CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

Welcome to the Children’s Ministry of Morningside Baptist, where children are loved and nur­tured. 

Thank you for considering Morningside as your future church home. We value your family and the excitement and gifts you bring to Morningside. 

We strive to educate, equip and empower parents to be the spiritual leaders God intends them to be.


We are intentional in reaching out to guests and visitors and want to make your visit with us as en­joyable and worshipful as possible. 

From the time you step out of your vehicle, to the time you get back in it, our desire is that Morningside will be a place for you to grow spiritually

and deepen your walk with the Lord. The environment here is one where you will want to invite your family, friends and co-workers.

If you are planning to visit Morningside soon and have questions, or if you have been a guest and would like to give feedback

on ways we can better serve newcomers to our church, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Thank you for choosing to be our guest at Morningside. We look forward to serving you!

First Time Check In

Visiting Morningside with your children for the first time?  Welcome!  This information will get you started.  We know your children are precious to you, so we provide a safe, clean and secure environment for them to enjoy. All children’s workers undergo a national criminal database check to ensure the safety of all our children. We have qualified and trained workers that are called to and love to teach your child. It is our pleasure to minister to your children!


Where to Go

In November of 2014, God blessed Morningside with a brand new Children's Ministry Center (CMC). For the first time in many - many years, every child at Morningside is under the same roof. The CMC entrance is located off of Frazier Dr, directly behind the sanctuary and offices. You can't miss it!!! Once you enter the building, one of our friendly volunteers will walk you through the check in process and help you get to where you need to be. I look forward to seeing you this Sunday!


Check-in Procedures

If you are visiting for the first time all you have to do is enter the building and one of our volunteers will take over from there. You will be asked to fill out an information card. This information card serves two purposes.

  1. It provides us with a way to contact you should an issue arise with your child. We will send you a text should any issue arise. Please make sure your phone is on vibrate and on your person.
  2. It provides you with a sense of security knowing that your child is good hands while you are engaged in worship.

Once the information card is filled out you will receive two security stickers. One will need to be applied to your child's back, the other is for you to keep and show when picking up your child. After all the paperwork is complete, one of our volunteers will escort you to the proper location.


If you are a returning guest all of the information you provided on the information card from your previous visit will be available in our check-in software. Therefore you will not be asked to fill out a card again. Check-in is easy. Just step up to one of our check-in stations and type your last name. Once you find your child's name, check them in by hitting the appropriate group. There is no need to check yourself in as your Bible Fellowship teacher will handle this. The printer will print off your security tags and you are done. We will always have volunteers who would love to help you should you need assistance.

 

Core Values and Vision

The Children’s Ministry, much like any other organization, 

is defined by our core values. Our core values are our DNA.

It not only defines us but it sets the culture and provides guidelines

on how we function. Here at Morningside, our core values are simple.



Safety

We are dedicated to offering the safest  and most secure environment possible.  

We want you to be able to engage in worship without worrying

about the wellbeing of your child. 


Respect

We teach our children to respect God and His Word.  

It is our desire to raise up a generation of young people that know God’s word, live God’s word and share God’s word.  We believe it all starts with Respect for His Word.


Love

We teach our children to love all people.  

God’s word is clear that we are to love others as ourselves (Mark 12:31). 


Creativity

We strive to do everything in our ability to make the Bible come alive to young children.  We know kids learn better when they are having fun.  

We want to make the Bible fun for kids.


Passion

We desire to instill a passion to see lost people saved in our young people.  

We are commanded to “go therefore and make disciples”.  Matthew 28:19 That is why we take every opportunity to create a passion for the lost in our kids. 


Excellence

We strive to do everything with excellence, as if we were doing it unto the Lord. (Colossians 3:23)

 

Preschool

At Morningside, Discipleship is not taken lightly. We believe, in His Great Commission Charge to churches in Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus makes it clear the we are to “make disciples.” We understand that families are busy and have lives outside of church too. That is why we strive to use every teachable moment with your child to reiterate the importance of knowing God and loving Him. Whether it’s Bible Fellowship or one of our Wednesday night programs, we are intentional in our discipleship approach to children’s ministry.


Bible Fellowship: Sundays at 9:00 AM, CMC


Growing up I didn’t like school at all. It was boring, institutionalized and stale. We don’t want kids to associate their experience at school with Sunday mornings at Morningside. We make Sundays fun and exciting for kids of all ages. We reach children with the gospel of Jesus Christ on their age level or developmental stage.


INFANTS & CRAWLERS

When you stop by this area you may hear songs of worship that communicates God’s worthiness to be praised. You'll hear encouraging words spoken to your child from one of our great teachers. You'll see one of our volunteers holding and caring for your child’s physical needs.


TODDLERS & TWOS

Upon looking in this area, you will see children laughing, playing and learning. At this stage of life children are developing interactive skills. Skills like how to share, how to take turns and how to make wise decisions. Our workers are in this area because they are called to work with children. They understand kids and love kids. Your child will receive a Bible lesson and will work on a craft related to the lesson.


THREES & FOURS

As you continue down the preschool hall you will come to the three and four year old rooms. Again our teachers are highly gifted, called and love working with children. In this area, your child will have a more structured Bible lesson and activities that are age appropriate.

Kindergarten-3rd Grade

(5 - 11 YEAR OLDS)


In our children’s Bible Fellowship classes, we teach for application. We want kids to know and understand that God’s Word is not for our information only. It is packed with applicable truths and lessons, from Genesis to Revelation. From how to live a Godly life to how to live in harmony with others, it is all found in God’s Word and meant to be applied to our lives. We work alongside families to promote a healthy spiritual walk with the Lord and to help kids grow in their understanding of Him.


Bible Fellowship: Sundays at 9:00 AM, CMC


Growing up, I didn’t like school at all. It was boring, institutionalized and stale. 

We don’t want kids to associate their experience at school with Sunday mornings at Morningside. We make Sundays fun and exciting for kids of all ages. We reach children with the gospel of Jesus Christ on their age level or developmental stage.


Kids Worship: Sundays at 10:30 AM, CMC


We encourage families to worship together in “big church” but at the same time, we understand that some kids just can’t sit still for a sermon. That is why we offer Kids Worship at 11 AM on Sundays. Our Kids Worship experience is designed specifically for children kindergarten – 3rd grade. Kids encounter a lot of low moments during the week, and Sunday morning should be an exciting experience that enables kids to face the week ahead. Children need their own place and space to worship. Kids Worship gives children a worship experience designed specifically with them in mind. We seek to engage the imagination of every child, but it is a lot more than just entertainment. When your child arrives at Kids Worship, they will experience:

  • Engaging Bible Study
  • Energetic Worship
  • Exciting Games
  • Entertaining Object Lessons
  • Exceptional Science Experiments

You get the picture!!! 

Kids Worship meets every Sunday at 11 AM in the Children's Ministry Center (CMC).


Team Kid: Wednesdays at 6:30 PM, CMC


Team Kid is a fun high-energy ministry, for all preschool – 3rd graders, that encourages kids to know Jesus and to grow in a relationship with Him. 

You may pick up a registration form in the gathering room or in the CMC. 
The registration fee for each student is $12 with a family max of $30.

Preteen

(10-11 year olds)


Preteens at Morningside are servants in the church. We teach this emerging generation of kids that Jesus came to earth to serve and not be served

(Matthew 20:28). We want them to understand that each of us, upon accepting

Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, are given unique gifts meant to edify the church (Ephesians 2:11-12).


What is a preteen? Many in the church are quick to define a preteen as a “tweenager” a young person that is in transition between the children’s ministry and the student ministry. Research tells us that preteens are not in transition between two stages in life, but that they are their own identifiable stage. We understand that fourth graders feel they are too mature to be grouped in with the children’s ministry and fifth graders are not developmentally ready to be grouped with juniors and seniors. So what is the church to do? Morningside is leading the way in reaching this emerging generation of 10-11 year olds.


At Morningside, Discipleship is not taken lightly. We believe, in His Great Commission Charge to churches in Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus makes it clear the we are to “make disciples.” We understand that families are busy and have lives outside of church too. That is why we strive to use every teachable moment with your child to reiterate the importance of knowing God and loving Him. Whether it’s Bible Fellowship Groups or one of our Wednesday night programs, we are intentional in our discipleship approach to children’s ministry.


Bible Fellowship: Sundays at 9:00 AM, Outfitters Hall


Growing up I didn’t like school at all. It was boring, institutionalized and stale. We don’t want kids to associate their experience at school with Sunday mornings at Morningside. We make Sundays fun and exciting for kids of all ages. We reach children with the gospel of Jesus Christ on their age level or developmental stage

 

Team Kid

Wednesdays at 6:30 PM


Team Kid is a fun high-energy ministry, for all preschool – 3rd graders, 

that encourages kids to know Jesus and to grow in a relationship with Him. 


You may pick up a registration form in the gathering room or in the CMC. 

The registration fee for each student is $12 with a family max of $30.

 

Sharing the Gospel with Kids

See what we have been studying in our Bible Fellowship classes:

Many Christian parents face a paradox: How can some children hear the Good News of the Bible and believe, 

while others hear the same message and remain unaffected? While the process of faith may be miraculous, it is not entirely mysterious. 

Jesus explained it in His parable of the sower (Matthew 13:1-23). Teaching received without understanding kills the yield. 

Faith with shallow roots withers and dies. Distractions, worries and desires for other things choke the Word. 

But one who hears the Word and understands it bears fruit.


How can we help our children receive the Word and bear fruit?

Jesus' parable inspires several practical planting tips.


Focus on understanding. 

Many parents and teachers attempt to impart faith primarily through the transfer of Bible facts. 

Those seeds will not likely take root unless kids truly understand the meaning of the facts. 

Sunday school worksheets often use fill-in-the-blanks and word puzzles to drill children on their factual knowledge. 

But unscrambling the word forgiveness in a puzzle is far less important than understanding the meaning of forgiveness.

Hearing is not enough. Reading is not enough. Memorizing is not enough — unless your goal is to produce a Bible "Jeopardy" champion. 

Concentrate your time on helping kids really understand God's Word, its relevance today and how you apply it.


Let them experience the message. 

People remember and are affected by vivid experiences. When Jesus wanted His disciples to learn about servanthood, 

He got down on His knees and washed their feet. You can be sure those disciples never forgot that faith lesson! 

You can do the same with your children. For example, to help them experience the concept of grace, involve your family in giving

to others without expecting anything in return. Or to encourage kind words as mentioned in Ephesians 4:29, invite family members to write or draw

a kind note to one another. (For more ideas on teaching through experiences, visit Heritage Builders.)


Use teachable moments. 

Typically, when your kids are enveloped in emotion-packed situations, they are the most ready to grow. 

When circumstances provoke feelings of fear, sadness, anger, exhilaration, awe or wonder, be prepared to help them see how God is working. 

When Johnny is scared may be the opportune time to teach about God's presence. Jesus took advantage of teachable moments often, 

such as during the storm on the lake and with those who threatened to stone the adulterous woman.


Reinforce for long-term retention. 

Some information we quickly forget. Other things we remember a lifetime. We can help move more of God's message into long-term memory

through "interval reinforcement," review or use of the message repeatedly over time. If the brain registers information just once, 

less than 10 percent of the message is likely to be remembered after 30 days. But if there are six exposures to the information over 30 days, 

90 percent of the message is likely to be retained. If you want your kids to understand God as Creator, repeat the message frequently — 

when you drive through the mountains, when you witness a sunset, when you visit the zoo and when you marvel at the intricacy of the human body.


Avoid bribes. 

Many well-intentioned parents and teachers attempt to grow their kids' faith through the enticement of rewards. 

"Learn this verse and get a ribbon." "Go to Sunday school and get a cookie." It may seem harmless, but bribing kids actually sets up a distraction. 

The "do this and get that" approach causes kids to focus more on the "that" than the "this." Jesus never said, 

"If you do unto others what you want them to do to you, you get a lollipop," or "If you feed My sheep, you get a Twinkie."


Employ delight. 

Your kids will learn more when they enjoy the process. Make learning about God fun! Some parents and teachers wince at this suggestion. 

Few people gain a love for anything that is marinated in drudgery. No one ever accused Jesus of being dull or boring. 

In fact, consider His first miracle: turning water into wine for the wedding at Cana. And remember how He told Peter to find cash for the temple tax — 

go catch a fish and pull a coin from its mouth. Delightful! So, make faith learning delightful.


Jesus concludes His parable: "The one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. 

He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown" (Matthew 13:23). What crop are you plotting with your kids?


Shared with permission from Focus on the Family

Sharing the Gospel with Kids

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