Here at Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, we consider ourselves to be a village, working together to raise the children of our church in an atmosphere of faith. We believe that the most important thing that we can give our children is a stable foundation for a lifelong relationship with Jesus Christ. To accomplish this, we not only have weekly Bible study and music programs but also encourage members of all ages to interact with our children and nurture them as they grow in their faith.
It is also important to us at PHBC that our children understand the importance of missions. They make gifts for our homebound members throughout the year and have also collected enough funds to purchase several animals through Heifer International and to support four Chinese pastors.
We feel that teaching kids to worship (not just sit still) is a critical part of a child’s spiritual development, and helps ensure church attendance as young adults. For this reason, it is important that our children get as much out of the Sunday worship service as possible! Each week we create our own children’s bulletin that includes a simplified order of worship, an explanation of the week’s sermon topic, and a few activities that complement the Old and New Testament passages. The children stay in the sanctuary for the Lord’s Prayer, a few hymns, the Old and New Testament readings, the offering, and the Children’s Sermon. Right before the sermon (also known as the “how much longer” portion of the service) we take our children out for their own Bible study and coordinating activities in Children’s Church.
Let’s face it, keeping a child content during a sermon can be a serious endeavor. We like to think that the struggle is worth it in the end, but the typical result is that neither the adult or the child gets much out of the sermon. In order to make sure that both the adult and the child have an experience that allows them to learn and grow, we take our kids out of the sanctuary right before the sermon for Children’s Church.
This gives the kids time for their own Bible study and a short activity that reinforces the focus of the week’s Bible story. Because children are more likely to learn and live what they’ve discussed in church when their families reinforce it, we distribute take-home pages. These pages encourage families to read the Bible story with their child and includes activities and questions to emphasize real life application. Our Children’s Church curriculum, like Dr. Hyde’s sermons, goes through the Bible every 3 years.
This is the primary place where kids build their Bible foundation. We have special classes that help our children learn about God from the time they are toddlers. As kids get older they learn more complex stories and concepts. From the time they are toddlers, our children start learning how to pray. Once they are in kindergarten, they are given the opportunity to pray aloud in front of their Sunday School class. Kindergarten is also the time that our children begin to learn how to use their Bibles. Over time these skills are honed so that our kids can enter the youth group with a working knowledge of the fundamentals.
While the adults have their own Bible study on Wednesday night, the children go to Room 100 to enjoy a variety of learning experiences. They enjoy children’s choir and handbells during the school year. In the summer they may have a Mustard Seed Ministry study unit on gardening as part of our Hillcrest Farmers Market, or enjoy Summer Music Camp, learn about missionaries around the world, or have a Summer Bible Camp where they learn books of the Bible and special verses.
Please check out our Sunday Bible study classes and music programs. We would love to have the opportunity to meet your child!
Our PHBC Children’s Team plans an exciting, fun event for our children each month of the year. They include outings, mission excursions to places like Ronald McDonald House, parties, and more.
The children are active in service/missions projects. They collect pull-tabs for donation to Ronald McDonald House, fill shoe-boxes with small gifts for Operation Christmas Child, and make cards and letters for our homebound members.
Vacation Bible School is a highlight of our church year, and we serve the entire city with sometimes 100+ children in attendance. It’s held in the evenings from Sunday through Thursday, and begins with supper, followed by classes for Bible study, music, crafts and missions. Registration is available on the website. Be sure to join us for this important and fun week!