Cross-Centered Kids (Children’s Ministry) of Calvary Goodyear exists to glorify God by:
- Supporting and encouraging parents who are primarily responsible for teaching biblical truths to their children (Ephesians 6:4)
- Making the whole counsel of Scripture known to children with special emphasis on the Gospel (Deuteronomy 6:6-9; Romans 1:16-17)
- Praying for the children and relying on the Holy Spirit to regenerate their hearts through the faithful teaching of His Word (Romans 10:17; Ephesians 2:4-10)
- Living faithfully before the children and modeling for them how Christians are called to respond to God, interact with each other, and with the world around us (Matthew 5:16; Corinthians 11:1)
Supporting and Encouraging Parents
We believe that Scripture clearly teaches that parents have the primary responsibility to raise their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
This includes teaching them about God, disciplining them and striving to honor God with their life’s example. The Cross-Centered Kids (CCK) team at Calvary Goodyear sees itself as a support team to parents. It seeks to aid and encourage parents: to supplement them in the nurturing of their children in accordance to Scripture and the vision of the elders.
We also support our parents by providing them with a safe place for their children to worship the Lord. Here is a basic overview of our Children Protection policy.
- Require that all Cross-Centered Kids (CCK) Servants be members
- Require background checks and screening for those serving in CCK
- Require training for all CCK servants
- Utilize a check in and out system
- Employ scheduling procedures and adult/child ratios that optimize safety
- Have first aid kits on hand
- Adhere to a healthy child policy for admittance to CCK
Make the whole counsel of Scripture known to children
We believe that the Word of God is the ultimate authority for all matters of life. To that end we want to come alongside the work that parents are already doing at home, during family worship, as they read and memorize Scripture, pray with and for their children, and model godly living. Our desire is to supplement this ongoing discipleship by utilizing a curriculum that teaches the whole counsel of God and exalts the Gospel as the children learn that it is not only for salvation but also for sanctification.
The curriculum that we currently use is Treasuring Christ, a gospel-centered curriculum that will equip parents to thrive in their God-given roles as their child’s primary disciple, thereby, connecting the church and the home. Treasuring Christ Curriculum provide a weekly take home resource that encourages parents to help their children prepare for the upcoming week’s lesson.
If you have any questions regarding the curriculum you can see one of our CCK overseer or contact the church office for more details. Below are full samples of the curricula we are using.
- On Sunday mornings (11am service), age 3 to 5th grade is using the Treasuring Christ curriculum. To view a sample, click here.
- In the Nursery, on Sunday (11am service), we are using the A Sure Foundation curriculum. To view a sample, click here.
Praying for the children and relying on God to do the work
Our desire is that the children of Cross-Centered Kids would grow in their knowledge and understanding of the Lord, but we also must remember who does the work. We must constantly remind ourselves of this truth.
Doing all these things educates the children and fertilizes their souls with the great things of God, but it does not guarantee nor bring conversion! That is a work of the Spirit alone! Facts can breed arrogance, just as lack of facts can breed ignorance.
So we humbly acknowledge our role before God to present the Gospel and the truth of God’s Word to the children and allow God alone to do the work of conversion. We join in the prayers of the parents as we seek to see the children in CCK repent and trust in Christ.
We desire to share not only the truth of God’s Word with the children in CCK, but also to reveal the ongoing work of sanctification that God is working out in all of us. We want to demonstrate our own dependence upon God by prayer, study of the Word, and in our continuing battle with sin.