ADVENT KIDS

Opportunities for children to explore faith through worship, LifeGroups, and music

At Advent we think children matter and that our time with them matters. Our Mission is:

  • Love God.
  • Love Others.
  • Go Share.

If you have any questions about Advent Children’s Ministry, please contact Anne Shelton, Director of Children’s Ministry, at [email protected].

Sunday Morning LifeGroups

LifeGroups are one way we help children connect to each other and to God, to build their faith foundation in the strongest way possible. We meet to learn God’s story and to respond to God’s word through story, song, games, crafts, laughter, and discussion.

Each class has a sign indicating the grade or age level. Please let the teachers know of any allergies or special concerns. We are an inclusive congregation and will work with you to accommodate any special learning needs your child might have. We encourage parents to partner with our classes by serving in the classroom as a lead or assisting in the lesson time.

Checking in Your Child on Sunday Mornings: We use an electronic check-in system for your child’s safety. Please check-in all children using the system and be sure to keep your parent pick-up tag.

SUNDAYS @ 9:55am

Who: K3 – 5th grade

Where: Education Building, look for the signs for your child’s age-group

What: LifeGroups divided by grade level

SUNDAYS @ 11:10am

Who: K3 – 5th grade

Where: Education Building

What: We have two LifeGroups available for K3-K5 and 1st – 5th grade.

 LifeGroups meet September – May.

CHILDREN'S WORSHIP

Ministry for children in K3-K5

Our Children’s Worship ministry introduces children to God’s love in a group learning environment through music, songs, and stories. We offer engaging and interactive lessons to help children learn about worship and to help them understand scripture through games, crafts, and story. Children’s Worship is optional, and families are always encouraged to worship together.

We offer Children’s Worship during the traditional morning worship, with the children leaving for their time together following the first Scripture lesson. Children’s worship meets every Sunday at 8:30 am and 11:15 am, except Communion Sunday which is the first Sunday of the month.

RHYTHMS OF GRACE

Worship Service for Children and Families with Special Needs

3:00 pm on the following Sundays: September 15th, October 13th, November 3rd, January 5th, February 2nd, March 1st, April 5th, May 3rd

Rhythms of Grace is an interactive worship service designed for children with special needs and their families, but all families are welcome to come and experience this time of worship together.

NURSERY CARE

Ministry care for children 6 weeks - 3 years

Nursery care is provided for babies 6 weeks through 3 years on Sunday Mornings in the Education Building. Nursery Care is available every Sunday for all 3 worship services. Our young babies and toddlers are lovingly cared for by fully trained caregivers. We consider our Nursery at Advent not to be childcare, but to be a ministry.

Nursery Requirements

  • All bags must be labeled with the child’s name.
  • We ask parents not bring food into the nursery due to the risk of food allergies (bottles of formula or breastmilk are acceptable).
  • If a snack is needed, we provide Cheerios, Goldfish and water.
  • If your child is potty training or potty trained, please make sure you bring a change of clothes, just in case!
  • Please let the nursery staff know of any special needs your child might have. We will do our best to accommodate them.
  • We ask that only well children attend nursery.

Midweek at Advent

We believe all children can be involved in music ministry! Advent Kids ministry has a mid-week LifeGroup for children, K3 – 5th grade. Children explore worship through music, Bible study, games, and more! We serve in worship as Advent Kids throughout the year.

Who: K3 – 5th Grade
When: Wednesdays from 6:00 – 7:00 pm from September to May
Where: Education Building

Cub Scouts

Does your child like fun and adventure? Do they have a curious mind? Do they like the outdoors? We have a great program for boys and girls in Kindergarten through Fifth grade. Our program is run by an enthusiastic group of parent volunteers who organize a variety of fun activities throughout the year.  Our Pack is over 75 Cub Scouts strong!

Cub Scouting is a family-oriented program that instills values such as citizenship, teamwork, honesty, respect, responsibility, and fitness while being a lot of fun! The philosophy of the Pack at Advent is that scouting is fun!

Our Pack’s activities commonly include camping, hiking, fishing, fire station tours, an overnight trip on the Yorktown, bowling and participating in the Simpsonville Christmas parade. A highlight each year is the Pine Wood Derby which involves designing, building and racing model cars on a track.

Cub Scout den meetings are divided into single-gender Scout dens of 4 to 12 scouts who meet weekly at Advent with their parents and two den leaders.

Pack meetings are held monthly. These meetings include all dens, their parents and leaders, and typically have 75 to 100 people in attendance.

We have modest dues to pay for most pack activities, including awards, derbies, and other activities and outings. Some dens might have additional small fees to cover materials used in Den meetings. There are additional fees for special programs such as sleepovers and sports nights. We have voluntary fund-raising activities such as selling camp cards and the scouting popcorn sale.

We want the boys to have a great time while teaching them something along the way. We also believe that an important part of scouting is giving back to the community, through community service projects.

For more information or to join, contact [email protected].

Safe Sanctuary

We provide Safe Sanctuary training and do background checks on all those who are in ministry with our children. Please contact Anne Shelton, Director of Children’s Ministry, for further information.

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