In the Northside, for the Northside...

  • A brief sketch of what the Bible teaches about our children:
    • Children are a gift from God and valuable, unique members of the community.
    • Children can grow in faith and learn to make wise choices.
    • Children love to laugh and have fun.
    • Children, just like grown-ups, are desperate for Christ's redeeming love.

    Philosophy of Ministry to Children

    Our philosophy of children's ministry includes three principles:

    Gospel Teaching

    We believe our kids need to learn about who God is and what He has done. We want to continually point them to Jesus.

    Integration into the Body

    Our hope is that significant, lasting relationships are developed between our children and older members of the congregation. We want to invite children to walk with adults and give them practices to grow into. We believe that children have spiritual gifts and can begin to serve at a young age.

    Parent Modeling

    The Bible is clear that parents are the primary teachers and disciplers in a child's life (Deut 6:4-9) and study after study confirms that the most significant influence on a child is the primary care-giver. In other words, "the apple often doesn't fall far from the tree." Our children often grown up to be a lot like us and, as parents, this truth is both encouraging and terrifying. So, as a church, our focus to foster an atmosphere in which imperfect parents grow in their walks with Jesus and are assisted in helping their children grow into the faith.


    For Further Reading

  • We love kids and are excited when they come to our gatherings. We have taken many steps to help children participate as much as they can in our worship gatherings including:
    • Offering Children's bulletins
    • Inviting kids to come up during the Lord's Supper to be prayed for
    • Providing the nursery for the benefit of the children and their guardians. Offering nursery, however, doesn't mean that we aren't happy to see kids of all ages staying for the whole gathering. It's up to each family to decide how their kids will participate in worship.
    For Infants and Toddlers (Ages 0-3)
    • We offer a nursery, overseen by screened, qualified adults. We ask that each parent or guardian sign all children in, and out.
    • Our nursery has a room for 0-1 year olds and a room for 2-3 year olds. Children in the 2-3s group participate in a Bible story and simple craft each week.
    For Young Children (Ages 4 - 2nd Grade)
    • After participating in the first part of the worship service with their families, children are dismissed before the sermon for Children's Worship. Trained church members lead children through the Jesus Story Book Bible. The children can rejoin us as we end our gathering with the Lord's Supper and singing.
    For Children in Elementary School (Grades 1-5)
    • On the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month, we offer Children's Sunday School from 3:00-3:45pm before the service. Sunday School offers the opportunity to learn about God and his large-scale story of redemption in more detail.

    For more information contact Corinne Tucker, c...@northsidechurchrva.org.