As a church, our first priority in every ministry is to bring glory to God. This leads us to seek to glorify God through caring for the children in our church and community, seeking to introduce them to the love of God and the hope of the gospel from their earliest days.
We regard the children of Christians (or of one Christian parent) as vital members of our covenant church community, and thus we seek to encourage them in their faith with the same zeal that we encourage adults. We believe all children are incredibly important to God, capable as much as any adult of knowing, loving and serving Him (Luke 18:15-17, Acts 2:39). We seek to welcome and include children from both Christian and non-Christian backgrounds in our ministries.
We seek to help children in our church and community know, love and serve God through providing them with regular opportunities to hear the Bible and gospel explained in an age-appropriate manner (weekly at our Grace Kids and Explorers groups), regular fellowship and fun activities (both organised and informal gatherings throughout the week), and through supporting and befriending their families.
Our beliefs lead us to endeavour to do the following:
• Minister to the whole family. One of the best ways we can be a blessing to the children in our church is to support and equip parents and families in their efforts to raise their children to know and love God. Scripture commands parents to bring their children up in the “training and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:34), and as a church we seek to assist parents in faithfully obeying this call.
• Be gospel-centred in our approach. We recognise that it is possible for our children to learn every Bible story and know the answer to every Sunday school question, and still not understand and love the gospel. Therefore we want to be intentional in sharing the gospel message through all of our teaching and interactions with children.
• Equip children with a solidly biblical foundation. Just as we believe in the centrality and importance of growth in biblical knowledge for adults, so we believe that children have the same need for the Word of God in their lives. We therefore seek to ensure that they receive developmentally-appropriate teaching and guidance in the Scriptures, both at home and at church gatherings.
• Include children in the life and community of the church. We want to ensure our children are being engaged in our times of worship, teaching, prayer, fellowship, and service as a community.