Getting to know KidzTown
KidzTown is the children’s ministry at Faith Landmarks Ministries with Pastors Randy and Cherie. We receive children from newborn to 5th grade.
For 40 years FLM has been focused on the commission of reaching children with the Gospel. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up and child in the way he should go; and when he is old he will not depart from it.” We believe that by presenting the Word of God in an exciting way and by leading them into a personal relationship with Christ we can train a generation in the way it should go. We also believe that children, too, can serve in the church. By involving them in service to others they will see their importance to the body of Christ. Lastly, we firmly believe that parents should play the leading role in their child’s life and spiritual development. Our goal is to enhance the Godly teaching and training received at home.
Absolutely not. KidzTown provides Spirit-led, high quality, age appropriate ministry during all our services.
Pastors Randy and Cherie are fully aware of the responsibility placed in caring for children. Adults and youth who apply to work with and teach the children must fulfill strict qualification requirements, including background checks. Additionally workers are required to be under the direct supervision of a Head Teacher in all classes. In keeping with the vision of training students for a lifetime of service in the local church, various areas of Helps Ministries are available for students (youth) to serve.
Yes! We offer three “Worker Training Certifications”: (Basics Certification: Basic information needed to work within the KidzTown department). (Essentials Certification: This course is an interactive style training event. Those who minister in the classroom are given hands-on training in the practical how-to methods of ministry to children). (Leadership Certification: The purpose of this course is to strategically equip KidzTown for the future, by allowing avenues of mentorship and regular opportunities to minister).
KidzTown is divided into the following departments: Bible Babies (newborn to walking), Wonderful Ones (1’s), Transformed Twos (2’s), Triumphant Threes (3’s), Fruitful Fours (4’s), Kingdom Kids (5’s through Kindergarten), Uptown (1st- 5th grade), Special Needs (for children with special needs), Wednesday night programs (Rainbows, Mpact Girls & Royal Rangers). Also, our non-class departments are: Xpress (facilitates check in), Club Fun (child care department for special meetings), and Supply Center (the central hub of supplies for KidzTown).
Each department functions under the direct supervision of a Department Head who reports directly to the KidzTown Coordinator. It is the Department Head’s responsibility to oversee the proper use of curriculum, the schedule, the introduction and evaluation of new workers, and the effectiveness of our Head Teachers. Then, each class is under the leadership of a Head Teacher- an experienced and capable communicator – and is assisted by one or more workers depending on the size of the class. The Head Teacher is ultimately responsible for the ministry to the children in their care. The Head Teacher teaches the Bible lesson and allots the supplementary lesson portions to assistant teachers. This includes singing, opening exercises, or leading any other of the ministry functions.
Our Downtown Service Schedule flows in this way (newborn through 5 year olds): Workers arrive 45-60 minutes before service time. The team prays together and starts receiving children 45 minutes before service starts. The workers play activities that relate to the lesson with the children. After clean up time, praise and worship starts, followed by bible and offering time. Soon after that, the teacher presents the lesson for the day. Snacks and diaper/potty are next. Afterwards, the class engages in fun activities such as video and arts & crafts that help children reinforce the lesson. And before you know it, it is time to go home. Our Uptown Service Schedule is different in the way classes take place (1st through 5th grade). All age groups start together in one classroom. They have a time of fellowship with workers and friends. Following that, they all go upstairs to the gym to praise & worship, receive tithes and offerings… Then the lesson is presented using several multi-media resources. At that time, the children break into small groups to go over the lesson. And finally, the time to go downstairs comes where the children have more fun while parents arrive to pick them up.
We take safety very seriously! To start with, children must be signed in at one of our Xpress check-in stations before they can be received in the classrooms (one located in the Downtown area and the other one in the Uptown area). Xpress issues an ID Badge/sticker (one for the child and one for the parent). Such sticker provides a pager system that works for matching the security number on the parent’s sticker with the child’s sticker during dismissal time. Parents must present the sticker when picking up their child. The ID Badge/sticker also provides a Pager System for parents (if a child needs dad or mom, Xpress station will display in the Sanctuary the child’s number and parents will be able to pick up their child). A minimum of 2 teachers is required in order to receive any children. Furthermore, we also follow a “Safety and Security Manual for Staff and Departmental Workers”.
We also follow strict classroom children to worker ratios and all workers pass background checks.
Most definitely! If a child is recovering from an illness which is usually contagious, but their doctor says they are no longer contagious, they may return to the class. We are not allowed to give any medications to a child. We will not accept a child with the following symptoms: Fever, Diarrhea, Runny nose, Cough, Vomiting, Skin rashes, Pink eye, Draining ears, Any form of lice, mites, or untreated ringworm.
The way KidzTown is fashioned! It’s like a pyramid that provides a foundation to build enduring ministry. See next the structure of our children’s ministry: Foundation on God’s Word, Vision, Method, and Policy.
God’s Word is the foundation we use in ministry to govern all aspects of ministry. 1 Corinthians 3:11 says, “For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ”. Verses 12 & 13 say, “Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.” So, our vision, our goals, or our methods alone will not produce enduring ministry.
It is the vision of KidzTown to receive children and to usher them into an eternal relationship with God, through training, fellowship, and worship. We read in Mark 10:14, “But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.” In Mark 9:37, we also read, “Whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me.”
The power “to do” the work of the ministry is not in the method of the ministry. That’s why we do not marry the method to accomplish the vision. Ecclesiastes 12:9-10 say, “And moreover, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yes, he pondered and sought out and set in order many proverbs. The Preacher sought to find acceptable words; and what was written was upright—words of truth.” That is why we have a Head Teacher format, use a curriculum through the power of the Holy Spirit, and deliver it in bite size pieces, for children’s attention span is ONE minute for every year of age!