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The goal of MGBC children’s ministries is to help children learn to know, love and follow Jesus. We also seek to equip children to serve Jesus right where they are now and also in the future as they grow into teenagers and adults. We do this through a strong Children’s Church program and Bible-focused Sunday School classes on Sunday mornings and a variety of mid-week opportunities on Wednesday evenings.

To access the "Explore the Bible" curriculum we are using in Sunday School, click here! If you have any questions about our children's program, please contact our Director of Children's Ministries, Geri Roth, at the church office (793-2513) or at geri@mgbconline.com.

For information about our Camp Scholarship Program, click here!

Sunday:

Nursery care is provided for infants and toddlers during both Sunday morning worship services. For children ages 3-4, Pre-School Children’s Church is held during the first adult worship service on the second floor of the education wing. At Pre-K Church, children will listen to an age-appropriate Bible story, enjoy a snack, perhaps complete a craft and have plenty of time to play!

For older children (kindergarten through 5th grade) we offer Children's Church on Sunday mornings during the first worship service. Children typically attend the first 30 minutes of the first adult worship service and then are dismissed to Children's Church prior to the sermon. Children will meet together in the multi-purpose room and then be divided up by grade levels. The older children (Grades 3-5) will remain upstairs for the lesson time, while the younger ones (Grades K-2) will meet downstairs for an age-appropriate lesson and additional activities. Currently, a variety of curriculum is being used in Children’s Church. Often the lessons will coincide with the season of the year. For instance, the children undertook a four-week series entitled “Back to School” to coincide with the start of the school year. Please see "Family Corner" at CHURCH FAMILY RESOURCES for the weekly Bible lesson theme.

During the Sunday School Hour, there is nursery care for infants and toddlers. A pager system is used to make sure that parents can be reached in the event of any problems. Structured Sunday School classes are available for children from age 2 through Grade 5. These classes are taught by adults who love the Lord and His Word. The classes are organized by age or grade. The kids will learn about God and the Bible at a level they can understand.

Wednesday:

Mid-week programs are held from 7:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesdays, September through April. The programs are open to all children from the community as well as the church family. Older children are invited to participate in the following programs depending on their age level:

Preschool (Ages 3 & 4): Buddies

The children hear Bible stories, sing, work on Bible memory verses, make crafts, play and more!

Kindergarten (Age 5): PALS

This year at PALS, boys and girls are working through the “Jesus Storybook Bible” curriculum. Using animated videos, the children are learning how every story in the Old Testament and New Testament points to one person: Jesus! The children also learn verses, sing, make crafts, play games, have snacks and have activity nights.

1st-3rd Grade Girls: Little Sisters SMM

The Little Sisters hear Bible stories, do workbooks and meet goals, have leader time and missions time, memorize verses, have exciting activities, go on field trips and more!

4th-5th Grade Girls: Amigas SMM

The older girls have a Bible lesson, memorize verses, make creative crafts, have fun activities, and spend lots of quality time with their leaders and other girls their age.

1st-5th Grade Boys: MIT (Men In Training)

New this year, the boys will break up into 8 small groups of 5-6 boys of a similar age. The smaller groups allow more 1-on-1 time with leaders and provide opportunities for relationships to be developed between the leaders and the boys. In their groups, the leaders work through curriculum such as “At the Zoo,” which not only provides lots of cool facts about animals, but also helps us see some character traits that animals have that we imitate to help us know God better. Games, snacks and hands-on activities also are a big part of the boys’ evenings.

Some weeks the boys will meet in larger groups – usually Grades 1-3 and 4-5 – for special events such as “Gym Nights” at Memorial Park, a swimming party, a barn bash, a corn maze, Movie Night, etc. The boys will continue to fill shoe boxes at Christmas time as part of the national Operation Christmas Child project, which sends much-needed Christmas gifts to less-fortunate children around the world.

Other Regular Events

Pinewood Derby: (Grades 1-5)

Boys and girls in Grades 1-5 are invited to participate in the annual Pinewood Derby competition held at the church, usually in March. The children have the opportunity to design and build a derby car with the help of a parent, grandparent or other interested adult. They then bring their cars to the church on race day and race them to find out which cars are the fastest!

Kids Korale: (Ages 4 through 5th grade)

Kids Korale is a children's music and drama group that puts on two programs for the church: once in the spring and again at Christmas. All children age 4 through 5th grade interested in participating in Kids Korale are invited to attend weekly practices each Wednesday at 6:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.

Treat Street: (All ages)

Each year, hundreds of children from the church and community visit the church on the community’s Trick or Treat Night to fill their bags full of treats. The church is filled upstairs and downstairs with re-created scenes from the Bible, and as children wind their way past these scenes, they receive a treat at each one. Some of the scenes are interactive, such as David and Goliath at which children can take a shot at knocking down the giant Goliath. There are also snacks and hot drinks available for parents and children who just want to warm up a little before heading back out into the chilly night.

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