Children’s & Youth Ministry






MINISTRY OVERVIEW


Educating, supporting and caring for children and youth is important for the health and wellbeing of our children, our families, our communities, and our future.  At Crossroads we believe we are called to lay a firm foundation of faith, ensuring they know that Jesus loves them, that they are created by God who makes no error, that they have a safe place to go with all questions and doubts and that God is with them through all circumstances in life.

We feel the best way to teach the next generation is by engaging with them and modeling what Christ teaches.  In addition to specific children’s and youth ministries, we intentionally schedule time for children to interact with many of the adult and older youth groups in our church.  This allows children to connect and grow in a diverse, multi-generational “family” environment.

Children and youth safety is very important to us.  Our Safe Sanctuaries Policy requires two adults be present with children at all times and all volunteers pass a criminal background check.

Read more about the ministries currently offered below or contact the church office for more details.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Matthew 19:15 NIV

“…bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”

Ephesians 6:4


CHILDREN & YOUTH MINISTRIES @ CROSSROADS

Sunday School
During the school year, Children in grades 4K through 5th are invited downstairs for Sunday School during worship to connect with others, learn, and grow through faith building activities.  A bible story based curriculum begins with interactive games & activities during Active Worship followed by classroom time.  Periodic seasonal celebrations offer holiday themed activities and crafts.  The first Sunday of each month children stay in worship with their families. Sunday School ends around 10:30am with children returning to their families in time to join in fellowship with the entire church family.  Come any week to participate.

6th/7th Grade Home Study
Students in 6th and 7th and their parents can participate in a learning environment at parents’ homes designed to provide faith based tools to help preteens with issues they face today and support parents in navigating preteen years and cultivating faith in their families.  Students work with a parent leader and a curriculum that strives to put Faith and Life Together covering issues like peer pressure, bullying, emotions, eating disorders and family relationships. Parents meet separately and cover preteen issues and faith building strategies from the parent’s perspective through DVD and other discussion formats.  Following the discussion groups, the families share a meal together.  This program runs during the school year, and meets every other Sunday at selected parent’s homes from 5:00-6:30pm.

Confirmation
Confirmation is a two year program that leads students through a year of bible basics and a year of learning more about Christian beliefs, history and how to live out faith daily.  Youth are paired with an adult mentor.  Mentors meet monthly with their student and participate in confirmation activities with them.  Confirmation currently meets during the school year on Sundays from 5:00-6:00pm in the youth room.  Students are invited to stay for supper and Youth Group, which meets immediately after confirmation (see youth group information below). Confirmation is available to all students who feel ready to make the commitment to learn more about being disciples of Jesus Christ, but is designed for those in 7th grade or older.

Youth Group
Crossroads’ youth group is open to all students in grades 7-12. Youth Group meets every Sunday during the school year from 6:00-7:30pm. Our leaders engage youth through movies, music, games, mission projects, trips and much more.  Please join us any week for fun, food, friends and faith.

To get updated information on children and youth ministries, subscribe to Crossroads’ bi-weekly newsletter (subscribe below).  If you have questions or want more details on a particular group contact our office for more details.


UPCOMING EVENTS

05Mar

Is He Really Who He Says He Is?

Sunday, Crossroads UMC
08Apr

Dinner & A Movie

Saturday, Sun Prairie Palace Theatre
09Apr

FIT Outing

Sunday, Madison Children’s Museum

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