Part 3 of how we do things at Awaken.
Kids are a big part of what we do at Awaken. We have plenty of them and we have plenty of room for them. In fact, half of our building is dedicated to just the kids – 1,200 square feet for the adults and 1,200 square feet for the kids!
One thing you’ll notice about us is that we don’t use the word “babysitting.” It’s not a bad word or anything, but that just doesn’t accurately describe what we do. We call it “Awaken Kids Ministry” because that’s exactly what it is – a ministry for kids. We believe that kids can experience God on their own level, so we go out of our way to help them do that. We have 3 age groups available: 8 weeks to 24 months, 2 years to 5 years, and 6 years to 10 years. Each group has something targeted toward them. Our kids curriculum is called “Generations of Grace” and it comes from John MacArthur’s church, Grace Community Church, in Sun Valley, CA. If you know anything about John MacArthur, you know he is a solid Biblical teacher and his kids’ curriculum reflects that! It’s designed around the truth of God’s Word and takes kids systematically through the Scripture at their own level. Each week there are hands-on crafts for them to do that relate to that week’s lesson as well as some nutrition in the form of sugar (Kool-Aid, and some snacks)! You gotta have some sugar!
Besides the fact that kids learn about God on their own level, we also see the benefit of providing a way for the parents to drop off their kids and be able to fully focus on the teaching of God’s Word in the main service. It’s always a bit challenging to stay focused with a little one next to you!
Jennifer Witiuk is our Kids Ministy coordinator. She’s a nurse at Gateway Hospital and she loves kids. You can read all about her on our About Us page, but make sure to also meet her next time you’re at Awaken!
On a personal note, my 3-year old, Emery, has learned a lot of great Bible stories from Awaken Kids Ministry. She loves to tell us about Adam & Eve and the snake. She also memorized her very first verse in her kids class – Genesis 1:1. Watch her recite it here!
If you have any questions about Kids Ministry, feel free to email Jennifer Witiuk. Also, if you attend Awaken and you’re looking for a way to serve, Awaken Kids may be just the place for you. Talk to me or one of the other pastors about getting involved!