"Let the little children come unto me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."  Matthew 19:14

Ministry to children and families

The most effective way to learn a language or way of life is through immersion. We learn to speak by imitating how, when, and why the words around us are used. Children and youth at DaySpring learn the Christian vocabulary and the ways of the Church by experiencing them in the life of the Christian community, especially as that life is expressed in worship.

Several important things take place in worship that involve children. Each week, children are invited to come forward for a brief lesson intended specifically for them. Older children and youth typically collect the offerings and chime the hour. In the process, children learn they are valued enough to be the focus of an important moment in worship and respected enough to be given responsibility for leading the congregation in a central aspect of its worship.

Participating in our liturgy of worship is instructive and formative for children and young people. Children, young people and adults all lead in various parts of worship, emphasizing the priesthood of all believers.

 

Children's Formation: Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings

Sunday morning formation classes for all ages begin at 9:45. Click here for the Sunday School Goals and for how to find the books of the Bible song.

  • Babies and Toddlers meet in the first floor of the nursery building.
  • Preschool and 5th and 6th grade meet on the first floor of the children and youth building (look for the signs on the building). 
  • First - fourth grades meet upstairs in the children's building.
  • Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten meet in the classroom off of the Narthex.

Wednesday evening segments

Our Wednesday evening formation classes for children and families last for 6 weeks in the Spring and 6 weeks in the Fall from 6:00-7:15. This Spring we will learn the themes of Lent: prayer, fasting, almsgiving, forgiveness 6:00-6:45 followed by Make a Joyful Noise music for younger children and choir for older children 6:45-7:15. See the newsletter for details.

 

In the classroom

Our preschool through fourth grade classes use the Godly Play curriculum. Godly Play is a method of story-telling that invites children into the narrative of the Biblical story. Children are encouraged to ask questions and to "wonder" about the text.  They then spend time responding to the story in a variety of ways. Their art as response is considered their prayer to God.

Our fifth and sixth grade classes use a discipleship curriculum aimed at helping them grow in the faith and in their knowledge of Scripture as they prepare for transitioning into the teen years and the youth group.

 

Special Events

Vacation Bible School or Kids on Mission

Each summer we have a shortened week of an immersion-themed Vacation Bible School experience or days of service in the community with Kids On Mission. Both of these require many volunteers -- please consider participating and sharing your gifts of time and energy with our children.

Passport Kids / Preteen Camp

Passport Children's camp is July 28-31 and the cost is $250 per child. It is for children who have completed 3rd-6th grade. This will be our last "hoorah" for our rising 7th graders before they transition to the youth group. Camp will be in Brownwood, Texas again this year at the Heart of Texas Baptist Encampment. We will attend camp with 4 other Waco churches and we will see many familiar faces. Please go to this link to find out more information: http://passportcamps.org/kids-camps/. 

To Pay for camp click HERE

Kids on Mission 2017

We will start our days of service Sunday evening on the hillside hearing the Beatitudes, sharing a simple meal and then of course - we must have the traditional water slide!  Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings we will meet first at the church to read Scripture, pray and sing and then we will serve at different locations in the city and learn about hunger here in Waco. Families will join us for a wrap up event at The World Hunger Relief Farm on Wednesday evening.

Kids on Mission is geared for children who have completed grades 2-6.  First graders may participate if accompanied by an adult. Kindergarten and unaccompanied first graders will stay at the church until 11:30 for more age-appropriate activities about serving.

Register for Kids on Mission

Permission Slip (return Sunday night)

Kids On Mission Flyer

Schedule

June 11

6:00 pm

Meet at DaySpring

Beatitudes on the hill & dinner

7:30 pm  Water slide (parents welcome, bring clothes that can get wet and towels)

June 12

9:30 am

Meet at DaySpring

Work at Gospel Café

Lunch at Gospel Cafe

June 13

9:30 am

Meet at DaySpring

Lunch at church

June 14

9:30 am

Meet at DaySpring

Summer meal program and lunch at Sealy Park

6pm  Family Dinner and Poverty Experience. Bring a picnic snack and a blanket for fellowship afterwards

Come early (5pm) to tour the farm, see the goats and learn more about the World Hunger Relief Farm