Kids

Birth–Grade 5

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Ministries | Kids

Helping parents to raise strong, spiritually focused kids.

A church of their very own

Our biggest priority at Living Word is demonstrating the love of God to your kids from Birth to Grade 5. We create a fun and safe place for your kids to learn and grow in their relationship with God. All our volunteers have been screened and background checked. Our new Kids Ministry spaces are state of the art! We encourage your family to stop by and check it out!

Our service times are 7 p.m. Wednesday evenings, 5 p.m. Saturday evenings, and 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday mornings. We open our doors 30 minutes before service, and we offer fun, creative pre-service activities.

Birth–K
Your littlest ones from birth through kindergarten are welcome here. They will attend separate classrooms according to their age and development. By having consistent teachers in the classrooms, our goal is to get to know you and your children so they look forward to coming to church each week.

Safety, cleanliness, and appropriate teacher-to-student ratios are a priority to create the best possible environment for your children. If for any reason your child needs you, we have a number system that enables us to reach you while you are in the sanctuary, chapel, or small group rooms.

In addition, simplicity and repetition are the building blocks of how we teach our kids, and our teachings are designed for each age level, starting in the youngest nursery. Ultimately, our desire is to support you as you train your children in the encouragement and love of God.

Grades 1–5
In Grades 1–5, your child can expect to learn the Bible, make friends at church through small groups, participate with other kids in a live praise and worship experience, and have fun! We believe church should be more fun than a barrel full of monkeys. We have an amazing group of volunteers who are excited to invest in every child they meet and who are dedicated to listening, learning, and being there for your kids.

One of the unique things about our Kids Ministry is the opportunity for kids to serve in ministry. Kids don’t just sit and listen, they actively serve in ministries like drama, praise and worship, tech, and ushers. Many of the adult pastors and leaders at Living Word grew up in our Kids Ministry and started serving as a child.

Safety Guidelines

A few ways we can be safe and together.

We love you. We trust you. Our guidelines and procedures are in place so you and your family can trust that we are doing everything we can to ensure your church experience is as safe as possible. We look forward to seeing you soon. Here are a few things to expect during your experience.
1. If you or your child are experiencing symptoms, please stay home and enjoy our services online.
2. RSVPs are not required.
3. Kids check-in begins 30 minutes prior to the start of each service. 
4. Once you arrive at church, you can check in your children in the Kids area of the main lobby or upstairs outside the Kids Theater.
5. Hand sanitizer is provided at each self-check-in kiosk and throughout the building.
6. Self-check-in screens are sanitized before and after each service.
7. We encourage kids to refrain from physical contact with each other as much as possible.
8. Frequently touched items and surfaces in classrooms are sanitized before, after, and/or during services.
9. We are doing everything we can to practice limited contact in our classrooms.
10. Please pick up children promptly after service.
Parents, please let your children know in advance what to expect. Remind them that this time of social distancing is temporary but important as we take care of each other as a church family. We appreciate your help in making this transition as smooth as possible.

Please note: We will be doing everything we can to practice limited contact in our classrooms.

Mark Harper

Kids Pastor Grades 1-5

Virginia Shunkwiler

Kids Pastor Birth-K

Bethany Speros

Grades 1-5 Department Head

Sammuel Howell

4-K Department Head

Kids Summer Bash

Tue., June 14–Thu., June 16 | 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Join us for Kids Summer Bash! There will be praise and worship, live drama, awesome teachings, the world’s largest water slide, and all-you-can-eat watermelon every day! Plus tons of inflatable games, outdoor games, and amazing prizes!

Kids Summer Camp

August 15–18 | Lake Geneva in Alexandria, MN
Join us for Kids Summer Camp! This is a week of fun, memories, and encounters with God for kids ages 8-years-old through 5th grade. Cost is $295. For kids age 8–Grade 5.

Compass Special Needs Ministry

Compass is all about enhancing the lives of special needs families by compassionately providing customized services for children, youth, and adults with special needs. We offer a place of hope and healing based on God’s Word.

Youth Ministry

From the time your teenager set foot in the door, they will find themselves in a dynamic environment where they can let down their guard and know that they’re in a place where there’s no judgment and they can be themselves.

Volunteer at Kids Church

Let God use you by being a part of our team in helping Kids discover their spiritual gifts and experiencing God’s love!

Events

Celebrations, activities, conferences, guest ministers—we’ve got something for everyone. Check in frequently to see what events we have for people of all ages and at all stages of life!

Plan your visit

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