The purpose of Broadneck Evangelical Presbyterian Church's Children's Ministry is
to glorify God by making disciples of the next generation, that they may tell of His marvelous works and reach others with Christ's truth and love.
We want them to
Grow in their knowledge and love of God,
Connect with the congregation and each other in covenant community, and
Serve others in love.
Our children are heirs of God's covenant promises and are precious in His sight! As a family of believers in Christ it is our duty and privilege to come alongside parents in the Christian nurture of their children, within the context of our covenant community.
Parents are called to be the primary infuencers for Christ to their children, and so the Children's Ministry is supplement to, not a replacement of, daily discipleship in the home. We want to equip and encourage parents as they raise their children, laying the foundation for a life of faith.
We want to equip and encourage teachers, identifying and developing the unique gifts God has given them to use for His glory, to build up His body at BEP.
As members of the covenant community, children are to be included in the life of the church and welcomedintothecorporateworshipandministriesofthecongregation. We want them to feel important and loved in Christ, and develop meaningful, lasting relationships with people of all ages.
We desire to see our children take the next step of faith, in due time, by publicly confessing their faith in Christ and committing themselves to this body of believers as members.
God has ordained Word and Spirit to work together in changing hearts. We seek to impart a thorough knowledge of Christian doctrine and Bible knowledge in age-appropriate and engaging ways-- laying the spiritual tinder and trusting the Holy Spirit to spark the fame of faith in His time.
All materials used in ministry should be true to the Reformed faith, Christ-centered, gospel-focused, and presented in a way that is winsome, understandable, and applicable, taking intoaccountthedevelopmentalstageofeachchild. Teachersshouldbetrainedinhowtoshow the character of God and the fulfllment of all His promises in Jesus in all that they teach.
Our goal is that this Truth will be made personal in the life of each child.
We encourage Scripture and catechism memorization-- to hide God's Word in hearts. We use the ` First Catechism (PCA) and the Westminster Shorter Catechism.
We persistently pursue God in faith-flled prayer, modeling it to our children and relying on His guidance in lesson preparations, student and parent interactions, ministry decisions, and in teaching.
We desire that families would grow in their knowledge and love of God and live out daily obedience to Christ in their homes, schools, and communities-- reaching the lost and welcoming them into our church family.
We will welcome non-believing kids and their families with the love of Christ, seeking to evangelize and enfold.
Teachers will demonstrate the joy of the Lord and their sure hope in the Gospel as they share the good news with kids!
We will encourage those who are teaching to diligently pursue the spiritual disciplines of prayer, Bible study, and worship, so that we may be fully satisfed in Him as we minister to children and families. “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:11). We want this JOY to be infectious!