In Children’s Ministries at Good Shepherd, we invite your whole family to walk together in the calling of Christ for a life of eternal impact. 

We recognize that God gave parents the incredible gift of children to love and lead. On average, parents are with their children about 3,000 hours a year. As a church, we spend around 40 hours a year with your child. Therefore, our priority within Children’s Ministries is to come alongside and support parents/guardians – the people who God designed to have the most influence on their child’s life and chose to become their primary spiritual leader(s).

Our desire is to help parents feel supported, equipped and empowered to lead their children through various ministry opportunities and resources offered throughout the year. We only have 936 weeks from the time our children are born until they graduate from high school. Let’s be intentional about how we spend that time. We are here for you, and we are cheering you on!

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New Baby
New babies are such a sweet blessing! Whether this is your first child or fourth, we want to celebrate with you. Our in-person services provide a Mother’s Room available and welcome for mothers to use for feedings, rocking a child or diaper changing. Additionally, there is extra clothing for children, if needed. Additional Information for Parents of Newborns
  • Sparklers is our nursery that is available for infants through 36 months of age during the Sunday morning services. Sparklers consists of an infant/crawler room and a toddler/walker room.
  • Visit us at Children's Check-in on a Sunday morning to learn more about our nursery and to check-in your child!
Interested in learning about or registering for baby baptisms? Learn more through Blessed Beginnings here.
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Sparks Early Childhood - 5th Grade
Sparks is our Sunday morning children’s ministry for kids ages 2 through 5th grade! Sparks is offered for all in-person worship services. At Sparks, participants are split into age-appropriate groupings where they come together to hear God’s Word, interact with God’s truths and join in discussion and prayer with their peers. We ask that children take bathroom breaks prior to arriving at check-in. Please note that there is no food or drink allowed in Sparks rooms. At check-in, children will receive their name badges and will be introduced to their room and leader. During Sparks, all participants will receive supplies that have been properly disinfected ahead of time. If you would like to inquire about Fusion - Disability Support for your child during Sparks, get connected with our Fusion team. Interested in attending Sparks? Register your child for the ministry year online! After registration, they will be placed on the roster for a Sunday morning group.
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Club 45 Midweek Preteen Ministry

Midweek Preteen Ministry for 4th and 5th Graders

Tuesday evenings in September - April, 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Club 45 provides a fellowship and outreach opportunity for 4th/5th graders. At Club 45, your preteen will learn about Jesus through games, a large group message, and connect group time with their peers and their Club 45 leader. This is a great bridging opportunity for 5th graders transitioning into our middle school ministry (FUEL). All 4th and 5th graders are welcome! Church membership is not required to participate.

Register here.

 
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Disability Support In Children and Student Ministries
Our goal is for all children and students to be able to successfully participate in all ministries with their peers. Based on each child’s individual needs, we provide:
  • One-on-one buddies
  • Coordination with staff and small group leaders
  • Accommodations (visual schedules, fidgets, etc.)
  • Self-contained sensory room
These supports are available in all children and student ministry opportunities and special events. If you have any questions, please click the “Email Leader” button below. CURRENT CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES REGISTRATION FORMS AND UPDATES CURRENT STUDENT REGISTRATION FORMS AND UPDATES
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Communion 4th Grade and Older

WHEN SHOULD MY CHILD BEGIN RECEIVING COMMUNION?

The decision of when your child will receive communion is one that every parent should prayerfully consider. The study of scripture, guidance by the Holy Spirit, and consideration of family beliefs are some of the things that help direct this decision. Regardless of when you choose for your child to begin receiving communion, Good Shepherd partners with families by offering Communion instruction beginning in 4th grade.

INSTRUCTION & CELEBRATION INFORMATION

Communicants will come with their parent(s), or other significant adult, to learn more about who God is and who we are as His children. Prior to the selected instruction time, our team will provide you and your family with resources and conversations to begin at home. There is a cost for your instruction materials ($30/per Communicant). Scholarships are available as needed. If you have any questions, please contact us at children@goodshepherd-napervile.org.

Information on the next Communion Retreat will be listed here when available.

 
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