All of us can remember our childhood. It's a time to enjoy life and smile often. At the Starkville church of Christ we love and care about our kids. In fact, from our infants to our sixth graders we reach out to some 75 kids. Each Sunday morning during the worship service we focus on providing a safe, friendly, learning environment for the children. We minister to our kids through our Bible classes, Spiritual Sprouts, KICS (Kids in Christ's Service), and our monthly/seasonal activities. It's a place especially for kids and about kids.
We offer Bible classes for infants through 6th grade on Sunday mornings at 9am and Wednesday evenings at 7pm every week. These Bible classes serve to build foundational teachings that will help children discover the love of God through Jesus Christ. Bible stories, activities, crafts, videos, memorization, and repetition are some of the tools used to teach the children.
We are happy to provide a nursery for children ages newborn to 2 1/2 years of age during our Sunday morning worship assembly. Our aim is to give parents a place to leave their babies and toddlers so that they may worship without distraction knowing that their children are being lovingly cared for. We are typically staffed with two adults.
Our Spiritual Sprouts ministry is designed for children ages 2 1/2 yrs. thru kindergarten. This special time is during our Sunday morning worship assembly. Children are with their families for the opening songs, prayers, and the sharing of the Lord's Supper. They are then dismissed to join our Spiritual Sprouts program which lasts the balance of our worship service. Our format is based on three guiding principles that the children can easily learn and repeat each week: 1) I can trust God no matter what; 2) I need to make the wise choice; 3) I need to treat others the way I want to be treated. Spiritual Sprouts is divided into two sections: "Sprout Time" where everyone is welcomed, songs are sung, snacks are given, and a memory verse is worked on. Then there is "Story Time" which includes more singing, puppets, a Bible story, and application.
KICS (Kids In Christ's Service) is a dedicated program for our children in 3rd-6th grade. Beyond our normal Bible school program there are monthly devotionals hosted by our parents, service projects, and lots of fun activities.
This is a fun interactive learning experience that allows both children and adults to experience the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of Bible Times. Each summer we transform parts of our facility to reflect our theme for the week. Our VBS is complete with crafts and workers dressed in costume. Join us for this event and participate in hand-on learning experiences. Our VBS is usually held the first week in June and is held on a Monday-Wednesday from 9-11:30am.
SLCC (Sardis Lake Christian Camp) is located near Sardis Lake. This week provides a safe and spiritual camp for our preteens (3rd-6th graders) thru high school age (7th-12th graders). Education and fellowship activities include: Bible study, devotionals, singing, group building events, recreation, arts and crafts, camp fires, swimming, and other exciting and spiritually uplifting events.