Our desire is to partner with families in helping their kids and teens to know Christ personally and to grow in their spiritual lives. Through the truth of the gospel they will experience the love of God, which in turn will lead them to love God and love their neighbors as themselves. The learning times take place in a context of loving relationships and age-appropriate teaching styles and lessons.
We’re excited to introduce a new curriculum called The Gospel Project. The Gospel Project is a Christ-centered curriculum that examines the grand narrative of Scripture and shows how the gospel transforms the lives of those it touches. Over a three-year plan of study, each session immerses participants — adults, teens, and kids — in the gospel through every story, theological concept, and call to missions from Genesis to Revelation.
To read more about our student and family ministry offerings this fall, including some of our new initiatives, click here.
Sunday school (9:30 am) & Church hour (10:30 am) on Sundays
The nursery is often a child's first church experience. Here they will experience the love of Christ through caring and attentive workers. This high-quality nursery care for newborns to two-year olds offers parents a sense of the safety and security of their youngest so that they can fully enjoy their Sunday school and/or worship experience. When you check your child in, you will receive a tag that you'll return when you pick them up. All of our childcare workers undergo a background check through the Massachusetts CORI program.
Volunteers - click here for the schedule.
For three-year olds through fifth grade at 9:30 am on Sundays (during the school year)
We have classes for pre-school, early elementary and late elementary aged children. Engaging lessons are taught by teachers who involve the children in learning Bible stories, theology and spiritual truths which are fitting to their level of understanding. We use the gospel-centered Children Desiring God curriculum which is designed to first touch the hearts of the children so that they will live their spiritual lives out of the flow of a love relationship with God.
For those from sixth through twelfth grade at 9:30 am on Sundays
Separate classes are offered for junior and senior high students that complement the teaching they receive during youth group. These classes offer the foundational building blocks for their spiritual lives. Last year's curriculum included Tim Keller's The Gospel in Life, Colin Smith's Keys to Unlocking the Bible and Chip Ingram's Bios. Both classes are currently using the three-year The Gospel Project curriculum which is a gospel-centered overview of the great theological themes running from Genesis through Revelation.
Preschool & kindergarten through fifth grade during the worship service
Kids Worship, an exciting learning and worship time for kids from preschool through fifth grade, is offered during the worship service. Preschool kids begin in the preschool classroom. The elementary aged kids begin their worship time with their parents or guardian. They then follow a leader with a flag down to Fellowship Hall where they are divided by their grade level and led to a small group. (Newcomers are welcome to follow their kids to their group.) The small group - large group - small group format of Kids Worship engages the kids, encourages lively worship and allows for focused attention from one of many nurturing volunteers. This worship time includes Bible lessons, video discusion starters, applicational teaching, prayer, singing, fun activities and related crafts. The middle and late elementary aged kids also journal what they've learned.
Please follow this link to information about Awana this year.
Kindergarten through fifth grade during the summer
This ministry offers everything a child would like in a morning directed towards their spiritual growth. It includes crafts, snacks, games, singing, drama and Bible lessons. Information about VBS at Westgate in 2013 will be posted as soon as it is available..