The Children’s Ministry Team at Spotswood consider it a privilege from God to share biblical instruction and love with your child. We view ourselves as partners with you.
As a parent, you make the most significant spiritual impact on your child. Talking about God and His goodness teaches your child about the nature of God. Telling your child about your own faith in Christ and your convictions about His Word shows your child the importance of personal commitment. Regular Bible Study, prayer, family devotional, and church attendance demonstrate the priority of God in your life.
These are critical years as you lay the foundation for your child’s future. It is our prayer that, like Jesus, your child will grow “in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and men.” (Luke 2:52)
-David Short, Minister to Preschool and Children
Preschool and Kindergarten
We offer a safe, secure environment for preschoolers (birth-kindergarten) to learn. We use Bible-based literature published by Lifeway to begin laying spiritual foundations during the short time your children are with us. Since they learn through play, the lessons are activity based with most activities relating directly to the lesson objective of the week.
Preschoolers may remain in the same classroom during parents’ worship time and Connect Group hour. (No childcare is provided during the 8am Connect.) Children may be given a snack of Ritz crackers and water or other snack as posted outside their classroom.
Thank you for the privilege of partnering with you during these critical years.
Sunday Connect Groups
Preschool Connect Groups are offered at 8:55am, 10:15am, and 11:30am. When you come for the first time, register your child at the check-in desk (see map below).
Extended Teaching Care
Extended Teaching Care is the ministry of care and teaching for preschoolers, children birth through Kindergarten, during worship services. The purpose is to extend the same teaching and guidance offered in Connect Group, with bible based teaching sessions and planned activities.
As part of the smooth operation of the Preschool Ministry, parents of preschoolers are expected to serve once a month. However, any adult or mature teen of the church is encouraged to serve in this fun ministry. Those who serve in ETC are asked to guide the preschoolers through Bible learning activities provided for them. Each age level will have different methods and age-appropriate activities, but all the activities will help the children become increasingly aware of the concepts such as God, Bible, Self, Family, Others and the Natural World.
Children 1st – 5th grade
We offer Bible-based classes for children in grades 1-5 for one hour each Sunday morning. Families have the option of worshiping together either before or after their Adult Connect Group hour at 8:55, 10:15 or 11:30 am. Children have the opportunity each week to hone their Bible skills, learn a memory verse, hear a Bible story, pray, and participate in activities that help them make practical application of Biblical truths. Children in grades 1 and 2 must be signed in by a parent/guardian and picked up by that adult at the end of the hour. Third graders have the option of being released to meet their parents at a pre-determined location just like the 4th and 5th graders. Our goal in the children’s department is to come along side you as you raise your children to know and love The Lord.
Sunday Connect Groups
Children’s Sunday Connect Groups are offered at 8:55am, 10:15am, and 11:30am. When you come for the first time, register your child at the check-in desk (see map below).
Children in Worship
Family worship is an important part of Spotswood Baptist Church. As your child enters elementary school you will find increased interest in God, Jesus, and church. This is the right time to begin training your child for worship service participation. In terms of the spiritual training of your child, family worship time on Sunday morning may be the most important event of your week. It lays the foundation for your family devotions at home.
Worshiping together as a family is preferable to a Children’s Church Sunday morning format because:
- Children’s Church splits up families on Sunday morning. Children go to their Connect Groups and then to Children’s Church, not seeing Mom and Dad again until it is time to go home. Without Children’s Church, families would go to small group Bible study with their friends (Connect Groups), then to family worship time together. Worship may be the only time all week that a family sits down together. Family worship is a critical part of the spiritual heritage you are building for your family.
- It is critically important for children to see Mom and/or Dad worshiping by holding their Bible, singing, tithing, and listening to the pastor speak from the Bible. This worshipful behavior passively teaches children the importance of spiritual things and models for the child reverence and worship. Godly attitudes are more caught from parents than taught by Children’s Church leadership.
- On the occasion that the sermon is beyond the child’s comprehension, there is still much to learn. Learning to worship and learning about reverence are critically important and should be taught and practiced as soon as the child is capable of the behavior. If a child does not understand a part of the service, the parent(s) have the opportunity throughout the week to explain it on the child’s level.
- Worship is a place where children can identify role models.
- By separating families on Sunday morning, we are robbing parents of the opportunity to perform their most important task – spiritually training their children. The Bible teaches that it is the parents’ responsibility to spiritually train their children – Deut. 6. The role of the church is to support, facilitate, train, and encourage the parents in this most important task.
Taking your child to worship with you may seem like a challenge. Age appropriate Children’s Worship Bulletins are provided at the guest station in the foyer outside the main auditorium. Be assured there are rich spiritual rewards ahead for your family. Imagine being able to have discussions during the week about topics heard from the pulpit together during family worship!
The Special Needs Ministry class meets at 10:15 am. The class is directed by professionals in the Special Needs field. There are a wide variety of special needs children and young adults in the ministry. Teacher/Student ratios are low. If you think your child is a candidate, please register him/her at the Preschool check-in desk.