I know that our daughter will grow up understanding the value of biblical community and the love of Jesus through the nurture and care of the Little Kids ministry. And that is so reassuring as a father.
Our Mosaic Little Kids spaces serve kids in engaging environments full of colors, textures, and activities that encourage exploration and development.
Our littles are at the beginning of their story. We want them to know who the author of that story is and how He has made them infinitely valuable. Every week, we explore the stories of the Bible, stringing together the biggest narrative of all: God’s Big Story. Through interactive teaching and age-specific crafts and games that combine child development and theology principles, we introduce our littles to these magnificent truths: God made them, He loves them, and Jesus wants to be their friend forever.
We consider all of our Little Kids rooms as small groups. Now, we realize that it might sound a little strange to think of your one-year-old as a part of a small group. This ideology, though, does something powerful for our staff and volunteers. It reminds us that, whether they know and can verbalize it or not, your kids are a beloved and irreplaceable part of our biblical community. This means that at three months, two years, and four-years-old, they have a group of people who know them (and all their quirks), champion them, and are there to disciple them alongside you.
For many years, my previous job was to shape the minds of children. But here in Little Kids, I get the privilege of preparing their hearts to know the incredible depths of the love of their Savior.
This month is going to be Out of This World! We are going to use this theme to help teach preschoolers about the most amazing thing ever, which turns out isn’t a thing at all, but a person! You know who I’m talking about—Jesus! We are teaching preschoolers that Jesus is amazing! And, we’re doing it by sharing stories about some of his amazing miracles.
Jesus displayed an amazing understanding of God when he was at the temple as just a young boy. The people who heard him were amazed! Jesus calmed a storm with just a word. Amazing! Jesus filled fishermen’s nets with fish. Amazing! Jesus healed a blind man with mud and spit. Amazing! This world…well, this universe is filled with amazing things, but nothing will ever be more amazing than the One who created it all. Jesus is amazing and we want our preschoolers to know it.
Story Focus: Jesus’ teaching is amazing. This week, we see Jesus teaching in the Temple as a boy. He amazed all of the people who heard Him with his understanding of God at such a young age. Jesus is amazing!
Story Focus: Jesus’ healing is amazing. In week two, we hear the story of four friends who carried their friend who couldn’t walk to Jesus. They were so determined to see Jesus that they climbed to the roof and lowered their friend down because they couldn’t get to Jesus through the crowd. Their determination allowed Jesus to perform a miracle and heal their friend!
Story Focus: Jesus’ power is amazing. In this week’s teaching, we find Jesus and the disciples in a boat in the middle of a raging storm. Have no fear though! Jesus has power over nature, and he used it to calm the storm. Even the disciples were asking, “Who is this that even has power over the wind and waves?” Jesus! That’s Who!
Story Focus: Jesus’ miracles are amazing. In week four, we see Jesus do a miracle in the midst of common, everyday fishermen. When they threw their nets out, they caught nothing. When Jesus told them to throw their nets out again, they caught so many fish their nets began to break!
Story Focus: Jesus is amazing. We end this month with Jesus again doing only what he can do—healing a blind man and making his eyes see again. But, Jesus doesn’t just do these fantastic things. Jesus is amazing! Jesus did so many amazing things while he was on earth, and we want our preschoolers to know all about them. Learning that the same baby Jesus they heard about at Christmas grew to be a man who performed mind-blowing miracles is a key piece of preschoolers’ spiritual foundation. Jesus is God’s Son and he is amazing.
In 2018 we entered a new chapter at Mosaic with the Every Moment initiative. A key part of this next step in our story includes a buildout of our Winter Garden Campus, utilizing the building’s unused expansion space in a plan we call Phase Two.
What does this mean specifically for our families with kids 3 months – PreK? It means more room! The addition of four new classrooms gives us the freedom to keep our Little Kids environments small and specifically designed for their unique developmental stages. We’re also looking forward to the addition of an indoor playground (see concept art below) that will be visible from the Kids Check-In area, adding to our kids’ bubbling excitement as they enter Mosaic Kids every week to experience the gospel.