Children, Youth and Families are an integral part of the life, mission and ministry at Madison Avenue Christian Church. Even the smallest child is welcome in worship…wriggly bodies and all; God made wriggles! Children act as greeters each week, welcoming all in attendance. This allows the adults to learn the children and vice versa. Older youth read scripture and assist in Children’s Church. Older youth also assist in all service and mission opportunities as time allows (sports practice and academic teams take up a lot of time!)
While our ministry team is always available to answer questions, Rev. Fay Blevins overseas the Children, Family and Youth Ministry. Please contact her with any questions or concerns: firstname.lastname@example.org
Newborn – 3 years Sunday Morning
The tiniest gifts from God are given special attention and care by our nursery staff. Cheryl and Rachel are a mother-daughter team who understand their ministry as caring for our youngest guests. They provide love and care for the smallest children of our church, in a safe environment. There are age appropriate toys and separate spaces for infants and toddlers.
Nursery services are available each Sunday morning from 9:15 a.m. until the conclusion of worship service. Parents must provide necessary food, formula, and diapering products.
3 Years – 2nd Grade Sunday Morning
Beginning at the age of 3, children are invited to participate in Children’s Church. Children’s Church is a fully interactive worship experience for young children, set outside of corporate (or adult) worship. Children this age are welcome to participate in corporate worship until after the singing of the Anthem by the Choir. Then they are excused, through the front, left door of the sanctuary, to join Children’s Church. Children’s Church is held in the Youth Room on the 2nd floor of the education wing.
1.Lessons follow the same scripture readings as the adults(lectionary),or another scripture story at aan age-appropriate level.
2.We follow a Montessori model of education. Children are provided materials with which they work and explore the story just presented.
3. Children learn hymns and simple songs of praise to express their budding faith.
4. Feast is served; usually Goldfish crackers and juice. This is a time of Thanksgiving and preparation for future conversations around The Lord’s Supper.
5. The children are invited to pray about their concerns, joys, and about the lesson.
6. The leader of the Children’s Church offers a blessing to the children as they leave and return to their families.
Kindergarten – 5th grade Sunday
Each Sunday children from grades K-12th meet in the Fellowship Hall for a meal. Each week different families provide a meal for all the children. After the meal, the group breaks up into two larger age groups for lessons, games, and service work.
K-5th grade – Lessons are based on scripture and relevant to current events; games and activities are used to reinforce the lesson. At this age there is a focus on learning the order of the Bible, memorizing some verses, learning to pray, developing relationships with peers in the church. Children are encouraged to ask questions.
K-12th Sunday Morning
A one-room schoolhouse model of Sunday School is what MACC uses. Children and Youth of all ages come together to read scripture, ask questions, and discover what their faith means to them. Children of all ages learn from one another and develop relationships across generations. On occasion, the class will provide service to others in the church on a Sunday morning – like help set up for a reception or help pass-out bulletins and greet people.
2nd – 8th grade Sunday Morning
Activity sheet and activity boxes are available at the back of the sanctuary. This provides quiet engagement for active minds, all the while children are participating in corporate worship and leaning the traditions of their faith heritage.
6th – 12th grade Sunday
Children from grades K-12th meet in the Fellowship Hall for a meal. Each week different families provide a meal for all the children. After the meal, the group breaks up into two larger age groups for lessons, games, and service work.
6th-12th grade – Lessons follow the lectionary and are relevant to current events; games and activities are used to reinforce the lesson. At this age there is a focus on learning early biblical scholarship, Christian heritage, ethics and morals, developing relationships with peers in the church. Youth are encouraged to ask questions and make connections between what they are learning and how they live their life.
Whole family Sunday Night
Each Sunday evening after Youth Group, families gather in the sanctuary for Family Vespers. The lights are dim, candles are lit, the mood is quiet and relaxed. Each week a short devotional is provided, followed by a related scripture reading. Families are invited to sit in the stillness and quiet of the sanctuary meditating on the Word. A hymn is sung, a prayer is spoken in unison, a blessing is offered.
The family has now ended the last week and begun the new week meditating on the Word of God, together. Currently, Vespers is on hiatus.
6th -12th grade Monday & Wednesday Evenings
MACC has an active ministry providing meals to the community. Families are encouraged to participate on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Families help serve meals and drinks, help clean-up the kitchen after dinner, and speak to guests with compassion and dignity.
However, MACC provides meals each Monday and Wednesday, families are welcome to serve at any time.
Whole Family Summer
The Youth & Outdoor Ministries of the Christian Church (DOC) in Kentucky provide multiple summer camp opportunities for all ages and the whole family. Throughout the summer different camps are offered – different ages, interests, and schedules.
Frequently, generations of people from the same church share similar love and stories from their time at Church Camp. For many young people, it’s where they come to know God, feel closest to God, and feel strongest in their faith.
Whole Family Weekly
During the school year a weekly newsletter is sent via email to every family. Each email contains information for that week related to meeting times, lessons to be studied, service opportunities, and links to resource information. Updates are sent as needed throughout the summer.
On occasion, practical tips and helpful hints on how to incorporate faith practices into daily home life are included. Parents have to teach everything from eating to money management – we’re here to help you teach the faith.