Kids' Ministries
First Steps

Our Saviour Kids

2020 calendar 

VBS2021  Created for a purpose  Built for a purpose

  

Saviour Children’s Ministry supports families as they raise their children in the love of Christ.

MISSION

We live into our church’s vision by engaging, encouraging, and empowering families of children and youth to grow in Christian faith and service.

CORE VALUES 

Gospel-Centered: We stake our lives, in thought, word, and deed, on the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Grace: We practice mercy, forgiveness, and compassion to reflect Christ’s reconciling love.

Acceptance: We welcome and meet people where they are and acknowledge their worth without judgment.

Respect: We foster a sense of care and belonging by valuing each other’s uniqueness.

Community: We build and nurture trusting and loving relationships rooted in faith and discipleship.

Fun: We celebrate the joy of our Christian life through play and creativity.

Be sure not to miss any important announcements and updates by subscribing to our text message Remind service. Text @cooskids to 81010 and you’re all set!

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SUNDAY MORNING FORMATION

9:30-10:15

Our Sunday morning classes serve as the cornerstone for Christian Formation. Classes are uniquely designed for each age group and are staffed with trained volunteers who love Jesus and care about children.

GODLY PLAY – AGES 3 YEARS – KINDERGARTEN

Godly Play® teaches children to listen for God and to make authentic and creative responses to God’s call in their lives.  It is a curriculum of spiritual practice exploring the mystery of God’s presence in our lives. The Godly Play method engages what is mostabout religious education: God inviting us into—and pursuing us in the midst of—Scripture and spiritual experience. 

HEARTS ALIVE! – GRADES 1, 2, & 3

Hearts Alive is a Gospel-centered curriculum emphasizing the story of salvation through Jesus Christ in every lesson.  The version we use is written especially for 1st-3rd graders. The lessons correspond with the lectionary readings each week which means your children will be learning from the same Bible verses we use in church each Sunday.

STAR WORDS, A TRUE HOPE – GRADES 4 & 5

The STAR WORDS curriculum was written to teach 4th and 5th graders the concepts of sin, love, grace, forgiveness, belief, and faithfulness – 6 of the most important words in any galaxy! 

KID’S WORD/CHILDREN’S CHURCH

During the 10:30 Service

Kids Word is a special Liturgy of the Word just for kids during the 10:30 service. Children are dismissed before the readings and return to celebrate Holy Eucharist with their families.  This time of worship builds on the teaching kids receive in Sunday school. We encourage participation in our 9:30 am Sunday School classes as well as Children’s Church. Children who attend Sunday school AND Kids Word are more likely to retain knowledge and participate in follow up discussions at home! 

Our Kids Word worship time is designed to help children learn the basics of an adult worship service, including Welcome, Worship, Scripture Reading, Lesson, Creed, Prayer, and Offering. The larger group setting encourages children of varying ages to worship together, mirroring the generational integration of the church. The children hear a mini-sermon each week that will help them apply the week’s lesson to their own lives.

NURSERY

Open Sundays 7:45am-12pm and for Special Events on Request

The safety and well being of children are top priorities for our children’s programs – especially our nursery ministry.  The nursery provides a safe, nurturing environment for children ages birth- 5 years.  Our nursery manager and staff are employees of the church and have been screened and background checked.  They are CPR certified and have completed the Safeguarding God’s Children course.  Please contact our Nursery Manager, Kaley Steighner, ksteighnercoos@gmail.com with any questions or concerns. 

 

SUMMER PROGRAMS

We are pleased to offer 3 outstanding Summer programs for kids!  All of our camps filled up fast in 2019 and we expect to be at capacity once again in 2020.  Our camps are staffed by trained volunteers who have been screened, background checked, and have completed the Safeguarding God’s Children course.

CREATED FOR A PURPOSE – JUNE 8-12, 2020

Registration Opens February 14, 2020

Rising 3rd – Rising 8th Graders

Created for a Purpose is a ministry that shares the gospel of Jesus Christ with 3rd-8th grade girls. During this week long camp, girls learn that they are a unique masterpiece created by God. Each day is packed with hands-on activities and Biblical teaching emphasizing that God has made everyone with different talents and skills to be used for His glory and His purposes. Cooking, painting, sewing, and sculpture are just a few of the creative arts that the girls are exposed to throughout the week. They walk away with tangible reminders of the God who has made them, loves them, has saved them, and desires a relationship with them.

BUILT FOR A PURPOSE – JUNE 18-20, 2020

Registration Opens February 14, 2020

Rising 3rd – Rising 8th Graders

Built for a Purpose is a ministry that shares the gospel of Jesus Christ with 3rd-8th grade boys.  During this three-day camp, guys learn that they are a unique creation built by God.  Your kids will walk away with tangible reminders of the God who has made them, loves them, has saved them, and desires a relationship with them.  We’ll also have lots of time for dodgeball, four square, and fishing. 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – JULY 20-24, 2020

Registration for Our Saviour Families Opens March 1, 2020

General Registration Opens March 15, 2020

Pre-K 4 – Rising 5th Graders

Our Vacation Bible School (VBS) ministry is our largest children’s outreach event of the year.  You don't have to be a church member to attend VBS!  During VBS week, kids learn about God’s love through fun, age-appropriate activities.  Our team of volunteers help teach life lessons to help every child learn how to be a good person and a friend to others.  VBS leaders and teachers are church staff as well as church members volunteering their time. Our youth group is very active in our VBS ministry as well.  Many of the church members helping out with VBS are parents too.

 

Be sure not to miss any important announcements and updates by subscribing to our text message Remind service. Text @cooskids to 81010 and you’re all set!

For more information contact Beth Lunsford, blunsford@oursaviourjax.org

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Episcopal Church of Our Saviour

12236 Mandarin Rd

Jacksonville, FL 32223

Give us a call

904. 268.9457

Office Hours

Monday-Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM and
Friday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Send us an email

info@oursaviourjax.org

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