At LifeJourney Church, we believe that the family is the key to children and youth’s spiritual growth. We want to partner with our diverse families as they take the lead in our next generation’s faith journey. Our primary role is to nurture our children and equip our families with knowledge and capabilities as they prepare their children to become disciples of Jesus. We have three goals for our families, youth, and children.

 May our families’ relationship with God and their neighbors ever be growing deeper (Matthew 22:36-40).
May our families actively engage with and be known for their love for the entire spectrum of their neighbors, from those living within their homes, to those living across the world (Mark 12:31; Deuteronomy 10:19; John 13:35).
May our families be active participants in the transformation within themselves, as well as that of this world and the rest of humanity, into the Kingdom of God (Acts1:8; John 16:13; Proverbs 27:17).

We focus on equipping our families because they have the greatest opportunity for impacting their children. After accounting for school and sleep and other activities the average family has about 3000 hours of quality time a year with their children. The scriptures encourage us to leverage this time by talking about the things of God with our children when we get up, when we travel, and when we lie down (Deut. 6:6-9).  At LifeJourney we start the conversation and then equip families to continue the conversation throughout the week.  We work in partnership with our parents to combine their 3k hours of influence with our 40.

We offer the following programs for you and your children:

Sunday Morning

Nursery (Newborn to 3 years old):

We offer care for infants and toddlers during both Sunday morning services. Your cell phone number, provided during sign in, will be used as a pager if the nursery workers need to reach you during the service. The nursery also has a nursing room with a live video feed from the sanctuary. The nursery is located off the lobby straight ahead and to the left of the main entrance.

Main Street Station (PreK through Grade 5):

Children in Preschool (who are no longer in diapers) through those in the 5th grade learn and play together at Main Street Station–the secured children’s area. Children are welcomed into age specific classrooms where we use a specially designed curriculum that engages children in games while they learn the basics of the Christian faith through story and discussion. The check in kiosks and Main Street Station are located just inside the main entrance to the right.

Teen Life (Grades 9-12):

Youth in the 6th-12th grade are exploring their independence and forming their own thoughts and faith practices. This is a critical time in the lives of our youth as they prepare for the first steps in their adult lives. Teen Life meets in The Loft (Room 10), weekly during the 11:00 am service, and all youth in 6th-12th grades are invited to participate. Youth return to the Sanctuary at the end of service for an opportunity to participate in Holy Communion. Youth will explore the story of God and seek ways to find themselves in the story. Teen Life is a safe space for all who enter.

Special Events

LifeJourney Church offers frequent special events to supplement regular programming. Vacation Bible School and Waycross Summer Camp are offered each summer. The Easter Egg Hunt, Trunk or Treat, and Birthday Party for Jesus are some of the annual events offered to younger children. The Bridge and Teen Life groups have quarterly programs like lock-ins, bonfires, scavenger hunts and more. There is always something to do to keep families and kids of all ages engaged and having fun!

Youth Sunday (Once Per Quarter):

Youth Sunday happens whenever there is a 5th Sunday in the month (usually once per quarter). On this special Sunday, we offer a shared worship experience for the entire family! This is a great opportunity for families to worship together, rather than apart from one another.

Youth of all ages participate in the life of the church on these special Sundays though Scripture reading, singing, prayer, preaching, and more. A special children’s moment gives the children a chance to hear the message on their level. Quiet crafts and activities are provided for the children to work on during the sermon. Additional crafts and activities are set up in the LifeJourney Cafe, with a live video feed of the sermon, for families that may want a more relaxed atmosphere.

Want to be part of our team?

Do you enjoy working with children and have a heart of service for God? We’d love to have you apply for our team! We offer both long and short term volunteer opportunities that involve working directly with the children or behind the scenes. All volunteers go through background checks and receive regular training. If you feel called to serve or if you have questions, connect with our Minister of Family Life, Chris Edwards.

Questions?

We’re happy to answer any questions you have about our programs for your children. Please don’t hesitate to ask one of our greeters, an usher, a children’s church teacher, or a staff member.