Children's Ministries

Our Children's Ministries Include:  Children's Sunday School, KidREACH, Awana Club, Take-Off, Day Camp, Kid's Choir and Camp Ministries at Lakeside Bible Camp.

Our desire is to reach children for Jesus Christ through quality teaching and fun activities intended to build a solid spiritual foundation in the life of each child.

We will love your children - share the Gospel with them, disciple believers toward spiritual maturity and partner with parents, encouraging every family to make a whole life commitment to our Savior, Jesus Christ.

For additional information about Children's Ministries, please contact our Children’s Ministries Coordinator Patti Cramer at patti@dmgc.org or through the Chapel Office at 206-878-2145.


MIDWEEK ACTIVITIES DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR

KidREACH:  Tuesdays, 5:15-6:15 PM
KidREACH is a World Vision partner program; an After School Academic Mentoring Program for children desiring tutoring help with school work during the school year.  Currently we are working with children from Des Moines Elementary School.  Dinner is included.  Applications are available through the church office or Des Moines Elementary School. This is strictly an academic program.

Awana:  Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 PM
Awana is a Bible-based fun program for boys and girls in grades K-6 on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 PM during the school year.  To register online:  Awana Registration Form.   

MOPS Kids Program: 
The MOPS Kids program 
runs simultaneously with our MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) program on the first and third Thursdays of each month during the school year.  For more information about MOPS and MOPS Kids, please click here.


SUNDAY MORNINGS

Nursery:  Sundays, 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM for ages 0-3 years
The Nursery at DMGC provides a loving and secure environment for our babies and toddlers during both services.  Parents can drop off their little ones in our bright and modern nursery wing on the lower level and attend services with peace of mind knowing that their young ones are well cared for.  All nursery helpers attend DMGC, are carefully screened and have background checks.

Children's Church:  Sundays, 9:30 AM for ages 4-7
Children's Church is offered year round in the Blue Room on the lower level.  Children are taught age-appropriate Bible lessons, and there are fun games and activities.

Sunday School for Preschool & Kindergarten:  Sundays, 11:00 AM for ages 3 (as of September 1)-Kindergarten
At DMGC we offer age-appropriate Bible teaching combined with a lot of fun in our preschool Bible time on Sunday mornings.  Children are never too young to begin to learn God's Word and hide it in their hearts.  Our desire it to teach Jesus' love through Bible lessons, songs, crafts and various activities.

Sunday School for Grades 1-6:  Sundays, during the 11:00 AM hour
The elementary school years are a time when children begin to make their faith their own.  Students meet in the Sunday school auditorium to worship and praise the Lord together through music and then study the Word of God in small groups.  Our wonderful leaders teach God's Word, the importance of prayer, God's love and how to apply biblical principles to their lives.  Children are encouraged to bring their Bibles to class every Sunday.  We will share with your children the Lord's desire to have a personal relationship with them.


Dedication of Children
Child dedication is intended to be a significant commitment on the part of the parents who want, in God's grace, to live godly lives and raise children "in the discipline and instruction of the Lord."  Child dedication does not make anyone a Christian.  We are saved by grace alone through faith in Jesus Christ.  Parents desiring to dedicate their children should contact Pastoral Team member, Mac Sauerlender, at either mac@dmgc.org or 206-878-2145.


Looking for an outstanding overnight camp experience for your child?

Looking for a winter weekend retreat or week-long youth summer camp that is packed with fun, but centered around Christ?   Lakeside Bible Camp is just the ticket. 

Super Summer Camps and Winter Retreats:

DMGC co-owns and operates one of the finest summer camps in the Northwest.  Lakeside Bible Camp is located on the south end of Whidbey Island on the shores of beautiful Deer Lake.  Its 50 acres contain quiet woods, sport facilities, camp sites, swimming dock, fishing, water skiing, and boating.  Weekly camps are offered for children and families throughout the summer where there is an opportunity to learn about Jesus Christ.  Brochures are available in the Chapel Office.


SEASONAL ACTIVITIES

Take-Off:  (4-10 years) Four weekdays in July, 10:00 AM-1:30 PM 
Each summer kids can learn the Good News about Jesus while parents "take off" for a few hours.  Friends are welcome!  Bring a sack lunch for each child and fill out a Take-off Permission Form.

Day Camp:  Last week of July - 9:00 AM-3:30 PM
Anyone who has ever attended Day Camp will tell you that it is amazing!  Each year there is a fun and unique theme.  This summer your child will be welcome to join us for another excellent week of fun games, super crafts and skills, sing-along songs, outstanding outings and great Bible talks.  Day Camp is beloved by all who have attended over the years, and many who were once Day Campers come back as Troop leaders and Directors because Day Camp is simply the best!

To be eligible for Day Camp, you must be a boy or girl in grades 1-6 during the 2019-2020 school year.  Children are accepted regardless of race, creed, color or national origin.  Many activities will be divided into junior and senior age groups to facilitate learning and interest.  Fill out the Day Camp Registration Form.

Kid's Choir:  9:30 AM for grades 1-6 (offered in the fall)
If your child likes to sing or act, our Kid's Choir is the perfect fit!  Kids practice every Sunday during the Communion Service at 9:30 AM, from October-December.  The Kid's Choir Christmas performance will be presented in December (date TBD), during the Family Bible Hour at 11:00 AM.