WHAT IS PATHWAY KIDS?
What to Expect
Upon checking in, you and your child will receive matching ID tags specific to your family and your visit. Your child will need to wear the name tag portion and you will need to keep the matching tag. After service, you will show the Pathway Kids leader your matching tag in order for your child to be released from his/her room. If you lose your ID tag, you will be required to show your drivers license in its place.
In the event that we may need to contact you during the service, we will text you from the number provided at check-in. We ask that you immediately find a Pathway Kids staff member or leader who will direct you to your child’s room.
In our preschool rooms, children will learn through age-appropriate teaching, activities, worship, and small groups to reinforce Biblical truths.
Our Compass Kids services are design to present the love of Jesus to elementary kids in a way that is excited, engaging, and practical. Every week they play games, experience worship, work on a Bible verse, and learn through live and video teaching. They also receive prayer and make friends in our small group time. We also send a take-home sheet you can talk through as a family during the week to help you foster conversation about spiritual matters in the home.
Throughout the New Testament, the Bible talks about baptism as an outward expression of an inner decision made to follow Jesus. In the Bible, we see that Jesus’ parents dedicated Him to the Lord (Luke 2:22-40), then He was later baptized as an adult (Matthew 3:16-17).
No one has greater potential to impact a child’s spiritual development than their parents. Proverbs 22:6 says: “Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
At Pathway Church, the dedication ceremony is intended to be a commitment between parents and God on behalf of their child. Parents are promising to raise their children in the faith until they are old enough to make their own personal decision to follow Christ.
We are excited that you are considering baptism for your child. Our hope is that through Pathway Kids your child will discover who Jesus is and develop a personal relationship with Him.
We advise parents to wait until their child is asking to be water baptized. This is usually a good indicator that they are ready and understand the significance of this spiritual milestone. While children under the age of seven can have a relationship with Jesus, they will not necessarily remember or understand the significance of water baptism, so we encourage parents to wait for baptisms until they are a little older.
As you are having conversations with your child or gauging if they are ready to be water baptized, we encourage you to use this guide as a discussion starter.