We are intentional about teaching and nurturing faith in the children at Dayspring. This is done through worship, Sunday School, Manna, Camps, and other opportunities for playfulness and joy. At Dayspring, children are blessed to have many adults who know their names and encourage their faith.
We take seriously our responsibility for creating a safe and welcoming environment for our babies and toddlers. To that end, we provide a bright and clean nursery that is staffed with committed professionals who care for our children. They are committed to teaching the littlest ones among us that church is a place where they are loved and welcomed.
MOPS and MOPPETS
MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers (birth through kindergarten). Parenting is a difficult and lonely job. It makes a world of difference to have other friends for support. Dayspring’s MOPS group is a place where both stay-at-home and working moms are encouraging one another and growing together through the ups and downs of parenthood.
While moms are meeting, our little ones are being cared for and taught by loving adults. They enjoy snack time, play time, and a prepared curriculum. To learn more about this opportunity, see our MOPS page.
Manna is a ministry for 2nd through 5th grade students that feeds a child’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs through scripture, community, mission, and fun. It takes place two Sundays a month from 5-7pm. (They meet the same times as Youth Group.) Students will participate in a variety of activities that will “feed” the whole child, including:
- Dinner – building relationships while sharing a meal. Students learn about giving thanks through prayer and have an opportunity to share the prayers that they say at home.
- Lesson Time – learning lessons and stories from the bible. This is made up of many activities including: craft time, story telling/drama, science experiments, music, games, etc.
- Game Time – building community through play and fun.
- Bible Skills – becoming familiar with the bible and scripture. This includes memorizing the books of the bible, learning what the bible is, and scripture memory of some of the most commonly used scripture.
- Time with God – allowing students quiet time to explore individual prayer. Each student will have a prayer journal to write or drawer anything they learned, are thinking about, or would like to pray about. They will also have the option to talk to an adult about their thoughts instead of writing if they choose.
- Service – living out the gospel. The group will spend one week on service each semester.
Faith formation also occurs as children learn the stories of scripture and the practices of faith during Sunday School. Our children's Sunday School classes use an engaging, thoughtful curriculum using crafts, a short video, and other activities to teach the bibles story each week. Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m. We have classes for Preschoolers through Elementary age children.
Partway through worship, children ages preschool-3rd grade are invited to a special Children’s Worship time in the Anniversary Hall. Children’s Worship uses a curriculum designed to cultivate faith through song, teaching, and hands-on activities.