The aim of our Kids' Ministry is to present Jesus Christ to the children as He is revealed in God’s Word. We also aim to build relationships with children so that we can help them to live according to God’s Word.
We believe that children are gifts from God (Psalm 127: 3-5 and Luke 17:2). We also believe that, like the rest of humanity, they are seriously flawed and need a Saviour (Genesis 8:21 and Psalm 51:5). However, children can grow in grace and use their spiritual gifts for the glory of God (1 Peter 3:18). Because of these core beliefs, our purpose is to guide our children to Christ and inspire them to live God-centred lives and to reveal the character and attributes of God and His plan for mankind through Scripture-based, age-appropriate ministry programs. Furthermore, we strive to create significant, lasting relationships with children, teachers, and families, and we encourage our children to serve and reach others for the gospel.
Our crèche facilities cater for the very young, pre-Sunday School children. It operates during the 10am services on a Sunday. The crèche takes children from birth to 2 years. Moms and dads serve the Lord as helpers on a roster basis.
Children's Church runs from 10am to 11:15am on a Sunday.
Our Children's Church departments are:
- Pre-KG: 18 - 30 months
- Kindergarten (KG): 2 1/2 - 4 year olds
- Pre-Primary: 5 - 6 year olds
- Grades 1 - 3
- Grades 4 - 6
- Grade 7
Friday night Clubs
There are two groups that meet on a Friday night from 6.00pm to 7.30pm during term time. They are:
- J-Zone for Grades 5 years - Grade 3
- AMPED - for Grades 4 - 7
Kids' Camps and Holiday Clubs
Kids' Camps usually take place during the first term of the year. This gives kids an opportunity to make and build friendships as they begin the year. These camps are for children from Grades 3 - 7. There is also a denominational camp, CrossWord Kids' Camp which takes place annually.
Kids' Holiday Club runs in the mid-year break (June/July holidays) and is for children ages 5 – Grade 7. Its main focus is to have concentrated input into the lives of children who come regularly to Children’s Church and Kids' Clubs, but it is also an opportunity to reach out into our neighbourhood and invite local kids. It’s a fun, non-threatening environment for kids to hear the gospel.
Thank you for your interest in helping serve the families of St James! We seek to provide the best care for our children through a solid team of leaders and helpers.
A leader in the St. James’ Church Kids’ Ministry is required to be committed to the following:
1. Their area of service, namely Friday evening Kids’ Clubs, Sunday morning Children’s Church or Sunday evening Night Church
2. Wednesday evening leaders’ meeting and Bible study from 6:45pm to 9pm
3. Attending church when not involved in ministry
4. One kids’ camp per year (Grades 3 - 7)
5. Ongoing training
1. Probation period
When a candidate leader joins Kids' Ministry, he or she spends a term attending the Wednesday meeting and Bible study, and trains as an apprentice in the ministry. At the end of the term, the Children’s Worker speaks to the candidate leader to find out whether he or she wishes to commit to leadership, or to inform the candidate that he or she is not suitable for children's work.
2. Commitment after probation period
Once a leader is on a permanent team (after the probation period), the commitment he or she offers is for the rest of the year. If the person chooses to rejoin for the next year, the commitment is for the entire year. The commitment therefore works on a year-by-year basis (Jan – Dec). A leader may not drop out on a whim before the period of commitment is over. Obviously, when unavoidable circumstances arise, such as work or family pressures, it is understood that a leader may have to resign.
Code of Ethics
The Code of Ethics is available from the Children’s Ministry department on request.
In order to best equip our leaders/helpers and ensure the safety of all, we have the following application process:
- You can express your interest either by completing the application form or by contacting one of our staff team members.
- Once the staff member has been notified of your interest, you will be contacted so that a visit to a class of your choice can be arranged.
- You will be required to complete an application / legal questionnaire and provide references.
- When your application information is received, an interview will be arranged, your references will be contacted, and a background check may be done.
- Once approved, you will be placed in a class of your area of interest.
- You will need to attend training sessions throughout the year.
Expectations we have for our Leaders/Helpers
We expect the following of our Leaders/Helpers:
- Completion of the application process as delineated above
- Promptness and appropriate preparation
- Adherence to Children's Ministries policies
So, what can you expect from us?
You can expect the following from us:
- Free MP3 subscription or free CD on the Sundays you serve
- Fellowship with other volunteers
- Service and training opportunities
- Most importantly: JOY knowing you are impacting the lives of children!