Our Children’s ministry is called ‘The Pride’ for many reasons: God is proud of our children, we are proud of our children, and our desire is they become a tight knit team of brothers and sisters, living out their lives and serving God together.
Our hope is for them to grow as a generation of people, secure in their identity as sons and daughters of the King of Kings; knowing they are created to extend God’s Kingdom over the earth, and to understand they have value, no matter their age, in the present, and also into the future.
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.
We follow a rotating 3 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. Once a month the children worship along with their parents in our main meeting for Family Worship, and twice a month we run Roar Kids Worship where all the children gather to worship together, in these moments the children have opportunities to pray for each other, and to share before going back into their individual classes.
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.
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