Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
— Matthew 19:14

Kids of the Kingdom

Kids of the Kingdom partners with families to nurture and grow the faith of children. As parents, you are the primary faith nurturers for your children. Our goal is to help you inspire and further their faith through worship, fellowship, learning, service, and outreach. Classes are offered Saturdays during the 5:17 p.m. service and Sundays during the 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services (September – May).

Kids of the Kingdom is for children age 3 (by Sept. 1) through 5th grade. In addition to students learning God’s word in individual classes, we also offer special educational opportunities for our students in worship and grade groupings. Every child is placed in a class of children in their same grade level. Each class has its own volunteer teachers and stays together throughout the school year learning and taking part in various activities.

This year, our Saturday Kids of the Kingdom classes will have a new look. PreK through 5th grade learners will all start class together in a large group format. During large group, they will be introduced to the Bible story and have an opening activity. They will then be split into smaller groups and rotate to two different activities reinforcing the Bible story.

Please download our Kids of the Kingdom Brochure for additional details.

Teachers: Volunteer teachers make Kids of the Kingdom possible every week. We are always looking for willing and excited individuals (age 15/10th grade and up) to help lead classes and serve as a role model in the faith lives of these young children.

Assistants: Classroom assistants are vital in making our Kids of the Kingdom a wonderful experience for all of our learners. Our assistants help our younger learners with their nametags, getting any extra supplies from the workroom, walking children to the water fountain or bathroom, help keep children engaged and share God’s love with the children. In addition, a few of the assistants choose to help present a section of the lesson with the help of the teacher. Classroom assistants are 6th grade – 12th grade students. Interested in helping out in the classroom? Contact Paula Arland.

There are more opportunities available to help out with Kids of the Kingdom besides being in the classroom. If you are interested in helping out in the classroom or would like more information, contact Paula Arland.

During the Worship Faith Milestone, fifth grade children and parents will discover what worship is, structure of worship and why it is an integral part of our faith. Families will create a plan to attend worship regularly as a family. Families will also be encouraged to be a part of worship though greeting, ushering and reading. Following the workshop, families will attend worship together and children will complete worship notes as part of their learning experience. Watch for more details to come.
Each spring, the 4th grade students at King of Kings explore what it means to celebrate the Lord’s Sacrament. As part of that learning, they observe communion and discuss what they saw. In addition, they have the opportunity to interview four different people in their lives to find out what communion means to them, what their first communion experience was like, and a memorable communion experience. The 4th graders are required to attend a workshop with a parent on either March 12 or 26. They will learn about the sacrament of communion and what happens to us in this simple meal that Jesus commanded us to celebrate.
First Communion is a wonderful celebration held on Maundy Thursday, April 13, 2017. The students receiving their first communion wear their red stoles and are anxious to finally receive Jesus in this simple meal of bread and wine.
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Our Faith Milestone program gives parents and children a chance to learn about their faith togetherand equips parents with tools to continue this faith journey at home. Each workshop is designed for a specific age group. Parents and children will attend the workshops together. Families should look for an invitation to these events with specific details. If you have questions, please contact Paula Arland, our Faith Milestone Coordinator.

First Step: Welcome to Kids of the Kingdom  (PreK children new to Kids of the Kingdom)
Usually occurs in September
First Step PreK Faith Milestone welcomes our littlest learners and their families to Kids of the Kingdom. Families start in worship to receive a special blessing marking the start of their formal faith education. Following the blessing, we move to our Kids of the Kingdom PreK classrooms for a short “workshop”. Here, children will experience a shortened Kids of the Kingdom class and parents will learn about faith education at King of Kings and be encouraged to attend class/worship regularly.

Kindergarten Bible Blessing  (Kindergarten children and parents)
Usually occurs in late spring
We celebrate kindergarten age children just on the cusp of beginning to read by blessing their Spark Story Bible in worship and spending time together in a workshop format learning how to use our Spark Story Bible. Together, we explore our Bible and how to find stories in it; discover that it has an Old Testament section and a New Testament section and what is unique to them; and encourage each other to read our Bible on a regular basis. Children also have a chance to make a special book mark for their Bible and parents to write a special message on the inside.

God’s Story Faith Milestone  (First Grade children)
Usually occurs in late September
God’s Story is intended for just first grade children. The main purpose of this special class is to focus on the Old Testament and structure. By setting aside intentional class time, we help increase children’s understanding of basic Bible structure and what the Old Testament is about. We explore people of the Old Testament and put stories in order creating a time line of when events take place. Children will also develop an action plan to dig into their Bible on a regular basis. The hope is that this will help build their Bible knowledge and ease the transition from a story Bible to a student Bible that they will receive in third grade.

Lord’s Prayer  (First grade children and parents)
Usually occurs in late January/early February
Lord’s Prayer Faith Milestone explores the words to the Lord’s prayer, what they mean and how we can apply them to our lives; discover that the Lord’s prayer is the foundation of prayer that Jesus gives us to use; understand that we have a direct relationship with God through prayer and create a plan to make prayer a regular part of our daily routine.

Following the workshop, families will go to worship together and children will have an opportunity to lead the congregation in saying the Lord’s Prayer.

Kids & Money Faith Milestone  (Second grade children and parents)
Usually occurs late September/early October
Kids & Money Faith Milestone is intended to help families start talking about money and how we use it. Together, we will learn about the biblical foundation of being a good steward, discover the source and giver of all our possessions and how to use our resources wisely. We will look at different ways children can manage their money. Children will also be issued a six-seven week “offering” challenge of an amount they determine during the workshop to be donated to a special mission outreach project.

Following the workshop, families will go to worship together. Second grade children will have an opportunity to celebrate the end of their offering challenge by participating in the Ingathering during worship. Families will also be encouraged to usher throughout the year.

Jesus’ Story  (Second grade children)
Usually occurs in January
Jesus’ Story is intended for just second grade children. The main purpose of this special class is to focus on the New Testament and structure. By setting aside intentional class time, we help increase children’s understanding of basic Bible structure and what the New Testament is about. We explore people of the New Testament and put stories in order creating a time line of when events take place. Children will also develop an action plan to dig into their Bible on a regular basis. The hope is that this will help build their Bible knowledge and ease the transition from a story Bible to a student Bible that they will receive in third grade.

Exploring My Bible Faith Milestone  (Third grade children and parents)
Usually occurs in October
Blessing during worship
Workshop from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Partnering with parents, we help place Bibles into the hands of our third grade children during a special blessing in worship. That afternoon third grade children and a parent take part in a workshop designed to teach them how to use their new Bible. Together, we will learn amazing facts about it, how to use it and give away special prizes (book covers, tabs, pens, etc…).

First Communion Faith Milestone  (Fourth grade children and older who have not yet received instruction, and parents)
Usually occurs in February/March/April
First Communion is an amazing experience for our fourth grade children and families at King of Kings. In preparation for their workshop, children will observe communion during worship and talk about what they saw to kick off this milestone. In addition, they will have an opportunity to interview four different people to discover what Holy Communion means to them. Children and a parent are asked to attend one of two workshops that are offered. During the workshop they will experience a Seder meal, explore what Sacraments are and the benefits we receive from them, learn how to receive communion. Children have an opportunity to write a special prayer that is included in the worship bulletin.

First Communion is celebrated on Maundy Thursday during Holy Week. During this service, we remember as a community Jesus instituting this holy meal with a special song and re-enactment and participate in receiving Holy Communion.

Ten Commandments Faith Milestone  (Fifth grade children and parent[s])
Usually occurs in November
Ten Commandments Faith Milestone is an in-depth look at God’s guidelines for our lives and how we can still follow God’s rules for us. We examine each commandment and how we can apply it to our lives today.

Following the workshop, families will attend worship as a large group.

Worship Faith Milestone  (Fifth grade children and parent[s])
Usually occurs in winter/early spring
During the Worship Faith Milestone, fifth grade children and parents will discover what worship is, structure of worship and why it is an integral part of our faith. Families will create a plan to attend worship regularly as a family. Families will also be encouraged to be a part of worship though greeting, ushering and reading.

Following the workshop, families will attend worship together and children will complete worship notes as part of their learning experience.

Faith Rocks! is an important part of our Kids of Kingdom ministry. By highlighting a key verse in one of the Bible lessons that the children will explore each month, Faith Rocks! builds a Biblical core that children will be able to use throughout their lives. Faith Rocks! challenges all of us to memorize key scripture passages, and learn how to apply them to our daily lives.

Each month, your child’s teacher will introduce the current Faith Rocks! verse and work with them in class on it. Parents are encouraged to reinforce what their Kids of the Kingdom student is doing in the classroom: look up the passage in their Bible, read the section that it is found in, help them memorize the verse. Most importantly, remind them to recite the verse to their teacher to receive a Faith Rocks! rock, painted with a Christian symbol, available in the Children’s Ministry workroom. Students are encouraged to trade in 3 rocks for a cool prize once 3 Faith Rocks! rocks have been earned. Click here to download a copy of the monthly verses.

OCTOBER – “Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12

NOVEMBER – “David said, ‘The Lord, who saved me from the paw of the lion and from the pay of the bear, will save me from the hand of this Philistine.’” 1 Samuel 17:37a

DECEMBER – “She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for her will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21

JANUARY – “We know that this is truly the Savior of the world.” John 4:42b

FEBRUARY – “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.” Mark 10:14b

MARCH – “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” Matthew 17:5b

APRIL –“Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” Matthew 21:9

BONUS – “For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” Romans 1:16


JesusCallingForKids

Jesus Calling For Kids is a wonderful family devotion. It’s short, sweet, easy to understand, and creates space for great dialogue about God, faith, and life. It can be purchased on Amazon or at LifeWay.

Connect With Us

Please call or email if you have questions, concerns or would like more details!

Paula Arland
Kids of the Kingdom Coordinator
651-289-8036

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