Narrate Kids values each child as an individual work of art made uniquely by God for God’s purpose. Accordingly, our goal is that children will learn and understand how their individual gifts and interests can be used to bring the kingdom of heaven to Earth. This begins when we join with parents to nurture each child’s relationship with Christ. In the classroom, it means exploring how God fits into their everyday life through creative expression, adventures in story telling, lively discussion, and deep reflection.
As a whole, each activity and lesson is designed to foster growth and understanding of who they are in Christ; that everyone brings something unique and beautiful into God’s community and everyone is free to dream big about how God would love the world through His people.
Each and every person is made unique (Psalm 139) and we want children to know that God loves their uniqueness. Everything from our looks, to what we enjoy doing with our free time, yet we are all one body. This uniqueness ties back into the ability for children to explore what they enjoy doing and how that activity plays a part in who they are.
Narrate Kids classes run every Sunday during the entirety of the 8:30, 10 and 11:30 am gatherings and are provided for children up through grade 5.
Babies and Toddlers
We create a loving environment for children 0 to 3yrs. We have lots of toys, balls, and books to keep your little ones stimulated. The volunteers will make sure that they get any special instructions from you regarding your child before you drop your child off.
We do have simple curriculum for these little ones each week that teach basic words and phrases about God’s character. These children are introduced to structure through playtime, clean up, story time and snack, while experiencing consistent adult and peer relationships weekly. They learn several themes that are repeated throughout the year for consistency with the goal of teaching them that there is a God and feel comfortable saying His name and celebrating Him.
Preschool (those ready for structured learning, age 3 to 5yrs)
Children will learn foundational things about God, the Bible and how to treat people. This is where children will learn all about God’s story! The classroom with have activity centers, where children will be able to do simple experiments, draw, color, paint, or explore a concept.
These guys are little sponges that are waiting to soak up truths about Christ. They will learn through singing, story time and small group activities.
Small group time will consist of children briefly gathering to discuss how the lesson can be applied to their life. This time may look different each week, whether it is mostly discussion or a game is played to help kids understand how the lesson applies to them.
These are the years when children really begin to own their faith, live it out, and discover they are part of God’s story. Teachers will welcome kids to Narrate Kids and engage them with a beginning activity or craft.
Large Group (K-5th)
Large group will start with singing.Children will have the opportunity to worship God through live music.
During large group, children will be engaged in the Biblical truth of that week which ties into the virtue of the month.
Small Group (K-2nd and 3rd -5th )
Small groups are a place for children to discover how the lesson of the day applies to their life and to process, journal, talk, and pray with their teacher and each other. Response time is often done during this time which involves arts, writing, activities, prayer, or projects. During small group teachers will read scripture with children, answer and pose questions, and relate to children by sharing their own stories of faith as they take them through the curriculum. This is important because if the child merely hears the lesson, but does not see or understand how it can be used in their life, then what good is it? There is a time to play, a time to reflect, a time to apply (Ecclesiastes 3).
CHECK-IN & SECURITY
Narrate Kids check-in is on the lower level of Grandstreet Theatre for babies and toddlers and at the studio building behind Grandstreet for preschool to 5th Grade (across the parking lot behind the theatre and through the red door).
Upon checking your child in, you will receive a security tag that has a number on it (ex. T-5). If you see that number appear on the lower right hand corner of the screen during service, please return to the kids area.
You must present a matching number tag to your child upon pick-up. We encourage parents to pick up their children by 10 minutes after the gathering.
We are committed to providing our families with a safe and secure ministry environment. Part of this involves volunteers who have been screened and cleared to work with children. Every volunteer working in Narrate Kids has gone through a background check and application/interview process to ensure that your children will be in safe loving environment.