To partner with parents in the spiritual development of their children as together we encourage and challenge children to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
Welcome to Children’s Ministries Department of Locust Grove Mennonite Church! Our desire is for children to learn to know and experience the God of the Universe, who came to earth himself to draw us to him. He is the One who said, “Let the children come to me, don’t keep them away, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” -Matt. 19:14
Parenting is hard work, and we want you to know that what you are doing matters! You are doing something really, really important. We love when you are here and the church is filled with the joy of children. We want Locust Grove to be a church where all are welcome... where we share in the word together...where we teach children that their worship matters...where each of you are a vital part of the faith community gathered in worship.
...where children grow in grace and the knowledge of God...
Nursery: 0—2 years oldThe nursery at Locust Grove offers a safe, healthy, and secure environment for babies and toddlers while parents participate in the worship service. The nursery is located down the hall on the left after entering the church at the west entrance. The nursery is available during both the 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM worship services.
Early Childhood: 2-3 years old
Two and three year olds are taught Bible truths in Sunday School through a variety of fun, hands-on, and energizing activities. The BIBLE-IN-LIFE curriculum is used with this group.There are two Sunday school periods for families to choose from including:
9:00 AM—10:25 AM10:30 AM—11:45 AM
Early Childhood: Pre-K/Kindergarten
Pre-K and Kindergarten children frequently learn best by doing. These children learn to know God through a variety of fun, hands-on, and energizing activities. The BIBLE-IN-LIFE curriculum is used with this group. Kids are encouraged to bring their Bibles along to class each week. There are two Sunday school periods for families to choose from including:
Elementary: Grades 1-6
Our curriculum, “Answers in Genesis” begins by preparing a solid foundation, teaching children they can trust the Bible. The study then follows a three year chronological Bible study from Genesis through Revelation providing kids with a logical view of scripture and history. Kids are encouraged to bring their Bibles. There are two Sunday school periods for families to choose from including:
Kids’ Club: K-Grade 5
Kids’ Club is held every other Tuesday evening from 6:30-8:00 PM beginning in the fall and ending in the spring. Our Kids’ Club includes a gathering, small group activities, and learning centers where kids are challenged to both know and experience God. There is a time for fellowship as families are invited to enjoy a meal starting at 5:30 and ending at 6:30. There are also several Bible Studies for parents while the kid's are participating in Kid's Club.
DC4K is a special group to help children heal from the hurt caused by the separation or divorce of their parents. Our DC4K group meets weekly in 13-week cycles. We combine games, crafts, activities, music and DVD dramas to create a fun atmosphere where children feel comfortable and accepted. DC4K is designed for children ages 5-12.
Jr. Worship Team: Grades 3-6
Our Jr. Worship Team is a group of kid musicians directed by Steph Hartzler. The kids lead other kids in worship through singing and playing musical instruments.