Eastbrook Kids


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

Eastbrook Kids (Birth-Grade 6) is committed to presenting children with a picture of Jesus that is irresistible, operating under the belief that real growth happens from the inside out. Rather than using the Bible to focus solely on behavioral outcomes, we want to point kids to who Jesus is and what He has done. We believe that when children are drawn into a love relationship with Jesus, the Holy Spirit transforms their hearts, and leads them toward good choices and actions.




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.


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.



Early Childhood

(Birth-K4)



NURSERY (Birth-Age 2)

Infants and toddlers are currently cared for during only the 9:30 am service on Sundays. 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



K4

During the 8 am service, Kids in K4 are invited to be a part of Kids Praise Choir and are dismissed from the worship service at around 8:30 am. During both the 9:30 am & 11 am services, K4 Kids are in the Orange Room (B126).

Check-in: 1st Floor B-Wing




Lower Elementary

(K5-Grade 4)



FIRST SERVICE (8 AM)

At Eastbrook, we want to channel kids’ natural love for singing into praise to our God. Lower Elementary kids stay in the worship service until dismissed at around 8:20 am to the Kids’ Praise and Worship Choir (K4-2nd grade) or the Credo Choir (3rd – 6th grades). Younger children staying through 2nd service will be transferred to their second-service classes by the choir teachers.

Check-in: Little Theater/A006 (Praise and Worship) or B228 (Credo)



SECOND SERVICE (9:30 AM)

Kids’ classes meet during the entire service time for worship, Bible story, and related activities.
K4: Orange Room (B126)
K5 – 1st grades: Gym
2nd – 4th grades: Mess Hall (A-wing, lower level)

Check-in: Lobby Kiosks



THIRD SERVICE (11 AM)

During third hour, our K5 students have Sunday school with K4 in the Orange Room (B126) and Grades 1-6 are together in the A-Wing (Lower Level).

Check-in: Lobby Kiosks




Upper Elementary

(Grades 5-6)



FIRST SERVICE (8 AM)

5th & 6th graders are encouraged to worship with their families in the Worship Hall from 8-8:20 am. At this time, they are dismissed to participate in the C.R.E.D.O. choir in Room B228 during first service. Here, children learn to worship God by learning His word and singing His praises.



SECOND SERVICE (9:30 AM)

5th-6th grades use the Deeply Rooted curriculum, a three-year rotation developed for preteens. Students focus each quarter on a name of God and what that name reveals about who God is. They learn how God transforms their lives and spend time being intentionally discipled in spiritual practices to help deepen their faith life. In the spring, 6th grade students will learn more about baptism and communion as part of the Belief Faithmarker.



THIRD SERVICE (11 AM)

During third hour, kids in grades 5-8 can participate in Dance Eternal 2 in the West Gym or attend Sunday School in the 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 download it 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:

July 11 Monday

“Spark Studios” VBS (Grades K5-5)

Vacation Bible School (VBS)
July 11-15

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


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FAITHMARKERS

Just as children have physical and cognitive developmental milestones, they also experience points of readiness for new steps of spiritual growth. Each FaithMarker involves participation at home and at church.


We know that children develop from infancy into young adults in predictable patterns. These patterns are God’s design and are inherent in humans. As a church community we need to recognize and respect the developmental stages of our children as we work to bring them to maturity in Christ.

The parents, together with the Eastbrook Church community and Sunday School teachers, have the task of nurturing kids to maturity in Christ. A part of this task is making time to focus on the child’s cognitive and spiritual development and to challenge and encourage them in new steps of growth. As they take these steps we can mark the milestones of a child’s walk and celebrate them. As they grow older the choice to move forward in their Christian walk becomes more and more their own.

At Eastbrook our Faith Markers are specific points in a child’s life when they enter into a new phase of faith or develop to a new level in their faith. Each faith marker requires the cooperative effort of home and church and each faith marker incorporates some teaching time and some celebration time.


CHILD DEDICATION

Child Dedication is the first step in the process of raising children to be God-followers. Christian parents, living in the faith community promise before God to live life as kingdom people; praying, worshiping, reading scripture, and serving God. They promise to raise their children so that there is never a time they didn’t know the Lord. Child Dedications take place in the worship service 3 times a year, generally the third weekends of February, June, and October. A class is offered on Sunday the week before the dedication is held.

September 11 Saturday

2-Year-Old Faithmarker: Appleooza

APPLE-OOZA!
(Age 2)

As children grow from infancy into preschool we celebrate their ability to participate in the church community as learners. Children who will turn by September 1 of each year are invited to a special event that introduces them to Sunday School. Sunday School is a place where children make friends with other children who are learning to love Jesus. Here they begin to feel how good it is to be in community with God’s people as they read bible stories, pray, and do activities to encourage a love for God. The special event is for the child and the parent and is held the Saturday before the first Sunday School class in Fall.

May 07 Saturday

4-Year-Old Faithmarker: Living Forever

LIVING FOREVER
(Age 4)

Children at about 4 years of age have an acute awareness of death and may even think about death many times a day. Their sensitivity to this topic makes this a good time to take about eternal life. Observant parents can look for opportunity to talk with their children about eternal life, especially during this stage of development. A special event is held in late spring for children and their parents that presents eternal life to the children and helps them to draw closer to the living God.

PRAYER
(2nd Grade)

By 2nd grade, most kids grasp the differences between the spiritual world and the physical world. Because we want them to understand the reality of the spiritual world and to grow stronger in their faith, we encourage kids to deepen their friendship with God through prayer. Psalm 145:18 says, “The Lord is close to everyone who prays to Him, to all who truly pray to Him.” For this reason, our 2nd graders work through a special unit on prayer throughout the month of January during second service Sunday School. This unit culminates with a special Prayer Retreat and recitation of the Lord’s Prayer in weekend worship services.

October 02 Saturday

4th Grade Faithmarker: Loving God’s Word

LOVING GOD'S WORD
(4th Grade)

Most children by the age of 10, unless they have a special need, are reading for comprehension. This means they can read the bible by themselves and in so doing listen to God. Learning to intentionally spend time with God alone is a milestone to celebrate. For 4th graders a six week unit on the value of God’s word is offered during Sunday School. During part of the class time, students spend time alone with God reading his word and reflecting on the meaning. Teachers guide students through this process building confidence in their ability to listen to God. The students also learn the scripture passage Psalm 119:9-18. They recite this passage one weekend in early spring during the worship services. A celebration of their growing ability to have God time is celebrated during that same weekend with a dessert reception after the Saturday service.

BELIEVE
(6th Grade)

At twelve years of age students wrestle with many questions about faith. They begin to move from blindly accepting their parents’ faith to taking ownership of their faith. In the book of Luke, we read about Jesus, at twelve, sitting in the temple listening and asking questions. Asking questions is an important step in owning one’s faith. 6th graders are encouraged to ask tough questions and to investigate who God is as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In Sunday School Class at this grade students are taught Christian basics, which includes a deeper look at who God is. They are then taught about Communion and Baptism as a Christian responses to who God is. A part of their preparation for Communion and Baptism they are asked to write about who God is in their lives and share this testimony with others. Students who have made a commitment to follow Jesus and want to participate in Communion and Baptism are then given this opportunity the first weeks of June.



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)
khbafcs@att.net
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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