At Church at Charlotte Kids, we want to partner with you as your child grows. There are a lot of activities and programs to get involved with, and sometimes it’s hard to see the forest for the trees.
To help you understand how we support you, we wanted to tell you about major ministry milestones you can expect to encounter throughout your son or daughter’s experience at Church at Charlotte SouthPark. You can read more about each of the Church at Charlotte Kids Milestones below.
In the image above, you see these milestones collected into a pile of stones, known as a cairn. A cairn is a pile of stones used as a memorial or a trail marker. In the Old Testament, we read stories of Israel building cairns of stones during their wilderness wanderings as memorials to the work God had done. We hope these events serve to remind your family of the journey of faith you have walked, and also serve as pointers for the steps you will take moving forward along the path.
If you have any questions about the Church at Charlotte Kids Milestones or how our ministries fit together to help you raise Christ followers, please feel free to contact Rachel Nelson, our Children’s Ministry Director.
Learn more about Milestones
Whether it’s your first or your sixth, your child’s birth is a special event. Church at Charlotte SouthPark sees baby dedication as an opportunity for you to recognize that God created your child and your child belongs to Him. Child Dedication is also your chance to commit to raising your child in a way that’s pleasing to God and brings Him glory.
Our Child Dedications are held every spring, summer, and fall during our Child Dedication Family Service. For more information on Child Dedications as well as the dates of our upcoming Child Dedication Family Services, please click here.
How kids learn about God changes a lot when they move from our preschool ministry to our elementary ministry. Your child is beginning to read and can learn to study the Bible personally. We want to show Church at Charlotte kids that God’s Word is a treasure.
Shortly after your child starts first grade, we will hold a ceremony to present excellent study Bibles to every student. We will also take time to share more about our elementary ministry, our mission and the programs available for your kids.
A Faith Celebration service is held each fall and spring for children in first through fifth grade. The celebration gives your child a chance to publicly share his or her decision to trust Jesus and allows your family—and the church family—to celebrate together. Before you can participate in a Faith Celebration service, we ask that you and your child join us for a required class. We’ll talk about baptism, communion and how to guide your child now that he or she is walking with Christ.
During the two days they are gone, the kids will learn more about God and build relationships with the leaders and their peers. These valuable lessons come through chapel messages, small group activities, and quiet times that can be immediately applied to their lives. Our three teaching series that we rotate through are: Who is God: Father, Son & Holy Spirit; Who Am I: In Christ; and How Do I Follow: Equipped with the Armor of God.
Church at Charlotte Kids has a 4th/5th Foundations class for four Sundays each semester. This class is geared for our 4th and 5th grade children to be given deeper instruction in the foundations of our faith. The four teaching series are: Salvation & Ordinances, The Bible, The Church and Apologetics. No registration is required. 4th and 5th grade students should check into their regular 9:30 a.m. Connect class to be a part of these series.
Our Fifth Grade Blessing is a family picnic to celebrate our 5th graders’ completion of elementary school. Transitioning into adolescence can be a daunting thing—for you and for your child. When it’s time for your kids to leave our elementary ministry, we will do everything we can to help you both make the change as smooth as possible. Parents will publicly share a blessing with their child as 5th graders prepare to move forward into Middle School and our Launch Ministry.