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How do we want our children to be known? How do we model and instill a vibrant faith that is not only contagious, but becomes the core of their identity? North Avenue’s Children and Family Ministries (CFM) are blessed to join our families as we cultivate our children’s spiritual foundation which rests in them knowing who they are and whose they are. We want our children to know that they are made uniquely in the image of God, and through the grace, everlasting love, and forgiveness we have in Jesus, know that they are called to love others and join God’s mission in the world. Through engaging God’s word, praying, singing, serving, playing, talking, laughing, and developing relationships with other adults, youth, and children who love God, we learn and grow together to be the followers of Christ that make a difference in our world. NAPC’s Children and Family Ministries meets each child where they are, knowing that through the power of the Holy Spirit, they will come to fully know that they are loved and can share that love with others.

 

We are excited to partner with you as we engage our children in a deeper relationship with Jesus. It is a joy and delight for each of us to walk with you as your children grow in their faith, knowledge, and relationship with Jesus.


Register your kids to participate on Sunday mornings at NAPC


GROW Opportunity

CFM and GROW Ministry Sponsored COMMUNION Workshop: Join Rev. Megan Johnson and Roxie Chess Sunday, Sept. 15 from 11:15-12:30 p.m. for an opportunity to learn more about the sacrament of communion. We encourage our elementary families, other youth and/or adults to attend. This will be a time to learn about the sacrament of communion, why we celebrate it as people who love and follow Jesus, and the different ways communion is shared in our community.  

Please register by emailing Roxie Chess at roxie@napc.org by Monday Sept. 9. We will email you more information after we receive your registration. You may also contact Roxie with further questions.


Sunday Morning Schedule

9 A.M. Worship Hour

>>LIL SPHERE (NURSERY & PRESCHOOL)
Eight weeks–Pre-K: Check-in at the Children's Welcome Desk in The Sphere. You can enter from the lower parking deck or by taking the elevator off of the third floor Welcome Center to floor two.

Cherub Choir (Pre-K–Kindergarten): Check-in at the Children's Welcome Desk in The Sphere.
(dismissal from worship that is printed in the weekly Worship Guide)
 

>>THE SPHERE (ELEMENTARY)
Junior Choir (Elementary Grades 1-5):  Choir Room
(dismissal from worship that is printed in the weekly Worship Guide)
 

10:15 A.M. Discipleship Hour

>>LIL SPHERE (NURSERY & PRESCHOOL)
Eight weeks–Pre-K: Check-in at the Children's Welcome Desk in The Sphere.

>>THE SPHERE (ELEMENTARY)
 (Elementary Grades K-5):
Check-in at the Children's Welcome Desk in The Sphere.

                                                                           

11:15 A.M. Worship Hour

>>LIL SPHERE (NURSERY & PRESCHOOL)
Eight weeks–Pre-K: Check-in at the Children's Welcome Desk in The Sphere.

>>THE SPHERE (ELEMENTARY)
 (Elementary Grades K-5):
Elementary children are encouraged to attend worship with their families. Worship activity bags are available in the Narthex.

Children’s Choirs

Cherub Choir is for children between ages two and six. Through song, laughter, and singing in worship, we learn about the love and power of God. We learn that Jesus loves each of us, young and old, no matter what we do or who we are. Music fills so many of us with joy and sharing that joy with our youngest is part of what makes NAPC a special place for children. For more information, contact Susan Rembert, susan@napc.org

Junior Choir is for children first-fifth grade and builds on the foundation of earlier experiences in Cherub Choir by introducing musical notation, simple two-part harmony, vocal technique, and listening skills that empower the young voice to “... sing with the spirit, but also with the understanding.” (I Corinthians 14:15) The Juniors sing in worship every four to six weeks, participate in “Lessons and Carols,” and offer a staged musical at Christmas and in mid-summer as part of the Fine Arts Camp. For more information, contact Bryan Black, bryan@napc.org


Children’s Discipleship

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Infants and Walkers: We want to help children learn about God and take their first steps in their relationship with Jesus right from the start! Our youngest children will listen to music about God and experience God’s love through their caregivers and church volunteers. Our Walkers engage every Sunday in God’s word by experiencing and participating in a lesson that incorporates Bible stories, singing, crafts, snacks, and prayer.

Two’s and Three’s and Pre-K: During the Discipleship hour, all preschool classes use Gospel Light curriculum focusing on God’s love for us all. Each session emphasizes both a Bible story and Bible verse. Children hear the Bible story from their Sunday School leader and then explore different ways of applying the story through play and projects. This is the time where we focus on developing relationships with our children. Our focus is to nurture our children’s relationship with Jesus, their relationship with their peers, and their relationship with adults in our church family who love and encourage them. We play to learn, listen to learn, and talk to learn. We also share a snack together. Our topics this year are Learning about God’s love, Jesus loves and helps me, Jesus is alive, and Loving God and others.

CHURCH – HOME CONNECTIONS

1. Projects That Your Child Makes and Brings Home

2. Weekly Take-Home Paper

3. NAPC CFM Newsletter (that is e-mailed home monthly and can also be picked up at The Sphere Welcome Desk)

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The Sphere is our Sunday morning program for kindergarten through fifth grade at the 10:15 a.m. Discipleship hour. We use the 252 Basics curriculum which is a virtue based, large group/small group program whose three basic truths are: Trust God no matter what, Make the wise choice, and Treat others the way you want to be treated.

During this time our kindergarten through fifth grade students will experience a large group time of creative Bible teaching that focuses on understanding and applying God’s word in our relationship with Him and others. This is followed by activities in small groups that build relationships between the children and Jesus, their peers and their leaders and applying God’s word to their lives. We intentionally focus on the faith skills of Hearing (listening to God’s word), Praying (having a dialogue with God), Talking (articulating our faith), and Living (worshipping God with our lives). We also follow the “know what, so what, now what format”: Know what is the information and facts we learn. So what is the reason it is important in our relationship with Jesus and others. Now what is how we prayerfully live out loving God and loving others. Some of the virtues we will focus on this year are: Respect, Responsibility, Creativity, Gratitude, Generosity, Commitment, Kindness, Patience, Peace, and Honesty.

CHURCH – HOME CONNECTIONS

1. Projects/Activities That Your Child Makes and Brings Home

2. Weekly Devotional Handouts

3. NAPC CFM Newsletter and attached Parent Question Card (that is e-mailed home on a monthly basis or can be picked up at The Sphere’s Welcome Desk)

Both The Lil Sphere and The Sphere programs are led by Children and Family Ministries staff and volunteer leaders who are serving in areas of their giftedness. We have large group leaders, small group leaders, hospitality or greeting teams, buddies for children with special needs, and other ways to serve to prepare for our experience on Sunday mornings. We are blessed to have this team of people loving and serving our children and we would love for you to join us. Please email Roxie Chess, Director of Children & Family Ministries and Mission Partnerships, for more information, roxie@napc.org


Special Information

Healthy Child Policy

In order to insure a healthy environment for all children in our care, please do not bring your child to the nursery if he/she exhibits any of the following:

  • Fever

  • Vomiting

  • Green or yellow runny nose

  • Excessive coughing

  • Diarrhea

  • Questionable rash

  • Discharge in or around the eyes

  • Any communicable disease

If your child becomes ill in the nursery, you will be notified immediately, and we will request that you take your child home.

If your child is being treated with antibiotics, he/she must have received medication for at least 24 hours before returning to the nursery.

Nursing Mothers

A Nursing Room is available in the Lil Sphere Preschool Department. A host at the Children's Welcome Center can direct you. 

More detailed information

You can download the CFM Family Guide for more information including Safety Guidelines, Behavior Expectations, Curriculum Information, Procedures, and more.


Contacts

Roxie Chess, Director of Children and Family Ministries – roxie@napc.org; (404) 875-0431, ext. 243

Laura Smucker, Coordinator of Big Adventure (Nursery and Preschool) – laurasmucker@hotmail.com

Bridgett Stewart, Administrative Assistant – bridgett@napc.org; (404) 875-0431

 

Please contact Roxie Chess with any questions you have or to let us know how we can support you as you guide your children in their spiritual development.