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:
How many gods are there? There is one true God who alone deserves worship.
God healed Naaman’s skin disease.
2 Kings 5
Hebrews 1:1-2 - “Long ago, God spoke by the prophets … in these last days, He has spoken to us by His Son.”
BIBLE STORY REVIEW AND BIBLE SKILLS:
Direct kids to sit in a circle, and ask them to open their Bibles to 2 Kings 5. Briefly review the Bible story with them. Pass out three balls of different colors. Instruct them to pass two of the colors in opposite directions, and to gently toss the third across the circle to other kids. Play a song as the kids pass the balls. Stop the music at random intervals and choose a color. Whoever is holding that ball must answer a question. If he doesn’t know the answer, he must look it up, give the answer, and then spin in a circle seven times. Once he has answered and completed spinning, he must sit down. Restart the music and continue playing the game.
- What was Naaman’s job? (commander in the Syrian army, 2 Kings 5:1)
- What was wrong with Naaman? (He had leprosy, 2 Kings 5:1)
- Where did his servant girl come from? (Israel, 2 Kings 5:2)
- Why didn’t the king of Israel cure Naaman? (He couldn’t! Only God can heal; 2 Kings 5:7)
- How many times was Naaman instructed to wash in the Jordan? (seven times, 2 Kings 5:10)
- Who convinced Naaman to obey? (Naaman’s servants convinced him to at least try washing in the Jordan River, 2 Kings 5:13)
- Whom did Naaman plan to worship after being healed? (the one true God, 2 Kings 5:17)
SAY • Naaman thought washing was too simple a task to cure his leprosy—especially in such a small, unimportant river. He thought the rivers of his home would be better. Naaman learned that God doesn’t heal us based on how fancy we are or the deeds we do. God healed Naaman’s skin disease because of His love for Naaman. Being saved from sin is surprisingly simple too. Many people think we have to do something super good and special to earn salvation, but we can’t earn salvation. Jesus died on the cross and rose again to give us freedom from sin.
FAMILY ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS:
Jumpin’ the Jordan River Game
Use two yard sticks or jump ropes to represent the banks of the Jordan River by laying them parallel on the ground a few feet apart. Instruct the kids to line up single file on one side of the “river.” Kids will take turns jumping into the middle of the river, hopping seven times in the middle, and then hopping out on the other side. Time the kids to see how fast the whole class can get through the river. Play additional rounds, spacing the “banks” further apart.
SAY • Elisha told Naaman to wash in the Jordan seven times. When he decided to obey, God healed Naaman’s skin disease! He began to worship the one true God because only God could heal him so easily and so completely. When we trust in Jesus, He forgives us completely of our sin. Only the one true God can do that. We worship Jesus because He is the one true God.
Family Discussion Starters:
Why do you think the servant girl told Naaman about Elisha?
Why was Naaman upset about Elisha’s instructions?
How can we be forgiven and healed of our sin?
KEY PASSAGE ACTIVITY SUGGESTION:
Write the Key Passage out on a white board or large sheet of paper. Leave blanks where the words “long,” “God,” “prophets,” “last,” “spoken,” and “Son” would appear in the verse. Write each of the words above on index cards (one word per card). Mix up the cards and see who can put the missing words in order the quickest.
SAY • Elisha told Naaman to wash in the Jordan River seven times. That was God’s word directly to Naaman because Elisha was a prophet. Now, we have the Bible to teach us about Jesus. The Bible is God’s Word directly to us.
JOURNAL AND PRAYER:
Distribute each child’s journal and ask her to write about or draw a person whom she knows is sick. Ask who has the power to heal that person. Take time to pray with the children for their sick friends or family members.
SAY • When Adam and Eve sinned, sickness became a part of creation. God is in control of all things. God often uses our sickness to bring glory to Himself and to help us learn to trust Him more. God has the power to heal sick people. We can pray for their healing, knowing that God will always do what is best. Even when we don’t see people healed of their physical sickness, we know that God sent Jesus to save us from a bigger problem: sin.
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.