Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (NIV) Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

Ephesians 6:4 (NIV) Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

Mark 10:13-16 (NIV) People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.

These commands and examples in the Word of God instruct us regarding the importance of children to God. As Christians, we are responsible to give our children to God and raise them in the ways of the Kingdom of God. In fact, this responsibility is closely linked to our love for God Himself. This is due to the inherent worth of children. The Scripture instructs us that our children are a gift from God; they are our heritage from Him (Psalm 127:3). In the midst of a society which placed little importance on children, Jesus rebuked His disciples for trying to keep children away from Him (Mark 10:14). In fact, He said that their angels always see the face of God (Matthew 18:10). God desires that children build an intimate relationship with Him.

Yet children are not born with a knowledge of God. They must be taught. This responsibility falls primarily on the parents. However, the church must assist parents in this task of training their children in the ways of God’s Kingdom. Therefore, at Bay Ridge Christians Church we have a fully developed ministry to children, reaching from birth through the high school years.

We have a fun-filled nursery for children ages 2 and under, which is available at any time. We also have a quiet room for nursing mothers. For the children ages 3-9 we have an exciting children’s church program called Kingdom Safari. There is also a small group meeting on Sundays for middle school students. The children are dismissed after the time of worship to go to their classrooms upstairs. Visitors are welcome to walk their children to these classes and accompany them during the class, or you may choose keep your children in the meeting with you.

In addition to these ministries, we also have a youth ministry for high school aged children. To learn more about this ministry, click here.