Children


Kids at Valley Life Church

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We love kids at Valley Life Church and God has blessed us with a bunch of them. The Valley Life Children's Ministry reflects the VLC vision in which discipleship happens in Christ-centered small groups. On Sundays, the children worship together and then gather in community groups where they learn about Jesus, the hero of every story.

We see children as a gift from God. That gift comes with the awesome responsibility of raising them to know God's Word and honor Him with their lives. We want every child who is part of our children's ministry to be excited about Jesus...that Jesus would be their hero!

The Valley Life Children's Ministry has a nursery for kids from the age of 6 weeks through 18 months, a toddler department for children 18 months through 2 years, a preschool class for 2 through 4 year olds and elementary classes are for kids through 5th grade. Children from 6th grade on are part of the adult worship service.

Jennifer SmothersJennifer Smothers

Nursery At Valley Life we believe every baby is a precious, undeserved, unrepeatable gift from a Father who has knitted them together in His own image, who knows each child intimately, and who loves them beyond comprehension. It is our goal to reflect the Father's love in the care that we provide for these tiny ones. Our safe, home-like environment is staffed with attentive volunteers who love to snuggle and interact with little ones. Your baby will listen to beautiful music, explore, be held, read to, soothed, and snuggled in an atmosphere of Christ's unconditional love and acceptance. While reading books about Jesus and singing songs that glorify and praise Him are so important, at this age Christ is communicated best through the love, attention, and affection of trusted caregivers.

We understand it can be difficult to leave your littlest ones in the care of others. Please be sure to communicate anything that we can do to help you or your baby feel more comfortable. We encourage you to bring a familiar blanket or lovey for your child, and to stay as long as needed for you both to feel comfortable.

Jennifer SmothersJennifer Smothers

Toddlers God has been working at Valley Life and has provided for the little ones who are stable on their legs and will be moving from the baby nursery into the toddler department.  He has given us a passion for these kiddos, and we have been convicted that they learn much more than most people realize and this is the time to begin teaching them about Jesus. The toddlers will worship by hearing songs, listening to Bible lessons, and learning to color lesson related pictures. We have added play dough as an activity, but always try to work in some conversation about the lesson as little hands squish and smash! In Valley Life fashion, there will be a Scripture verse that will be concentrated on for the full quarter.  We don't see our time with these kiddos as strictly babysitting, but as an opportunity to teach them about Jesus and His love for them. As much as possible, we are talking about his goodness and speaking truths into their little ears... such as: God is Good, Be Strong in the Lord, Jesus loves me, etc. We welcome any child with open arms and want to reflect the words of Jesus, "Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs." Matthew 19:14 (Jennifer Smothers - Children's Ministry Toddler Coordinator)

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Preschool Children Valley Life preschoolers are a lively bunch! They are involved in learning activities that begin to introduce the day's lesson as soon as they arrive. Worship time with singing, memory verse practice, and Bible lessons is a corporate activity. After worship they divide into age groups for coloring and craft projects that reinforce the Bible lesson. Toward the end of the session they gather together for a puppet show that reviews the lesson of the day.

Our aim in this department is to help the little ones know that God is big and strong, that He made everything, and knows everything. We want them to know how much Jesus loves them, is always with them, and hears them when they talk with him. We want them to hide God's Word in their hearts so they can stand strong in life. (Ione Watkins - Children's Ministry Preschool Coordinator)


Elementary Children Valley Life Elementary is designed for children in Kindergarten through grade 5. Our leaders strive to introduce the concepts of mentoring/discipleship through partnering older children with younger children during our meeting times. We aim to create an atmosphere of serving, helping and learning from one another that is rooted in teaching about Jesus and His saving grace. We aim to emphasize the Gospel of Jesus every week in every lesson we teach.

There are 3 teams of dedicated volunteers who serve our elementary kids on a rotating schedule. A musician leads worship and singing every other week. Each week the kids play a game that assists them in learning the books of the Bible, listen to a lesson from The Gospel Story Bible, discuss the story, have prayer time and practice reciting a timeline of key events from the Bible.

Our 3 teams of volunteers each focus on a different activity after prayer time. One team emphasizes the global church using materials from The Voice of the Martyrs and through our sponsorship of a young boy in the Philippines through Compassion International. Another team focuses on historical Christians. The third team helps connect the children to our local church body by inviting members of Valley Life Church to come in and share a brief bit about themselves or through encouraging our children to write letters or pictures to members of our church who are ill or unable to meet regularly with us for various reasons.