Most of you know what Sunday mornings are all about in Early Childhood at The Crossing. Babies are cuddled, rocked, talked to, and read to in the Infant and Crawler rooms. Little Ones play, sing, and hear Bible stories in the Walkers and 2 Year-old Rooms. Preschoolers hear God’s word on Story Street and learn through activities in their classrooms. But did you know that isn’t the only time that the Early Childhood wing is hopping during the week? For 10 weeks every spring and 10 weeks every fall, Seeds of Promise runs as the children’s ministry during Women’s Bible Studies on Tuesday mornings. Children ages 0 – 5 years old join their moms on Tuesday mornings in learning about God’s word.
Seeds of Promise is a part of Crossing Kids, and our mission is to plant the promises of God in little kids’ hearts in a fun, engaging, and relevant way. Our hope is that kids will grow in their faith and have a blast at the same time on Tuesday mornings during Women’s Bible Study.
For those of you who haven’t been a part of Seeds, we hope you notice that our goals work hand-in-hand with our Sunday morning ministry:
Quality Bible Lessons that Connect with Sunday Morning Teaching: Kids will learn about God’s faithful promises in the New and Old Testament through a fun, age-appropriate large group lesson, high-energy songs, and hands-on games and crafts each week. Our lessons will also connect with and reinforce what children are already learning on Sunday mornings.
Consistency with the Sunday Morning Routine: We will maintain a morning routine that is similar to what kids experience at Crossing Kids on Sundays. Kids can expect free play, circle time, a lesson similar to theirs on Sundays, snack, playground time or large group room time and lots more.
Leadership in the Classroom: Each classroom will have a team leader (a mom or older, experienced adult) whom kids can be assured will be in his/her classroom each week. The team leader will provide direction to the other sitters in the room, be a consistent presence in the classroom, and make sure the class stays on their routine. We will hand pick team leaders who love God and love kids
Plenty of Experienced Sitters: We will have more-than-enough experienced sitters in each classroom each week, so that parents can be assured that their child is getting the proper care and attention he/she needs.
Safety in the Classroom: All of our sitters must go through an extensive, nation-wide background check, an application process, and attend our training session. In addition, we will continue to enforce our registration system for dropping off and picking up children.
This semester our preschoolers have been learning that we are like sheep and that Jesus is our Good Shepherd. Little Ones have been continuing their Sunday morning lessons with (the one and only) Miss Candace, and babies have the consistent individual care that they do on Sunday mornings. So all of you moms and moms-to-be out there: I can’t encourage you enough to bring your kiddos with you to Bible study on Tuesday mornings. We have a blast every week learning about God and building relationships with each other. We hope you can join us in the fall!