What is SWKIDS anyway?
For starters, the umbrella title “SWKIDS"covers all SWBIBLE ministries for ages 0 through fifth grade.
Now on to the details—
Curriculum: We made covering the same stuff (topic, passage, lesson, etc.) with all ages a high priority goal for SWKIDS. (i.e. unify) We recently started using the Gospel Project Kids curriculum. Right now we are learning about several of Jesus' parables. Every week we focus on making Jesus the main point of the story and teaching the Bible at an age appropriate level.
Sundays: During AM Worship, our nursery staff hosts ages 0 through 3. Four year olds through 2nd graders have the option to go to SWKIDS Corner, available during both AM Worship services. During the 10-11 AM hour, classes are divided by age all the way up to 5th grade. On a typical Sunday morning about 200 kids are learning about the Gospel! For each of these ministries to run smoothly, 85 volunteers are needed each Sunday. Contact us if you want to join the team!
Wednesdays: Can’t get enough? Us either! We are eager to get back together on Wednesday nights for SWKIDS Club and SWKIDS Club Jr.
- SWKIDS Club About 90 kindergarteners through 5th graders rotate through different rooms: learning a Bible story, learning about global missions, memorizing Scripture, praying together and playing together. We have an awesome staff team and relationships are a high priority.
- SWKIDS Club Jr is for ages 3 through 5. We provide a teaching time, a puppet show, scavenger hunts, games and free play. We’ve found that this is a great way to introduce young children to community at church.
Serving: Did you know that SWBIBLE Home Groups play a vital role at SWKIDS Club and Club Jr? Yep, Home Groups have been serving together and ministering the Gospel to these young lives on a weekly basis. If your Home Group is interested in serving for a rotation (Why wouldn’t you be???), please contact Ellen Staat.
Summer: Just mentioning it gets us excited! Here at SWBIBLE, summertime has a special energy and it’s all about the Gospel! For SWKIDS stuff, we have Water Wednesdays, the SWKIDS Zone at Outdoor Sunday Evenings, and Summer Camps (DON’T FORGET THE SUMMER CAMPS!) during the month of June. Summer Camps are one of our highlights each year with 300+ kids attending. Remembering all the smiling faces (and sunshine) from last year makes us eager for the Summer Camps to be here already. More info on the 2015 camps will be coming soon, but the dates are set!
- Primary Camp (grades K-2): June 15-19
- Junior Camp (grades 3-5): June 22-26
SWKIDS is a partnership with families. This means we need each other—families and staff—working together to grow and flourish the ministry. As, Mike likes to say, “there is no ‘them’ in SWKIDS, there is only ‘us’.” Join us on a Sunday or Wednesday to see how you can be a part of what God is doing in SWKIDS.
A family’s first connection to SWBIBLE often begins with SWKIDS ministries. We're excited about all the doors that are opening for the Gospel because of SWKIDS. Our ministry team is growing and there's room for you! We love to welcome new people and share the vision of SWKIDS. Contact us to find out how you can be involved.
Mike Arzie - Children and Student Ministries Pastor (the “0-25 Pastor”)
Ellen Staat - Children and Student Ministries
Marc Denker - SWKIDS Club and Club Jr.
And a whole long list of others who help out with SWKIDS!