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 love on and equip our families to prepare them to help their children become disciples of Jesus. We have three goals for our families, youth, and children:
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. 6:9). 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:
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.
The Bridge (Grades 6-8):
That time between elementary school and high school can be a challenging one. They’re not quite a child but not quite teens either; they are bridging both. We’ve created a special place for those who are in that place of “in between.” The Bridge meets weekly during the 11:00 am service, and all youth in 6th-8th grades are welcome to participate. Youth can expect snacks, games, and honest conversation about life.
Teen Life (Grades 9-12):
Youth in the 9th-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 weekly during the 11:00 am service and all youth in 9th-12th grades are invited to participate. 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.
The Bridge and Teen Life meet weekly during the 11:00 am service, only. Both groups begin their time together in The Loft (Room 10, upstairs). Typically, the students will break out into their respective groups; The Bridge students will then move to Room 5 located at MainStreet Station. Both groups return to the Sanctuary at the end of service for an opportunity to participate in Holy Communion.
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):
LifeJourney Church wants the youth in our congregation to be active participants in Sunday worship alongside the adults of the church. That’s why we have Youth Sunday once every quarter when their is a 5th Sunday in a month. 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.
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.