We love children and value them as an integral part of our community. Below you'll find the core values and philosophy of mission that serves as the foundation for Nexus Kids.
We firmly believe that it is parents (not the church) that are responsible for the spiritual, physical, social, intellectual and emotional development of their children. Nexus Kids exists only as an aid and supplement in that development process. Above all, Nexus Kids is designed to provide a fun and interactive environment for kids to simply be kids while hearing the stories of Jesus.
To help us provide a unique, fun and interactive setting for children at the Nexus Centre, we are excited to be in partnership with the Museum in downtown Kitchener (formerly the Waterloo Region Children's Museum), directly adjacent to the Walper Terrace Hotel. The Museum is full of exciting exhibits and learning stations designed for children, with families primarily in mind.
SALT & LIGHT
When Jesus told his followers that they should be salt and light in the world, we think that meant children as well. By hosting Nexus Kids at the Museum, our children and their leaders have a tremendous opportunity to interact with other children, families and the staff at the Museum each and every week. There is no better way to be salt and light to the world than by positioning our children in a place where they can connect with others. Jesus told us not to keep our light hidden from others, so we want to be intentional about ensuring that Nexus Kids operates in public and inclusive environments where others can easily participate.
The question on every parent's mind is "What does Sunday morning look like?". Here's a quick overview of what you can expect.
Being ACTIVE + STORYTELLING
We value holistic spirituality for ourselves and our children. Taking care of our minds and bodies is an act of worship. So to help Nexus Kids maintain healthy, active lifestyles we incorporate activity and exercise into our Nexus Kids program. Development of the mind and body is an important part of spiritual and physical health.
Our priority is not to make kids memorize Bible verses, but in actively engaging our Nexus kids in the exciting stories of the Bible and primarily the stories of Jesus. We are intentional about providing an environment where children are encouraged to participate in the storytelling and in doing so, to immerse themselves in the story the Bible is telling - namely, God's redemptive mission in the world.
The physical safety of our Nexus Kids is a top priority. Parents, be assured that your children will be under the watchful eyes of our Nexus leaders at all times. Your son or daughter will be in the care of our Nexus Kids team of trained and experienced volunteers who are gifted in working with children. At Nexus Kids we follow the safety policies and procedures set out both by Grandview Church, and The Museum. So you can relax knowing that your children are in good hands.
If you have any questions about the Nexus Kids program or would like to volunteer your time to support Nexus Kids, please contact our Nexus Kids Coordinator Kristen Gauthier.