New RhythmsThe new curriculum will include a shift to some new Sunday rhythms for kids ages four and up.
- Starting with Focus: When you check your child in to his or her classroom, rather than entering to free play, the kids will start with a focus activity that gears up their brains for what they’re about to learn.
- Singing and Learning: After warming up with the focus activity, kids will participate in large group worship (supported by some rocking new music videos from the Rizers) and a lesson taught live by a volunteer teacher. Each lesson will elaborate on a one-sentence "Big Idea" that summarizes the doctrine of the week.
- Kids Community Group: Kids will spend the bulk of their time in a Community Group, a small group of 5 to 10 kids led by a Mars Hill member. Just like with adult Community Groups, by meeting weekly, kids and volunteers will build deeper relationships as they discuss the gospel and live in response to the grace they have received from God. Every week, Community Groups will include discussion, an application activity, Scripture exploration, and prayer.
- Play: Kids will conclude with some time to play. Playtime is a high-dividend opportunity for volunteers to apply the gospel to real life situations. As challenges emerge, volunteers will help narrate kids’ need for Jesus the Rescuer, and connect that need to the story of Jesus as Hero.
New Resources:In addition to providing resources for volunteers, every family will receive a copy of the Doctrine for Kids Family Guide. Each week, kids ages four and up will be learning the same part of the same doctrine at varying levels of complexity, so you can look forward to having unified study as a family. The Family Guide will include:
- Specific language your child’s teacher used to teach the doctrine during the Sunday lesson
- Discussion questions from Community Group as well as additional questions for your family
- Recommendations of Scripture passages that the doctrine is rooted in for you to explore together as a family
- Ideas of ways you can be praying as a family and recording your prayers to celebrate your witness to God’s work
Why?Why do all this? Why teach the Trinity to five-year-olds? Why put all of this out there? Because we believe that if we have Jesus’ heart for children, then we want to raise, love, and instruct our children in the Lord so that they grow up to love and serve Jesus. We pray that our children would then in turn all have children, who all have children, who all have children, who love and serve Jesus. We want to leave a legacy of gospel faith that goes on until Jesus comes back. We know that the Word of God is sharper than a double-edged sword. We also know that singing Scripture is a fun way for kids to worship God while simultaneously learning about who he is. During worship at Mars Hill Kids, these two realities work together.
Mars Hill Kids Kicks Off This Sunday!Starting this Sunday, your children will sing along with new animated videos from the Rizers featuring songs from both their albums. Each week, the Bible verse featured in the video will be paired with the Big Idea your kids learn about in their Doctrine for Kids lesson. Teaching and music will work together to point to Jesus and the truths he reveals in Scripture. The songs featured in these ultra high-energy videos are available for purchase on the Rizers albums, so by pairing your Family Guide (provided to you free by your local MH Kids) and your Rizers album (available for purchase), you can continue to leverage these resources as you instruct and shepherd your kids throughout the week.
This Sunday, on the launch of Doctrine for Kids, kids will be learning about the Trinity and singing Psalm 136:2–4. Take a peek at the first video here: