Kids of Canyon exists to partner with parents in evangelizing and discipling their children.
All of us on the Kids of Canyon Leadership Team would welcome your thoughts and suggestions on any of these areas of our ministry. Here are the best ways to contact each of us if you have any questions, or would simply like to get more involved in one particular area.
This page has been created to biblical provide resources for the servants in Kids of Canyon, to better equip you as you partner with parents evangelizing and discipling children. We are working on several of those resources now.
If there are other resources you would like to see made available for you as a servant, please let us know by emailing Pastor Jason. We would love to hear from you.
Your ongoing ministry to the parents and the kids of Canyon Bible Church is humbling. It’s a blessing to have the privilege of leading a ministry full of so many gifted leaders and faithful servants. So, as your pastor — thank you. And as a parent, thank you! I thought it would be good to start out the year just giving you an overview of where we’ve come over the last few months and an idea of where we hope to go in the months ahead.
We partner with parents to evangelize and disciple their kids. While many people may suggest that it should be the parents who primarily volunteer in a children's ministry, we believe that the nature of ministry is such that we are seeking to serve one another and bear one another burdens. As such, our desire is that Kids of Canyon would be run by many people who are not parents, as a way to serve parents and to bear their burdens alongside them. That’s not to say that we don’t enjoy having parents serve with us, but simply that we never want to be guilty of insisting that all parents have to serve. We want to be an additional voice in each child’s life, teaching them the same biblical things their parents are already teaching them.
This past year, we have had the opportunity to revise and update a number of different areas in Kids of Canyon. We created the Sermon Notes page for our 9-10 year olds who sit in “big church” with mom and dad. We moved our infants classroom to “Mrs. Sobo’s Room” to provide more room for toddlers and infants alike. We’ve been able to coordinate a number of cooperative efforts with the security team to ensure a safer environment for kids and volunteers. We completely revamped our check-in ministry, purchased new faster tablets, new faster printers, and streamlined the system on the digital side of things. We’ve also implemented mandatory training for new volunteers. New volunteers will now “shadow” for 2 Sundays, then attend a training and review meeting, both before being placed on the schedule. We currently have 11 new volunteers in this “on-ramp” process, and we’ve also seen numerous leaders step up from among us to help us more effectively do what we do. In 2019, one of the main goals was to begin to identify people who would be able to take the lead on various aspects of the ministry, and help us all find ways to better organize, better engage, and simply get better at what we do.
So what are the big plans for 2020? We’ll be shooting a video for Kids of Canyon over the course of the next few months. We hope this will not only help us to train our volunteers and encourage our parents, but also to “recruit” new volunteers that may want to come serve with us. We are looking at new ways to train volunteers and teachers and will keep you in the loop on that. We’ve also been working directly with our architect on the new design for the Kids of Canyon wing in the new building and hope to be rolling out some plans you could see in the near future. This is exciting stuff. We’re currently in the planning phase for some exciting potential to “break off” the 7 & 8 year olds into a classroom of their own, and we’re excited about the ways that would be good for them as well as the younger kids. We’re already talking about our annual meeting this year, some additional training, and leadership meetings that allow us to pray and plan more effectively.
Most of all, we hope to just continue to be faithful to do the simple (it's not complex) and difficult (it's not easy) work of evangelizing and discipling kids, one week at a time, one soul at a time. We don’t need a new building or new plans or new anything to do it — we just have to continue to prayerfully be used by the Lord. Thanks for all the ways you are already doing that — and as you continue to do that, please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any thoughts about how we can do better. I’d love to hear from you.