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: Exodus 20:12
God wants to work in your family. In Ephesians 6:1-4, Paul gives a brief set of instructions that are meant to bring blessing and flourishing to all households where Jesus is loved and trusted as Lord and savior. The instructions that he gives identify clear roles between parents, children, and fathers.
Parents are the God-given authority for their children. Their authority is subject only to God’s and God sees parents as the primary way that he is revealed to little children. This is a high calling for parents. How you treat your children communicates who God is on a fundamental level. Therefore, discipline your children in love, raising them to know him and obey him.
Children are a blessing from God to their parents and are called to obey their parents. This is because God wants to work through them to protect you and help you learn and grow about who God is. Their love for you comes directly from God.
Fathers are to bear responsibility for their entire household. They are to be self-sacrificial, initiators, and available for their families. Fathers are especially tasked with leading their families in the discipline and instruction of the Lord meaning that this should be a primary focus for fathers in the home. Fathers will give an answer for the spiritual state of their family, and their love and authority in the home should mirror Jesus’ love and authority in the church.
1. How does the structure of a home bring blessing?
2. What are some of the hard things about doing this as a family?
3. What can we all do to obey God better in this area?
4. What characteristic of God does our family want to demonstrate?
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, thank you for our family. Thank you for all of the work that you have done in each of us, for your grace when we fall short and for all that you provide to enable us to love each other. Please help us as parents to love our children well and to raise them in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Please help our children to receive and respond to our instruction with loving obedience, and please use our home to demonstrate your love in this world. Amen.