GAYTON KIDS UPCOMING EVENTS
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THESE SUMMER ACTIVITIES
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL - June 28-July 2 (Potty trained 4 yr. olds - rising 5th graders; rising 6th graders may volunteer to help)
KIDS RETREAT - July 16-18 (lock-in at Gayton for rising 3rd - 6th graders)
Vacation Bible School Pre-Registration
We are tentatively planning for a limited, in-person VBS experience the week of June 28 - July 2, from 9:00 am - 11:30 am at Gayton Church. Pre-registration is now full. Please contact Hillary to be placed on a waiting list.
*If your child is already registered with Annette McMahan for the 1st week of Quest, you do not need to register here for VBS. Your registration has already been transferred. :)
COVID Considerations: Children ages 5+ and volunteers will be required to be masked to attend VBS. Children's hands will be sanitized upon entering each VBS station. Prepackaged snack will be available to take home, but will not be eaten at Gayton. Children will be offered juice boxes or water bottles during the games rotation. Children will remain with the same group throughout the week so as to minimize outside contact.
Gayton Kids Update
Gayton Elementary Kids have resumed gathering in person at the 10:45 hour. Elementary kids will meet in the Big Room, downstairs at the 10:45 service only. Preschoolers will meet downstairs in Room 112 and 113, and nursery will meet in Room 210. Please email Hillary@gayton.church to reserve a space for your child. Please enter through the gym doors and check in. Kids and preschoolers are welcome to attend worship with their families at the 9:30 service as well. Please note that masks will be required for ages 5 and up.
OTHER HELPFUL LINKS
View our Sunday page to find out what to expect on Sunday morning
View The Glance - our weekly church-wide update
Our Vision for Gayton Kids Ministry
Gayton Kids Ministry staff and volunteers will partner with families to raise disciples who passionately follow Jesus.
Our Commitment to Each Kid and Family
- We will make it safe
- We will share Jesus with passion
- We will bring the fun
- We will connect with families
What is Gayton Kids?
Gayton Kids is a ministry for kids from birth through 5th grade and their families. We partner with parents to help children grow in their relationship with God, moving kids to love God by inciting wonder, moving kids to love life by provoking discovery, and moving kids to love others by fueling passion. In Kids Ministry programming, we seek to utilize new and innovative ways to say, show, and teach timeless Biblical truths unique to each age level and while considering the needs of every child.
Children are not just future church members, they are the church now as children of God and followers of Christ! Consequently, we help children realize and apply the following core insights:
DESIGN: What I see around me reveals a Creator I cannot see.
IMAGE: I am created in the image of my perfect, heavenly Father who has an unending love for me.
CONNECTION: I live in pursuit of an infinite God who desires an eternal relationship with me.
FAITH: I believe in Jesus and will continually trust Him even when life doesn’t make sense.
TRANSFORMATION: God’s Spirit is transforming my unique and imperfect life into the character of Jesus.
TRUTH: My response to God’s Word shapes how I see God’s story of redemption at work in me and around me.
RESTORATION: God designed me to participate with Him in restoring a broken world.
COMPASSION: My faith in Christ is revealed by my compassion and care for others.
COMMUNITY: I choose to live in the complexities of family and community because God values them.
We would love to welcome your kids to be a part of Gayton Kids!
Your First Visit to Gayton Kids
The first time you visit Gayton Kids, you will meet with a member of our guest services team, who will assist you in getting your kids signed in and escorted to their learning environment. We will ask you to provide contact information and to make us aware of any allergies or special needs your kids may have.
How Check-In Works
Each time a child (through 5th grade) attends Nursery Care, Preschool Care, or Elementary Kids Worship, parents or a custodial adult will sign the child in at a check in station and receive two stickers...
The first sticker displays the child’s name, class and medical or allergy information and should be worn by your child at all times. The second sticker has a matching code that the parent gives to the teacher or small group leader at pick-up time.
Because your kids’ safety is so important to us, we request that a parent or custodial adult escort kids to the nursery, Preschool Church, or Elementary Kids Worship each time they’re in the building (we’ll take care of transitions).
Our nursery is a special place for infants and toddlers, from birth to 22 months or 2 years (based on parent preference with respect to social and developmental readiness), to play and be cared for by our loving and capable volunteers.
On Sunday mornings, preschool kids participate in large group Preschool Church worship experience and small group games and activities with similar-age peers. Our Preschool Church volunteers lead children in understanding that God made them, God loves them, and Jesus wants to be their friend forever. These 3 "big ideas," as well as age-appropriate weekly bible points, are reinforced in pre- and post- worship small group activities, including a monthly Bible memory verse complete with motions that help make it "stick" for our youngest disciples.
On Sunday mornings, elementary-aged kids engage in a fun, compelling worship service designed just for them.
In Elementary Kids Worship, we seek to engage elementary schoolers to grow up understanding that they can make wiser choices, build stronger relationships, and develop a deeper authentic faith. We weave worship music, Bible stories, small group activities, video experiences, and more to reinforce one clear and simple bottom line each week, so kids can walk away and remember what matters most.
What Comes Next?
We hope that your kids are brimming with enthusiasm each time they leave the church building! Take the opportunity on the way home or over lunch to ask your kids if they had fun and what they learned at Gayton Kids. Challenge them to find ways to apply it in the coming week!
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Meet our Kids Minister
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