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, May 17

Hello from the Ark Team! We continue to miss you all and especially miss your child’s face, laughter, and love. We are all so eager to get back together soon and cannot wait for that day.

Even though we cannot be together, please know we all here trying very hard to keep you covered with Sunday morning lessons, object lessons on Facebook, Zoom meetings, and so much more. Click here to join our Ark Facebook Group.

 

We are praying for you and your family. Please know we are here for you.

-The Ark Children’s Ministry Team

The Ark Children’s Ministry: Sunday, May 17 Lesson

This week’s story: Paul is Changed

Acts 9:1-19

Bible verse: “As for us, we can’t stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.

This week’s lesson is all about a man name Paul. Paul was a Pharisee, a member of a group of Jewish leaders who believed the best way to serve God was to strictly follow the law of Moses. Paul did not like Christians. In fact, he had great hate for them. Paul was on his way to Damascus when he heard the voice of Jesus speak to him. It was here that Paul was chosen to tell others about Jesus. No one changed more than Paul. This story is a reminder to all of us that God loves everyone, even those who do bad things. There is nothing a child or even us as adults can do to make God love us less!

 

For Preschool & Elementary Children

Grab your children’s Bible and read Acts 9:1-19 with your family.  You can also grab your regular Bible to read from. This Bible story about Paul is an opportunity to discuss belief and to explore with our children what we believe and why we believe it.

Wonder Questions

Sit quietly for a moment; then wonder about the story together.

  • I wonder why Paul didn’t like people who followed Jesus?
  • I wonder what Paul could see after he was blinded?
  • I wonder what Paul saw when he could see again?
  • I wonder if Paul was happy that he now believed in Jesus?

Digging Deeper – For Older Elementary Children

Discussion – Paul is Changed
  • What is a magnifying glass? What does it do?
  • What does a magnifying glass and the way God sees things have in common?
  • After reading this story, is there anything that God may be showing you that needs to be changed? Something you would change about the world? Your community? Your family? You?

 

Family Activity – Different Perspectives

Today’s story is about different perspectives, or seeing things differently. Click here to find a sheet with 6 cards to be cut out. Two people at a time will act out the scene presented on the card. After each scene is acted out, discuss what you learned about different perspectives from thinking about the issue from both sides.

 

Object Lesson

Click here for an object lesson to help understand our story – Paul’s conversion. This has you baking brownies but any bake good product would work. Educational and yummy too!

Downloadable Activity Sheets

Preschool- Color Sheet
Early Elementary- Word Search
Older Elementary- Cross Word

News and Announcements 

Vacation Bible Camp Our Vacation Bible Camp won’t be able to take place as originally planned in late June due to the uncertainty of the coronavirus. We will be in touch as programming unfolds.

May Placemat Praise While we are social distancing at home, we still want you to have access to our monthly “Placemat Praise.” Click here to view and print out at home; we have changed the size to 8 1/2 x 11. We miss you. Stay healthy and safe. God Bless.

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.