Carey Kids - now online!
For our Carey Kids at Forrestdale
Parents, we encourage you to use the resources we are creating in whichever way works for your family. Our vision is to equip and empower our families to KNOW, GROW, and GO.
Trust your awesome parental instinct, and we’d love for you to reach out to us if we can help support you in that journey. Our thoughts and prayers have been with you as you settle into a new way of church as a family.
Each week, we send out an email where you will find;
- A ‘hello’ message from Shelby and/or the team (Parents, you may like to read this out to your kids so they know we’re thinking of them).
- Any important updates or information we want you to know.
- A suggested video ‘lesson’ for under 5-year olds. This would be intended for our Yellow Zone Carey Kids.
- A suggested video ‘lesson’ for 6-year olds – 11-year olds. This would be intended for our Green and Blue Zone Carey Kids.
- Questions designed to accompany the video lessons. These are intended to aid family discussions after watching the videos together.
- Suggested application activities to consolidate what the videos are teaching, or sometimes simply fun things you can do as a family.
- All lessons and content created by Carey Kids Forrestdale will be stored on our youtube channel. Subscribe here. (note: this won’t include external resources)
For more information please contact Shelby O’Reilly our Next Generations Pastor
Subscribe to our Carey Kids weekly activities and resources
What We Do (on the other side of Covid-19)
- The Bible
Our children’s ministry is fundamentally built upon biblical truth. We believe that teaching God’s Word needs to surpass cognitive knowledge, and needs to extend into a child’s everyday living as a disciple of Jesus. At every opportunity we teach our children bible stories, demonstrating how to apply key biblical truth into to their own daily lives.
In everything we do, we seek to do so in dialogue with God. This is done through cultivating a discipline of prayer –diligently seeking God and intentionally creating space to hear from Him in response.
Keeping God as the ultimate headship of our lives, church and ministry we model and teach our kids what it means to express adoration and reverence toward God. We believe worship includes praise, service, and surrender. Within our children’s ministry, we express worship through creative forms such as music, prayer, art, and drama.
- Having Fun
Underpinning all we do is the understanding that learning and personal growth is most effective when kids are enjoying what they are doing. Through child-focussed and age appropriate activities, we seek to show kids that discipleship and spiritual transformation can be a lot of fun.
We believe feeling safe is an important part to healthy engagement with God’s word and God’s community. We are committed to ensuring a child’s experience of church is physically, emotionally, and spiritually safe. We carry out this commitment through adhering to a range of policies and procedures.
- Our Kids
First and foremost, our children’s ministry is built to reach, serve, and disciple our kids. Investing into the spiritual growth and encouraging the discipleship journey of each of our kids is the key basis and purpose of everything we do. Remaining child-focussed, we endeavour to view every element of our ministry through the eyes of our kids with the goal that our kids experience a place of belonging, designed just for them.
- Our Parents
We are passionate about partnering with families, recognising parents hold the most significant role in developing their child’s spiritual growth and wellbeing. We are dedicated to empowering, championing and equipping parents to disciple their children, and inviting them into the work we are doing in children’s ministry.
- Our Team
Those who lead our children’s ministry hold an all-important role, and we believe in honouring them through effective training, support, communication and leadership development. We believe we are called to collaborate in a team, partnering together to achieve Our Purpose. We seek to be strengths-based, celebrating the unique giftings each of our team members bring, and providing opportunity for them to flourish in the significant role they hold as the leaders of our children’s ministry.
When you arrive on Sunday morning
When you first arrive to our service, one of our team members will be standing at a Carey Kids Sign In Station, ready to help register your child into their Carey Kids zone.
Carey Kids join us for the first segment of our worship service, and will be invited to their zone partway through the service. If your Carey Kid is in Orange or Yellow, we will need a parent to accompany them to their zone for a direct handover with our team. If your Carey Kid is in Green or Blue, a direct handover isn’t required, however it is still our recommendation that parents accompany their children to their zone to ensure they arrive to us safely.
- Red Zone | Paren’t Room
- Orange Zone | Ages 10mnths – 2years
- Yellow Zone | Ages 3 – 5 years
- Green Zone | Ages 5 – 7 years
- Blue Zone | Ages 8 – 11 years
There will be plenty of signage indicating where to take your Carey Kid, however if you are unsure, you are welcome to return to the Sign In Station where our team can help you navigate where to go.