KIDSANDYOUTHMINISTRY





Children, Youth, and Families

Jesus loves children. At Salt, we do too.


We have toys available for very young children to play with during the service. And we won't mind if they make a bit of noise!

We have a kids program for children from 1 year of age all the way through primary school.

High schoolers are invited to join our main service and our youth program before church.


All our kids programs are based on the Bible because we believe that God speaks to all ages in the Scriptures.


All our children's and youth leaders receive Safe Ministry training and have a Working With Children Check. 



Please contact our Children's Worker - Emily Davy  - if you would like to know more about our children's program on emily@saltcommunitychurch.org.au or 0408 655 331.


Please contact our Youth Worker - Nathan Batten - if you would like to know more about our youth program

on nathan@saltcommunitychurch.org.au or 0458 209 096. 

Salty Kids

Our next Salty Kids nights are on Friday 24th February and Friday 31st March- see the flyer (right) for details, and we'll see you and your friends there!


Salty Kids is a kids club run by Salt Community Church to provide a safe, welcoming place for kids to have fun, get to know other local kids, and learn more about Jesus through looking at the Bible.

 

We plan to run two Salty Kids nights each school term. The nights consist of lots of high-energy games, eating pizza together, and breaking into discussion groups where we look at a small section of the Bible together and talk about what it teaches us about Jesus. It is a place where ideas will not be pushed on the kids, but where they will have an opportunity to ask questions and think for themselves about what they believe.


Parents are encouraged to read more about our program and plans here.


Salt Youth

Our first 2023 event for our Salt Youth is Burgers@The Battens on Sunday February 12. Check out the flyer for more info!

Sunday Kids 2023

At Salt we love kids and teenagers. We encourage our teenagers to engage with the sermon week by week, and there are opportunities for them to discss and unpack what they are learning throughout the year. For our younger ones, we have a range of programmes, including the following groups:


TINY TOTS

For Toddlers

Lots of playtime

A Bible story

Singing


MINI MITES 

For preschool through to Kindergarten

Start with playtime

Bible story

Prayer & singing

Craft or activity


KEENITES

For children in year 1 through to year 4 at school

Games linked to teaching

Bible teaching usually following the same series as the adults

Craft or activity


BRIGHT LIGHTS

Years 5- 6 at school

Games

Age appropriate Bible study following the same series

as the adults or an area of discipleship


Our kids all start in with the adults for the start of church as we sing and pray together and hear about what is happening around our church. We then have a small break while the children go out to their various programs. 


The kids program finishes at 5:20pm each week. If the service finishes before then, please have a cuppa and chat until 5:20pm then collect your children. On the rare occasion that the service finishes after 5:20pm the kids leaders will keep the children with them until the service finishes.

 

Extra info for children in Tiny Tots & Mini Mites

 

It is important to us that children feel safe and enjoy coming to kids church. For this reason we offer a slow settling approach, especially for those who are not use to being in care or who often get upset being left with new people. The slow settling approach involves a parent joining the child in the program for a number of weeks, staying with them the whole time, until they feel comfortable in the space and with the people. This takes different amounts of time for different children but often around 6 weeks. Once you feel they are ready to be left on their own in the group, please let the leaders know and we will support them to settle in.

 

If you are leaving your child with us unattended, we recommend a quick drop-off rather than hanging around. If your child does not settle within a few minutes, we will call you and ask you to come back and try staying with them for a few more weeks before trying again. We will also call you if they need a nappy change or have an accident.

Keeping Kids Safe

We require all our volunteers working with children to complete Safe Ministry Training including a Working With Children Check and Referee Checks. The training looks at building a culture of care and awareness so that we are quick to respond to anything in our environment that might place children or vulnerable adults at risk of harm. 

 

If you have a safety concern please contact our Children’s Worker, Emily Davy

 

 

 For those involved in Children or Youth ministry at Salt


To access the Safe Ministry Training course click HERE. Safe Ministry Training needs to be completed every three years and you will need an up-to-date WWCC number and two referees at the completion of the training. 

 

There are two courses to complete:

1.    Awareness Course (this one needs to be done first)

2.    Leaders Course and Screening 

Youth @ Port Mac

Sometimes Salt Youth joins together with The Point church in Port Macquarie to provide a youth group on Friday nights. Each week there is fun, food, and time together in the Bible. The youth get to know Jesus and discover who God made them to be and what life is all about. From time to time there are special activities and camps. Each year the youth group joins 1000s of other youth at Kyck in the Blue Mountains.