At Renew, we believe children are vital parts of the church today, not just church members in waiting. It is important for us to partner with our kids in ministry and encourage them in their identity in Jesus as beloved members of an intergenerational, diverse community.
Renew Kids is committed to creating safe and growing environments for kids of all backgrounds and abilities to know, love, and serve God.
During the Sunday morning service
All kids are welcome to stay in the sanctuary with parents. We have a kids corner in the back of the sanctuary with a table for coloring and activity boxes.
0-4 year-olds: There is also a cry room opposite the sanctuary with a rocker for nursing. If your child is walking and doesn't want to stay in the service, you and your kids can head to the 2-4 year old room just down the hall. There is a changing table and a rocking chair available in this room.
5 year old through 3rd graders will be downstairs in the main kids room every 2nd and 4th Sundays. Our curriculum is based on the Godly Play format and adapted from two books called Young Children and Worship and Following Jesus. An adult storyteller presents a Bible story and facilitates a short time of group "wondering" about the story before helping kids get set up for the individual response time. This time allows the children to respond to the story in their own ways, whether through art work, reading, listening to music or working with the story materials themselves. We'll gather back to end their worship time with singing and prayer. Contact Margarita Cabellon with your questions.
4th-7th grade (Middlers) will also meet for a journey through the Bible every 2nd and 4th Sundays facilitated by one of our leaders. Renew Middlers will be dismissed from the main service after the songs and before the sermon. On the off Sundays they are invited to remain in the main service. Contact Marian Hanson for more details.
Youth 8th-12th grade: There will be Youth Group gatherings one Wednesday evening each month. Check here for meeting dates. At these gatherings Youth will have the opportunity to connect, participate in contextualized conversations, and explore the Bible together. We will also have adult guests from Renew come in to facilitate conversations and/or give faith testimonies. There will also be some fun outings/events planned occasionally. Please contact Pastor Dave Sim for more info.
On the third Sunday of every month, all of our children stay with us for the whole service. Kids are invited to participate and we try to keep everything a little shorter and more interactive.