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Southwest Church of Christ

Children’s Ministry 

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We love our kids here at Southwest and want to do everything we can to introduce them to the living God.  All kids, birth through 6th grade, will experience safe and fun environments where they can grow in relationship with friends, leaders and God.  The Bible is taught in creative and relevant ways so that your child can grasp and understand God’s word.  Our desire is to partner with you as parents and be another voice in your child’s life so he or she will know, love and live their lives for Jesus Christ.

 

Upon leaving the 6th grade, our goal is to have them ready to transition into the youth group.  They will have been taught Biblical truth and will have built a community of friends to walk alongside them.  They will have a group of adults who will provide a bridge as they transition and will have a genuine interest in them as a person. They will also have been offered the opportunity of leadership and service.

 

This pages contains information concerning what activities and education are available for the kids. It also contains places where adults can plug in and serve the kids.  We would love for you to get connected and be involved with children here at Southwest. 

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Children’s Ministers

March Memory Verse in Sign Language!

Romans 8:38

March Memory Verse in Sign Language!

Romans 8:39

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Education

Curriculums: Used during Bible Class

Infant and Toddler- Southwest Curriculum

 Bible Truths set to fun and engaging Songs

 

 

                            Preschool (2s-5s):

                            Gospel Light

 

A successful Jesus-centered ministry starts with a comprehensive plan—a plan that builds year upon year through proven scope & sequence and age-appropriate lessons. Couple that with our deep-rooted passion to bring God’s Word to kids in fun, easy-to-learn ways, based on a strong foundation in the Bible that gives kids godly values they can carry with them throughout their lives.

 

 

                          Elementary School (K-6):

                          Answers in Genesis

 

Answers Bible Curriculum brings the Bible to life! This exciting Sunday school curriculum covers the whole Bible chronologically in four years. ABC provides a powerful overview of God’s Word and answers the important questions that confront both adults and children in the church.  This curriculum offers digital material as well as games, crafts, activities, videos and much more.

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Worship Hour

All kids in grades Kindergarten through 4th grade are invited to a church assembly designed specifically for them.  Worship Hour creates a fun and powerful children’s church experience.

 

Kids are typically dismissed after communion from our family worship.

Worship Hour for ages 2-3:

Location- Education Wing Classroom 2

Children leave after communion and go to a special time designed just for them.  Through singing and other open-ended activities, children learn that “God Made Me” and “God Loves Me”.

Worship Hour for ages 4-5:

Location- Education Wing Classroom 3

Worship Hour is designed to help your child discover God through His Word.  Music, play and story time all lead your child to welcome God and Jesus into his or her life.

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Infant and Toddler Ministry

Cradle Roll

Giggle and Wiggle is the theme here.  Our babies learn through music, touching and exploring their new worlds.  This is a fast-paced curriculum that teaches Jesus is their friend and loves them.  Offered during Sunday class time.

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Coordinator

Liz Kimball 

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Coordinators:

Christy Allen and

Darlene Tabor

The Nursery offers childcare during the worship assembly for 0-2 year-old children.  There is no curriculum offered, but the nursery volunteers play with the toddlers and love them while the parents are being filled with an engaging message.

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Playdate Southwest is a free, indoor play time held at the Southwest Church of Christ building for children ages 0-4. 

 

Maybe you just need to get out of the house and have some adult interaction while the kids play with other little ones their age.  Playdate is perfect!  It provides a safe space for children to run and play on our Oregon rainy days.  Invite your friends!  All are welcome!

 

Join Us!

Thursdays

9-11 AM

November through April

 

Playdate Southwest follows the Tigard-Tualatin School District calendar for closures. Check swest.org for schedule.

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Playdate Leader:

Miriam Wolf

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Vacation Bible School

(Who?)

All kids between the ages of Kindergarten and 5th grade (grade just finished) are invited to join the fun!  On our daily VBS adventure we will listen to Bible stories, sing catchy songs, play games, make amazing crafts, create a little science and make new friends.

The Facts (When):

VBS is June 28-July 2 from 10:30-12:30 p.m. VBS teachers are church members who volunteer their time and abilities.

Registration Required (space is limited).

Registration begins is now open.

  

Purpose (Why?):

VBS is a ministry outreach that involves the entire church with the main purpose being to educate children about God.  VBS incorporates themed activities that entertain kids with the chance to learn about God.  VBS is an easy way to get kids involved in church while giving you the opportunity to meet the people within the church too.  Church membership is not required to participate, and it’s a laid-back atmosphere.

Benefits of VBS:

  • Children learn about God through fun, age-appropriate activities

  • Life lessons help every child learn how to be a good person and a friend to others

  • Perfect for younger children to get a feel for camp without having to away overnight

  • Kids meet new friends who share their beliefs

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6th Grader Diaper drive

Diaper Drive is an annual service project held in the Spring that is led by the 6th graders.  Every year they collect diapers, underwear and money to donate to Northwest Children’s Outreach. 

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Camp Yamhill

Camp Yamhill offers Christian camps for grades 1-12 throughout the summer.

 

Held in the pristine forest outside of Yamhill, Oregon, Camp Yamhill has blessed the youth and families in this region for many years.  It is truly a delight to all campers!

 

To register for camp, go to www.campyamhill.org

 

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Bible Challenge

Bible Challenge is an area-wide ministry for youth in grades 4-6.  It combines Bible study with Christian competition and fellowship.  The purpose is to give youth a firm foundation for their faith through the systematic study, memorization and application of scripture.  Each year (season) has a new designated portion of scripture chosen as the study text.

The Southwest team will practice weekly, Sunday evenings from 4-6 PM at the church building.

Snacks Provided!