Children's Ministry

This is the place where children explore, experience and express God’s Kingdom! We seek to send out servant-hearted children with a passion for Jesus into the world by allowing them to explore God’s creation, experience His love and express His Word. We love hanging out with kids and believe they can live passionately for Jesus and shine brightly for Him in their homes, schools, communities and beyond!

Sunday Discipleship

INFANT NURSERY

Explore—Ladybug Nursery

INFANT NURSERY—BIRTH-24 MONTHS

 

In the Ladybug Nursery, our goal is simple – that your young ones would begin to understand and learn about God’s love for them. Volunteer caregivers and parents are ready to love and care for your infants or toddlers while you worship or attend discipleship groups. Parents will be asked to serve quarterly.

The nursery is located on the upper level by the Fellowship Hall and is available on Sunday mornings from 9:05 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. We are also available during Wednesday Night for Kids and during some adult discipleship opportunities- check each class for details. We are ready to welcome your children 10 minutes before events start. 

For your child’s safety, we have a numerical call system that allows us to contact you during worship if needed. Accommodations for children with special needs are also available. Please contact your age level leader, Pam De Bruin, to discuss what assistance your child will need while at t3kids.

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2 YEARS–PRE-K

Explore

2 years—Pre-K

 

In our 2 Years – Pre-K Explore program, children explore three important truths about themselves and their Creator: (1) God made me, (2) God loves me and (3) Jesus wants to be my friend forever. We are ready to welcome and help your toddlers and preschoolers learn about God in fun and meaningful ways! Accommodations for children with special needs are available. Please contact your age level leader, Sarah Schreur or Shannon Judkins to discuss what assistance your child will need while at t3kids.

 

Toddlers—Goldfish

Sundays at 9:15 or 11:00 am in the Goldfish Room

Caring volunteers will show your 2- to 3-year-olds the love of Jesus in the Goldfish Room, located in the Early Childhood area in the lower level of Third Church. We provide a joyful, fun-filled environment for your children as they learn about Christ through a time of play, singing, Bible story and craft.

Wondering if your child needs to be potty trained? We are sensitive to this stage of life and have “In Training” stickers available for you to stick on your child’s shirt during the arrival time. Two female leaders accompany children to the restroom, and we also have diapering facilities for children wearing diapers.

Early Childhood Leader: Sarah Schreur

 

Preschoolers—Bee & Frog

Sunday at 9:15 or 11:00 am in the Bee & Frog Rooms

Children meet Sundays in the Early Childhood area in the lower level, with 3-year-olds meeting in the Bee Room and 4-year-olds—Pre-K meeting in the Frog Room. During the hour, children will explore fun, active, joy-filled ways to worship our God in small group activities, games, Bible applications and prayer. They will also worship in a large group setting by singing songs of praise and listening to Bible stories.

Early Childhood Team Leader: Shannon Judkins

KINDERGARTEN–1ST GRADE

Experience

KINDERGARTEN—1st GRADE

 

Sundays at 9:15 or 11:00 am in the elementary hallway (across the bridge)

Come and encounter God’s love for us in the K – 1st Grade Experience. These age groups will experience three foundational truths as they create community and are challenged to become more mission-minded: (1) I need to make the wise choice, (2) I can trust God no matter what and (3) I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

As you walk across the bridge into the Elementary hallway of the lower level of Third Church, you’ll find the kindergarten and 1st grade rooms located on the left. Children engage in both small and large group experiences in each grade. Small groups create community by helping children focus and review Bible lessons, while large group activities help children experience worshiping God through movement, singing and creative Bible story-telling. Your children are also challenged to become more missional as they learn about the awesome power of prayer and share God's love with others.

Accommodations for children with special needs are also available. Please contact your age level leader to discuss what assistance your child will need while at t3kids.

Early Childhood Team Leader: Shannon Judkins

2ND–3RD GRADE

Experience

2ND GRADE—3rd GRADE

 

Sundays at 9:15 or 11:00 am in the elementary hallway (across the bridge)

Come and encounter God’s love for us in the 2nd-3rd Grade Experience. These age groups will experience three foundational truths as they create community and are challenged to become more mission-minded: (1) I need to make the wise choice, (2) I can trust God no matter what and (3) I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

As you walk across the bridge into the Elementary hallway of the lower level of Third Church, you’ll find the 2nd and 3rd grade rooms on the right. Children engage in both small and large group experiences in each grade. Small groups create community by helping children focus and review Bible lessons, while large group activities help children experience worshiping God through movement, singing and creative Bible story-telling. Your children are also challenged to become more missional as they learn about the awesome power of prayer and share God's love with others.

Accommodations for children with special needs are also available. Please contact your age level leader to discuss what assistance your child will need while at t3kids.

Early Childhood Team Leader: Shannon Judkins

 

 

4TH-5TH GRADE

Express

4th & 5th grade

 

Sundays at 9:15 or 11:00 am in the Multi-Purpose room in the lower level

In 4th & 5th Experience, we spend 1 year in the Old Testament and one year in the New Testament. We read about how characters in the Bible experience the transformational power of God. Space is created for students to connect and be transformed by God's power personally. It is exciting and humbling to see students respond to God in this stage! By depending on Him and opening themselves up more and more to His Spirit they experience His life-changing presence first-hand.

Accommodations for children with special needs are also available. Please contact your age level leader to discuss what assistance your child will need while at t3kids.

Upper Elementary Team Leader: Cathy Diehl

 

 

Midweek Children's Discipleship

Wednesday Nights

Wednesday Nights for Kids is an expanded worship and discipleship opportunity for kids birth through 5th grade to experience fun, meaningful and age-appropriate programs in the middle of the week. Our night will begin at 6:30 pm and end at 8:00 pm in conjunction with the Wednesday night adult ministry schedule. 

Wednesday Night Coordinator: Lindsey Phillips

BIRTH–2 YEARS

INFANT NURSERY

The nursery is available from 6:20 to 8:00 pm for children with a parent serving as a leader or participating in a class or study offered on the Third Church campus.

3 YEARS–PRE-K

Wednesday Night Explorers

Children are invited to come to the Frog Room, located in the Early Childhood area of the lower level of Third, for a night of Bible stories, interactive worship songs and engaging activities.

KINDERGARTEN-1ST GRADE

K–1 Kids

We welcome your kindergartners and 1st graders to experience Jesus in a fun and inviting environment each Wednesday night! Join us in the K – 1st Grade Room on the left side of the Elementary hallway, located just over the bridge in the lower level.

2ND-4TH GRADE

Girls Club

Girls Club is designed to nurture girls to be rooted and established in Christ. We meet downstairs near the cafe and focus on strengthening young girls’ spiritual powers as they hear God’s Word and experience His presence through service projects, Bible studies and crafts.

Men to Boys

Men to Boys connects boys with men through games, crafts and outings. The group challenges boys to deepen their faith by sharing God's Word in large and small group settings and modeling faith in action for Jesus Christ. Join us in the 2nd – 3rd Grade Room on the right side of the Elementary hallway, located just across the bridge in the lower level.

5TH GRADE

5 Alive

Fifth grade boys and girls will focus on hearing God's voice and tuning into how God has given each of them unique spiritual gifts that they can operate in to benefit the body of Christ and glory of God. Students will be empowered to minister in their areas of giftedness in our body here at Third.

 

The Sensory Room

The Sensory Room serves families with children who have unique needs. The room creates a safe and soothing space for kids who are feeling overwhelmed in a Children’s Ministry setting. Our space has a wide range of toys, books and sensory stations to help create a calm environment for all who walk through the doors. Each child can be provided a one-on-one that will accompany him or her throughout the morning. Our goal is to serve the individual needs of each child and their family.  We are open during the Children Ministry year at both the 9:15 am and 11:00 am services on Sunday.

 

Serve in Children's Ministry

If you’re looking for a place where children seek and share God’s treasure in creative and foundational ways become one of our team members.

Milestones

Spiritual milestones are significant experiences and encounters with the Lord or at age appropriate times that mark specific points along a person’s spiritual journey. These points signal anchors that are significant events in one’s faith formation.


What are spiritual milestones that Third Church currently celebrates?

Infant Baptism, Preschool Graduation, Bible Ceremony, Salvation Celebration, Mission Trips (student ministry), Profession of Faith (student ministry)

 

INFANT BAPTISM

Infant Baptism

The Third Church Family is excited to partner with parent(s)/guardian(s) in teaching the gospel of God’s love, providing a strong example of Christian faith and character, and supporting families in fellowship, prayer and service. We believe baptism is one of the first steps in this partnership as God pours out His divine love and grace over us, His sons and daughters!

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PRESCHOOL GRADUATION

What is the significance of Preschool Graduation?

Graduating from t3Kids Early Childhood Ministry is a BIG Deal!!  Each family is invited to this memorable experience where we celebrate the church and family partnering together to make a permanent imprint on the soul of children as they transition to elementary ministry. Together, we are “Playing for Keeps”! 

BIBLE CEREMONY

When will children receive a Bible?

Every family with a child entering 2nd grade is invited to attend a special Bible Ceremony where children will receive a NIV Bible, the sacredness of the Word of God will be highlighted and families will be given time to engage in Blessing Stations for their 2nd grader. We recognize that many things in this world come and go: the newest video game, the latest fashion, movies, etc.; but the Word of the Lord will stand forever! Third Church is eager to teach children to navigate and grow through their Bible—the one thing that will stand forever!!

SALVATION CELEBRATION

What is the significance of the “Salvation” Milestone?

Each child in God’s family is on a journey. This journey has different starts, stops and views. At the appointed time; we believe the Holy Spirit invites us into a personal relationship with our Triune God. Because God is very personal; we do not believe this invitation occurs at a specific age/grade but at just the right moment. Children’s Ministry at Third shares the salvation message once or twice a year and invites children who sense the Holy Spirit inviting them into a relationship with God to pray the “Prayer of Salvation”.

My child has said ‘yes’, what’s next?

The Holy Spirit has sealed and dwells within every person who has accepted Christ, marking them as His own. As previously mentioned, we believe this is an organic, personal invitation from the Lord. We also believe the Holy Spirit will continue to fill and empower children to be ambassadors for the Kingdom of God.
Everyone who has accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior is also invited to partake in the Lord’s Supper at Third Church. With parental consent, children who have accepted Christ are invited to partake in this sacrament. Each year, t3Kids will have a Salvation Milestone Celebration for all children (and their families) who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. The celebration will encourage children in their identity in Christ as well as explain the elements of the Lord’s Supper.

How is this different than Profession of Faith?

Accepting Jesus into our hearts is a personal milestone in one’s spiritual journey. Profession of Faith is a public milestone in one’s spiritual journey. Both milestones are celebrated as a beautiful marker in one’s faith journey.

Third Church’s belief statements concerning salvation and the Lord’s Supper

We believe that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. No ordinance, ritual, work or any other activity on the part of man is required in order to be saved. This saving grace of God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, also sanctifies us by enabling us to do what is pleasing in God's sight in order that we might be progressively conformed to the image of Christ. (Jn 1:12-13, 6:37-44, 10:25-30; Acts 16:30-31; Rom 3-4, 8:1-17, 8:31-39, 10:8-10; Eph 2:8-10; Phil 2:12-13; Titus 3:3-7; 1 Jn 1:7,9)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ baptizes believers in the Holy Spirit in whom also we are sealed for the day of redemption. The Holy Spirit regenerates, forever indwells and graciously equips the Christian for godly living and service. Following conversion, the Spirit desires to continuously fill, empower and anoint believers for ministry and witness. We also believe that signs and wonders, as well as all the gifts of the Spirit described in the New Testament, are operative today and are designed to testify to the presence of the kingdom and to empower and edify the church to fulfill its calling and mission. (Mt 3:11; Jn 1:12-13, 3:1-15; Acts 4:29-30; Rom 8:9, 12:3-8; 1 Cor 12:12-13; 2 Cor 1:21-22; Gal 3:1-5; Eph 1:13-14, 5:18)

We believe that water baptism and the Lord's Supper are the two sacraments of the church to be observed until the time of Christ's return. They are not a means of salvation but are a means of God's sanctifying grace and blessing to the faithful in Christ Jesus. (Mt 26:26-29, 28:19; Rom 6:3-11; 1 Cor 11:23-34; 1 Pt 3:21)

 

RESOURCES

Third's Family E-Magazine FALL 2018
Children's Ministry

FALL 2018—Our younger generations seem to be laden with even more anxiety than the generations before them. Why is this? Plus more in this issue....

Third's Family E-Magazine FALL 2016
Children's Ministry

FALL 2016—Think about each of your kids and what you love about them, what is unique and special about them, and don’t just think about it, tell them.

Third's Family E-Magazine WINTER 2017
Children's Ministry

WINTER 2017—The Bible makes it clear in Proverbs 18:1 that “The tongue has the power of life and death…” and what we speak into situations and...

 

 

EVENTS

Staff

Cathy Diehl
Upper Elementary Team Leader & Prayer Leader

office: 641-628-4900 x306

Pam De Bruin
Early Childhood Leader, Infant Nursery & Children's Ministry Assistant

office: 641-628-4900 x513

Lindsey Phillips
Children's Ministry Volunteer Coordinator

office: 641-628-4900 x513

Sarah Schreur
Early Childhood Leader, Toddler Nursery

office: 641-628-4900 x513