At the Evangelical Free Church, we realize how important children and youth are to the church. Our desire is to be a place where children can safely learn about the gospel, hear foundational truths and engage in their faith. We believe that our youth can wrestle with deep truths even at a young age. Our curriculum seeks to promote a firm knowledge of God and to help them immerse themselves into the Bible. Our hope is to place the character of God and the person and work of Christ at the center of all that we teach.
We hope to accomplish this by teaching our children four foundational truths embedded in all of our activities.
1. We desire for children to connect with God. He is the source of the transforming gospel. We hope to encourage each child, at the earliest age, that God reveals his creativity, love, wisdom, compassion, and goodness in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Our hope is that they will see the supremacy of God in all things as their joy.
2. We desire for children to connect with parents. A parent is a child’s closest connection to God on earth! While we point everything back to Jesus, we also want to instill in each child that his parents are the biggest inï¬‚uence in his life. We desire to equip and encourage each parent through materials to read, training and personal conversations to aid him in engaging with his child.
3. We desire for children to connect with the church. Jesus Christ came to earth to redeem us and to form us into His bride, the church. Children should recognize the importance of living within the community of God. For children to fully develop spiritually they must be part of the greater body. Children and youth are introduced and encouraged to worship through the music, prayer and the preaching of the Word. Children (3rd grade and older) participate in our entire worship service. We encourage the church at large to partake in shepherding of our youth whether that be during the worship service, in the classroom, in conversation following the service or through other events and activities we offer. As the members of our body gather together not just for weekly worship, children will develop relationships with other Christ-centered families who will be a godly influence.
4. We desire for children to connect with our volunteers and their peers. Our volunteers love to spend time with children. Volunteers teach and model practical application of the Word through the process of discipleship and guiding youth in their walk. It is our hope that each child will enjoy spending time with our volunteers while interacting with his peers. We want each child to understand that the relationship between himself and his peers is an important ï¬rst step to growing within the community of God.
We believe that even within the church, our families must become the foundational location for discipleship. At EFree we seek to foster an atmosphere where parents not only comprehend but grow to embracing their role as the primary spiritual leaders of their family. This does not excuse or remove the responsibility of the church in discipling our children. What we desire is that parents would be so captivated by the gospel and their God-given role as father and mother that they would no longer depend on the children’s and youth ministry as the primary source of their children’s spiritual development, but instead these two ministries would function as an additional resource for the home.