Children’s Ministry

Our Children’s Ministry exists for one purpose: to help children grow in wisdom and stature, just like Jesus!

Our mission is to provide the best possible care, comfort, guidance and instruction in the Word of God for your children. Our adult volunteers work to demonstrate the love of God and life-changing principles to your children.

Each week, we offer Bible studies during Sunday School. We have many fun and educational events and programs for kids and families. During the summer months, we offer interactive children’s programs including Vacation Bible Camp.

In addition to traditional Sunday activities for kids, Mother’s Morning Out (MMO), Weddington Christian Preschool and Weddington Christian Academy offer academic excellence in learning and spiritual formation on a weekday basis.

The Ark Children’s Ministry Sunday Lesson, March 22

Hello sweet friends! We sure do miss your smiling faces at church. We have been praying for you and cannot wait to be together again. Please remember that we are here for you. You’ll be hearing from one of our Ark team staff members in the coming week. We just want to say hello and to see how you are doing. Click here to join our Ark Facebook Group.

New and coming your way!

Flat Jesus –  You’ll want him to come to your house and be a part of your stay home time. Watch for a link to download coming soon.

Daily Challenges – We will come up with a challenge for you to do at home and we want to see your creativity! You can post it to our Ark Facebook Group.

12 Days of Easter – We are putting the final touches on a fun Resurrection Egg devotion to do as a family for 12 days leading up to Easter.

This week’s lesson is getting us ready for Holy Week that is right around the corner. Go and grab your favorite Bible and let’s hear what Jesus says about breaking bread together.
We are praying for you and your family.
-The Ark Children’s Ministry Team
The Ark Children’s Ministry: Sunday, March 22 Lesson

This week’s story: Jesus Breaks Bread

John 13:14 Bible verse: “If I, your Lord and teacher, have washed your feet, you too must wash each other’s feet” – John 13:14

Today our story tells us how Jesus’ special friends, the disciples, were sad and concerned. Jesus met with them in the upper room to share a meal. Jesus gathered around the table, took the bread, broke it and blessed it. He then took the cup and gave thanks to God. He then declared the bread as His body and the cup as His blood. This is now known to us as Communion. It is a way for us all to remember Jesus and what he has done for us.

For Preschool & Elementary Children

Read Mark 14:12-26 from your Bible. Or look for the story in your children’s Bible. Remember that Mark is found in the New Testament books! Read the story together.

Wonder Questions
Sit quietly for a moment; then wonder about the story together.
  • I wonder what the disciples did to prepare for the Passover meal.
  • I wonder if Jesus’ friends cried when Jesus said it would be their last supper together?
  • I wonder if Jesus felt like crying too.
  • I wonder if maybe the bread and wine that Jesus shared will help them remember how much Jesus loves them?
  • I wonder what helps you to remember Jesus loves you.
Video: God’s Story, The Last Supper

 

Digging Deeper- For Older Elementary Discussion

Discussion-The Passover meal
  • What special meals do you enjoy personally or as a family?
  • Have you helped to prepare the meal? Does it require many days?
  • What do you imagine sharing a meal with Jesus would be like?
Family Craft – Resurrection Eggs

This is a great craft and activity to do as a family as we journey to Easter. Click below to download.

 

Downloadable Activity Sheets

Jesus Is Alive – Take Out Church

Hello Ark Families,

We miss you all so much! Our church just isn’t the same without you. Since we can’t be together right now, I have come up with a neat way to bring church to your home this Easter season and it all comes in a pizza box!

YES, you heard that right. I have filled a pizza box (minus the pizza, of course) with Christ-centered activities that you can do at home with your family to celebrate that Jesus is Alive! There are lots of activities for laughter, fellowship, praising God, praying for others, hearing and seeing God’s Word, giving thanks, and serving others.

We want you all to KNOW God’s Word, GROW in faith, and SHOW God’s love even at home. You will also find FLAT JESUS in the box. He is ready to come to your house because we know that no matter where we are or what we are doing, Jesus is always with us.

If you are interested in taking one of these boxes home, click here to register your family. You will receive an email with the day and time for pick up next week. What you will do is come at the designated time, pull up at the sanctuary entrance, and a pizza box with your name on it will be waiting for you outside. No need to get out of your car! There are a limited number of Jesus is Alive! boxes available and they will only be given out to those who register online.

Cannot wait to share this with you and your family! We love you all and look forward to being together soon. Until then, let’s all shout that Jesus is Alive!

“He is not here; he is risen!” – Luke 24:6-7

– Carolyn Nelson, Children’s Minister

News and Announcements 

The Ark Faith & Family March Mission  We are collecting school supplies for the classrooms at Benton Heights Elementary School for our friends there who are in need of items to finish out the school year.  Items we are collecting include:  Black Expo markers, fun colored Expo markers, 3X3 Post-It Notes, 3X5 colored index cards, Flair pens, Ticonderoga pencils, 2X1.5 Post-It Tabs, black Sharpie pens, wick stickums, and Velcro dots or squares. Collection bins are located at the KidCheck station and Helms Hall.  Thank you for helping us make a difference at this school. We love Benton Heights!

Vacation Bible Camp 2020 is coming!  Join us at Rocky Railway: Jesus’ Power Pulls Us Through on Monday, June 22-Friday, June 26 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in our Family Life Center. Children age 5 by August 31, 2020 through rising 5th graders can join the fun. Registration will begin Sunday, April 26 between services. Registration forms will also be available for download on the website. Lots of loving hands and smiling faces needed to serve and can begin registering then too. Hope you will join us!

Palm Sunday Parade Children in the 4 year old class through 5th grade are all invited to participate in a special Palm Sunday parade on Sunday, April 5. Children who attend the 9:30 service are asked to arrive by 9:20 a.m. and line up in Helms Hall. Children will return to Helms Hall for pick up by the parent or will be escorted to Sunday classes.  Please sign your child in to KidCheck prior to arrival for Palm parade. Children for the 10:10 service should arrive by 10:00 a.m. and meet at the back wall of the FLC. Children can return to their parents or can be brough to Sunday morning classes. Children who are attending the 11:00 service will meet at 10:50 a.m. in Helms Hall. Children will return to Helms Hall for pick up by parent or will be escorted to their classes. Join us as we kick off Holy Week and parade into the Sanctuary or Family Life Center and wave our branches as we say, “Hosanna, Hosanna!”

Nursery Workers Needed Are you looking for a way to earn a little extra money?  Do you like children or have a special knack for working with children?  The Ark Children’s Ministry is hiring fun loving, energetic people to work part time in our nursery on Sunday mornings, as well as weekday and evening opportunities.  Duties will include working alongside another provider in: holding, reading to, playing with children ages 1 and 2.  We need patient and gentle people to calm and soothe children who have a hard time being dropped off.  We need creative people to play age appropriate games and lead activities that will engage and occupy the children in our care.  To be clear, in addition to the fun, duties will also include diaper changing and nose wiping.  This is a physically active job as you will need to be up and down, pick up and carry little ones. Candidates must be 19 or older, have at least three references, pass a background check, and receive Safe Sanctuary training.  CPR certification is preferred at time of hire and required for ongoing employment.  We welcome mom’s to bring a little one with them, while still earning a little extra.  If you feel like this is something you could do and have interest in, please contact Susanna Denninger, susiedenninger@gmail.com or Children’s Pastor Carolyn Nelson, Carolyn.nelson@weddingtonchurch.org.

Children’s Ministry Sick Policy

It’s that time of year when a lot of our children are coming down with nasty colds and viruses.  In order to keep our nurseries and classrooms as healthy as possible, please adhere to our Children’s Ministry Sick Policy.

 

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For more information, please contact Carolyn Nelson at carolyn.nelson@weddingtonchurch.org.