At Parkside, we love kids because God loves kids.
God is an amazing God and he made each child in a unique and wonderful way.
At Parkside Baptist Church was are super passionate about seeing children grow as disciples of Jesus.
Our vision is:
'To see kids become rooted in their own personal faith, being supported and encouraged to be active in living out what it means to be a disciple of Jesus'
Our Kidz Ministry vision is based on the life cycle of a tree. A seed is planted and begins to grow, it needs to be watered and nourished, eventually growing deep roots and ultimately producing fruit that has seeds to begin the cycle in others.
"Whoever wants to follow me must say no to themselves. They must pick up their cross every day and follow me." Luke 9:23
Creche and Mothers Room
We have a creche full of toys available to children up to the age of 3 years old during our Sunday service. During the school term creche is staffed by volunteers, however the facility can be used by parents during school holidays. There is also a private feeding room next to the sound desk where mums can and feed their babies during the service.
Our kids' program caters for children age 3 - year 6. We run three different groups;
Seedlings- age 3 - year 1
L-H2O (Living water) - year 2 - year 3
Fruitloops - year 4 - year 6
Each group heads out for their program around 10:30am, during the service and run for about an hour, after which the younger children are returned to their parents in church at approx 11:30am. Programs include worship, games, play, prayer and age appropriate teaching that encourages kids to engage with God's word and apply it to their lives. During school holiday time children remain in church. Service leaders are mindful of engaging young people and often include 'kids talks'. Kids' packs are available for children to do in the service while remain with their parents. Children are welcome to bring quiet activities as well.
Our Year 7's are a part of our youth program, so they head out to 'VEG', which stay in church a little longer than the Kidz Ministry and instead go out to the youth program at the start of the sermon at around 11:00am for a Bible study.
Are you New?
If your family is attending Parkside Kidz Ministry for the first time, we are so excited to have you. When the children head out to their program please make your way into the foyer and meet one of our friendly leaders (wearing a blue T-shirt) who will go through what you need to know and ask you to fill in an enrollment form. They will also take you and your child to the appropriate group where you can meet the leaders and children.
Child Safe Environment
We highly value our children’s ministry and therefore we are a child safe compliant church, with child protection and mandatory notification training in place for all of our children’s leaders and teachers. Our leaders are also police checked to comply with the regulations of the Baptist Churches of SA.
Jess is our bubbly Children's Pastor, who is dedicated to teaching the our kids about Jesus and seeing them being equipped and supported for all the God has for them in a safe environment. However, this does not mean that the kids don't get up to enormous fun every Sunday morning!
Jess has worked with and led children and leaders for over 10 years. She is studying a Bachelor of Ministry part time at Tabor College.