Preschool/Children’s Ministries

About Us:

Theresa Phelps, Preschool Director………….. theresa@gatewayfellowship.org
Gary Derbyshire, Children’s Minister…………. gary@gatewayfellowship.org
Kevin & Karri Holliday, AWANA Directors…… karriholliday@gmail.com
 

Sunday Morning

Preschoolers: The goal of our preschool ministry is to support and encourage preschool parents in nurturing and instructing their children in the Lord, meeting the needs of both parents and preschoolers in a safe and secure environment. Preschool Worship Time provides child care for preschoolers birth through kindergarten during the morning worship services. Preschool Bible Study offers age graded classes for children birth through kindergarten during the Bible study hour. All of our preschool activities are held in the Preschool wing.

We offer a few suggestions on what to bring with your preschooler to help us achieve a memorable and comfortable visit for both parents and children.

  • a small diaper bag
  • one or two bottles of prepared formula as needed; bottles permanently labeled with child’s first & last name
  • sippy cups, permanently labeled
  • extra diapers, change of clothes, wipes, clip-on type pacifier (labeled)

Children:
Children’s Church is provided for children from 1st through 6th grades during the morning worship services. Children attend the beginning of a morning worship service with parents and will be dismissed to Children’s Church during the service. They are welcome to stay with their parents, but Children’s Church is an option. Children’s Bible Study is held for children 1st through 6th grades during the adult Bible study hour. The purpose of Bible study is to help children develop a strong personal relationship with God. Age-graded classes are provided and all children’s activities are held in the Children’s building (Bldg. C)
 

Wednesday Night

Chimes 5-6 PM

– an instrumental music program primarily for grade school children, but youth and adults are welcomed

The Gate 6-8 PM

– A weekly outreach program for children from 1st through 6th grades operating year round.
Child Care 6-8 PM
– For children birth through kindergarten with parents attending a class on campus.

 

 

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School is a one week summer Bible teaching and activity time for all children. Vacation Bible School is a great outreach to our community. Children participate in an opening celebration, then break out for themed Bible study, missions, recreation, music and snacks. Our Associational mission center, called Casa de Amor, gives our VBS kids an opportunity for a mission project. Our boys and girls compete during the evening offering to see which group can give the most by giving offerings that go to support Casa de Amor.