Eastbrook Kids


OUR MISSION: TO PROCLAIM + EMBODY
THE LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST IN THE CITY + THE WORLD

Every time kids come to an Eastbrook Kids event, we offer them an amazing opportunity to connect with God, with one another, and with adults who are committed to their spiritual growth. We provide Sunday School, Kids’ Choirs, Mid-week Kids’ Clubs, Summer Camps and other special events—all in an effort to help them grow in their knowledge of who God is, and the redemption story that is woven throughout the Bible. We create spaces for kids to encounter Jesus through worship, prayer, and by sharing their insights and questions in an accepting environment.  




SUNDAYS FOR KIDS

As the children of Eastbrook Church grow, we encourage them to ask questions and study the Bible so their faith walk will grow as well.


All of the Eastbrook Kids events are led by staff and volunteers who have been through an extensive application process, background checks, and training.  Our electronic check-in system is secure and available for all major ministry events. 

Using The Gospel Project curriculum, all of our children from preschool through 4th grade are learning the same lesson on the same Sunday, with their lesson presentation and activities differentiated for their age level. So, come Sunday evening, you can review Sunday School lessons as a family, because all of your preschool-4th graders will have had the same Bible content.

On Sunday mornings, kids in Grades 5-6 will pray, read Scripture, discuss what happened and learn how to apply Scripture to their lives. Hands-on activities and projects help to reinforce learning.


During the school year, children from grades K4-6 meet to participate in various activities during all three Sunday services. Over the summer, Sunday School for grades K4-6 is held during the 9:30 am hour only. Nursery and Preschool remain open for all three services.



Summer Schedule



NURSERY (Birth-Age 2)

Infants and toddlers are cared for during all three Sunday services in the summer. When you’re in our building, look for signs pointing you to the Nursery Counter, located on the first floor immediately north of the Main Lobby.

Check-in: 1st Floor B-Wing



PRESCHOOL (Ages 2-5)

At Eastbrook, formally Sunday School begins in the “Let’s Grow” Preschool with children that have turned 2 years old by September 1. We have programs for preschoolers during all three Sunday services (8, 9:30 & 11 am).

Check-in: 1st Floor B-Wing



SECOND SERVICE (9:30 AM)

Kids’ classes for grades K4-6 meet during the entire service time for worship, Bible story, and related activities.

Check-in: A-Wing, Lower Level



Take Note:


Family Registration

If you’re visiting for the first time, you will need to fill out a Family Registration Form. Use this form to register your family/add a child with the Eastbrook Church Children’s Ministry. You can click here to download the form and bring it with you, or fill it out when you get here.


Sign In & Pick Up

We use an electronic check-in system that connects with our church database, CCB, to sign your child in to the Nursery. We also ask that you leave your cell phone number and put your phone on vibrate so you can be contacted if necessary. When you pick up your child, you will check them out using CCB.


Safety & Security

We require all our volunteers to be trained and screened and maintain strict teacher-to-child ratios to ensure safe care. For health standards, children must be free from fever or symptoms of contagious disease for 24 hours. Let us know of any allergies or medical conditions your child may have.





Can You Serve?

Pass on a legacy of faith to the next generation. We are looking for people to invest in the lives of children by teaching Sunday school, being a classroom helper, or a check-in greeter. Get started by filling out the volunteer application at eastbrook.org/nextgenapp.




WEEKLY MINISTRY:

Lambs

Friday mornings during the Women’s Bible Study, we offer Lambs for children (ages 2-5) of women who are attending the study. 2-year-olds may enroll in Lambs as long as the child turns 2 by September 1. Click here to register your child.

For more information, contact Karin Peterson; kpeterson@eastbrook.org, 414.228.5220 x262.

MID-WEEK KIDS CLUBS

Kids Clubs for Grades 3-6 meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month. Students participate in gym time, a study of God’s Word, and time to have fellowship with their friends. Special events through the year include Gift Making Night in December and Pinewood Derby in the spring. Check-in in the Main Lobby.

For more information, contact Laura Brunner (Grades 3-4); lbrunner@eastbrook.org, 414.228.5220 x264, or Megan Hendricks (Grades 5-6); mhendricks@eastbrook.org, 414.228.5220 x266.



SUMMER 2022:

Summer Camps for Kids
July 11-15 & 18-22

Join us to meet with the Master Artist and learn all about the amazing designs He has planned for you! VBS is one of our Summer Camps — two full weeks offering a variety of day camps for kids K5 and up (as of Fall 2022). Click the button below to see a full list.

Learn About Summer Camps

Summer Sunday School
Sundays, beginning June 5

Summer Sunday School for K4-6th grade is held during the 9:30 am Sunday service. Nursery/Preschool available in all services. Kids will move to the next grade on Sept. 11.

Learn More

Middle School Step Up
Wednesday, August 24

This is an evening to welcome incoming 7th graders to Eastbrook Student Ministry! Come, meet your leaders and learn about what’s in store for the upcoming ministry year.

Learn More


FAITHMARKERS

A Discipleship Pathway for Kids


By God’s design children develop from infancy through adolescence in predictable patterns of physical, cognitive, social, and spiritual growth. As a church community we want to recognize our children’s spiritual milestones, and provide them with incremental steps toward a deeper, closer walk with Jesus. Our FaithMarkers require the cooperative effort of home and church, and they involve times of teaching and celebration.


CHILD DEDICATION

In our Child Dedication ceremonies, held during Sunday morning worship services three times a year, parents bring their children forward to dedicate them to the Lord. The biblical basis for child dedication can be found in the example of Hannah dedicating her son, Samuel to God’s service (1 Samuel 1:27-28).

September 11 Saturday

2-Year-Old Faithmarker: Appleooza

APPLE-OOZA!
(Age 2)

This apple-themed open-house event welcomes new 2-year olds to Preschool Sunday School. Held the day before Promotion Sunday, kids are introduced to Sunday School and the practices of Bible learning, worship, and prayer.

May 07 Saturday

4-Year-Old Faithmarker: Living Forever

LIVING FOREVER
(Age 4)

This spring-time event uses signs of spring—new life in the natural world—to begin conversations with children about life, death, and resurrection.

PRAYER
(2nd Grade)

This FaithMaker incorporates a 6 – 8 week Sunday School unit that explores praying at all times, on all occasions. In a half-day Prayer retreat, kids and parents walk through prayer stations based on each part of the Lord’s Prayer from Matthew 6:9-13.

October 02 Saturday

4th Grade Faithmarker: Loving God’s Word

LOVING GOD'S WORD
(4th Grade)

This FaithMarker also includes a unit of Sunday School curriculum, and it explores the composition of the Bible—its genres, authors, and historical contexts. As children are competent readers by this age, they are introduced to the practice of daily Bible reading, and parents present them with a new Bible or devotional during the half-day retreat.

BELIEVE
(6th Grade)

This FaithMarker celebrates a child’s steps of independence and ownership of faith. After a thorough study of the Lord’s Supper and Baptism, children are invited to share their testimony with others, and are invited to join their church family in the essential practices Communion and Baptism.



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OUR TEAM:

Pastor Laure Herlinger
Sr. Director, NextGen
lherlinger@eastbrook.org
414.228.5220 x225


Karin Peterson
Administrative Assistant, Children’s Ministry
kpeterson@eastbrook.org
414.228.5220 x236


Mary Ann Caler
Nursery Coordinator
mcaler@eastbrook.org
414.228.5220


Dawn Schuessler
Preschool & K4 Coordinator
dschuessler@eastbrook.org
414.228.5220


Colleen Mittag
K4 & 1st Grade Coordinator
cmittag@eastbrook.org
414.228.5220 x263


Laura Brunner
2nd-4th Grade Coordinator
lbrunner@eastbrook.org
414.228.5220


Megan Hendricks
5th & 6th Grade Coordinator
mhendricks@eastbrook.org
414.228.5220 x266


Kim & Mike Borst
Foster/Adoption Support Team (FAST)
FAST@eastbrook.org
414.418.0437


Sarah Fridenmaker
Special Needs Resource Team
sfridenmaker@gmail.com




QUICKLINKS:

Eastbrook Students (Grades 7-12)

Eastbrook’s Students Ministry serves middle and high school-aged children in our congregation and falls under the umbrella of our NextGen team.


Learn More

Special Needs Resource Team

The Special Needs Resource Team exists to make the gospel and our NextGen ministries accessible to all children and students. Through inclusive programming, carefully-crafted accommodation plans, and one-on-one-buddy pairs, the team works to support our differently-abled friends, and encourage all families that no matter their child’s needs, Eastbrook can be a place for them to know the love of Jesus and find community.


Get in Touch

Foster/Adoption Support

Eastbrook’s FAST (Foster/Adoption Support Team) ministry provides prayer, encouragement, fellowship, education, and resources to families that God has given the privilege of joining in His work by fostering and adopting His children. We meet the second and fourth Sunday of each month in Room B222b from 9:30-10:45 am, with activities ranging from a book study to guest speakers to special family events.


Contact the Coordinators

Additional Resources

Looking for Bible-based materials to guide your young children? Access archived Eastbrook Kids activities and study guides, book recommendations for parents, and more!


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