Kids/Family Ministry Updates 09.24.20

Dear TBC Family,

Unless our situation in Davis County deteriorates drastically in the next few months, our elder board has given us the green light to begin plans to bring back our kids ministry, and we are targeting on January 10, 2021 as our Kickoff Sunday.  This is very exciting for us!  Please read this email and fill out a survey at the link to let us know if you can help us out: https://thebridgecommunity.churchcenter.com/people/forms/174095 .


Thanks for your patience as we sorted out how schools are working out now that  student’s are back in classrooms and allowing us to use this season to train Nick Darby on our systems for Children and Youth, as well as spend some time strategizing on how to better serve families.  I would like to take a minute to discuss three things with you.  1.  Nick’s transition plan, 2.  How we will make our children’s ministry on Sunday morning safe for kids, and 3.  How we can help kids get connected in the next month or so.


  1. NICKS TRANSITION:  Thanks so much for being so open to welcoming Nick on staff and praying for him through his recent health emergency.  He wants to get to know all our volunteers and is transitioning into running all systems related to leading youth and children’s.  We have focused on Youth ministry for the past several months, and will be working toward a gradual change of leadership in the Children's department from me (Brent) to Nick by our launch on January 10th.  I am not going anywhere.  I just hope to expand our Family Ministry to where parents are getting the attention they need to better lead their children and teenagers as the main influencers of their lives. My new role will expand my leadership to oversee some adult ministries, give me the opportunity to invest in equipping and encouraging parents,  as well as working as a team with Nick in growing our kids and youth ministries.
  2. SAFE SUNDAYS:  When we open kids ministry on January 10th there will be several new procedures and expectations.  We will take temperatures of all children/students/volunteers attending, all volunteers will be required to wear masks for every classroom.  Elementary/Pre-K students will be required to wear masks, but toddlers and nursery will NOT be required to wear masks.  Social distancing will be attempted to be kept as much as possible and frequent hand sanitizing and wiping down of shared surfaces will be regular.  We hope that these precautions will help prevent any infections take place.  We will also ask that children and students not attend church if they have any symptoms or even feel sick. We will re-assess these requirements regularly for their efficiency and necessity.
  3. GET KIDS CONNECTED:  We would like to practice some of these Safe Precautions by having a fall party for our elementary kids on October 30,2020.  We' want Kids to get to know Nick as well as be with their friends in a Covid safe environment.  We are looking to roast marshmallows around a campfire.  Families will be welcome.  Please let us know if you want to help plan this event. 

Thank you for being a part of our community. We look forward to more effectively helping people find Jesus and follow him fully as we  look forward to the great things God has planned in 2021.

 

Your Brother in Christ,


Brent Petersen

Ministry Engagement Director

The Bridge Community



MAIN STREET Kids Ministry

Come join an engaging adventure designed for children to find Jesus and follow him fully.  Main Street provides age appropriate, relevant, and engaging curriculum to make Sunday the best day of your children's week.  They will want to go to church because of the amazing leaders who are waiting to build lifelong relationships with both parents and students.  


As a church we realize that we have only 52 hours max in a year to influence your child.  You as a parent have thousands of hours to impact your child and we want to help you along in that process.  We use the Orange Curriculum which includes Toddler, Pre K, Elementary, and youth curriculum focused on impactful ways we can build relationships with kids while discussing bible virtues and stories.  Our staff also wants to provide you as the parent with follow up for the lessons we deliver which can be found by downloading the Parent Que app to your tablet or mobile device.  


We believe parents are the main influencers of a child's life whether they like it or not, positive or negative....Therefore the church must partner with parents to teach their children to seek out, test, and recognize truth in our world.  We also believe that Jesus fulfills all of those...


Deuteronomy 6:5-7  "You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise."

THe Park:  Nursery (Ages 0-18 months)

During the infant phase of a child's life we hope to nurture them by providing a safe place to grow and have their needs met while parents are freed up to worship with the other adults.  We hope to make their first experience at church comfortable, fun, and filled with Jesus.  We also hope to provide parents with a clear mind that their child is being well cared for during the church service as well as updated on how the infant did while they were at church.  

RED ROCK:  Toddlers (ages 19 months - 3years)

In the Red Rock room children are beginning to become in greater interaction with their surroundings and curious about the world.  Our leaders will provide your toddler with engaging activities to keep them busy, a short worship time, story time, activity time, a snack and  play time. The goal is for our toddlers to feel embraced, knowing they are safe and loved by our leaders as well as Jesus.

Red ROck Current Unit:  Follow the Leader


 Following the leader is definitely something preschoolers love and understand. What they need to learn is that throughout life there will be countless choices of leaders they can follow. We want them to know who the best leader is to follow. And that is Jesus! Jesus is the best leader we can follow! 


The Backyard:  3 - 5 Year olds

In our Preschool environment, "The Backyard"  Students begin to learn the structure of church.  They are embraced by our amazing volunteers as well as engaged by a very structured and relevant worship, story, and craft time.  As 3 to 6 year olds begin asking the dreaded question of "Why?" we want to be available to partner with our parents in the process of growing children who follow Christ.

The Backyard Current Unit:  Follow the Leader



 Following the leader is definitely something preschoolers love and understand. What they need to learn is that throughout life there will be countless choices of leaders they can follow. We want them to know who the best leader is to follow. And that is Jesus! Jesus is the best leader we can follow! 



The Arena:   (1st-6th Grade)

In the arena it is all about engaging students in biblical truths that lead to life applications.  Children have their own church with a live band, lesson, and even small group discussion where they can start building a small Christian community.  Students of this age are influenced at a higher level so we want to make sure we support parents in instilling principles that push students to realize their best life is with Jesus. 

The Arena Current Series:  DIY "Do it Yourself"


Through out the Bible, we can read about the importance of forgiveness.  Right from the start, God made a way for Adam and Eve to have a relationship with Him again. The same is true for us. No matter how much we mess up, God will always make a way to forgive us.  When it comes to forgiveness, we can also look to Jesus, who chose to forgive even those who were crucifying Him. Because of God's amazing forgiveness, we should work hard to forgive others.