At Hill City Baptist, it is our belief that all the ministries of our church should be working together towards the same end: to know Christ and make him known. Children are welcome and encouraged to participate in the entirety of our corporate worship, as their parents see fit. We also want to provide age-appropriate instruction in the Scriptures, in the hope and prayer that children will come to know Christ as their Lord, Savior, and Treasure.
Our children's ministry is Scripture-saturated, and led by godly church members. Paul reminds Timothy that he had the privilege of knowing the Holy Scriptures “from infancy” (2Timothy 3:14-15). We want to provide the children at Hill City with the same opportunity and to encourage them to love and know Jesus in a personal, real way from a young age.
We currently have children's ministry for two age groups:
Nursery (ages 3 and under)
The babies/toddlers in this classroom are supervised by a minimum of two volunteers with valid police checks who engage the little ones with toys, puzzles and other age-appropriate activities. We have a check-in and check-out process, and parents are asked to provide a contact number (i.e. cell phone) so they can be contacted via text during the sermon should their child start crying inconsolably, or need a diaper change (volunteers do not change diapers). Only approved people are allowed to enter the nursery (i.e. parents of the children and the pre-approved volunteers scheduled for that particular week).
Wherever possible, we seek to integrate Biblical truth into the babies' activities (for example: “Do you see the elephant in the puzzle? God made elephants. What else did God make? God made everything!”). We also have a CD player that is used to play worship music designed for babies and young children, along with a collection of musical instruments for your baby/toddler to play along!
Older children (ages 4 and up):
This age group is currently using The Gospel Project’s The Big Picture Interactive Bible Storybook, which provides a thorough walk-through of the Biblical narrative. After reading the story, the teacher will discuss two key components with the class: the Christ Connection (what does this story tell us about Jesus?) and the Big Picture (highlighting that this is not man’s, but God’s story).
With 145 lessons in total, it is our hope that your children will gain an understanding that the Bible is not filled with isolated stories of man-heroes we should imitate, but that the pages of scripture form one cohesive story that tell us ultimately of our need for God and His plan of redemption through Jesus Christ.