Where kids connect with God, leaders, and each other
Sundays | 9:30 & 11 a.m.
(During adult service)
While you get a chance to relax, decompress, and hear about God's great plans for you, your kids get a chance to do the same thing. In a cool, safe, age-appropriate environment, they're interacting, getting creative, and learning about the love of God. Your kids will have a great time as they experience both large and small group atmospheres.
About the Project
In January, Cedar Valley kids are helping build God’s kingdom––literally! We’re partnering with missionary pastors Andrew & Julie Vargas and their church to fix up a few schools in their town in Brazil. Their church is blessing the community by meeting a practical need, and people are beginning to recognize the love of God through their generosity. We get to be part of that by helping raise the required funds!
Bring donations to kids services in January.
If we reach our goal of $1000, kids will get to make two small group leaders (per service) into a human sundae, birthday cake, pizza, or taco on Sunday, February 11.
MARCH CHALLENGE—Green Means Grow!
Boys Vs. Girls Competition
Being a kid is supposed to be fun, but it's also a time to develop foundational habits. That's where Green Means Grow comes in.
This month-long boy vs. girl competition challenges kids to focus on activities that will help them in their relationship with Jesus.
How kids can earn points:
- Come to a Sunday kids service (10 points)
- Bring your Bible (10 points)
- Invite friends—(10 pts per name, even if they don't come)
- Quote the Bible verse with reference* (30 pts)
- Complete Sunday lesson activity* (50 pts)
- Bring friends (100 pts per friend)
- Complete "Choosing to Follow Jesus" or "Grow in Jesus" lessons from Pastor Evan (100 pts per lesson, up to 500)
* Verses and activities can be found in the weekly kids bulletin.
The winning team gets a rice crispy treat party on Sunday, April 8, at 9:30 and 11 a.m.
"Bring someone with you next week" is a phrase both kids and adults hear often at Cedar Valley. We believe our church should be exciting, inviting, and life-changing, and we don't want to keep that experience to ourselves! We want kids to be excited about sharing this special part of their lives with their friends, which is why we try to make Sunday morning the best hour of every kid's week. Several times a year, we have special Featured Sundays designed to make it easy for kids to invite a friend (or more!) to church.
More about Kids Services
Small Group Environment
We want kids to see how God's Word fits into their everyday lives, learn how to talk to Him, and build friendships that last. Kids start the morning in small groups, where their leaders do fun activities to pique their curiosity about the message. After participating in the large group setting, kids meet in their small groups again to help them understand how the lesson fits into their everyday lives.
Small group leaders are serious about having fun with kids and passionate about teaching the Truth. Each Sunday, leaders connect with the same small group of kids. This helps the kids connect and gives us a great opportunity to establish relationships that are going to matter when they need them most.
Large Group Environment
In large group, kids hear a Bible story that includes music, costumed characters, drama, and an interactive curriculum that helps build an understanding of God's character, the Bible, and how the Holy Spirit works in their lives. We also carve out time each week for kids to worship so they can tell God how much they love Him.
Tru Fire: Story
We use Tru Fire: Story, a curriculum especially for K–5th graders. Based on the truth that the Bible is God's One Big Story, and that we are part of that story, the curriculum is built around seven family ministry essentials:
- Empowering family as primary
- Spiritual formation for lifetime faith
- Scripture is our authority
- The Holy Spirit teaches
- God is central
- God's redemptive narrative
- A community of ministry support
This curriculum takes kids all the way from Genesis to Revelation each year. It reveals God's incredible redemptive plan and invites kids to be part of it. They get to engage in fun, creative activities designed to pique their curiosity about The Big God Story. They also have a chance to respond to what the Holy Spirit is teaching them as they reflect on the lesson and express their response to God by praying in the Spirit and responding to His voice.
We want our kids to establish a lifelong habit of spending time with God. As a guide, we provide Homefront Weekly—a weekly devotion designed to encourage families to spend time reading the Bible, talking to God at home, and putting faith into practice. This resource previews Sunday's topic so parents are empowered to introduce the topic to their kids first, before they hear it at church. Homefront Weekly is attached the the weekly kids bulletin that's available in kids services. If you miss a Sunday, you can have the Homefront Weekly mailed to you—just contact Pastor Evan at .
Incentive for Kids to Learn
Open Sundays before and after Cedar Valley Kids Services
North side of Kids Auditorium
As an incentive for kids to learn to spend time with God, we created a special store just for them. To purchase items in this store, kids need to earn Bible Bucks.
Kids can earn Bible Bucks by:
- Attending (1 Bible Buck)
- Bringing their Bible (1 Bible Buck)
- Invite friend(s) ( Bible Buck)
- Reciting the Bible Verse & where it's found (3 Bible Bucks)
- Complete Next Sunday's Lesson Activity with a parent's signature (5 Bible Bucks)
- Bring friend(s) (10 Bible Bucks)
HomefrontMag.com & Homefront Magazine
Homefrontmag.com is a powerful resource to help parents take faith to the next level at home. Full of inspiring stories, practical tips, great recipes, and fun games, Homefront Mag will inspire parents to go one step forward on their parenting journey.
We belive kids should learn about generosity at an early age. During Cedar Valley Kids Services, we encourage kids to give through the offering, which helps support:
- Needs of missionaries around the world in places like Russia, Libya, and Kenya
- Mission projects around the world, such as digging wells for those without clean water or translating Christian resources into different languages
- A small portion of the material costs for kids ministries each week
To help your child save money for overseas giving projects, we provide yellow coin banks, called Buddy Barrels, which are available for free at the Kids Store.