kids ministry – the pride
We love children and welcome them into KingsGate to become a part of a family of all ages who come together to worship, to learn and to grow in their understanding of who God is and how they can live in relationship with him.
It is our hope that they will enjoy a safe and secure space to explore their faith, to ask questions and to know that they are a valued part of the Kingdom of God and the KingsGate community, no matter how old they are.
Why we are called “The Pride”:
Within the animal kingdom, we see a picture of family and community in a pride of lions. God is proud of our children, we are proud of our children, and our desire is that they become a tight knit team of brothers and sisters, living out their lives and serving God together.
The lion encapsulates this identity and our mascot – ‘Roary the Lion’ – is a fun expression of this for our children.
Each community within the KingsGate Church family runs the Pride ministry for kids slightly differently.
When & where we meet in Kingston:
We currently meet every second Sunday morning on the first floor of the Kingsgate Kingston building, but we are aiming to return back to weekly classes as soon as possible. These classes happen during the Sunday morning preach.
For the Sundays where the children are in the church meeting, we set up an area for children to use behind the seating at the back of the auditorium, where we have colouring sheets and other activities available at the end of our worship time for children to use during the sermon.
Info for parents/carers with small children:
0 to 3 years – We have a fantastic soft play area (located on the first floor) for parents/carers of children from 0 to 3 years that can be used, if needed, during services. The sermon can be heard within this area so that parents/carers can still feel part of the meeting in some way if their child is needing a space to play. Please note that if the space is used, it is essential that parents/carers stay with their children in that area at all times if they choose to make use of that space.
Our Cool Catz and Lion Hearts classes are currently combined together.
In this group, we want the children’s understanding of different topics to grow and deepen as they continue growing in realtionship with Jesus.
The Conquerors are our oldest group of children after this group they progress through to join our youth and so this is a key building stage where we aim to strengthen their understanding of the bible, how to get around it, and encourage the children to develop their own personal relationship with God, and also encouraging them to consider those in the world around them, encouraging them to share their faith and reach out to those around them. Our desire is that they will also be more aware of those in the world around them, growing in faith and courage to share with their friends.
Our desire is that our children will have an engaging and fun time together as they learn about the Christian faith. The lessons we work from are all biblically based, and we desire for them to learn about God the Father, Jesus, and Holy Spirit – to learn to love Him, His word, His ways, and each other.
All children need to be signed in and out of their classes by their parent or carer. During the course of the morning, all children will be given a snack consisting of a biscuit, fruit, and water. Please inform the kids’ ministry volunteers if your child has any allergies.
People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. … And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.