Forming the individual and the family for Christ is part of our mission. Christian formation happens as we connect with God in community. We offer a variety of ways for all ages to connect with others, as they are formed in the faith and sent out to serve.
At Apostles, we believe God is already moving in our children; speaking to, and through, them. Our Children’s Ministry seeks to nurture those stirrings by sharing the stories of God’s people; helping each child connect with their own experience and relationship with God. Through the creative and imaginative approach of Godly Play, the children at Apostles are given access to religious language and freedom to wonder and claim their own spirituality, grounded in Christian teachings and principles. This year we extended the offerings to the older children using Godly Play’s spiral curriculum approach, integrating as the children get older, the whole Christian language system with Biblical enrichment and extension lessons. Come join us!
Nursery... Newborns to Toddlers
Children are urged to join the Godly Play circle as soon as they, and their parents, think they are ready; typically this is at 4 years, although some 3 year olds have been known to join the circle. They start the church hour in the Godly Play room, joining their family later for communion. Children stay in this same classroom for 3 years, hearing the sacred and gospel parable stories of the Bible, as well as participating in rich liturgical story experiences.
2nd & 3rd Grades
For the emerging readers in this age group, the core Godly Play stories are expanded to include many deep enriching stories from the Bible. Over the course of the two years in this classroom, they expand not only their knowledge of the core sacred stories but begin to understand deeper their placement in the historical and spiritual timeline of Jesus. Children begin in the main sanctuary and are then dismissed for class and return for communion.
4th Grade Up
The spiral Godly Play curriculum continues to expand for the older children as they explore the rich overarching themes of the Bible and the messianic Gospel. Following a Bible Study approach, children are encouraged to research, connect and claim the good news of the Gospel as their own. Children begin in the main sanctuary and then are dismissed for class and return for communion.
Church of the Apostles would like to extend a very warm welcome to our new Director of Youth Ministry Taylor Ishii and his wife Hillary. Taylor was born and raised in Orange County, California. He graduated from Wheaton College in 2008 with a Bachelors in Biblical and Theological Studies and went on to graduate from Fuller Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity in 2012. Since 2013 Taylor has worked at Christ Church Plano in Plano, TX, serving as the High School Minister, Director of Student Ministry, and Associate Priest for Young Adults. He was ordained as a Deacon in 2015 and as a Priest in May 2016. He and Hillary were married in August 2016. Taylor and Hillary express their excitement to get to know the students and families of Apostles and to share life together as we follow Jesus. Taylor says, “I was called to ministry as a freshman in high school and know firsthand how formative church youth group can be. Youth aren’t the future of the church, they are the church. I’m excited to help students gather in community, be formed in their knowledge and love of Christ, and send them out to love God and serve the world!”