Vacation Bible School 2014
June 2 – 6
Daily 9:30 – 12:00
Sunday School – 9:45 am
At 9:45, children K4-5th grade gather together for a time of singing hymns, scripture memory and recognizing birthdays. Just before 10:00 we divide into Sunday School classes. This is the foundational teaching time with our children. We use Great Commission Publications curricula which is written from a Reformed and covenantal perspective.
Children’s Church, Sunday – 11:00 am & 6:00 pm
This ministry is for K4 – 1st grade children. We use the Children’s Ministry International curriculum on the children’s catechism which is designed to prepare our children to understand the basics of our faith and be better equip
ped to enter adult worship. Children are dismissed on the last stanza before the sermon to children’s church and are picked up in the children’s assembly room after the service.
Wednesday Night – 7:00 pm
The emphasis of this program is Scripture and catechism teaching and building community. We follow a year cycled program which includes singing, instruction, small group time, recitation of memory work, and recreation.
Vacation Bible School
June & July Terrific Tuesdays
Why a Children’s Ministry?
Midway Church has a Children’s Ministry because we put a high priority on our responsibility to disciple our covenant child
ren. We believe that our children are entrusted to their families and to the church where God calls their families to worship and serve Him.
God tells the covenant community to “tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and His might, and the wonders that He has done” (Psalm 78:4).
Jesus entrusted the ministry of discipleship to the church when He commissioned His church to “make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20).
When children are baptized church members they take a covenant vow to “undertake the responsibility of assisting the parents in the Christian nurture of this child.”
Our prayer is that our children will know Christ and have a growing affection for and commitment to His church, the covenant community, and a passion to extend His Kingship over all the earth.
We teach our children from a covenant perspective because we want them to have the experience of discovering Jesus on every page of Scripture. When our children see Jesus in all of Scripture, they will gradually see the covenantal framework of Scripture and of life. They will begin to see that our relationship with God is because of His grace in Christ. We teach our children that God bound Himself to His people in a covenant of grace and that His relationship with us is to be mirrored in our relationships with one another. A covenantal perspective teaches our children that their purpose is God’s glory and their authority is His Word. It gives our children the foundation for a robust faith and life. It fortifies them with a comprehensive biblical worldview.
We teach God’s Word in the context of relationships with redeemed teachers who demonstrate the reality of God’s love. The Children’s Ministry is one component of the entire Christian education ministry of our church. Our objective is not self-fulfillment. The goal of Christian education is Christocentric. The goal is for our children to trust Christ and keep His commands.
He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments (Psalm 78:5-7).
Every program and event is designed to work together to help us accomplish this goal. Our prayer is that our children will learn not only individual Bible stories, but that they will begin to see the over-arching story of Scripture so that they will learn to think Biblically and live covenantally.