Here at Lakeside, we strongly believe that raising a family means partnering with the church. We believe in having a great time whenever our children or youth get together by experiencing fun activities, meaningful worship and challenging and encouraging talks. However, we know that as fun as it is to get all the kids or teens together, meaningful change happens in the home. When the church and parents can partner with each other, we trust that the impact will be multiplied in the lives of our young ones.
We currently have a time each Sunday morning when children and teens can come together before our main service to hear how God can work in and through their lives. If your child is between 3 years old-2nd grade, we have a special children’s service during the main worship service on Sunday mornings. We also have fun and exciting programs on Wednesday evenings for both children (ages 3-5th grade) and teens (6th-12th grade).
The curriculum we use in our children’s program is centered around this concept. Each week, both parents and children take home one main truth that is emphasized in our Sunday and Wednesday children’s programs. Parents have access to free resources that can help start and carry-on meaningful conversations with your kids throughout the week about what they are learning. If you would like to learn more about the curriculum we are using, check out whatisorange.org.
Parents also have an opportunity to meet a few times each quarter to discuss parenting issues that we’re all dealing with from getting your kids to do their school work to talking about God on a regular basis (in a non-awkward way). These gatherings happen when the kids or teens have their programs so you don’t have to carve out another day of your already busy week. For more information on that, contact Pastor Eric.
We also believe in the power of small groups. From the children’s programs and up, we have amazing leaders who care deeply about students in their small group. So, you shouldn’t be surprised if your child/teen’s small group leader call you up to see how your family is doing. Like we said, we don’t want to do your work for you, but we do want to come alongside and encourage you however we can.