Kids and Youth

Family Ministry Introduction:

Kids and young people form a vital part of ICL as a community. We want them all to feel welcome and included. This is one of the reasons we seek to do everything in English and Dutch where possible.

All our activities for kids and young people are overseen by our Family Ministry teams co-ordinated by Mike and Anita James. They can be contacted through the church email.

We value all of our children and young people very much and therefore have a child protection policy in place. All volunteers for teams are asked to fill in an application form, giving references as well as be willing to have a police check carried out. Child Protection training is provided for team members.

Below is information firstly about the Kids groups and the Youth. After this comes information on the ethos of the Family Ministry teams.

KIDS:

When we meet on Sundays, the children have their own kid friendly activities. However, several times per year we keep the whole congregation together for a Family Service.

Nursery (0-3)  ICL provides a nursery for children ages birth to three years old every Sunday morning. Our goal is that these children experience love from caring workers and learn that God loves them.

Kingdom Kids (4-6)  ICL provides a class for children ages four to six years old called Kingdom Kids. In this class children have fun activities to learn to love God and love others.

Cool Kids (7-11)  Cool Kids is a fun time of music, games and lessons about God and the values He has for our lives. It is for children 7-11 years old.

Zuper Zondag – once a month on a Sunday, Cool Kids and Kingdom Kids come together for a fast moving mix of songs, puppets, crafts, activities and relevant Bible teaching. This happens in English and Dutch.

Fundag –  this is a monthly kids club in Dutch on a Saturday. It takes place in the Merenwijk (NE part of Leiden). More details: www.fundag.net

We value all of our children and young people very much and therefore have a child protection policy in place. All volunteers for teams are asked to fill in an application form, giving references as well as be willing to have a police check carried out. Child Protection training is provided for team members.

YOUTH:

Young people are a really important part of ICL. “Yeah right!” you might say. But we really mean it! We know that often church can seem like it is either for kids or those ancient beings called ‘adults’. But you are a vital part too. Check out the possibilities below:

Second Breakfast – Ages 11-13 meet on Sunday mornings. There are occasional weekend social things too, getting together with other youth groups or going away together for the weekend. So why not get aboard for a mix of learning about having a vibrant faith in the Lord, fun, food and hanging out together. Come and enjoy a Second Breakfast!

Ignite – Age 14 plus meet every other Sunday (1st and 3rd) and on every other Friday evening (usually 2nd and 4th Fridays). There is a great mix of different activities to help you grow in your faith and time to hang out with friends, watch movies and so on.

On the 2nd Sunday of the month, Ignite stays in the service with the adults and on the 4th they serve in different areas of ICL.

Family Ministry Ethos:

Our aim at ICL within the Family Ministry (0s to 18s) is to:

  • Give every child and young person connected with ICL the opportunity to explore and connect with faith in Christ in a relevant way and see this impact their lives and families.
  • Shape the Family Ministry around the core values of ICL:

Real: Children and young people genuine in their actions and attitudes

Family: activities where all can feel welcome and are part of a relational community. That the kids and young people feel part of the bigger ICL family and that the adults see them this way

Simple: Activities that are age-appropriate, uncomplicated, consistent and fun

Passion: Children and young people who are whole hearted in their relationship with God, using their passions and gifts for His kingdom to touch those around them

Grace and Truth: Children and young people growing up embracing both of these in their own lives and how they treat others.

Mission: Helping the children/young people reach out in appropriate and un-heavy ways with the love of Christ to others.

  • To develop a safe and enjoyable environment so that the children/young people are happy coming along, but also feel able to invite their friends to join as well.
  • To aid children/young people in their development in a way that is complementary to family life and school.
  • To provide teams and activities to help facilitate this passion and purpose.