The Children and Youth Ministry at Cornerstone seeks to support our families in raising kids to know, love and follow Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit.
How We Do kids Discipleship
The entire church community gathers each Sunday to worship together at the beginning of the service. Children are welcome to come forward at the time of the Blessing of the Children and then process downstairs where they can participate in Children’s Worship.
We invite our children into the life-giving, transforming presence of Christ through prayer and worship, by proclaiming God’s word in story, song, dramatic presentation, and activities, and living and celebrating life together in Christ in a welcoming and joyful community. We seek to encourage an environment in which children can learn to listen and respond to the Holy Spirit, and grow in relationship to Christ and His church.
All children are picked up by their parents during the offertory to join their families for Eucharist and the remainder of the service.
Children must be checked in and wearing their name tag to enter the worship room and nursery. A parent keeps the matching tag to show the room leader when they pick up their child during the offertory. Check-in is available outside of the Children’s Worship Room before the service. Parents will be texted if needed any time during the service.
The Nursery is available for children from birth through age 2. Even our littlest ones encounter Jesus through loving care and simple worship songs and Bible stories as the leaders are able.
The nursery room is also available to change diapers and nurse. There is also a family room at the back of the sanctuary.
Children’s Worship is available for children ages 3 to 10 years old using a children’s worship liturgy and age-appropriate curriculum in sync with the church calendar.
We are currently using the Jesus Storybook Bible curriculum that invites children to discover for themselves Jesus as the center of God’s great story of salvation and as the center of their own stories, too. From August to Christmas the children learn about how the Old Testament stories all point to God’s unstoppable love for us, our need for a rescuer and God’s solution as we rejoice in Jesus’ coming. From January to Easter the children learn about the life and mission of Jesus and how we can be transformed by His Presence. View the Scope & Sequence of lessons here: http://www.sallylloyd-jones.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/scope-and-sequence.pdf
We have a supply of Jesus Storybook Bibles so each family in our congregation can have one (even adults with no young children are welcome to have a copy—it provides a fresh perspective and it would be great for everyone to be able to engage the children about what they are learning!). To acquire a copy contact Diane Davis. Or check out the adult version here: https://www.sallylloyd-jones.com/books/the-story-of-gods-love-for-you/
Cornerstone KIDs Volunteers & Interns
Perhaps you have a passion for helping our next generation to love and follow Jesus. Join the rotation in caring for our littlest ones in the nursery or leading or assisting with Children’s Worship and/or administration. Contact Diane Davis to learn more.
Children age 11 and up are encouraged to join their families for the entire service.
Cornerstone Valparaiso partners with Youth for Christ to minister to its youth middle school through high school age. Contact Jana Ritters for more information.
We welcome people of all ages—infants, children, teens and adults—into the church in the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. In baptism we are united to Christ in his death and resurrection, become members in the Church, receive God's grace and forgiveness, and are blessed with new life in the Holy Spirit.
Traditional times for Baptisms include:
Baptism of Our Lord (January; First Sunday after Epiphany Sunday; January 13, 2019)
Easter (March or April; April 21, 2019)
Pentecost (May or June; 50 days from Easter Sunday; June 9, 2019)
All Saints Sunday (November; Sunday closest to Nov. 1; Nov. 3, 2019)
If you would like to have your child baptized (or if you want to be baptized), please talk with Father Joshua Kammerer for more information about preparation.
Building a Safe Community
Child Protection Process
As a church, we believe that the spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being of children is vital. Our policies ensure that church activities involving children are consistent with the teachings and example of our Lord Jesus Christ and with the Christian tradition of nurturing children. The Child Protection Process ensures the safety and well-being of children and youth by evaluating volunteers and providing clear instructions regarding proper conduct with children.
All adults wishing to work with children in any capacity or ministry must complete the Child Protection Process and submit to a background check. Any ministry that provides childcare must have their workers complete CPP. For more information on the Child Protection Policies & Procedures, contact Father Josh Kammerer.