Crossroads Kids

Crossroads Kids is a children's ministry uniquely designed with your child in mind! Children from birth through 5th grade experience safe, age-appropriate environments where the Bible is taught in a creative and relevant way. Join the fun and experience a world where kids meet Jesus on their level!

Parents! You have the opportunity every day to be the spiritual leaders of your home. Please click the images below for the online worship experience for this Sunday. As always let us know how we can serve you!

Click your child's resepctive age group for THIS Sunday, September 20:


 

Preschoolers will learn that God has a plan for them.
 

 

 


Kids will learn about Elijah and Elisha.

 




Preteens will learn that friends encourage one another.






If you'd like to learn more about the curriculum, what the children are learning, or what the Kids Ministry teams are up to, be sure to visit our Facebook page (and "LIKE" us!).

 

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    Child Dedication
    Sunday, October 18

    Child Dedication Service

    A Child Dedication service is an opportunity for parents to publicly declare their intent to raise their child in a way that honors God and also give the child the opportunity to eventually have a personal relationship with Jesus. In many ways a "child dedication" service is truly a "parent commissioning" service, as parents publicly declare to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his own personal confession of Christ. It's also a time for family, friends, and the church body here at Crossroads to say we will partner with you, as best we can, to see that this takes place. 

    Life Verse and Photo
    You will need to choose a life verse for your child. A life verse is a verse from the Bible that you have chosen for your child that he/she can call his/her own for a lifetime. Also please submit a photo of your child to one of the following contacts prior to the parent meeting:

    Millbrook: Laura Shank
    Wake Forest: Sara Lynn Miller

    Millbrook Campus:

    Child Dedication Service:
    Sunday, October 18
    9am & 11am  |  Millbrook Worship Center



    Mandatory Parent Meeting:
    Sunday, October 4
    12:30 - 1:30pm  |  Friendship Factory
    Parent meeting attendance is required for all parents dedicating a child. The only exception is if parents have attended a Parent Meeting in the past, or if they are not available on the date but instead have scheduled a meeting with the Nursery Coordinator in advance. 

    Wake Forest Campus:

    Child Dedication Service:
    Sunday, October 18
    9am & 11am |  Wake Forest Worship Center



    Mandatory Parent Meeting
    Sunday, March 4
    12:30 - 1:30pm  |  Rm 205
    Parent meeting attendance is required for all parents dedicating a child. The only exception is if parents have attended a Parent Meeting in the past, or if they are not available on the date but instead have scheduled a meeting with the Nursery Coordinator in advance. 

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    Kids - 2020
    Supplemental Resources

    2020: Year of Transformation - Kids Resources
    Here are some recommended resources for parents and kids, picked out specifically by our Kids Ministry Staff. These are meant to be supplements to your daily reading of the Bible in 2020. We hope they will be helpful to your family as you dive deeper into God’s Word this year!

    • The Bible App for Kids by Life.Church
      The same church responsible for creating the YouVersion Bible app has developed an amazing, interactive kids version that can be used on any smart phone, tablet, or computer. They also have a special page on their website tailored just for parents!
       
    • Cornerstones: Questions and Answers to Learn Truth*
      How can parents teach kids to know God’s truth? By asking and answering the right questions. For centuries, parents have used the ancient method of reciting questions and answers to teach the core doctrines of the faith. This beautifully designed book uses this regular rhythm of asking and answering to introduce children to spiritual truths and spark a hunger within them to know God even more. *Description provided by Cornerstones.
       
    • Exploring the Bible: A Bible Reading Plan for Kids*
      This is an awesome resource written by David Murray. Exploring the Bible leads kids ages 6–12 through the Bible one day at a time over the course of a year, helping them see the overarching story of God's Word and laying the foundation for a lifetime of discovering truths about God, humanity and the gospel. *Description provided by Reformation Heritage Books.
       
    • The NIV Adventure Bible*
      The bestselling NIV Adventure Bible will get kids excited about reading the Scriptures! Kids will be captivated with the full-color features that make reading the Bible and memorizing their favorite verses engaging and fun. Along the way they will meet all types of people, see all sorts of places, and learn all kinds of things about the Bible. Most importantly they will grow closer in their relationship with God. Over 9 million copies of the NIV Adventure Bible have been sold and it is recommended by more Christian schools and churches than any other Bible for kids! *Description provided by Amazon.

     

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    Awana - Millbrook Campus

    Awana
    3 Years Old - 5th Grade **Cancelled for the Fall of 2020!

    Contact Kay Nicholls for questions regarding Awana!

    Awana is an international children's program that reaches kids for Christ through fun, Scripture-rich experiences that lead them to know, love and serve Him. Kids work at home in age-appropriate handbooks, then return to their clubs each Wednesday (from September through May) to earn awards and have fun, all within a positive incentive-based structured program. Awana is designed for kids from 3-years-old through 5th grade.

    However, due to the impact of COVID-19, Awana will be pausing for the Fall of 2020. Parents are encouraged to continue working with their children on their handbooks at home. If your child is in need of a new book, and if you would like to be a partner with one of our Awana leaders, please contact Awana Commander, Kay Nicholls, at awana@crossroads.org.

    Age-Specific Clubs **

    Cubbies is designed for 3-5 year old preschool children who are potty-trained. In order for your child to join Cubbies, they must turn 3 years old by August 31st. The 2-year curriculum is written in a fun, storybook style and lovable characters. Three-year-olds must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is serving in Cubbies. For information about volunteering, click this link: https://crossroads.org/kids-volunteer.

    Sparks ignites the curiosity of Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade children to learn about the people and events of the Bible—building a foundation of wisdom for knowing Christ. Sparks is divided into three years, each with a unique rank: HangGlider, WingRunner, and SkyStormer.

    T&T Adventure teaches 3rd through 5th graders that salvation in Christ is the ultimate adventure! There are two Ultimate Adventure handbooks, and each one answers four questions about God and the Bible that 3rd through 5th graders frequently ask.

    Volunteer In Awana
    Awana LOVES volunteers! There are several volunteer roles from which to choose. Opportunities include giving 10-15 minute group devotionals, helping with preschool crafts, listening to kids recite Bible verses they've memorized. Adults or teens interested in serving in Awana are encouraged to send an email to our Awana Commander, Kay Nicholls at awana@crossroads.org. If you have a gift or passion, we can find a way for you to use it to assist the Awana Ministry!

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    Awana - Wake Forest Campus

    Awana - Wake Forest Campus
    3 years old - 5th Grade

    Sunday Nights
    3-4:30pm  |  $80/Year

    **Online registration is now CLOSED. On-site registrations will be available at the Welcome Desk on September 8.

    **Awana resumes Sunday, September 8 at 3pm!

    Awana Clubs seek to reach kids for Christ through fun, Scripture-rich experiences that lead them to know, love and serve Him. Kids work at home in age-appropriate handbooks, then return to their clubs each Sunday afternoon to earn awards and have fun, all within a positive incentive-based structure program.

    At the Wake Forest campus, we have Awana clubs for preschoolers through 5th grade on Sunday afternoon 3-4:30pm, from September through May. 

    Age-Specific Clubs

    Cubbies is a program designed for 3-5 year old preschool children, in the two years prior to kindergarten. The 2-year curriculum is written in a fun, storybook style with read-aloud stories and lovable characters. 

    Sparks ignites the curiosity of Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade children to learn about the people and events of the Bible—building a foundation of wisdom for knowing Christ. Sparks is divided into three years, each with a unique rank: HangGlider, WingRunner, and SkyStormer.

    T&T (Truth & Training) is a fun and engaging Bible study for 3rd-5th graders, teaching kids the truth of God's Word and trains them to follow Him and practice His grace.  

    Volunteer in Awana

    Awana relies on volunteers. There are several volunteer roles from which to choose. Opportunities include:

    • Small Group Leader - working alongside 5-7 clubbers using provided handbooks to help them with their understanding scripture and leading prayer
    • Directors - organizing leaders in individual clubs, setting schedules, managing inventory, and filling in for leaders as needed
    • Game Director - organizing 2-3 games for each club, feeding the excitement of Awana for the clubbers through fun
    • Subs - As life occurs there is a need to have substitues volunteers cover when others are out in all of the above roles

    If you are able to assist with any of these Awana roles/projects please contact Paula Batton. Weekly volunteer roles receive a 50% enrollment discount for their children. Please contact Paula Batton to get your registration promo code for this discount.

     

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    Millbrook Campus
    6 weeks - 5th grade

    Sunday Mornings
    **Beginning September 27 offered at 11am service only!

    Weeland Zoo  |  6 weeks - Younger Three's
    Weeland Zoo is a loving and caring environment for our Cuddlers, Crawlers, Walkers and Runners. Each week children are prayed for, experience music, Bible stories and activities at their level. Children progress by stages of development and/or age. *Our Nursing Mother’s Room is located down the hall and to the right, with live sermon broadcast and diaper changing station.

    The Neighborhood  |  Three's - Pre-kindergarten
    Welcome to the Neighborhood! We bring the Bible to life with regular small group leaders who invest in your preschoolers each week throughout the year; activity group leaders make learning a fun experience with games, crafts and snack time; and of course, Sunday morning wouldn’t be complete without a special time in the Theater for worship and story time!

    Main Street  |  Kindergarten - 5th Grade
    Main Street is the place to be! Whether you are joining us in the Sprinkles Ice Cream Shoppe (K-1st) or The Toy Company (2nd- 5th) you are going to have a great time! Our weekly Small Group leaders build relationships with groups of 8-10 kids, helping them learn to apply the Bible’s truths to their lives, while our Activity Leaders keep the kids moving, engaged and learning at age-appropriate levels. Each week, we take a walk down Main Street to our Friendship Factory for worship, games, video and skits to further drive home the week’s main point. You don’t want to miss what we have planned for you this week! Come on and join us!

    Little Star for Children with Special Needs |  Room 360
    During the 11am service on Sundays, we offer our S.T.A.R. (Special Time Activity Room), a fun and relaxing time with trained volunteers for children with special needs, ages 2-10 yrs old. S.T.A.R. allows parents and caregivers some alone time to worship or attend a Sunday Morning Connect class. Special Friends also offers shadows for all children with special needs during Crossroads’ programming hours.

    Sunday Morning - Precepts​​​​ Class
    Precepts for Kids  |  3rd-5th Grade | Room 343
    *Now at 11am
    Precepts is an inductive Bible Study for 3rd-5th graders that runs September 27 - May 23 during the 11am service. This year's study is called: Jesus in the Spotlight and is based on John 1-10. We will pretend to be "film directors" making a movie about Jesus' life full of awesome adventures. We will learn about Jesus' friends, His mission, His actions and His teachings. In the process we will get to know Him much better and how to follow Him more faithfully. Video lessons for at-home learning will also be provided. Cost: $10/per child.



    Wednesday Nights
    6:30-8pm  **Cancelled for the Fall of 2020!
    Contact Kay Nicholls for questions regarding Awana!
    Awana  |  3 years - 5th grade
    Awana is an international incentive-based children’s program that reaches kids for Christ through fun, age-appropriate handbooks with scripture memorization, games, awards and more. For more information or to register, check out our Millbrook Awana page.
     

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    Wake Forest Campus
    6 weeks - 5th grade

    Sunday Mornings
    9 & 11AM

    The Neighborhood  |  6 weeks - 5th Grade

    Nursery  |  6 weeks - Younger Two's
    Even the smallest members of our Neighborhood are cared for in a loving, safe and nurturing environment by trained volunteers in each of our Cuddler (6wks-6months), Crawler (6mos-1 yr) and Walker (1-2 yrs) rooms. Nursery age children progress by stages of development and/or age. *Our Nursing Mother’s Suite is located on the 2nd floor, behind our ladies’ restroom, with live sermon broadcast and diaper changing station.

    Preschool  |  Older Two's - Pre-Kindergarten
    Preschool Church brings the Bible to life with regular small group leaders who invest in your preschooler each week, making learning a fun experience with game, crafts and snack time.

    Elementary  |  Kindergarten -  5th Grade
    Each week kids experience a fun and interactive curriculum, large group worship and bible stories followed by small group time that gives kids an opportunity to talk about what they’ve learned and how they can apply it to their lives.

    Sunday Afternoons
    3-4:30pm

    Awana  |  3 years - 5th grade
    Awana is an international incentive-based children’s program that reaches kids for Christ through fun, age-appropriate handbooks with scripture memorization, games, awards and more. For more information or to register, check out our Wake Forest Awana page.

    Wednesday Nights
    6:30-8pm

    Wednesday Night Childcare  |  6 weeks - Pre-K
    Childcare is offered for parents who are attending a Wednesday Night Life class, small group or volunteering on campus. Please check-in at our Crossroads Kids welcome desk when you arrive.
     

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    SERVE

    Crossroads Kids Ministry thrives on the commitment and dedication of our volunteers. We couldn't do this without you! 

    If you are interested in serving within our Kids Ministry, please fill out the Volunteer Application below along with the Background Check for your respective campus.

    1. Volunteer Application
    2. Background Check

    If you are a student interested in serving within our Kids Ministry, please fill out the Volunteer Application below:

    Student Volunteer Application

    For questions or concerns, please contact Matt Thieman at the Millbrook Campus or Sara Lynn Miller at the Wake Forest Campus. 

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    Special Needs

    Abilities Enabled

    Dedicated to ministering to those among us who have special needs by:

    • Creating a church home enviroment for persons of all ages with disibilities to worship learn and connect to God
    • Providing support to individuals, children and their famlies as they navigate the waters of the special needs community
    • Reaching the  Raleigh community to witness God's love and grace lived out through the lives of famlies as our wonderful volunteers.
       

    Sunday Morning Connect Classes & Volunteer Opportunities: 
    *Due to the necessary precautions surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Abilities Enabled is postponing all meetings until further notice. Please visit crossroads.org/coronavirus for more updates!

    AE (Ages 6-12)
    11am  | Rm 360
    A Sunday School class (Sunday Morning Connect) for children with special needs, ages 6-12. We embrace each child's special needs and provide a safe environment where they can learn about Jesus in a more sensory-integrated environment. Children worship through music, prayer, crafts, and play. We also provide shadows for children who are able to participate in their main-stream classes as needed.

    AE Teens (Ages 13-17)
    11am  |  Rm 764/765
    A Sunday School (Sunday Morning Connect) class for teens and preteens with special needs, ages 13-17. This class is a more structured environment. Teens can worship, do crafts, pray, and develop a relationship with Jesus. We also provide shadows for teens who are able to attend youth main-stream programs as needed.

    AE Adults (Ages 18+)
    11am  |  Rm 732
    A Sunday Morning Connect (Sunday School) class for adults with special needs, ages 18 and up. Group homes are encouraged to attend. We offer worship, prayer time and a Bible lesson with discussion. It is a great time of learning and fellowship in a relaxed and safe atmosphere. For more information about this class, contact Leigh Sawtelle at 919.981.0222 x161.

    Shadow Buddies Needed
    The Abilities Enabled Ministry needs fun loving volunteers to serve as Shadow Buddies Sunday mornings during 11am service and Friday night Respite. No experience or special skills necessary, just a heart for the special needs community. Volunteers must fill out an application and background check form and be at least 8th grade to adult. For more information, contact Leigh Sawtelle at 919.981.0222 x161.

    Click HERE to fill out a volunteer application and background check.

    Respite Care

    Friday, TBD
    6 - 9pm  |  Rm 359, 360
    Once a month our Respite program provides a break for families with children with special needs. This typically occurs on the second Friday of the month. Respite includes crafts, snacks, playground time, movies, and plenty of games. Both children with special needs — from 6 to 15 years of age — and their siblings 12 and under are welcome!

    Below you will find the necessary forms for Respite Attendance. Please print and fill these out prior to attending Respite in 2020.

    Upcoming Respite Dates for 2020:
    October, TBD
    November, TBD
    December, TBD



     

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    MOPS - Mothers of Preschoolers

    MOPS - Mothers of Preschoolers
    2nd & 4th Tuesdays

     *Registration now open for 2020-2021!

    MOPS is for mothers of children from infancy through six years old. Our goal in MOPS is to equip you to handle the joys and challenges of life as a mom. MOPS is a great place for mothers find friendship and acceptance, develop mothering skills, and promote spiritual growth. The women are of many ages and backgrounds, but share the same desire—to be the best mothers they can be. Child care is available during each meeting beginning at 9:15am. Children are lovingly cared for in age-appropriate classes with games, crafts, songs, Bible stories and a snack.

    Crossroads MOPS welcomes women from throughout the community. You do not need to be a member of Crossroads Fellowship to join Crossroads MOPS. There is a $31.95 MOPS International fee, plus additional fees to cover child care, craft and other expenses due at the first meeting of each semester. Visit our Crossroads MOPS blog and find out what we're up to locally! Also visit the MOPS International web site for more information about the organization.

    Your kids are growing...and we are too!

    We are officially launching a blend of MOPS and MOMSnext at Crossroads. This new extension of MOPS is for all mothers of school-age kids to experience authentic community, personal growth, practical help and spiritual hope.

    This MOMSnext small group will meet at Crossroads Fellowship on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays with MOPS. The MOMSnext group will have brunch and crafts with our MOPS group. Many speakers and topics will still be relevant to this group; but there will also be opportunities for separate discussions unique to moms with older children. This Group will enjoy mom's nights out, lunch or coffee dates, and time for children to socialize together!

     

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    Home School
    Generations

    Generations Homeschool Group

    Generations is a ministry of Crossroads Fellowship that exists to encourage and equip Christian families in the Triangle as they educate their children at home. We accomplish this by offering academic enrichment programs, coordinating group activities, and fostering collaboration among our members.

    Want to learn the whole story of how Generations began or how you can be involved in the activities we sponsor? Please see our Generations Homeschool Group website.