We believe that children are a vital part of the church body. Our mission in the Next Gen Ministries is to partner with parents to share Jesus with kids and teens. In the Children's Ministry, we help kids know God's story and God's heart. We teach them that they can have a vibrant relationship with Jesus starting at any age.


We achieve this through age appropriate programming, intergenerational relationships, small groups, biblical teaching and having fun together. Each year we offer a fall retreat for third through fifth graders, some special events including a Father-Daughter Dance, either a science camp or Summer Worship, Arts and Music Program (SWAMP) in June and Wonderful Wednesdays in July.


We also emphasize serving our community. Each summer we participate in a local family mission project and provide some opportunities to serve during our Wonderful Wednesdays and other times throughout the year in class. We sponsor a young man, Eward from Sierra Leone, and the children send notes to him throughout the year.


 We can’t wait to get to know you!


Rene Maule

Children's Ministries Director


The safety of your children is extremely important to us at Covenant.


For this reason, we have gone to great measures and taken precautions to protect our children. We require our volunteers to be vetted, trained, have their background checked, and pass an online class. We also require a minimum of two volunteers in each class.


All children attending classes must be registered at our electronic check-in stations where parents will be given a tag. Parents then return that tag in order to retrieve their children at the end of the service.


Sunday Morning



After checking in the Family Lobby (inside Door 16), kids go to either Room 200 (K-5) or  Room 132 (babies through Prek)


There are NO SNACKS served.


Kids Thrive! (K-5)

Students will have opportunities to grow in their faith and their life at Covenant. Parents do not need to attend the adult Thrive! class for kids to attend this class. The class goes for ten weeks and then the cycle starts over, but the material is still a little different based on class dynamics.


Sunday School (Babies to Prek)

Children meet in room 132. They are all together the first hour and have some Bible songs and the Gospel Project lesson of the week.


Pagers available for parents with younger kids in case we need to contact you.

Sunday Morning


After checking in the Family Lobby (inside Door 16), kids under the age of elementary age go directly to their classroom. Elementary kids start with their family and are dismissed later. (See below)


There are no snacks served except in Babies IF you want the volunteers to give them Cheerios or their bottle. 


Babies to PreK

Babies go to Room 132 where they will be loved, rocked and fed (if you have indicated it is okay.)


Toddlers go to Room 131 where there will play, have Bible songs and the Gospel Project lesson.


Preschool to Prek go to Room 132 where they will play, have Bible songs, the Gospel Project lesson and some activities.


Pagers available for children to contact parents in case there is a need.



After checking in the Family Lobby, Elementary students start in the sanctuary with their parents during the worship. There are activities and clipboards at the back of the sanctuary that are designed to go along with the service. Before the sermon starts, the kids are dismissed with a slide up front. Children's Ministry leaders will be in the back to help direct your children.


Kindergarten - Third grade go downstairs to the Room 123 (The Nest) for the large group Gospel Project teaching and then will go to their small group rooms. You will pick them up in their small group room when the service is over. These rooms are in the hall attached to the Family Lobby.


K-1 Room 105

2-3 Room 103


Fourth - Fifth grade stay upstairs at the end of the hall off The Hub in Room 201. They are picked up in this room after service.

Special Events


These are scheduled throughout the year.

These events are designed to help kids grow in their faith and also to help them connect with others.


Coming this summer:

Kids Science Camp: June 26-30 

Kids who have finished first grade through fifth grade will engage in multiple STEM activities and lessons presented with a Christian world view. Registration will open in May.

Family Days at Indiana Dunes:

Wednesdays: June 7, July 19, August 2

Look for the Covenant sign to the left of the pavilion at Indiana Dunes State Park Beach about 10:30am (CDT) to meet Covenant families for a day of fun in the sand and the sun. Bring a picnic lunch or money for the concession stand. Park admission required: $7/car or state park pass.

Wonderful Wednesdays:

Wednedays: July 12, 19, 26

Kids ages four through those who just finished fourth grade are invited to Wonderful Wednesdays! The free event will be from 9:30-11:30am this July. You must register and bring a peanut and nut-free, prepackaged snack for 24 kids. Registration will open in June.


Click below to download an overview of Next Generation Ministries calendar.

Includes information for Kindergarten through Grade 12

Event Calendar Overview


Parenting is an incredible blessing  and can be so HARD.


We want to partner with you through every stage -Click here to download an overview of our partnership plan.


Here are some resources we have found helpful for parents of kids:


EARLY CHILDHOOD (0-3) Precious and unforgettable.


Recommended Resources:

For parents

·         Sacred Parenting by Gary Thomas

·         Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp


For parents to read to kids

·         The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones

·         The BIG Picture Story Bible by David R. Helm and Gail Schoonmaker



PRESCHOOL / PRE-K (4-6) Soaking up learning like sponges


Recommended Resources:

For parents

·         14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family by Paul Tripp


For parents to read to kids

·         Indescribable: 100 Devotions for Kids about God and Science by Louie Giglio and Nicola Anderson

·         God’s Design For Sex: Book 1 and 2 by Stan and Brenna Jones – This may work well to read to your child or it may work be better for you to familiarize yourself with the material and then share it with them without the visual of pictures of formality of reading word for word. You know your child best.



ELEMENTARY (7-10) Ready to explore new things


Recommended Resources:

For parents

·         The Purity Principle by Randy Alcorn

·         Helpful websites: purehope.net / cpyu.org / pluggedin.com



For parents to read to their children

·         God’s Design For Sex: Book 3 by Stan and Brenna Jones

This may work well to read to your child or it may work be better for you to familiarize yourself with the material and then share it with them without the visual of pictures of formality of reading word for word. You know your child best.

·         New City Catechism by Kathy Keller

·         The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis

·         The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson

·         The Dream Traveler’s Quest by Ted Dekker


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Children's Resources for Sunday, March 26


Printables for download:

Children's Bulletin