We want church to be a place where your entire family is encouraged to draw closer to Christ – kids and parents alike! That's why we offer fun and engaging environments where children can learn and grow in faith. All of our kids' programs are designed to be a safe place where children can learn new and exciting things about God while being led and cared for by adult volunteers from our congregation. It's our hope to encourage children to not only discover new things about God, but also begin to understand how those things matter in their own lives. We also understand that parents are the primary influence in a child's faith formation. This is why we provide resources to help parents bring what kids are learning in church to life at home.
At South Campus, during our 10:30 am worship service, we offer a special worship experience for kids preschool through 5th grade. Through fun group activities, children engage with their peers to learn more about faith, the Bible, and friendship through fun group activities. They also experience God's Word in an engaging ways and leave with more knowledge of Scripture. Kids lead kids in song and dance to celebrate God so they know how much He loves them. Each month offers a creative theme that gives children a visual reminder of the monthly memory verse and bottom line so they begin to learn the core truths that lead to an unbreakable faith.
At High Street following our 9:00 am worship service, we offer a Sunday school setting for children ages preschool through 5th grade. Children meet together for worship and the Bible story and then move to their Sunday school rooms for games and activities. These help children apply what they’ve learned to a life lesson that lay a foundation of faith and trust in their Creator. Because we use the same lesson themes on both campuses, children get the same level of engagement no matter which service they attend.
It is our privilege and responsibility to provide quality childcare for infants and toddlers during our worship services. Our purpose is to provide a safe, Christ centered and loving environment where parents can confidently leave their children. We recognize the importance of the early years when first impressions of faith, Christ and the church are being formed.
We hope to resource parents with the tools and prompts they need to help bring to life the lessons their children are learning at church. It’s a simple truth that parents are the primary influence when it comes to faith development. Our strategy is to combine the family with the faith community to demonstrate the message of God’s story to influence the next generation.
Parent Cue - We want to remind parents why what they do is so important, to help them focus on what matters most, and to discover parenting along with them, so they know they're not in this alone. By downloading the Parent Cue App they’ll receive real time prompts that help every stage of parenting. We also send a monthly Parent Cue Email with suggestions for daily interactions with their child to connect with their lesson at church.
GLOW stands for God Lights Our Way! GLOW is our ministry for 1st through 5th graders! They meet from 5:30-6:30 pm at South Campus on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday’s of the month. At GLOW, children experience worship, Bible story time, games, small group activities and discussion. Small groups are divided by grade and have the same small group leaders every meeting.
Family Nights – Every 5th Sunday we invite families to engage in discipleship together. Through worship, games, service projects, Bible study and family small groups, parents are able to have a guided example of how to disciple their own children.
Summer day camp with Eagle Lake will be August 5-9, 2019 for children ages 6-12 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily. We’re hosting camp at both High Street and South Campus (South Campus is almost full!) Every camper can use scholarship code NEWMK25 to get at $25 scholarship from New McKendree! Campers can also receive $20 referral discounts for each camper they invite that’s never been to an Eagle Lake Camp before. We have additional half and full scholarships available. Parents must submit an application online before you register. Register online at www.eaglelakecamps.com/newmckendree
Preschool VBS—Thursday, May 30th through Saturday, June 1st at South Campus! All preschoolers ages 3-5 and parents are invited to attend our underwater themed Vacation Bible School! Preschoolers will hear the stories of Noah, Jonah and Naaman while having fun with games, music, crafts and snacks! Register today at www.newmckendree.org/vbs or get a form from the welcome desk.
Thursday, May 30th 5:30-7:00 pm
Friday, May 31st 5:30– 7:00 pm
Saturday, June 1st 9:00—11:00 am