Philosophy of Ministry
At Harvest, we believe Children’s Ministry is not a babysitting service, but rather a real, vital, life-transforming ministry! Therefore, we have a group of dedicated volunteers who take very seriously the privilege of caring for, mentoring, and teaching your children.
Each week, our instructors invest time and effort to prepare and teach lessons from our curriculum. Our curriculum is designed to magnify God by studying His character in the pages of Scripture. Children can better understand who He is and how we are to respond to Him by studying how His redemptive plan has unfolded and how He has used people to accomplish His purposes.
The Gospel Story is a Biblically based and God-centered curriculum designed for children three years old through the sixth grade. Over a three-year period, this curriculum covers the Old Testament historical books, the life of Christ, and lessons from Acts and Revelation.
Every week, children in each age range learn from the same passage of Scripture in a way that is appropriate for their respective age levels. We call this a “unified curriculum.” A unified curriculum enables families to discuss one passage together each week, reinforcing the lesson that children have learned in Sunday School.
The Gospel Story is unique in its design to encourage a high degree of interaction between student and teacher. For students in the elementary grades, the Bible lessons are written in a question-and-answer format. This ensures that students participate in and understand each lesson.
The curriculum includes key truths, objectives, and application points at the beginning of each lesson to help teachers clearly understand what they want their students to learn. Furthermore, we have provided ideas and activities that will increase the students’ understanding and recall of the lesson.
Safety and Security
All children attend their classes for the entire service. It is important to register your child at Children’s Ministry check-in. Arriving prior to 10:00 a.m. will allow them to get the full experience of their classes.
Workers undergo a detailed application process that includes a background check. Teachers are involved in training sessions twice a year under the leadership and discipleship of Brian Sweet, our Children’s Director, to ensure top quality care.
We have a security system in place to protect and care for your children, as well as a means to notify you during the service if you are needed in your child’s class. We also have First-Aid people on notice, an abuse policy in place, and an overall care and control of all areas where children are present. We seek to serve and care for your family so the children can learn and enjoy their time while you participate in worship without distractions.
We look forward to meeting you and your children as we share the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them!