All Sunday school classes start at about 11:15 a.m. on Sunday mornings and run until the close of the service. There are at least 2 volunteers serving in each classroom. These volunteers have done a child abuse registry check and have gone through an application process including an interview.
Click on the links to the left to learn more about our Core Values, our volunteers, and our Family Services.
The classes are divided into age groups. Nursery - Grade 7 are currently located in the Sunday school huts.
Nursery - Babies 0-2 are cared for in the nursery class. Volunteers will hold, cuddle, talk to, and play with your child. They will read them a Bible story, provide a snack, and serve them with the heart of Jesus. A paging system is used to call parents if needed. SCHEDULE
Ages 2 & 3 – God’s Word is taught through the “Group – Play-n-Worship” curriculum. There is singing, snack, and play time as well. SCHEDULE
Ages 4 & 5 – God’s Word is taught through the “"IMPACT - Doing Life with God in the Picture"” curriculum. Snack is provided as well as interactive crafts and games. SCHEDULE
Gr. 1-7 - God's Word is taught through Bible Stories and in an interactive way using the Firestarters curriculum. SCHEDULE
Sleeping Rooms are available on the way to the huts – Parents are able to put their child down for a nap in quiet rooms. Baby monitors and a change table are available for parent use.
CHILDREN'S MINISTRY MISSION AND VALUES
Our mission for Children’s Ministry at Maranatha is for our children to know Christ intimately, personally, and experientially. That we together with our children would reflect God’s glory and His nature of family and oneness, that His light would shine and His name be known across our community, nation, and to the ends of the earth. (Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 24:46-49; Acts 1:8; Malachi 4:5-6)
The Bible places the responsibility for raising godly children on the shoulders of parents; and it is within the family unit that the vast majority of a child’s character development and spiritual training, for better or worse, will happen. As such, we encourage parents to take the primary role in spiritual nurture and training of their children and view the children’s ministry as an extended covering that offers support and wider community to come alongside parents in this essential calling.
IN EVERYDAY CHURCH LIFE, WE AIM TO:
- Train and equip our children to be lovers of his presence through living out and modeling a lifestyle of worship, prayer, and
- Make room, providing time and space for our children to encounter God through, worship, prayer, teaching of the word, and
- See the generations flowing together, (turning hearts of fathers and children to one another…Malachi 4:6), by providing regular opportunities to worship, pray, and serve together inter-generationally.
- Bible literacy: We equip children with a heartfelt knowledge of the Bible through godly content and creative teaching
- Prayer: We teach principles about enjoyable prayer that assist children in developing an intimate dialogue with God and a thirst for communion with Him.
- Praise and worship: We aspire to create an environment where all children receive the opportunity to express their love for God and receive His love for them.
- Ministry: We teach children that they can walk in boldness, zeal, and the power of God, and participate in ministry to one another in such a way that signs and wonders can be released through them.
We believe that our children are ready and able ministers of God, receiving the fullness of the Holy Spirit and not a junior version. As such, it is our desire to see our children not only taught about Jesus, prayer, worship, evangelization, etc…but to provide experiential opportunities for them to engage; developing opportunities for them to pray, worship, preach, prophesy, and serve one another.
Our Sunday school team is entirely made up of volunteers.
Our leadership team is:
Children’s Ministry Overseer – Daniel Williams (EMAIL)
Sunday School Administrator – Karen Unrau (EMAIL)
Nursery team leader - Melodie McMahon
Ages 2 & 3 team leader - Jacqui Giesbrecht
Ages 4&5 team leader - Rachel Bunn
Grades 1-3 team leader - Lorinda Huebert
Grades 4-7 team leader - Karen Unrau
VOLUNTEERING IN CHILDREN’S MINISTRY
(Find our volunteer forms HERE)
As Children’s Ministry volunteers (leaders, teachers, and helpers) we are called to train up and teach our children in the ways of God.
Our aim is to provide an example in speech, action, and character, which will encourage others to follow our Lord and become servant leaders themselves. This is a way of life measured by the heart (Matthew 15:19).
“We value heart attitudes as foundational to human behaviour. In outlining the Constitution for His Kingdom, Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) focused on internal attitudes and motivations of the heart as the source of external actions, just like visible fruit of a tree is determined by its invisible root (Matthew 7:16-20), and the stability of the seen structure of a house is determined by its unseen foundation (Matthew 7:24-27).” (Maranatha Constitution)
Heart attitudes are the foundation for outward behaviour; as such, we recognise that the root which brings about external change and permanent transformation is heart circumcision. This is work that takes place from the inside out. We therefore wish to emphasise the fruits of the spirit, purity of heart, meekness, humility, willingness to be die to self, etc. as the traits of character and holy living.
When it comes to knowing each other at the heart level, the importance of relationship and interdependence are foundational; in order for these relationships and heart knowledge to have time to grow between us, we have adopted a 6 month period of attendance at Maranatha prior to taking on leadership responsibilities within Children’s Ministry.