Mark the Milestones.
The first step on the legacy pathway is Family Dedication. This is a ceremony that normally occurs for parents who have children between birth and one year of age. Parents publicly accept the responsibility of being the primary faith trainers for their children. Resources and learning opportunities are provided for the new parents desiring to dedicate their child to the Lord. During the ceremony, the church body commits to partner with the parents in the faith development of the child for the duration of the journey.
1st Grade Bible Presentation – Transition to Kids Ministry
As children begin to read we partner and grow intellectually, we partner with parents to honor new first graders and challenge their parents to encourage their children to treasuring God’s Word as their standard for life and faith.
Salvation and Baptism
An important milestone in the life of every person is salvation and baptism. For the child growing up in a Christian home and in the context of a local church, a decision point is often reached between the ages of 7 and 11 but may occur later in life. We will partner with and equip parents to lead their kids toward a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, which leads toward salvation through personal counseling, the regular teaching ministry of the church, and special classes.
Transition to Middle School
It is so important to help children prepare spiritually, emotionally, and physically for adolescence. As the students enter middle school, we begin to introduce these concepts to kids during a weekend retreat. We also equip parents to intentionally prepare their children to enter the teen years.
High School Graduation
Between the ages of 16 and 18 years-old, parents must help their students develop the practical and spiritual skills to leave home. Our teaching ministry will help parents prepare students for the world outside of the nest. We will help parents write out a spiritual blessing for their child to be presented at the Senior Recognition just before graduation. These important years of discipleship are our last chance to shape the faith of our children before they are on their own.