“Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.” -- Mark 10:13-14
Children are important to Jesus and they're important to us at the ARP Church of Bartow. Scriptures tell us that the greatest spiritual influence in the lives of children are their parents and families, and we want to encourage you and help you point your children to Christ. We offer a number of opportunites for your children to be involved in the life of the church.
Sunday Mornings, 10:00-11:00 am
Every Sunday morning we meet for a time of refreshment and prayer in the Fellowship Hall, just before the Sabbath School hour at 9:30 am. Children aged Pre-K (4) through 5th grade have classes with gifted and committed teachers that point our children to Christ. The classes are located in the Children's Area, if you need directions or help finding the classrooms, please, don't hesitate to ask - we would love to point you in the right direction. A nursery is also offered during the Sabbath School hour for infants and children through 3 years old.
Sunday Evenings, 5:00-7:00 pm
Sunday evenings throughout the year our children meet at our Sabbath Night Kids Club for an evening of fellowship enjoying a lesson, activity, singing, and more. Children meet in the sanctuary at 5:00 pm and parents are invited to join in the activities. This often ends up being as wonderful a time of fellowship for the parents as their children! Dinner is provided and good times are had.
Wednesday Evenings, 7:00-7:30 pm
During the Mid-Week Fellowship, during the adult study, children have the wonderful opportunity to study the Children's Catechism. The catechism is a series of questions and answers that helps frame the minds of our little ones to know more of God, man, and the Scriptures. The Catechism Quest curriculum is most helpful to assisting parents in the catechising of their children. To learn more about the various Catechisms and Standards to which the ARP Church subscribes check out the Westminster Standards website. For helpful resources visit our Resource page for great books and articles that help you fill the Deuteronomy 6 call to train your children in the ways of the Lord.
Sunday Mornings, after the 11:00 Children's Message
During the 11:00 Service, after the Children's Message, Children aged 4 years old through 2nd Grade are welcome to a time of song and lesson in the Children's Area. We hope this to be a fruitful time of helping your children prepare to worship with you throughout the entirety of the service. Please note that your child is not required to participate in the time of Children's Worship; in fact we love for your child to join us for the later part of the service - we leave the decision to you as a parent on what you think best for your child.