Welcome to Kids' Space!
At Cornerstone, we want children to be an important part of our church family.
Kids' Space is our ministry to children on Sunday mornings at Community Church, and aims to introduce and develop children's understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We long to see the children among us become life-long disciples of Jesus, through the work of the Spirit.
Kids' Space runs different age-specific groups, named around a building theme — suggesting lives built on the foundation of Jesus Christ, our cornerstone.
Pebbles (1-4yrs crèche)
Pebbles is a crèche for children 4 years and under, and is open 15 minutes before the church service. Pebbles is a fun time for children to explore toys, books, crafts, and to learn simple truths about God.
Cornerstone provides cut fresh fruit and rice crackers for the children, but we ask parents to bring clearly labeled water for their child(ren). We also ask parents to sign them in and out of the Pebbles classroom.
Rocks (School Years 0-2), Blocks (School Years 3-5), and Beams (School Years 6-8)
During the school terms, we have a program for children aged 5 to 12.
These children start with the adults in the church service, heading out to a separate classroom 20 minutes or so into the service. The children first spend time together as a large group — playing games, singing, memorising scripture and hearing the Bible read and taught. The children then split into Rocks, Blocks and Beams for smaller age-specific learning activities, crafts and discussion about the lesson.
Caregivers are asked to sign them into our care as they leave the main hall. Leaders guide the children back to the main hall as the church service finishes, where they join the adults for morning tea — it is at this time that caregivers sign the children out of our care.
The classrooms which are used for all ages of Kids' Space are located to the left of the main hall.
The main hall has a fully fenced outdoor area to one side, which is perfect for children to run around in after the service.
Our lessons are centred on the Bible and our activities aim to point to what God is saying to us through His word. A range of interactive games and activities are used to help the children learn important truths about God and His world.
In 2020 both Crèche and the Primary aged children are taught using Kidswise curriculum and will follow along with the passages taught in the Sunday service and what is read in Growth Groups during the week.
Katie Banuelos helps coordinate the Children's ministry and helps to ensure children, caregivers and leaders are well cared for and resourced.
Our leaders and helpers are carefully chosen members of Cornerstone, with the majority being from our Campus Church congregation. You can recognise the leaders each Sunday by their coloured lanyards.
Cornerstone prioritises the safety of the children who attend our programs. All of our regular leaders are vetted through the New Zealand Police, and also sign Cornerstone's Child Protection Policy specific to the group they will be caring for. Regular leaders are committed to regular training in both teaching and child safety principles. The following are our current Children's Ministry policies:
- Child Protection Policy & Procedures
- Creche (Pebbles) at Cornerstone Community Church
- Kids (Rocks, Blocks and Beams) at Cornerstone Community Church
- Creche at 'Connect Women'
- Youth at Cornerstone
If anyone does have any concerns relating to child safety, they can report them to one of our Safe Ministry Supervisors (currently Lydia Oliver and Craig Marshall), who will make sure the matter is dealt with appropriately.
We'd love you and your child(ren) to come and visit us — we hope you'll be convinced that Kids' Space a great place for your children!
If you would like to know more, please contact Katie Banuelos.