Partnering with Parents to disciple the next generation.

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

Deuteronomy 6:6-7

God’s Garden is our Kid’s Church program spanning crèche aged children through to the end of primary school. Our heart is to model and teach the love and forgiveness of God to all of the children in our ministry programs, with the hope and prayer that they would receive Him as Saviour, know Him as their Creator, and follow Him as their Lord.

Our children’s ministry is grounded in the biblical truth of who God is, the grace He offers, and His plan and purpose for their lives. We believe that it is through the power of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit that lives are transformed.

“Blessed is the [one] who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is the LORD. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.“

Jeremiah 17:1-8

The Veggie Patch!

By caring for these little ones, we plant seeds of God’s love through His family.

We begin to explore who God is. Creator of all living things. Mighty to do miracles. Gentle to care for us as a Shepherd. Loving to send His Son for us. Through Old and New Testament stories, Sprouts learn that they can trust and love God.

We meet Jesus as Saviour and Lord. As we dig deeper into the stories of the Bible, they will grow in knowing God, see that they can trust Him in all circumstances and learn to love others as He loves them.

Meet Shinko!

Hi, my name is Shinko and I’m the Children’s Pastor at Calvary Chapel Newcastle. My husband and our three children have been a part of Calv’s since we moved here in 2012 from Japan, where we were involved in missionary work for 14 years.

In addition to serving on the Pastoral Team at Calv’s, I also have the wonderful opportunity to teach Scripture in some local schools. My heart is to see every child grow into their own loving, personal relationship with God through the truth of the Gospel, and I am blessed to be working alongside an amazing Pastoral Team and group of volunteers at CCN.

I’m very much looking forward to meeting you and your families. If you’d like to find out more about our children’s program, feel free to contact me anytime!

FAQ

What’s the processing of checking in/out my child(ren) on Sunday?

All classes begin after singing in the main service. Children aged 3 and up can meet their teachers after singing for their classes in the middle hall.

Parents or guardians may drop off crèche-aged children to the rear hall. Please make sure you sign them in before leaving. Please note: we will require a mobile phone number incase we need to contact you during the service while your child is in our care.

The teachers and volunteers will bring the babies and children back to the main auditorium at the end of the service.

Are there attendance requirements?

No, although we do encourage continuity for the children to get the most out of our curriculum. Our leaders work to engage the students actively because relationships are critical to fostering spiritual growth.

Who will be the leaders looking after my children?

We take Child Safety very seriously at CCN. All members of our Pastoral Team and any volunteers working with children are required to be screened (background checks), have a cleared NSW Working With Children Check (WWCC), and must abide by the Calvary Chapel Newcastle Code(s) of Conduct in accordance with our Governance Documentation and Safe Church Framework.

Additionally, all leaders and volunteers working with children, youth or young persons receive annual training in child protection and teaching strategies.

During our Sunday programs, access to the areas of our Children’s Ministries is restricted to designated leaders and volunteers. A single parent may remain in the crèche room with their child alongside the designated leaders and/or volunteers as required.

Do you offer snacks to children on Sunday mornings? What if my child has a food allergy?

We do not offer snacks to children on Sunday mornings. We recommend parents of crèche aged children leave some food and drink for their children with instruction for the leaders and volunteers. It is helpful to the teachers if all of your child’s belongings are labeled prior to visiting with us on Sunday mornings.

If your child does have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please communicate that to your child’s teacher and/or the Children’s Pastor.

How can I be involved as a parent?

All leaders and volunteers involved with Calv’s Youth in any formal capacity are required to be regular attendees of the church in good standing, and must undergo screening in accordance with our Governance Documentation – irrespective of whether one is a parent of a student.

While we have strict controls in place for leading and volunteering children, we believe strongly that partnering with parents is the best way to raise a personal faith in the next generation. That’s why we want to partner with you to support the family to:

  • answer any questions you may have to ensure confidence in the welfare of your child(ren);
  • socialise any issues or concerns we may have regarding your child(ren); and
  • provide and share resources and tools to support and equip parents in discipling their children at home.
What sanitisation precautions do you take?

All rooms are carefully cleaned and sanitised before and after each use. We do ask that children who have shown any COVID-like symptoms, or symptoms of a contagious sickness (such as fever, vomiting, or diarrhea) within the last 24 hours, please stay at home.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about our Children’s Ministry.