Nurturing and instructing the next generation in the faith and love of Jesus Christ.
What We Do
At Portico Kids we nurture and instruct the next generation in the faith and love of Jesus Christ. Every Sunday, children are encouraged to worship God and grow in knowledge and trust through singing Gospel songs, hearing Gospel lessons, and witnessing the church body caring for them and for all of God’s family.
Check-in and Pick-up
Check-in begins at 10:15am in the lobby at the “Portico Kids Desk” and check-in closes at 10:45am. Parents should pick up their children at the conclusion of service.
Safety & Security
All Portico Kids volunteers complete a five-step security system screening process including a background check and interview by a Pastor. The security system is administered by the Pastor of Community and Families through MinistrySafe.
Family worship is an invaluable inheritance of God’s people. Parents are the primary leaders of their children’s spiritual lives and worshipping Jesus as a family will help form children into disciples who love and trust the Lord. This guide is a simple structure that will help parents connect the weekly lessons from Portico Kids to life in the home. Please use this guide at a family meal working through the framework of READ-REFLECT-SING-PRAY.
Memory Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6
What do you fear? There are a lot of different things that can be scary and make us afraid. When we are afraid, we are acknowledging that we are at risk somehow and our future is not sure. This was true of the Israelites after they received the report of the spies they sent into the land of Canaan. When the spies returned, they told the people that there was a beautiful land full of abundance just like God promised them. It was what they had waited for all these years. But because the Canaanites were strong and had a big army, they were too afraid to receive the land that God provided to them. They began to fear the Canaanites rather than trust God. God needed to continue to teach them to trust him so he judges their sin and shows them defeat in battle—the very thing they were afraid of! Yet, he stays with them and remains faithful to his promise to give them a promised land, a promise that is kept through Jesus.
1. What are some of the things that the Israelites were afraid of?
2. What are some of the things that we are afraid of?
3. Why does knowing and trusting God help us when we are afraid?
4. When was a time that Jesus was afraid? How did he respond?
Jesus Paid it All
I hear the Savior say,
“Thy strength indeed is small.
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in Me thine all in all.”
Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.
Lord, now indeed I find
Thy pow’r, and Thine alone,
Can change the leper’s spots
And melt the heart of stone.
For nothing good have I
Whereby Thy grace to claim;
I’ll wash my garments white
In the blood of Calv’ry’s Lamb.
And when, before the throne,
I stand in Him complete,
“Jesus died my soul to save,”
My lips shall still repeat.
Heavenly Father, help us to trust you when we are tempted to be afraid. We know that you are stronger than anything we are afraid of, we know that you love us just like you love Jesus, and we need your help to trust you when we are afraid. Remind us of your faithfulness and goodness every day and help us to all have courage and boldness with how we live and serve you. Amen.