Welcome to Northstar Kids!
We are glad you’re here and interested in the work God is doing in the lives of our kids! Below you’ll find some information that may help you as you learn about the Children’s Ministry here at Northstar Church of God.
We know that children’s spiritual health and development is critical for the Kingdom of God. As parents, we are commanded by God to train up our children in the way they should go so that when they are old, they will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6). By providing quality, Bible-based instruction, fostering their spiritual growth in small groups, and encouraging positive fellowship, we at Northstar Kids are committed helping you do just that! We want kids to know that church is not only super fun, but that what they learn about here is important— both for themselves and for anyone with whom they can share it. Our mission is to love, inspire, and disciple passionate Jesus-followers! If your kids have been attending, we sincerely thank you for trusting us with your kids each week, and hope you’ll invite any families you know who could benefit from our ministry. If you’re new to Northstar, read on to find out more about our ministry, reach out if you have further questions, and swing on by for a visit! We’d love to welcome you on any given Sunday!
Our growing children’s ministry meets downstairs at Northstar, and is separated into three age groups: Nursery, Preschool, and Elementary. We serve children ages 0-11 on Sundays and ask that those 12 and older attend service with their parents. However, we do have a Youth Group (ages 12-17) which meets in our newly renovated Youth Room at Northstar every Wednesday at 6:45pm. Students 5-11 are in the same class with instruction differentiated in small groups so that multiple levels of students can successfully grasp the Biblical concepts taught. As we grow and attract more volunteers, we will be able to expand into more age levels, but for now, our arrangement offers a unique experience for children of many ages to learn and grow together.
Nursery & Preschool (Infants-4 years)-
We check in kids younger than 5 inside the Nursery/Preschool area for added security. Our youngest students play and learn together with trusted, trained, and background checked volunteers. Nursery volunteers keep your child safe, clean, and entertained while you attend service upstairs in peace. Preschool volunteers teach lessons based on the Crosstown series of our curriculum (linked below) and help your youngsters with a snack, memory verse, and usually a craft/art project. The preschool students get plenty of time to play and make friends, and are ready for pick-up right after service.
Elementary (5 - 11 years)-
Students ages 5-11 check in downstairs before church and spend a few minutes connecting with others. When it’s time to get started, the kids meet in small groups with a leader who welcomes and guides them in a discussion question. Kids’ Church lessons are based on the Konnect series which allows us to create a sort of hybrid instruction method. The video segments function the way a demonstrative skit would, and they help to engage students. In fact, some of the kids have grown quite attached to the characters at “Konnect HQ”! After the teaching segment of Konnect, students meet again in small groups for a snack, object lesson, discussion, and prayer. When small groups are done, we get together to worship. Finally, we talk about the ABCs of Salvation—Admit, Believe, & Confess— and end with games and fellowship.
Thank you for checking us out, and please feel free to email with any questions! We hope to see your family at Northstar this Sunday!