"Let the little children to come to Me; and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these."
The Children’s Ministry at Whitton Avenue Bible Church exists to glorify God through teaching & evangelizing children, encouraging parents and edifying servants so that our children will hear the gospel, families may be supported and the church may be strengthened.
Teaching and Evangelizing Children
While we believe it is the responsibility of the parents to teach and model Christ for their children, we want to be an active part of the body of Christ and come along side parents in teaching the Word and presenting the gospel to the children. Since salvation is of the Lord, we avoid soliciting professions of faith but encourage the fruit of genuine repentance as demonstrated through a life of submission to Christ as Lord. Our role is to help prepare the hearts of the children through teaching the Word, presenting the gospel and living out a fruitful life as an example to follow.
Encouraging and Edifying Parents
Parents have a mandate to raise their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Eph. 6:4, Col. 3:21, Prov. 22:6). The church has the responsibility to encourage, equip and edify parents (Ephesians 4:12-16). We strive to equip parents through corporate teaching, Bible studies, classes and personal shepherding. We also strive to assist parents by providing childcare and teaching for birth-12th grade during our Sunday School Hour and birth-7 years of age during the 11:00am corporate service. Lastly, we strive to encourage parents by providing opportunities for their families to enjoy shared experiences at church. Families will have the opportunity to worship the Lord together through praise and music before the children’s Beginner Church class begins.
Paul reminded Timothy, "...continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith, which is in Christ Jesus."
We have an awesome responsibility to raise our children in the truth of God's Word, both as parents and the church. We are grateful to God and humbled by the wonderful opportunity to serve the body of Christ and plant seeds of salvation in the hearts of our youth.