Waumba Land (Babies - Pre-K)
I know, seriously! What in the world does that mean?
Waumba means Creator in Swahili. So, Waumba Land means “the land of the Creator”.
Here’s what you really need to know about Waumba Land! Waumba Land is our environment for preschool-aged kids (birth through pre-K). It is the place where parents bring their preschoolers and where volunteers show up every Sunday to introduce these little ones to their Heavenly Father.
And that’s the MOST IMPORTANT thing we do for our preschoolers. We introduce them to their Heavenly Father. Our MISSION in Waumba Land is:
To make a FIRST IMPRESSION of the Heavenly Father in such a way that it makes a LASTING IMPRESSION on the heart of a child.
Every week we have this incredible opportunity to make an impression of our Heavenly Father, our Creator, in such a way that our preschoolers will grow up ALWAYS believing that there is a God who made them, who loves them, and who wants to be their friend FOREVER!
UpStreet (K - 5th Grade)
UpStreet is our small group environment for elementary-aged kids. But here’s what we really believe is important for you to know about UpStreet: when our kids show up on Sunday morning, we believe that the Bible should NEVER be boring, that worship can be really loud, and that the best leaders ALWAYS care. In other words, we want to make sure that our kids experience the acceptance and joy of knowing their Heavenly Father. That’s what UpStreet is all about!
We want our kids to know:
- I need to make the wise choice.
- I can trust God no matter what.
- I should treat others the way I want to be treated.
Everything that we teach flows from these Three Basic Truths.
The purpose of UpStreet is to connect our kindergarteners through 5th graders into a small group where they will begin to unpack what it means to have a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. We want our kids to see how God’s word applies to their lives and how his truth really tells them how to live. Every week we connect our kids to the same small group leaders, giving them another trusted relationship that will help connect them to a relationship with their Heavenly Father.
Families of K - 5th Graders
From the beginning days of our church, we have held one belief that relates to our children’s ministry:
“What happens at home is more important than what happens at church.”
It is for this reason that we feel that one of the best things we can do as a church is to “partner with parents” and equip them to lead their kids spiritually. Since 1996, KidStuf has mainly been leveraged as a weekly shared experience for families. Last summer we decided to change our strategy in hopes of more effectively equipping parents to apply our Big Idea at home, all month long. This new strategy consists of 3 key components:
LIVE happens on the first Sunday of each month and acts as a launching point for parents to learn about the Big Idea with their kids. The shared experience is still a critical part of our strategy. Although it is no longer happening as frequently, it is still a consistent environment designed for kids and parents.
TAKE-OUT is a creative resource that families receive at the end of KidStuf Live each month. It ties in directly to our Big Idea and what families experience together at KidStuf Live. Each Take-Out comes with weekly instructions that guide parents on how to reinforce the Big Idea in lots of fun and applicable ways.