“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:5-9)
Mission 659 Kids is our umbrella ministry that encompasses six components of Terrace Palms Ministries to youth and children:
- S.T.O.M.P. – 8th grade and up
- Zero Gravity – 5th – 7th grade
- Kid’s Club – 4 year-olds – 4th grade
- Sunday School – 3 year-olds – 4th grade
- Nursery – infants and toddlers up to 3
- Homeschool Group – all ages
Our desire is that children of all ages know they are part of God’s Kingdom and that they have a responsibility to grow in Christ and to share His love with others. In addition, we know that it is important for parents to “teach their children diligently;” so we strive to create family-friendly missions projects, tithe and offering opportunities that help instill a giving heart and an overall focus that helps families develop hearts and minds for Christ.
Wednesday Night Ministries 7 p.m.
S.T.O.M.P. is an acronym for Serving the One Most Powerful and is our ministry to students 8th grade and older. Through Bible discussion and videos, Wes Crenshaw teaches “STOMP’ers” how to apply Biblical truths to their every day lives.
Zero Gravity (ZG) is our ministry to 5th-7th graders lead by John and Tara Bertic. Using age-appropriate visuals and object lessons, the Bertics’ use Pastor Mike Porrata’s Sunday sermon as a foundation to help ZG’ers learn to apply the sermon to their life. ZG sponsors a child through Compassion International, and each “ZG’er” is encouraged to contribute $3 a month toward his sponsorship.
Kid’s Club meets with children ages 4 through 4th grade. Using, “Desiring God’s Way of the Wise” curriculum, Kim Cragg leads the youngest Wednesday night group through a study of Proverbs. Multi-age centers combined with large group lessons make this class a successful atmosphere for learning. The Kid’s Club class’ mission is to collect aluminum cans and sell them at the local recycle plant to support missionaries, Billy and Donna Hires.
Sunday Morning Service 10:30 a.m.
For infants and toddlers under 3 years of age, we have an adorable nursery with interactive toys and a warm atmosphere. There are two loving volunteers to rock, love and cuddle your child while you attend the worship service. The nursery is located on the left side the church foyer and opens when the children are dismissed from the service. There is a viewing window to “check-in” on your little one as needed. Of course, parents are also welcome to keep their children with them during the sermon.
Our Sunday School program for children 3 years of age through 4th grade, begins when the children are dismissed from Sunday morning worship service. Upon their dismissal, the children gather in the green room located at the back of the church foyer on the left. Using a Desiring God Ministries curriculum, “The ABC’s of God,” the children hear a bible story and learn a different attribute of God each week. After the lesson, the children rotate through four, multi-age focus centers: prayer, application, review and mission awareness. We understand that before we can share the Gospel with students, we need to have a relationship with the student. To help cultivate this relationship, our teaching team that consists of a Bible Teacher, Class Coordinator and 4 team leaders volunteers a month of service at a time.
Children 5th grade and older are encouraged to remain in the service and take “notes” during the sermon in a “Sermon Art Notebook.” Teaching our children how to listen and learn from a sermon takes training and practice. We have found that drawing while listening helps kids transition from the children’s church atmosphere to the worship service sermon.
Providing a meaningful and safe learning environmental for all of our children is of the upmost importance to us. All of our leaders and teachers are volunteers that have a heart to serve God and teach His children. They receive prayer and training and must pass a background check before volunteering with our children.
When church is dismissed, please send a parent or guardian to promptly pick up your child from the nursery or green room.
For families that homeschool, we offer multiple opportunities to get together and encourage one another. A new facet of our group this year includes the middle and high school age kids entertaining and educating younger children while moms get a break. The homeschool group also supports Mission 659 mission projects.
For more information about Mission 659 Kids, please contact Kim Cragg at Kim.Cragg@TerracePalms.org. For more information about Sunday School programs, please contact Kim Cragg or Lacie Krantz at Lacie.Krantz@TerracePalms.org