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:
Who is our King? Jesus is our King forever, and He rules over the world.
God rejected Saul as king because of his sin.
1 Samuel 13:1-14; 15:1-35
Psalm 47:7-8 - “Sing a song of wisdom, for God is King of all the earth. God reigns over the nations; God is seated on His holy throne.”
BIBLE STORY REVIEW AND BIBLE SKILLS:
Instruct family members to open their Bibles to 1 Samuel 13; 15. If kids need help, remind them how to use the table of contents. Point out that the Book of 1 Samuel is in the Old Testament. Tell kids that it is in the History division. These books—from the Book of Joshua to the Book of Esther— tell the history of God’s people, the Israelites. Explain that you will say some statements about the Bible story. If a statement is true, kids should clap. If it is false, they should cross their arms above their heads in an X shape. Read the following statements one at a time:
- Saul was the first king of Israel. (true, 1 Sam. 10:19-21; 13:1)
- Saul gathered an army to fight the Egyptians. (false, the Philistines; 1 Sam. 13:5)
- Saul wanted to ask God to help Israel in the battle. (true, 1 Sam. 13:9,12)
- Saul did not make an offering until Samuel arrived. (False, Samuel arrived after Saul made an offering; 1 Sam. 13:8-9)
- God told Saul to attack the Amalekites and destroy only the useless things. (false, destroy everything; 1 Sam. 15:3)
- Saul obeyed God completely. (False, Saul did not obey God; 1 Sam. 15:11)
- God rejected Saul as king because of his sin. (true, 1 Sam. 15:23)
SAY Great job! Saul knew what he was supposed to do; God had said, “Obey Me and all will go well for you.” But Saul did not obey God. This is what happened to God’s people over and over in the Old Testament. They knew God’s law, but they did not obey it. God is holy and cannot be around sin. We are sinners, too. No matter how hard we try, we cannot obey God completely. We need someone to save us from our sin. Even though God rejected Saul as king, God had a plan to bring Jesus—His Son and our perfect King—to rule over His people forever. When we trust in Jesus, God forgives our sin and accepts us forever. Who is our King? Jesus is our King forever, and He rules over the world.
FAMILY ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS:
OPTION 1: Step-by-step Drawings
Give each family member a piece of paper and a crayon or marker, and give the following instructions:
- In the center of your paper, write a lowercase letter d.
- Draw a circle at the top of the d.
- Inside the loop of the d, draw four circles.
- Draw three lines coming from the loop and extending outward.
- Draw two small ovals connecting with the top circle.
- Draw two small dots inside the top circle.
Allow everyone to share their drawings. Drawings should roughly resemble a giraffe!
As time allows, encourage each family member to find a partner. Members should turn over their papers and take turns giving their partners instructions for drawing something simple.
SAY Why is it important to follow instructions? Why might you have trouble following directions? What happens when we don’t follow instructions? God gave Saul instructions, but Saul did not obey God. God rejected Saul as king because of his sin.
OPTION 2: Tricky Tasks Game
Form groups of two or three (or more if your family is larger). Make a simple game board, consisting of squares forming a path, with a number of squares containing instructions for simple tasks … such as jump up and down three times; close your eyes and balance on one foot for 15 seconds etc. Provide dice (you may want to only use one die) for each group and give each player a coin or other small object to use as a game piece. Keep Bibles accessible for certain tasks. Explain the directions for playing the game:
- Roll the dice and move the number of spaces indicated.
- Read the task on the space. If you can complete the task, you earn the number of points rolled on the dice.
- Take turns. The player with the most points at the finish wins.
SAY Saul faced some serious consequences for disobeying God. God rejected Saul as king because of his sin. Saul did not stop being king right away, but God had a plan for someone else to be king. Come back next week to find out who became Israel’s next king!
Family Discussion Starters:
- What do you think Saul really cared about with his sacrifice?
- Why is it hard to trust God when we have to wait for things that we want right away?
- Can you think of a King whom God will never reject?
KEY PASSAGE ACTIVITY SUGGESTION:
Before the session, cut several strips of construction paper and write words or phrases of the key passage on the strips. Put the strips in a paper bag. Lead family members to read Psalm 47:7-8 aloud. Remind kids that we memorize God’s Word to help us know and love Jesus, resist sin, and help others. Invite each family member to pull one paper strip from the bag. Challenge kids to work together to put the key passage in order. Show the key passage to check their work and guide them to say the verse again.
SAY Nice work, everyone. We’ll keep working to memorize our key passage. These verses remind us that God is King over the whole earth! He rules over the nations and is seated on His holy throne. That means that God is in control right now. When you wake up in the morning, God is on His throne. When you go to bed at night, God is on His throne. No one else will ever take over the throne. Let’s answer our big picture question. Who is our King? Jesus is our King forever, and He rules over the world.
JOURNAL AND PRAYER:
Distribute pencils and paper or notebooks. Encourage kids to write about or draw a picture of a time they disobeyed God or someone God put in charge over them, such as a parent or teacher. What were the consequences of their actions? Close in prayer, thanking God for sending Jesus to be our King forever. Thank Jesus for dying on the cross and rising again so that when we trust in Him, God forgives our sin and welcomes us as part of His family.
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.