COMMUNITY : Children’s Ministry
9am – 12:30
At Camp Kando, kids learn they are important and capable. Camp Kando is the best of Summer Camp in one morning. Hands on activities in Crafts and Science. Games fun enough to write home about. Storytime around the campfire. Even s’mores!
Camp Kando takes the place of our regular Sunday morning kids program, so Alethia attenders don’t need to register. Guests can register online, coming soon. This is a great event to invite friends to. Parents are welcome to join us for our Sunday services, got to our Parent Café or attend both.
Camp Kando is the first of three Super Summer Sundays. Coming Soon:
Kingdom of the Son: a journey to the middle ages, July 23
Mission Possible: make like spies and save the world, August 11; followed by a fun picnic for the whole family with bounce houses and more.
We boast an amazing children’s Ministry with over a 115 kids weekly learning about Biblical Discipleship.
Rick Wesselhoff, Children’s Pastor
or Joy Adams, Children’s Ministry Director
Our mission is to support, catalyze and equip parents in their mission to disciple their kids in our local community. Together our goal is to raise up a generation of World Changers starting right here in Colorado Springs.
Discipleship happens best at home. Look at Jesus’ model. He said, “Here’s my life; watch everything I do.” This is exactly how parents lead their kids! At Alethia, we’re not asking families to make our church stronger; we’re trying to be a church to makes families stronger. We know we’re succeeding when we graduate something more than “good” kids from our ministry. World Changers know their life belongs to Jesus, they take ownership of their own faith, and they use their spiritual gifts to impact the church and the world.
We believe that kids will best grow in their worship of God when they connect to a fun, relevant and relational ministry.
FUN: We want kids to have so much fun on Sunday mornings they can’t wait to come back.
RELEVANCE: We strive to teach the truth about the Bible in a way that makes sense and applies to students’ lives.
RELATIONSHIPS: We aim to help connect every child with mentoring relationships with adults and encouraging relationships with peers.
WORSHIP: We believe that kids can worship God in beautiful ways that are different for each kid according to their age and development.
PARENTING MOMENTUM: We believe this kind of fun, relevant, relational ministry creates MOMENTUM for parents who are discipling their kids at home: When church reinforces what parents are building into their kids … when kids want to come to church … when kids are connected to people encouraging them to grow … the job of discipleship at home gets a whole lot more fun and easy for parents!
WHAT WE DO ON SUNDAY MORNINGS
We use the Orange curriculum produced by Northpoint Church. In the Orange curriculum, Red represents the power of the church and Yellow represents the warmth and safety of family. Orange is what is produced by church and family working together. On Sunday mornings, Story Time is designed to teach the Bible in a relevant way that makes stories come alive for kids. Game Time is designed to help kids have fun so they feel connected and ready to learn. Small Group Time is designed to help kids apply the lesson, but it also helps them feel connected to adult mentors and peer friendships. Worship Time helps kids experience God right where they are at.
WHAT YOU DO AT HOME DURING THE WEEK
If we’re not helping families in ways that affect everyday life at home, we’re not helping much at all. We try to provide resources to help you — parents — continue the conversation with your kids during the week. We know parenting can be tough; it sure has its ups and downs. As the children’s pastor, my goal is to be available to you during the up and down times — don’t ever hesitate to call me when you have a question about spiritual parenting or if it’s just a matter of getting through another everyday crisis (Rick: 640-1523).
PAST BIG DOG JOURNALS
Big Dogs is the nickname for our elementary ministry. (It stands for Disciples Of God.) The Big Dog Journal is basically for kids that read. The Little Big Dogs Journal is essentially for kiddos that you need to read to. If I had a kid that was about 7 or 8 years old, I’d probably do both — have them read the Big Dogs Journal on their own, and I would read the poems in the Little Big Dogs to them as well.
Big Dog Journals
Little Big Dog Journals
Week 1: Winning by Losing (James 1:1-12 with most focus on 1-4)
Week 2: Just Do It! (James 1:5-22 with most focus on 5-8, 13-18 and 22)
Week 3: Cut the Fat of Anger (James 1:19-27)