Ministry Leader: Sue Slevin, Children's Ministry Pastor
The goal of Children's Ministry is to teach our kids how to connect with the Lord through intimacy and fellowship with Him. Young children are very open to the Lord and we are excited to take advantage of the opportunity to lead them to Jesus. This is the first and most important step in our mission with the kids.
The next step for our kids would be to GROW in the Lord. We want them to truly know Jesus Christ and learn what it means to grow up to be strong men and women of God. We teach from the Bible and we use it consistently in the classrooms. We want our children to learn at an early age how to know their way around the Bible and be able to handle it with reverence and authority. Prayer is taken very seriously and modeled as an extremely important part of the Christian life. It is a normal thing to hear our children praying out loud in our classrooms.
Lastly, we teach the children that SERVING others is very important and we help them to practice this by reaching out to their peers, giving of offering, helping with the younger children, etc. Modeling service to our children is the only way to help them know and understand the servant heart of Christ toward them in His sacrifice on the cross and humbling of Himself.
Children's Ministry Programs
Nursery/Toddler Coordinator: Sue Slevin
Nursery: 0-23 months - Our nursery is warm and inviting and we have caring workers that are excited to be there.
Toddler/Preschool: 2-5 years old - The toddler class is equipped with lots of things to allow them to burn up energy. They have a story, craft, snacks, prayer, and play time.
Early Childhood Coordinator: Kathy Graham
Kindergarten through 1st grade - Early childhood is run like a summertime Bible School. The kids go to story time and worship and then have crafts, snacks, prayer time, Bible memory, and more.
2nd - 5th Grade Coordinator: Melody Klontz
We take the 2nd - 5th grade from adventure to adventure. The curriculum is meaty in the Word of God and we use lots of activities, props, and crafts to get the message across. The worship is upbeat and the kids participate with excitement! When the weather permits the kids get to play outside with leaders that know how to have fun.
Special Needs Coordinator: Gretchen Dunlap
We have volunteers that are led to serve our Special Needs children on an "as needed” basis for Saturday or Sunday services. If you have a special needs child, please feel free to contact us.
Grow5: Beau Bromberg
Grow5 connects 5th grades with others to show them they are not alone as a believer. We help them grow by challenging them to equip themselves with the armor of God so they can change their world, and realize they are called to serve others at school, home, and church. All 5th graders are welcome to attend. Grow5 meets on the 2nd Friday of the month from 7-9p at VGF
VGF Teen Leaders: Sue Slevin
On the weekends we have Teen Leaders that come back to work with our kids. Some of them lead in worship and take part in the lessons. We periodically have teen workshops to better train them in leadership. If you have a teen and they are interested please let us know.
Security: Beau Bromberg
Great care is taken to assure that your children are in a safe environment.
It takes about 100 Volunteers every six months to run the Children’s Ministry. When our volunteers get here on the weekend everything is ready for them- crafts, props, snacks, and anything else they may need.