Just before Christmas I was contacted by a local radio station 2AAA to share some of my thoughts about the meaning of Christmas. It was Marguerite McKinnon’s idea to have representatives of various religions on her Friday morning show give their thoughts about the Christmas season. I for one thought it was a great idea and was happy to share some of what Christmas means to me. Here’s the interview if you’d like to listen:
Seeing our children grow in their love and knowledge of God is one of the great delights of church. At ten30church children stay in church for the first twenty or so minutes, during this time there is a Kids Talk, Kid’s song and prayer, for which the children are invited to gather in the front of the church.
The children then go out to the church hall where we share in fellowship in “All together time” and then split into age groups with their Kids Church leaders for their lesson. Class groups at ten30 Kids Church are as follows:
Tiddlers (Preschool) – age 3-5
Kindergarten – Year 2
For high school students in Year 7-9, they will have their own class for the beginning of the year, but work toward staying in church at the end of the year. The aim of is to build listening skills and help develop strategies to stay focused and get the most out of their fellowship time.
For all age groups we are using teaching material from “The Gospel Project for Kids” We encourage parents to explore the program online, or ask if you have any questions or concerns.
The Children are not dismissed from their Kids Church groups until the adults come out to morning tea. Tiddlers and K-2 need to be collected by a parent or older sibling, from the hall or Tiddler room. All of our teachers and helpers have been trained in conduct protocol ‘Breaking the silence’.
We hope and pray that your children will love coming to church and learning about God’s grace toward us in Jesus Christ. If you have any questions please contact Carin Cumberlege who oversees this ministry.
A church of God
Paul addressed the Christians in Corinth as ‘the church of God in Corinth’. Like them, we are a church of God in Wagga Wagga. We gather every Sunday to join our hearts in the worship of God, hear him speak through his Word, and respond to him in faith and obedience as his Spirit leads us. We also gather in smaller groups throughout the week.
A Christian church
We are a Christian church, in that we worship God as he has revealed himself in his Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus is at the heart of who we are. He is our Saviour and Lord. We are his people, his family, his body, his bride, who have been given the task of shining his light in the world.
An evangelical church
As an evangelical church, we believe that the Bible is God’s way of speaking to us. The Bible is God’s Word, it is relevant, reliable, powerful and all we need to know God and be saved by him. So the focus of our gatherings is on hearing (and doing) God’s Word. We also believe that God wants us to tell others the good news about Jesus. So we seek to reach out to those around us in his name.
A Presbyterian church
We are part of the Presbyterian Church of Australia, though our members are from a variety of denominational backgrounds. That means we are led by a group of elders including the pastor/minister (Session). It also means we are guided by the denomination. You can find out more here: www.pcnsw.org.au