Kids on Sundays

Generations

Children and their families are an integral part of our life together as the family of God here at Coro. As an intergenerational church community, we place value on children worshipping together with the whole church family, also understanding the need for kids to have opportunities to learn and engage with the Bible in ways that are designed specifically for the different stages of their development.

On Sunday mornings our children spend the first half hour or so together with their families in worship. There are a couple of areas set aside for very young children with some quiet toys and books, however we encourage parents to help their children engage with the service by explaining to them what is happening and encouraging them to participate.

After around half an hour, the children move out to different programs that are designed to stimulate, encourage and enable each child to grow in their own faith journey and in their relationships with their peers. We have four different programs that we run most weeks:

  • LPC (ages 0-3) is a free-play session for our very young ones
  • Kindy Kids (ages 3-5) is a more structured program with story, craft and free time
  • KBG (R-Yr6) has large group and small group times with teaching, memory verses, creative and fun activities and times of prayer.
  • Bounce (Yrs7-10) learn through discussion, video clips, and games – always with plenty of food on offer!

See the tabs below for more information.

Note: The safety of the children in our care is paramount. Children are signed in and out of programs with all our helpers holding valid Working with Children Checks and key leaders having undergone Child-Safe Environments and First Aid training in line with the Uniting Church Child Safe Policy.

“People were also bringing babies to Jesus to have him touch them.” Luke 18:15

Each individual is created uniquely in the image of God and even from a very young age infants and young children can learn about Jesus through the caring, loving actions of those who look after them. They learn that being part of a church community is good and healthy and they learn to build relationships with other kids.

This session is a time of free play for the children (eg. trikes, climbing castles, playdough, books, toy kitchen etc.), with cut fruit being served for morning tea before the end of the session.

As children grow in their relationship with God and learn more of his love for them, we look to encourage this developing faith in a variety of creative ways that actively engage children as they learn.

Each Kindy Kids session includes a simple truth about God that children learn through singing fun, energetic songs that relate to the message, listening to a story and Bible verse, talking with God through prayer, and taking part in a relevant, creative craft and games or activities. There’s also time for free play where children can develop friendships and encourage each other.

We like to celebrate birthdays and enjoy sharing a snack of gluten-free crackers before the session finishes.

Our Kindy Kids program runs throughout the year and is run by enthusiastic volunteers. Visitors and new-comers are very welcome.

Once kids start primary school their way of thinking changes. They become aware of a whole new world that is opening up to them and start to work out where they fit.

One of our aims in KBG (Kids Belonging to God), our Sunday morning program for primary-aged kids, is to help each child to see that they are a unique and precious individual in God’s eyes but that they are also part of a wider church family that has both responsibilities and privileges.

We creatively teach about the Father, Son and Spirit and aim to bring children into an awareness of the great salvation story of which we are all a part. We use the Scripture Union Light resource which allows for a variety of teaching styles to explore biblical themes and passages as well as core values of the Christian life.

The format of a typical Sunday morning involves small groups for discussions and prayer, large group input with multimedia, fun and creative construction activities, games and memory verses.

We'd love to have you join us!

As our children enter high school, relationships and friendships become more and more important and we find that learning is best done through games, discussions and using video clips.

Our Sunday morning Bounce sessions involve fun games, input, small group discussions and food! Come and join us - you'd be more than welcome!

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Faith @ Home

We all want our kids to grow in faith, yet an hour or so at church each week can only do so much. It is well established (see below) that regular faith discussions in the home have a significant impact on children growing into lifelong followers of Jesus.

Faith @ Home eNews

To this end, most weeks we send out a short email (and post the contents to our [private facebook group](https://www.facebook.com/groups/CoroUnitingFamiliesAndFriends)) with the following regular features:

- 'Faith @ home... yes, but how?' spot that gives simple practical suggestions for instilling faith practices into what's already happening in the home

- fun videos and thought-provoking discussion questions that relate to the upcoming theme on Sunday mornings for our pre-school and primary-aged kids (we encourage these conversations to happen in the home before we get to cover them at church, emphasising the primary importance of faith discussions in the home)

- various other resources to encourage you with regular faith conversations in the home, many of which you'll find in our [Faith @ Home Resources](https://www.corouniting.org/resources?section=kids) section of our web/app.

Our hope is that this weekly resource will spark conversations in the home and that some of the ideas will help you as you parent your kids to know and love Jesus.

You can view some of the recent Faith @ Home eNews on this [archive page](https://us11.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=7d674b2c4b2fd3d6bd6f28875&id=c41afb1a5b) (look for the Faith @ Home this week emails). If you'd like to sign up to receive these in your inbox, use [this form](http://eepurl.com/by8vNn) and select the 'Faith @ Home eNews' option (feel free to also sign up to our regular weekly church eNews).

See the below tabs for some of the resources we recommend as well as some of the relevant research in this area.

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