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SAFETY IS OUR PRIORITY!

We go out of our way to protect your kids! Their safety is our #1 priority. All of our adult team members are background-checked and fully-trained to keep your kids safe. While you’re enjoying our worship service, you can relax knowing your children are in a safe, clean, and loving environment!

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We want every kid to have a heart that hears from God and pursues Him with all they have. This includes developing a personal friendship with Jesus!

JESUS IS OUR PURSUIT

RELATIONSHIP IS OUR HEART

We know life-change happens in the context of community, which is why we value consistent leaders in your child’s classroom. Every week these leaders will help your child grow in relationship with Jesus and develop a life-giving community of friends.

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FUN IS OUR MARK

We want Sunday to be the MOST EPIC day of your kids week! Our goal is for your child to beg you to come back week after week!

EXCELLENCE IS OUR STANDARD

We’re committed to giving our very best each time we gather together. Whether we’re teaching in person or online, our goal is to produce an excellent resource. We’re here to help equip the next generation, and we don’t take that calling lightly!

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Dreamers

We call our infants and 1 year olds our Dreamers, because they’ve just entered the world. They’re growing and learning what it’s all about! Your child will experience God’s love through the care of our trained Dream Team. Each week in this class, they will be prayed over, shown God’s love through play and songs, and often enjoy a nice nap.

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Explorers

We call our 2 and 3 year olds our Explorers, because these toddlers love to explore God’s creation! From climbing to dancing and everything in between, your child will have a blast exploring God’s love through hands on experiences designed just for them.

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Voyagers

Our preschool and kindergarten voyagers love discovering that they're part of God's Big Story, the Bible! Each week in this class, our Voyagers hear a story from God's Word and learn how to apply it in their own lives. Worship, play, and crafts are all significant aspects of what our Voyagers engage in every Sunday in Take Off Kids!

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Aviators

First through fourth grade students are soaring to discover their identity in Christ through the calling He has on their lives. We want our elementary-aged kids to recognize they have the potential to be Aviators—to boldly follow Jesus and take flight! Every Sunday in this class, our Aviators embark on their own unique journey with high-flying music, exciting games, Bible lessons that navigate the skies of faith, small group discussions, and practical applications that empower them to navigate life's flight path with purpose.

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We at the Church of Garden Valley believe that partnering with you is the most effective way to help your kids establish a solid spiritual foundation. Together, we can offer support, guidance, and prayer as they journey in their faith.
 

Here are some practical steps we can take together to achieve this goal:

  1. Choose a consistent service time and location to help your kids connect with their Small Group leader and peers their age at the Church of Garden Valley.

  2. Join in practicing the current Take off Kids Scripture memorization as a family.

  3. Stay updated on all the latest happenings for your kids by following @TakeOffKidsMinistry on Facebook.

  4. Participate in a Church of Garden Valley Life Group with other parents from the Church of Garden Valley.

  5. Dedicate time each week to pray for your children as they attend church, and also pray for our teams as they serve and nurture your kids.

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Hey Parents!
If your child has made the decision to follow Jesus, it may be time to take the next step by being water baptized. Here you will find a video and a water baptism guide to help you and your child talk through what it means to be water baptized.

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GUIDE TO WATER BAPTISM

We’re so excited that you’re considering baptism for your child! Every child can have a personal relationship with Jesus, and, at Take off Kids, we encourage each child to make a decision to follow Him. Our children are encouraged not just to learn about Jesus, but to learn from Him by walking with Him every day. We advise parents to wait until their child is asking to be water baptized. This is usually a good indication that they’re ready to be baptized, because this will be a huge spiritual milestone in their life. While younger children can have a relationship with Jesus, they won’t necessarily remember or understand the significance of the event. We encourage parents to wait for baptism until they are in the second grade or older.

As you discern if your child is ready to be water baptized, here are some questions to ask your child.

When did you decide to follow Jesus and become born again? 

Your child should have a specific memory of when he or she understood what Jesus did, and that he or she needs Jesus in their life. It may have been at church, at home, or even when they were alone. 

What does it mean to be water baptized? 
I am following Jesus, and I want everyone to know! It is a picture of what Jesus has done on the inside of me. 

Why do you want to be water baptized? 
Because Jesus was baptized and he tells us to be baptized too. Because I want to follow Him. Because I am born again. 

What if your child IS NOT ready? 
If you feel your child does not understand what it means to be water baptized, it is entirely appropriate to wait. During this time, let your child observe water baptism and talk to them about what it means. We would love for you to read through the water baptism devotional with your child and encourage them in their personal friendship with Jesus.

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