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.
Solomon asked God for wisdom to lead God’s people.
1 Kings 2:1-4,10-12; 3:1-15
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:
Guide each child to open their Bible to 1 Kings 2. Call for a volunteer to read the first two verses and then another to read verses 3-4.
SAY Before King David died, he gave his son Solomon some instructions. David told Solomon to be strong and courageous and to obey God. Why did David want Solomon to do these things? (so that Solomon would have success and so God would keep His promise that Israel’s kings would come from David’s family, 1 Kings 2:3-4) Choose a volunteer to read 1 Kings 2:10-12.
SAY David was king in Israel for 40 years. That’s a long time to be king! When David died, his son Solomon became king. Now, everyone put your finger on the first verse of 1 Kings 3. This is where we can find our Bible story today. Ask a kid to read 1 Kings 3:5 aloud. Point out that God told Solomon to ask Him for anything.
SAY Amazing! What would you ask for if you were a king? We wouldn’t be surprised if a king asked for a long life, riches for himself, or the death of his enemies. Do you remember what Solomon asked for? (Solomon asked God for wisdom to lead God’s people.) Yes! How unusual! This is what Solomon asked. [Read 1 Kings 3:9.] Solomon’s request made God happy. God agreed to give Solomon a wise and understanding heart. He also said He would give Solomon what he did not ask for: riches and honor. Then God said, “And if you obey Me, I will give you a long life too.” God gave Solomon wisdom. Do you know the answer to our big picture question? Where does wisdom come from? Wisdom comes from God through His Word. That’s right. Let’s say that together. Where does wisdom come from? Wisdom comes from God through His Word.
FAMILY ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS:
Option 1: Even Greater
Encourage everyone to mingle around the room. Call out “Partner up!” Each family member should find a partner. If you have an odd number of people, allow a group of three. Say something like, “Number of books you’ve read this year.” The partner with the greater number remains in the game and the other partner is out. Play additional rounds with categories such as age, number of stuffed animals on their bed, and so on.
SAY Solomon was a wise king, but God had a plan to send someone even greater than Solomon. (Matt. 12:42) Solomon wanted to do God’s will; Jesus completely trusted God and gave up His life to rescue people from sin. Jesus is greater than Solomon.
Option 2: Knowledge or Wisdom?
Invite kids to share what they think the difference is between knowledge and wisdom. Explain that knowledge is “something learned, or the state of having information.” Wisdom is “good sense or judgment; knowing what is best.” Position a tape line in the center of the floor. On one wall, post a piece of paper that says Knowledge. On the opposite wall, post a sign that says Wisdom. Tell kids that you will read a statement. If kids think it is a piece of knowledge, they should run to the wall labeled “Knowledge.” If they think it is a piece of wisdom, they should run to the “Wisdom” wall. Between each statement, guide kids to return to the center.
- The sky is blue. (knowledge)
- Trouble comes to those who do wrong. (wisdom, Prov. 11:8)
- Right living leads to life. (wisdom, Prov. 11:19)
- It isn’t good to favor those who do wrong. (wisdom, Prov. 18:5)
- A gentle answer turns away anger. (wisdom, Prov. 15:1)
- Ladybugs live 2 to 3 years in the wild. (knowledge)
- A foolish person turns their back on their parent’s correction. (wisdom, Prov. 15:5)
- The Greek alphabet has 24 letters. (knowledge)
- A piano has 88 keys. (knowledge)
- It is better to have respect for the Lord and have little than to be rich and have trouble. (wisdom, Prov. 15:16)
SAY Solomon asked God for wisdom to lead God’s people. Wisdom would help Solomon do what God wanted him to do.
Family Discussion Starters:
What do you think would have happened if Solomon had not asked for wisdom
Why do you think Solomon did not ask for the other things God gave him?
What do you think would happen if we asked for wisdom, too?
KEY PASSAGE ACTIVITY SUGGESTION:
Before the session, label pieces of poster board or construction paper with a key word from the passage: wisdom, mouth, stores, shield. Read the key passage aloud together. Then form groups and give each group markers and one of the pieces of poster board or construction paper with the key words on them. Invite kids to make drawings for their key words to help them memorize the key passage. As kids work, you might provide definitions to guide their drawings:
- wisdom—good sense or judgment; knowing what is best
- mouth—the opening from which we speak
- stores—to keep or accumulate
- shield—a broad piece of armor that serves as a defense or protection
SAY Great work, everyone! We’ll use these posters each week to help us memorize God’s Word. Can you think of any reason why we should memorize Scripture? Allow kids to respond. Suggest that memorizing Scripture can help us be wise.
JOURNAL AND PRAYER:
Distribute pencils and paper or notebooks. Encourage kids to write about what they would like to ask God for and why. Then allow time for them to pray. Assure kids that God hears our prayers. (See 1 John 5:14.)
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.