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:
Whom can we trust? We can trust God to take care of us.
God told His people to look at the bronze snake to be healed.
Numbers 20:1-20; 21:4-9
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 two teams. Give each team eight sheets of black construction paper and a piece of sidewalk chalk. Instruct teams to nominate a “writer” to record the team’s answers. Explain that you will ask a question about today’s Bible story. Teams should agree on an answer, and the writer should write the answer on the paper. When both teams finish, lead them to hold up their answers. If a team answers incorrectly, guide volunteers from each team to look up the Scripture reference to find the correct answer.
- What did the Israelites complain about in the wilderness? (They had no water, Num. 20:2-4)
- What did God tell Moses to do to the rock? (speak to it, Num. 20:8)
- What did Moses do to the rock? (He hit it with his staff, Num. 20:11)
- How did God punish Moses? (God did not allow Moses to enter the promised land, Num. 20:12)
- Which king refused to allow the Israelites to travel through his land? (the king of Edom, Num. 20:14-18)
- Why did God send poisonous snakes to the Israelites? (They sinned by complaining against Him, Num. 21:7)
- What did God tell Moses to put on a pole? (a bronze snake, Num. 21:8)
- How were the Israelites saved? (Anyone bitten by a snake would look at the bronze serpent and live, Num. 21:9)
Tape correct answers to a focal wall to form the shape of a cross. Remind kids that the Israelites who were bitten by the snakes could look at the bronze snake and live.
SAY: The bronze snake reminds us of Jesus. Like the poisonous snakebites caused the people to die, we will all die because of sin. We can’t heal ourselves of sin, but Jesus was lifted up on the cross like the snake on the pole.
FAMILY ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS:
OPTION 1: Snake jump
Lay a long jump rope across the floor and invite two family members to kneel at each end of the rope. Instruct them to hold the ends of the rope and wiggle it back and forth like a snake in the grass. Direct the rest of the family members to take turns jumping across the “snake” and moving to the other side of the room. If the rope touches a player, the player is “bitten.” Pause the game and lead kids to answer the big picture question: Whom can we trust? We can trust God to take care of us. Or kids may say the Bible story main point in order to “heal” the player: God told His people to look at the bronze snake to be healed. Continue play, allowing each family member to take a turn moving the rope from side to side. For an extra challenge, add another rope so kids must jump over multiple snakes.
OPTION 2: “Stained glass” cross
Assist each child in following these steps to create a “stained glass” cross:
- Use tape to stretch and secure an 8-by-10-inch piece of plastic wrap on a table.
- Use a black permanent marker to draw the outline of a cross on the plastic. Then turn over the plastic and use colored permanent markers to color in the cross with various patterns.
- Gently crumple an 8-by-10-inch piece of aluminum foil and then open it flat. Lay the decorated plastic wrap over the foil. Securely tape the art to a piece of poster board.
Family Discussion Starters:
- How were the Israelites healed? (They looked at the bronze snake.)
- Can people save themselves from sin? (No, only Jesus saves; John 14:6)
- When someone in your family grumbles, stop and thank God for caring for you.
KEY PASSAGE ACTIVITY SUGGESTION:
Write words or phrases from the key passage on several index cards and attach them in random order to chairs. Display the key passage poster and guide kids to read it aloud. Then cover the poster. Give kids a length of string and challenge them to wrap the string around the chairs in the correct order of the key passage. Begin by tying one end of the string around the first chair. Then loop the string around other chairs until kids complete the verse. If time allows, instruct kids to say the verse backward as they unloop the string.
JOURNAL AND PRAYER:
Distribute journal pages, notebooks, or paper, and pencils. Prompt kids to think about a time they felt dissatisfied or disappointed. Kids may draw a picture or write a few sentences describing the situation. Then guide them to consider how they could be thankful for that same situation.
SAY:The Israelites time in the wilderness was difficult, but God helped them in so many ways. He took care of their needs. Even when we are having a tough day, we have so many things to thank God for. Let’s pray. Lead kids in prayer. Thank God for the greatest gift, His Son, who came to earth to rescue people from sin. We can look to Jesus and find eternal life. Confess that our hearts often grumble like the Israelites and ask God to give kids a heart of gratitude for His provisions.
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.