Changes to TotWorks
Our TotWorks class is changing! Starting mid-September, toddlers will be introduced to our new program focusing on three main ideas about God (God made me, God loves me, God is with me) taught in a developmentally appropriate way. The children will be able to freely explore Bible stories and elements of the worship service in addition to supervised play. This class allows for a gentle, grace-filled introduction to the classroom.
All of our classes will now utilize a digital library of curricula and resources. This not only keeps our ministry fresh and digitally literate, but also enables our volunteers to prepare in advance at their own pace. All volunteers will have access to the digital library for their age group.
Weekly Parent Resources
Starting in October, parents will have access to a weekly resource that will provide tips and ideas for continuing the lessons their children encounter on Sundays. These resources will be available on the website and the new Iron Works app.
Sunday Sermon Sheets
There will be a new sermon sheet available on Sundays for children who remain in the service. It includes opportunities for further conversation with your child after the service ends.
Life in the Forge Resources
Keep an eye open for parent resources and reviews that will launch mid-fall. They will be shared on the Life in the Forge blog page under the “Resources” tab starting in October.
Throughout the year we will be offering a variety of opportunities for parents to delve deeper into their roles as spiritual shepherds in their homes. Watch for announcements regarding these events later in the year.
Renewing our Heart for Families
As a ministry we seek to serve families by providing programs for children on Sundays and also by empowering, supporting, and equipping families throughout the week. With this in mind, we have renewed our core values for our family ministry:
You won’t find self-help books or quick fixes here. What you will find is a community of believers in Christian teaching, rich in all its fullness and depth, seeking to do their best in a broken world. Daily, we confront the ups and downs of child-rearing and the exhaustion of the 9-to-5 while juggling family commitments, the quest to find time for intimacy and connection with our spouse, and the pressures of to-do lists. Sometimes we can barely hear, never mind answer, Scripture’s call to disciple our children, to serve our spouse, to treasure our family. Other times we hear it—oh, how we hear it—and making the time to heed that call fights its way to the top of the pile.
We strive to be a community of parents, of husbands and wives, of men and women, who do not find time as if it were lost, but make time, because we care enough to carve it from the heavy stone of obligations, commitments, and work. We aim to be intentional in how we use our time, prioritizing the things that matter for eternity, the things of the heart, the things of the soul.
We value and recognize the gift of family and its importance in raising our tiniest disciples to know, love, and grow in Christ. We embrace not only the fullness and richness of marriage as a gift from God but also the challenges of bringing together two imperfect people.
We seek to live out the Gospel while avoiding the legalism that creates shame, the liberalism that expects little of us, the moralism that prioritizes obedience before faith, and the pragmatism that focuses on what feels good and easy about following Christ.
WELCOMING & ENGAGED
We throw open our doors to welcome all families, regardless of where they are in their faith walk, of how strong their biblical knowledge is, or even of what their lifestyles look like. We engage with our community with servants’ hearts, seeking to spread the love of Christ while remaining culturally engaged. We run toward the challenges parents face in an increasingly secular world and walk beside them to navigate through the bad to find the good.
You and your little, or big, ones are welcome here.
Fresh Focus for Children’s Ministry
Our Mission: Spiritual formation that creates lifetime faith.
The Children’s Ministry team, both staff and volunteers, are dedicated to the children of Iron Works. Everything we do as a ministry comes back to our Compass Elements, the core values that perpetually guide our work toward Christ. We have used these elements to guide the planning, preparation, and service that have gone into the relaunch of our children’s ministry this fall.