At FBC Cranbrook we seek to provide ministry times that are exciting, impacting & faith building.
It is our vision to partner with parents in introducing children to Jesus Christ and helping them become fully devoted followers of Christ. We believe that our children's ministry should be:
1. Christ - Centered
2. Kid - Targeted
3. Family - Minded
4. Fun - Rooted
5. Relevancy - Oriented
6. Relationship - Focused
7. Safety - Cautious
This year the curriculum we will be using is based on 2 resources: The Story and Orange.
The Story is an abridged, chronological Bible that reads like a novel. There are no verse references, and Scripture segments are seamlessly woven together with transition text into a single grand narrative. For those intimidated or overwhelmed by the unabridged Bible, The Story helps people understand God’s Word more fully and engage with it more easily.
After Easter we will be returning to our family ministry strategy. It's called Orange.As children we were in constant wonder—the dazzle of life provoking us toward discovery. And as we turned over rocks and stared at the stars, we found something surprising. We found a light glimmering in our hearts. The light of passion.
Orange is a path, a strategy with the intent to return to that glimmering, that passion, and to rouse it in the next generation. You can find the Orange Strategy in the color: combining the strength of two—red and yellow—for the brilliance of another, Orange.
So, an Orange thinker asks, “What if church leaders and parents synchronized their efforts to fuel wonder, discovery and passion in the next generation?” By combining the critical influences of the light of the church (yellow) and the love of the family (red) the Orange Strategy shows a generation who God is more effectively than either could alone.
From preschool to college, Orange draws on the elements of wonder, discovery and passion, infusing them into children, students and young adults. Why? To see God for who he is, to help young people see themselves the way God sees them, so that they can love others the way God does.
So Orange is a family ministry – an effort to synchronize church leaders and parents around a master plan to build faith and character in their sons and daughters. I am really looking forward to working with both parents and our church again this year to do just that.
First Look (0 to 5 year olds)First impressions are important. That’s why the First Look curriculum was designed to give preschool children a first impression of their loving heavenly Father. The curriculum keeps it simple and fun, repeating one basic truth about God all month long. First Look also helps children understand worship and introduces them to small group time.
The activities tickle all the senses making mastering the concepts a blast. Crazy fun activities to crafts to large group Bible story and worship time to small group Bible time, it’s all part of the plan to help a child believe three key things by the time he’s five years old:
- God made me.
- God loves me.
- Jesus wants to be my friend forever.
252 Basics (Kindergarten to Grade 5)
When you see the word “basics” in the title, well, you sort of think foundational, essential, right? That’s what 252 Basics does—it equips kids from kindergarten through fifth grade with basic truths. In fact, when a kid transitions into middle school, we want that child to have experienced and own three basic truths modeled by Jesus in Luke 2:52 (light bulb moment—now you know what the 252 means):
- I need to make the wise choice.
- I can trust God no matter what.
- I should treat others the way I want to be treated.
The story of God reveals the character of God.
That’s why 252 Basics is organized around key Bible stories that help kids discover Jesus and reflect His character to the world around them. And to make it easy to understand, everything is unpacked through weekly Bottom Lines—short phrase that are so easy to remember they can be reinforced at home throughout the week.
On the whole, 252 Basics invites kids into the Story of God, to show them the character of God, all while helping them internalize the 3 Basic Truths.
Some of our worship music for elementary can be found here: