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.
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.
The Kingston AM and Ham communities have classes for different age groups, while the Kingston PM and Wimbledon Village don’t have separate Pride classes, but rather integrate children into the rest of the Sunday meetings with the adults.
With this young group there is a lot of play but we still have structured lessons and children have moments of engaging with God – learning to listen and speak to God in prayer.
In this group, the children develop further, deepening their understanding of the different topics covered – the aim always for the children to be growing in relationship with Jesus.
This is a lively group where the children are exploring their faith at deeper levels, and they are encouraged to pray for one another and memorise scripture.
The Conquerors are encouraged to begin looking beyond themselves and and to set an example for the younger kids. Their lessons are designed to stretch them, and to encourage them to start to walk out their own individual relationship with Jesus covering topics such as personal devotions. They have plenty of fun with competitive games interspersed within their lesson plans.
We follow a rotating three year curriculum across much of The Pride covering many aspects of our faith such as Creation, Salvation, Evangelism, The Holy Spirit, Worship, Faithfulness, Peace and Patience. These are aimed at growing our children within each group to have a deeper understanding of who Jesus is and how they can walk in relationship with Him. Alongside this we also encourage the children to be involved in all parts of worship within KingsGate.
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.