The Start of Something BIG
Early Childhood is such an important time in a child’s spiritual development because they are observing and soaking up everything around them. God is present in each moment and kids in this stage are eager to learn more about God’s story.
Babies, toddlers, and pre-school aged kids are the future of our church community. Their journey in God’s beautiful story has just begun. We put passion, love, and intentionality into everything we do in order to lay the foundation for their spiritual development and support parents as their child’s primary spiritual teacher. We strive to foster an environment that will create a spark in their soul that, when fanned, will set their hearts on fire for God.
“I not only know my children are safe and enjoying a lively lesson, but I also know they are being loved by the many volunteers who know them by name and welcome them with big hugs and warm smiles.”
– Katie Schultz
“Lakeland’s Early Childhood area is a place where Emily can not only play and get to know other children her age, but experience God’s grace and be surrounded by the community at Lakeland.”
– Laura Christian
“Brinkley loves interacting with the volunteers, playing with all the fun toys, and snack time. Knox loves creating artwork that goes along with the bible verse that they are studying that week.“
– Brianna Ganson
Things we do
On Sundays, we do all sorts of activities to engage those little balls of energy. Everything we do connects to and supports the monthly bible story. It’s exciting to see that by the end of the month the kids are telling the story to each other and have really soaked it up.
We spend a month learning a bible story in various ways with felt boards, drama, and story books.
Our songs are exciting and active!
These games support fine and gross motor development, cooperation, and connection to bible story.
We incorporate crafts that encourage motor development, small group interaction, and connection to the monthly bible story.
A heart for Children
To serve in the Kindling means you are a part of God’s story of love in a very fun and active way. You play with and guide the kiddos each week to know that God made them and God loves them. Through singing, dancing, games, crafts, and bible stories we introduce kids to the story of God’s people, welcome them into community, and act as the “kindling” for their spiritual development.
Contact for more
Early Childhood Director
Sarah has been on staff at Lakeland for five years as the Early Childhood Director. Before working at Lakeland, Sarah spent seven years working in and teaching elementary special education. She has her teaching certification and master’s degree in cross-categorical special education from Fontbonne University in B.A. in English from Truman State University. At home, Sarah enjoys being with her husband, Mike, her daughter Anna and her son Sam.