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!

Discipleship Opportunities

Sunday Mornings

Decsipleship for children birth-5th grade, which we call t3kids, is available during the 9:15 and 11:00 am worship services from September to May. 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.

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. The nursery is located on the upper level by the Fellowship Hall. In order for our nursery to run smoothly we are asking parents to plan to serve quarterly.

Children's Ministry Leader: Pam De Bruin

 

View Nursery Brochure

2 YEARS–PRE-K

Explore

2 years—Pre-K

 

Caring volunteers will show your kids the love of Jesus in our Early Childhood area in the lower level of Third Church. We allow our kids to explore in a joyful, fun-filled, safe environment where they can learn about Jesus through a time of play, singing, Bible stories and crafts.

Room breakdown for these levels are:
Goldfish Room—2 years
Bee Room—3 years
Frog Room—4 years to PreK

Potty Training/Diapering? 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. This helps our leaders know that your child may need to be checked-in with throughout their time with us. We also have diapering facilities for children wearing diapers. 

Early Childhood Team Leader: Shannon Judkins

KINDERGARTEN–2ND GRADE

Experience

KINDERGARTEN—2ND GRADE

 

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

Children will engage in both small and large group experiences in each grade. Small groups create community by helping children interact through Bible Story discussions, Bible memory verse activities and the monthly virtue crafts and games. Large group activities help connect children to the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, through expressive praise and worship, creative Bible story telling, time in God’s presence and “Fun with the Father” hands on stations.

Early Childhood Team Leader: Shannon Judkins

3RD-4TH GRADE

Big Story

3rd GRADE—4th GRADE

 

In 3rd & 4th grade, children learn the redemptive plan of God’s Big Story and how their story intersects with God's! The Old and New Testament are part of the same story line—the redemption narrative God had from the start to bring us back into relationship with Him.

3rd-4th Grade Leader: Shannon Judkins

 

 

5TH GRADE

Experience

5th grade

 

In the 5th Grade Experience, the year is divided into three separate teachings:

  1. Spiritual Gifts
  2. The Global Mission/Persecuted Church
  3. Hearing God's Voice

We provide teaching and ministry opportunities for 5th graders to learn about and discover their own spiritual gifts. In addition, 5th graders become aware of what it looks like to be a Christian around the world and the faith testing persecution many of our brothers and sisters in Christ experience. In our Sunday morning rhythm, we make space for students to experience God personally.

Sunday Morning 5th Grade Leader:  Cathy Diehl

 

 

 

Wednesday Nights

Wednesday Nights for kids is an expanded worship and discipleship opportunity for 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 Discipleship schedule from September to May. 

Wednesday Night Coordinator:

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 an Adult Discipleship opportunity 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-2ND GRADE

K–2 Kids

We welcome your children to experience Jesus in a fun and inviting environment where we expand on Sunday morning's lesson. Join us in the K – 2nd Grade Rooms in the elementary hallway, located just over the bridge in the lower level.

3RD-5TH 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 growth 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 Multipurpose Room in the lower level.

SAFE KIDS

Third Church is committed to providing a safe & secure environment for all children, students and volunteers who participate in ministries and opportunities sponsored by our church.

Child Check-In
We use an electronic child check-in system. In which each child gets a numbered nametag. The child nametag sticker is placed on your child. The parent sticker has two functions. First, each child will receive an identity number on the tag, we use that number to call parents if needed during a service. The tag is also required in order to pick up your child.

Restroom/Diaper Policy
We request that only female adults change diapers and take children to the restroom.
There must be two volunteers accompanying a child to the restroom.

Food Allergies: Allergy Awareness/Food and Drink
Nuts, peanut butter, any products containing nuts, or any food processed with nuts may not be brought into Third Church kids area. Parents are requested to inform us about all food allergies during registration. Children that have a food allergy has this noted on their nametag.

Volunteer guidelines: Background Check
We perform background checks on everyone over the age of 18 who volunteers with children and students. All volunteers are required to watch a video and sign off in agreement with our Third Church leadership guidelines.

Medical Emergencies/Accidents/Injuries
If there is any type if emergency concerning your child, we will notify you by putting your child’s number up in the services. In an emergency, you will also receive a text.

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.

 

Staff

Shannon Judkins
Family & Children's Ministry Team Leader

office: 641-628-4900 x304

Cathy Diehl
Spiritual Formation Team Leader

office: 641-628-4900 x306

Angie Nunnikhoven
Children’s Ministry Volunteer Coordinator

office: 641-628-4900 x407