be a sign. He said, “In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ you should tell them, ‘The waters of the Jordan were cut off in front of the ark of the Lord’s covenant. When it crossed the Jordan, the Jordan’s waters were cut off.’” Suggest kids keep their stones in their pockets as a reminder that we can trust God to take care of us.

Family Discussion Starters:

Talk about a time you wanted to or tried to hide from God. How did you feel? Why do you think people might want to hide from God? Is this a good idea? What can we do when we sin?

KEY PASSAGE ACTIVITY SUGGESTION:

Guide kids to stand and march in place. Read Joshua 1:9 as a cadence with family members repeating after you to the beat of their marching. After you say each phrase, kids will echo. For example:

Haven’t I commanded you  (family repeats)

be strong and courageous?

Do not be afraid

do not be discouraged

for the Lord your God is with you

wherever you go.

Repeat the cadence a few times to help kids memorize the words of the key passage. You may choose a volunteer to have a turn leading the group to march around the room.

SAY: God told the Israelites to march around Jericho every day for seven days. They did not need to be afraid or discouraged because the Lord was with them. God fought for His people and led them into the promised land.

JOURNAL AND PRAYER:

Distribute journal pages, notebooks, or paper, and pencils. Guide kids to list several things that God has done to help them or your family.  Kids may also list events from the Bible in which God helped His people. Encourage them to remember that God takes care of His people.

SAY: God fought for His people and led them into the promised land. Let’s pray and thank God for helping us, too. Lord God, thank you for taking care of your people. Thank you for taking care of us in the greatest way by sending your Son, Jesus, to rescue us from sin. Help us to trust you to take care of us in the little things as well as the big things. You are good, and 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.

Additional Information 

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.