helping families raise disciples
We recognize that it is not our job to be raising disciples. That role Biblically belongs to the parents, with a focus on the father (Deuteronomy 6:6-7, Deuteronomy 32:46, Proverbs 29:17, Ephesians 6:4). Here at NBC, and especially in Family Ministry, we say often, "What happens at home is more important than what happens at church."
With that said, we are here to help. We weren't meant to live this life alone, and that includes in the raising of our children (Proverbs 27:17). So don't feel like you need to walk this journey alone, parents. There are plenty that are where you're at. There are many who have walked before you. There are things we do to help you raise your kids as disciples. When you face a challenge, when your back is up against a wall, when you're not sure what to do, know that there are people here ready to help.
These children are disciples NOW. We don't see them as problems to be solved. They are our greatest resources. They are eager to learn and to grow. And so we want to pour into them. We also want to pour into you as parents, helping you grow as the disciplers of your families. We want you to be well equipped to fulfill the role that God has called you to - being a parent. Here's how we aim to raise both you and your kids as disciples:
All kids are welcome in the main service at any time. But we offer age-appropriate classes for kids so they can hear the Gospel in a way that is a little easier for them to understand. But the frequency of those classes decrease as the kids get older. Those younger than kindergarten have class almost every Sunday. Those in elementary school stay in service for the first 20 minutes or so and then are dismissed to class. On the first Sunday of every month and on other occasions, we don’t offer class to them to have them as a part of the main service.
The elders and pastors visit families on a regular basis, spending time in their homes and getting to talk face-to-face.
The classes that we offer minister to the whole family. Yes, they minister to the kids, giving them a fun and safe environment where they can hear from God’s Word in a way that makes sense to them. But they also minister to the parents. We ask EVERY PARENT with kids in the ministry to serve in the ministry themselves – usually as teachers and helpers. This helps the parents grow as disciplers – having to teach other kids on a regular basis will help them improve on how they teach their own kids. This also brings a deeper community aspect to our church and more voices into the lives of our kids. We love that our kids get to know and learn from other adults in this church. Parents, the more we are in those classrooms, the more our individual families benefit, and the more the church family benefits.
The focus of our curriculum is Jesus. Even though age groups are separated (2s – preK, K – 2nd grade, 3rd – 5th grade), every class will cover the same Bible story at different levels of depth in a creative, fun, and engaging way. Every Old Testament story that is covered points to Jesus Christ, and every New Testament story points to the Cross. And the kids get to walk through most of the main stories in the Old and New Testament. It also comes with a devotional, which is given free of charge to every family at NBC. It explores each Bible story in more depth in a home environment. More information about our curriculum and which Bible story we are covering on a given week can be found below. Of course, if parents desire for a different strategy to their child’s spiritual growth, such a decision is celebrated! The goal is not necessarily for all NBC families to do the same thing, but rather for our NBC families to raise disciples – and that approach may vary from home to home.
Gospel Story Curriculum
Our classrooms follow the Gospel Story for Kids curriculum. It is “a unique, three-year program to ground children in the gospel story from Genesis to Revelation.”
Each week we cover the next story in the curriculum. We hope that parents will follow along with their children in the freely-provided* Long Story Short (Old Testament) and Old Story New (New Testament) devotionals if they are not using another devotional tool at home already. If there is an event that causes us to not be able to cover a particular story (such as Christmas and Easter), then we simply skip that story and move to the next. Parents are encouraged to continue family worship regardless if we are able to cover that particular story on Sunday morning.
To further encourage family worship, every first Sunday of the month children K through 5th grade will not have Sunday school classes so that they can attend the main worship service with their families.
*To receive your free devotionals, come visit us any Sunday and talk with one of our teachers. Links have been provided above to download the Kindle version of these devotionals to have with you on the go if you like.
We encourage you to work through the devotional at home as we teach these stories each Sunday. The devotional will help you dig deeper at home than we are able to in the short and fun times we have on Sunday mornings.
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