The BBC Kid’s Ministry Philosophy
The Orange Philosophy isn’t new, it was developed by Reggie Joiner at North Point Community Church in Atlanta, Georgia several years ago. The basic premise is this: Orange is what red and yellow do when they collaborate. If you paint only with red, you get what only red can do. If you paint only with yellow, you get what only yellow can do. But when you paint with both you discover a new vision for what can be.
When you parent alone, you get only what a parent can do. When the church operates on its own, it gets what only it can do. But if parents and the church linked up they would discover a new vision for what can be. At BBC you might see orange on a few things “kid related,” because orange represents the partnership of the home (red – filled with love and compassion) and the church (yellow – carrying the gospel message as a light into the darkness) as a means to discover God’s vision for our next generation.
The mission of BBC Kid’s ministry is to partner with parents to inspire and nurture the faith of their children.
Every week there are 168 hours. At best, the church may have 6 of those hours with your child. For most, however, it may only be one single hour. The rest of the time they are with you; the parent or guardian. You are the primary faith trainer of your child, and if you are going to instill in them the truths from God’s Word, then you must take the lead. We are here to help! We invite you to join us in instilling both major doctrinal points we call “Truth Foundations” from the curriculum we teach and biblical knowledge into your child, because of this one simple fact, we are better together.
In linking up, we have a greater influence in leading our children and students to love God and love others.
BBC Kid’s Curriculum
The curriculum we use in our younger classes – Nursery through 2nd grade – is called Truth Foundations. If you walk through any of our Kid’s space you will likely see the pictures below posted on the walls, handouts, and maybe even on crafts that the kids bring home. This curriculum was developed at Fellowship Bible Church Dallas over several years by a number of graduates and staff members at Dallas Theological Seminary.
Because Pastor Jon served on staff at Fellowship Dallas prior to moving to Brenham, FBCD has graciously and generously given us permission for full use of the curriculum while it is undergoing the copyright process so they can begin distributing it to other ministries. They are excited to share in our mission to impart the truths found in God’s word into the lives of our young ones.
The first thing to familiarize yourself with are the truth foundations. Currently we are utilizing the curriculum for three classes: Toddlers, Pre-K & Kindergarten (4-5 yrs old as of 9/1), and 1-2 grade (6-7 yrs old as of 9/1). The image above shows the Truth Foundations from the 1-2 grade class. As your child comes to church every week you will see the truth foundations reinforced by artwork hanging in each classroom. Every lesson (chronological walk through the Bible for the older class) is reinforced by one of the Truth Foundations (main doctrinal points) for the children and historical timelines in the classrooms help each student understand where each story fits into the larger picture of God’s redemptive plan to reconcile mankind to Himself.
At Home Activities
Each week we try to provide you with an idea to implement at home with your child that will either reinforce the lesson from Sunday or it will give them a preview of the next lesson for the following week. The primary teachers for the classes and Jonathan Cortina, the BBC Kid’s Ministry Coordinator, will be able to make sure you receive this each week.
Sunday Morning Structure
Each week there is one lesson that is taught and reinforced through a number of activities for your child. It is important that your child be in their classroom during the first hour (check-in at 9:20 am; classes begin at 9:30 am) on Sunday morning so they can hear the story for that morning. Children love stories, and the stories in our curriculum are the heart of the morning schedule. The story will not be repeated during the second hour. The second hour is filled with activities, crafts, games, and songs that reinforce the teaching given in the first hour.
If you have children in the Pre-K & K or the 1st & 2nd grade class we will add you to a rotation of class facilitators during the 2nd hour to assist with the activities, crafts and games. So don’t be surprised or alarmed when we get you involved, this is all part of our partnering with you!
At BBC, we want to be an exceptional small-town church and in that effort we want our kid’s ministry and nursery to be a great place for families who visit with us to leave their children while they participate in an Adult Class and the Worship Service. Nothing is more nerve wracking for a mother than to trust her child to a stranger. At BBC we require annual background checks for all staff and regular volunteers who work with our children. This is a non-negotiable for us. You will also see several staff and volunteer workers wearing BBC Kids shirts that will help you if you are a first-time visitor identify who the kid’s ministry workers are quickly and easily.
We also have a basic “check-in” on Sunday morning for the children so that teachers and volunteers clearly understand who they are responsible for, and in case of an emergency know who might be missing. The check-in process also helps the teachers and volunteers learn the names of the children as they cycle in and out of the rotation for teaching the classes. Check-in also ensures that we give the child back to the proper guardian or parent who brought them.
If you have any questions about BBC Kid’s Ministry, please connect with Jonathan Cortina.