Creating kid disciples who go, grow, and overcome.
Taking a Next Step with Village Kids
Now that your child has made the choice to follow Jesus, there are three parts to the mission of Village Church that we would like you to help them think about: Go, Grow, and Overcome!
MISSION 1: GO
As a follower of Jesus, your child is now part of the Great Commission! Village Kids will equip you and your kids with frequent opportunities to bring the gospel into your neighborhood, your family, your community, and around the world. Our Go & Grow Kits are a great way to GO on a regular basis. Additionally, be on the lookout for bi-annual family service days through our Bartlett Community Care Collective (BC3) ministry, plus other service opportunities throughout the year!
MISSION 2: GROW
At Village Kids, we encourage your child to GROW as a disciple of jesus in four ways – engaging in church, getting baptized, taking communion, and practicing personal Bible study and prayer. You can read more about how you can use each of these to help your child GROW below!
MISSION 3: OVERCOME
Village Kids are overcomers.
We believe the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ our Lord equips us to overcome everything that hinders us from being more like Jesus. Village Kids offers a variety of rental resources to equip parents to effectively disciple their children in areas that are essential for having a biblical worldview and experiential foundation. Additionally, Village Church supports counseling for our Village Kids who may need extra therapeutic guidance. For a list of our available resources, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Believer’s baptism by immersion is one of the two ordinances practiced at Village Church.
There are two main reasons to be baptized: obedience to Jesus’ command (Matthew 28:18-20) and public acknowledgement of faith in Christ.
We believe baptism is less about a person’s age, and more about his or her understanding of, proclamation of, and personal belief in the gospel. We also believe baptism should be approached with special care.
Village Kids offers a family baptism class to help parents of 1st-6th graders walk through the baptism tenet and process with their children (Kindergarteners may be permitted but must receive permission). The intent of this class is to equip parents to better discern their child’s belief in and understanding of the gospel in order to determine their readiness for baptism. It is a great way for you and your child to learn what the Bible says about making this public profession of faith, and why we believe what we do.
Go to the Hub to see when our next Family Baptism Class is taking place, and fill out the form to be alerted with information about our next class!
The second ordinance Village Church practices is communion.
Village Kids offers a next step resource: Communion: A Bible Study Workbook for Kids. Our only requirement for kids to take communion is their professed belief in Jesus Christ as their Lord, along with their parents’ permission.
Communion partakers should be able to clearly articulate the gospel and their belief in it. We believe that a young child may not fully comprehend the depths of the gospel, yet they are still capable of participating in the benefits of the gospel. At Village Church we do not see this as a supernatural event, but yet a still significant spiritual event. Jesus established communion in remembrance of what He did for us. Communion is also an opportunity for personal reflection, repentance, and to cherish the forgiveness of Christ.
Communion is offered nearly every Sunday during our church services, and each year at our Good Friday services. We do not practice communion on Sundays in Village Kids.
To get your copy of Communion: A Bible Study Workbook for Kids, please submit an interest form. Copies are available for Village Kids to pick up at the church.
Practicing Personal Bible Study and Prayer
We believe the word of God comes alive in every believer’s heart and God uses it to teach, train, and equip us for life and godliness. We encourage all of our kids to engage in daily personal bible study and prayer.
Village Kids Go & Grow Kits offer regular opportunities to cultivate the disciplines of personal Bible study and prayer. Check above on this page for our next resource you can join in!
Engaging in Church
There are multiple ways for you and your child to engage with Village Kids!
At Village Kids on Sunday mornings, we enjoy a time of teaching, activities, worship, and discussion in small groups. Our small group leaders are asked to serve with your kids for a minimum of 8 weeks in a row, so they can have a chance to really get to know their kids, and vice versa! Sunday services are available for ages 0- 4th grade, with an additional separate program for our 5th and 6th grade siblings and friends called “The 5-6.”
Village Church has offered AWANA for over 30 years as part of our discipleship to kids. AWANA is a worldwide nonprofit ministry focused on providing Bible-based evangelism and discipleship solutions for ages 2-18. The program focuses on scripture memorization, Bible knowledge, evangelism, and building personal rhythms of Bible study. This weeknight program provides your kids with countless opportunities to hide God’s Word in their hearts, build connections with their leaders, and have fun with other kids!
Once per summer, Village Church transforms into a wild place full of adventure, generosity, and hands-on Bible experiences. VBS brings God’s word to other kids in our community, as well as our own Village Kids, helping them flourish while they’re immersed in what feels like a different world!