We see kids as amazing awesome members of God’s family.
We work hard to ensure that kids learn deep truths about the Bible and grow as disciples in Christ. Most Sundays we have Bible classes where kids dig into the word at an age appropriate level through fun games, crafts, worship, and lessons as they learn from our awesome team of leaders. We value your kids a great deal so we make sure that they learn in the safest sort of environment imaginable. We screen all our leaders, give them background checks, and offer training to help them grow as disciplers. We also have a safety implemented check in/out system to make sure that your kids never leave with someone who should not have access to them.
You might have noticed that it said that we have Bible classes most Sundays. It says most Sundays because usually we have our children in service once a month with their families. This is a big part of what makes Park Avenue unique. Too often today churches have become segmented into different little churches based off age level but this is not the case here. At Park Avenue we deeply believe in intergenerational ministry. We want to see kids and parents worshiping and learning together as a family. Therefore, even on Sundays with Bible classes we open church together before breaking off into our groups.
We believe that parents are the greatest spiritual influence in a child’s life and we want to foster that. We make sure from infancy that we are giving parents the support and tools to impact their children. For instance, we have special baby dedications for new little members of our congregation. We also offer a new tool, usually in the form of an article, each month to parents so that they can feel more equipped. Parents correspondingly receive information on the upcoming lessons to pre-teach at home.
Finally, the way we best represent our love for children is by recognizing they are full-fledged members of the Body of Christ. This means we do not just teach basic stories but we work in discipleship. It means that when we have an event we make sure there is time to focus on their relationship with God. We also highly encourage kids finding different ways to serve our local body and the world around.