Here at JICC we love families! We hold that children are one of God's richest and most precious gifts, not only to parents and families, but to the church as well. Our ministry to families with children flows from the following core beliefs:
1. Parents are the primary evangelizers and disciplers of their children. This means that, while the church certainly has a part to play in helping and equipping parents in this work (more about this in a moment), it is Dad's and Mom's responsibility to lead their children to Christ and in the life of Christ.
2. Families should experience worship and the other "rhythms" of the church together - not separately. Children need to see their parents worshiping, praying, singing, reading scripture, and relating to other brothers and sisters in the body. We know that this gets messy, noisy, distracting, even frustrating at times - but the fruit of families engaged in the life of the church together rather than segmented out is deeper, richer, and more rewarding than would be the case otherwise.
3. The Church is called to equip the saints for the work of ministry. Believing parents (saints) are to be about the ministry of raising their children in the fear of the Lord. Some families are a little further down the road here than others - that's okay! And it’s even to be desired because this is where the beauty of the body at work is clearly seen. We want to be a place of grace and compassion that partners with parents wherever they are on their journey (new believers to seasoned, mature believers) and equip them with resources, examples, and teaching to be about this great work.
4. Next Generation: Children's Sunday School. Currently, we do offer a Sunday School class for 1st - 5th graders on Sunday mornings from 9:00am - 9:45am. Please bring your children to the children's check-in desk and go through our secure check-in procedure before dropping your children off.