At Living Hope Fellowship, our focus is to lead people to a more intimate relationship with God, for His glory, and the mission of our kids ministry is exactly the same.
You are never too young to experience the grace and beauty of Jesus. If you are a parent and are looking for a church family, please know that it would be our privilege to welcome you and your children into the different learning environments described below. Our fervent prayer is that your children will come to understand the character of God and make a personal decision to follow Jesus as Savior and Lord, and everything we do is aimed in that direction.
God's design for spiritual formation places the parent as the primary source of spiritual guidance for their children, so as a church family we come alongside the parents to both equip them as spiritual mentors and reinforce what is being taught and modeled at home. Our youth are incorporated into all areas of church life, including our Community Groups, where our teenagers can learn from their parents and the extended church family what it means to truly follow Jesus.
God's design for spiritual formation places the parent as the primary source of spiritual guidance for their children, so as a church family we come alongside the parents and strive to equip them as spiritual mentors, reinforcing what is being taught and modeled at home. Our various Kids Ministry Teams work directly with the parents, collectively teaching the kids how to cultivate an intimate relationship with God and be mission-minded in an ever-changing world.
Below are some details about the ministries we offer for kids before and during our worship gathering on Sunday, and throughout the week. If you have any questions, feel free to email email@example.com.
Kids Community GroupEach Sunday afternoon, from 4:00-5:00, our K-5th grade kids have their own Community Group. Lead by our Kids Ministry Team, this is a time filled with fun and engaging activities that all connect to one central truth, rooted in God’s Word. As with everything we do, the goal is to help kids continue to develop a more intimate relationship with God, for His glory. The last Sunday of every month is a "hang out" time, where kids get to know other friends and their teachers, and would be a great night to introduce new kids to the group. In addition to the weekly Kids Community Group, we have other activities throughout the year including camp in the summer and other special events just for our kids and their friends.
Birth Thru Kindergarten
Childcare is provided for Kindergarten and under during the 5:00 worship gathering, and our team works hard to make this more than just babysitting. Even at a young age, children can learn fundamental truths about God and his character, so we divide the kids into small classes to promote age-appropriate learning. Ages 2 and up participate in a Bible-based curriculum that involves scriptures, crafts, songs, and tons of fun! The babies are loved and prayed over by paid nursery staff, so every child is under intentional spiritual covering while in our care.
As far as logistics are concerned, the nursery is located in the Education Building, which is on the south side of the main auditorium. You can follow the signs once you’re on the Grace campus, or just look for the picket fence and playground area. The parking lot in front of the building is reserved for families with small children, hopefully making it a little easier to load and unload.
We have taken several steps to ensure the safety of everyone involved on a Sunday night. A computerized check-in system provides a unique code and sticker for each child and their parent, which is required to pick up your child after the service. Doors to the building are locked at 5:10 to keep anyone from wandering in, so if you are late just ring the doorbell and a volunteer will let you inside. All paid staff and volunteers have been interviewed, passed a professional background check, and agree to abide by the handbook of policies and procedures, all of which add one more layer of safety and peace of mind.
1st Thru 5th Grade
In an effort to help disciple our kids in the normal rhythms of church life, we do not offer childcare or children’s church for kids in 1st grade and older. This helps them learn by immersion, seeing firsthand how the church family responds in various forms of worship, and instills a sense of inclusion and togetherness that is crucial to their spiritual formation. We have binders available that are designed with this age group in mind, offering activities that are directly tied to the sermon which allow them to both listen and stay engaged.
Due to the fact that we don’t have a building of “our own,” and many of our homes are scattered around the Baton Rouge area, we currently do not have formal ministries for kids throughout the week on a consistent basis. However, this does not mean that the ministry ceases to exist outside of Sunday. Their real discipleship happens in the home, and that classroom is always active. From the church perspective, kids are very much included in our Community Groups, and are welcome additions to the group time. All of our groups offer childcare, and the parents are encouraged to let their kids participate in whatever ways they see fit. So whether sitting in the discussion with the whole group, or interacting before and after, we want our kids to grow up seeing community lived out in real and tangible ways, and hopefully develop a healthy sense of belonging to this church family.