Birth - Grade 5

Berean Kids is our ministry to children from birth through grade 5 and their parents. We want to see the lives of children and their families transformed by the power of the gospel. We believe the best way to do this is through a partnership between the church and the home. Through weekend and mid-week programming, resources, regular encouragement, and our Family Discipleship Plan, we want to link arms with moms and dads for the sake of the faith of their children and future generations.

BK Core Values

In Berean Kids, our values are not just words, but values in action. We follow up and reinforce these values with action and intentionality.  

GOSPEL-CENTERED

We point to the Gospel every week. All stories in the Bible point to Jesus as our Rescuer and Savior! We explain the Gospel to kids in fresh ways in both Large Group and Small Group times. 

CHILD-TARGETED

We provide an environment and a programming strategy that is fun and engaging for kids. We evaluate and observe regularly to ensure that kids understand and embrace the teaching. 

SMALL GROUP-FOCUSED

We engage relationally with kids through meaningful small group time. We know that investing in kids consistently and over time, can result in them feeling safe and open to discussing the gospel and how it applies to their lives. We train and mentor volunteers in leading small groups. 

SECURITY-VALUED

We consistently use clear safety protocols. All volunteers are consistently screened to ensure maximum safety and security for families. 

EXCELLENCE DRIVEN

We provide quality teaching and instruction to kids of all ages. We strive to be organized, consistent, and impactful so the Gospel can reach kids in unique and lasting ways. 

PRAYER-GUIDED

We value prayer and intentionally pray for our staff, families, and volunteers. We pray with volunteers before each service, and volunteers pray with kids weekly. Prayer is the foundation of all we do. 

Sundays

        Birth - Grade 5

Kids are part of age-specific programming that includes large and small group time as well as crafts, music and relational connection. We go through the entire Bible every three years. All stories point to Jesus as our rescuer and redeemer, as part of God’s big story. 

Sunday 9 a.m. // Birth-Grade 5
Sunday 11 a.m. // Birth-Grade 5

*See our Weekly Update page for more details.

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Wednesday Nights

Age 4 - Grade 3 

Children in preschool (ages 4 - 5) and elementary (grades K - 3) are invited to this fun, high-energy ministry that encourages them to know Jesus Christ and to grow in a relationship with him. Our time includes Bible stories, Scripture memory, mission activities, life application, and recreational games which all connect to apply biblical truths to real life.

We partner with parents as they teach their children to become disciples of Jesus Christ who strive to establish a firmly rooted, authentic faith. This partnership connects directly to the Faith in Practice milestone of the Berean Family Discipleship Plan.

Every week, preschool and elementary children will be learning the same memory verse and Bible story. Parents will appreciate this alignment as it will enable them to discuss the same truths with all of their children ages 4 to grade 3.

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   Grade 4 - Grade 5

Students engage in and do life together. Life can be full of challenges, but no one is alone. We explore real-life topics and challenges from the lens of the Bible through large group teaching and small group discussion.

Wednesday 6:30 - 8 p.m. // September - May // Gymnasium

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Children with Special Needs

  BK Inc. 

BK Inc. stands for Berean Kids Inclusion. Children of all abilities and their families are welcome at Berean, just as they are. 

Key Areas of Focus:   

  • Fully Accessible - We help the gospel become fully accessible to all children and youth, regardless of their special needs or ability.   
  • Wonderfully Accepted - We celebrate all children and youth and their abilities.  We help them enjoy worship, learning, and friendships.  Other kids around them will grow in love and compassion and learn how to embrace those with differences with Christ’s love. 
  • Lovingly and Safely Supported – We provide families with the opportunity for respite and time for gospel growth and learning while their child is doing the same in a loving and safely supported manner.  

Because children learn in different ways, BK Inc. offers one-on-one companions to children with special needs. To volunteer to be a BK Inc. Companion, contact Jane Marnholtz.

For more information or to enroll your child, please contact Jane Marnholtz.

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BK Weekly Update Email

Every Monday, receive updates such as our Ministry Minute, Parent Prep resources, BK News, and upcoming events.

 

Parent Prep

BK updates, calendar events, printable activities for kids, and information about weekly lessons are always available.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to Expect

ARRIVAL
Plan to arrive 15 minutes before the worship service so we can help you become familiar with our check-in process, the children's area, and introduce you to the leaders in your child’s classroom.

CHECK-IN AND SECURITY
Parents check in their children at the Berean Kids Check-In areas. Children are given a nametag to wear that displays their name, a unique security code for the day and any other pertinent information. Parents are given a tag that contains the corresponding security code. In addition, all of our volunteers have been interviewed and have passed background checks.

WELL CHILD POLICY
In order to ensure the health of other children and workers, please refrain from bringing your child if he/she has had any of the following symptoms within the past 24 hours: diarrhea, vomiting, 100+ degree fever, rash, non-clear runny nose, or has been on antibiotics for less than 24 hours.

FOOD AND SNACKS
Berean Kids does not provide or allow snacks for any of our classes.

BRINGING ITEMS TO THE CLASSROOM
Older kids are encouraged to bring their Bibles. We ask that children leave toys, cell phones, etc. in the car or at home.

CONTACTING YOU
If we need to contact you after you have checked in your child, the Worship Center and Sanctuary screens will display the security code on your pickup slip preceded by the first two letters of your last name (e.g., AB-1234).

PHOTOGRAPHY
Berean periodically takes video or photographs of "life at Berean" including children's programming, worship areas, hallways, and commons areas. Berean may publish videos or photographs in which your child(ren) may appear with or without their name for lawful purposes such as publicity, illustration, advertising, social media, and website content. If you have concerns and do not wish to have your child(ren) included in photos or videos, please contact Berean's Communications Department.

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For Your Convenience

TODDLER CRY ROOM
This room is provided for parents who wish to watch the service while caring for a fussy child. Please ask for directions at Berean Kids Check-In.

MOTHERS' NURSING ROOM
This room allows mothers to nurse their infants while watching the service.

ACTIVITY BAGS
We have activity bags available at the Welcome Center for children who attend the worship service.

Child Dedication

Child Dedication is the first step in parents discipling their child. During one of our FaithFamily Celebrations, typically within your child’s first 18 months of life, parents publicly commit their child to the Lord and devote themselves to being the spiritual leaders in their child’s life. In turn, the church body promises to partner with parents in guiding the child’s faith development. At Berean, we provide training and resources to prepare parents as their child’s primary faith trainer. 

Child Dedication Registration

Kid's Baptism

The next step after responding to the gospel by turning to Jesus through faith and repentance is to publicly declare this decision through baptism. This is something to celebrate in the life of your child! We want to help walk parents and their children through this process. We will help you lead your child through a discussion on the gospel, help them write out their testimony, and together you will meet with the Family Pastor to affirm this step and ask any questions. Register your child for baptism here and we will begin this process together.

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