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Starting Zone

Starting Zone helps children get started in a personal relationship with Christ. The program provides an opportunity for parents to talk with their child about growing in their faith, which includes baptism as a public declaration of their relationship with Christ. 

Starting Zone helps ensure that parents are involved in their child’s decision to be baptized, and that each child is fully ready to be baptized.

Starting Zone is a progression of steps to give parents the confidence and tools to be the primary spiritual leader at home. It helps them guide their child to make a personal decision to start a relationship with Jesus Christ and helps the child express their faith publicly through baptism, when they are ready.

Starting Zone at Loudoun

Starting Zone is an opportunity for parents to have conversations with their child about starting a personal relationship with Christ and taking the next steps to grow in their faith, which includes baptism as a public declaration of their relationship with Christ. Read further to learn why we offer Starting Zone and what our Starting Zone programming offers. 

Steps of the Starting Zone Program

What does Starting Zone include?

There are four parts to Starting Zone all of which are required to participate in a Kid’s Quest Baptism, even if the parent/guardian is certain their child already has a relationship with Christ. We believe that parents/guardians can never have too many conversations with their child about a relationship with Christ.

Part 1: "Start Your Engine" Class

The class is a unique 45-minute Gospel presentation about becoming part of God’s family. The child comes with his or her parents/guardians to the class. For families with two parents/guardians, we strongly urge both to attend as they are both responsible for guiding their child spiritually.

Parents/Guardians should work with their child to memorize John 3:16 prior to coming to the class: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life." You can pick up a John 3:16 bookmark at the Kid’s Quest Check-In Stations or in K-3 Elementary Room on the 2nd floor.

The family will hear a presentation based on John 3:16 about becoming part of God’s family that uses a large family photo album as a visual aid. The four main points taught include:

  • God loved you before you were born and loves you now but you are separated by sin.
  • God gave His son to make a way for you to be in God’s family.
  • We believe in Jesus and rest in the fact that He died for us.
  • We receive eternal life and can never lose our place in God’s family.

At Home

At the end of the class, parents/guardians receive "Race Notes" which is a resource for continuing the conversation at home. Race Notes includes questions about the 4 main points that parents/guardians should discuss with their child and work with him or her to answer. Also included are tips for parents/guardians and a sample prayer for starting a personal relationship with Christ.

We believe that God intended for parents/guardians to be the primary spiritual trainers in their child’s life. An hour a week spent in Kid’s Quest can not compare with the number of hours parents/guardians have with their children at home. Parents/guardians need to be there when their child is ready to start a relationship with Christ and need to guide them in taking the next steps to grow towards becoming a fully devoted follower of Christ. For this reason, children will not be invited to pray to receive Christ in the class. This privilege is reserved for the parent/guardian to do with their child at home.

Parents/guardians will also receive a postcard listing upcoming dates for the next three parts of Starting Zone. However, helping your child complete and understand the answers in their Race Notes is your first obligation. Our scheduled dates are not a substitute for God’s timing. The goal is not to get your child baptized. The goal is to have true and meaningful conversations with your child about Christ. Be praying and looking for the opportunities that the Holy Spirit sends your way to have these conversations. And follow the Holy Spirit’s lead regarding your child’s readiness to move towards being baptized.

Baptism readiness is a child who can articulate on his or her own a clear understanding of what it means to have a personal relationship with Christ and who demonstrates a desire to publicly declare that they believe and trust in Jesus. When your child can articulate an understanding of what it means to have a personal relationship with Christ, first stop and celebrate. We suggest taking a photograph to add to your own family album as a remembrance of the day your child joined God’s family.

If your child is not ready to move onto Baptism, we recommend waiting. Pit Stop dates are offered at various times during the year. You may also choose to bring your child back to another Gospel Presentation Class. Again, you can never have too many conversations with your child about their relationship with Christ.

If you bring more than one child to class, have conversations with each child separately and work on completing separate Race Notes with each. Celebrate each child and discern their readiness for baptism individually.

Part 2: "Pit Stop" Interview

Parents/guardians sign their child up for Pit Stop when their child is ready to talk about their relationship with Christ and be publicly baptized. Pit Stop is a one-on-one interview between a child and a Kid’s Quest leader about what it means to have a relationship with Christ and how baptism is one way to publicly declare one’s faith in Christ. Parents/guardians are invited to sit in on the interview but may not guide the child’s answers.

Part 3: "Photo Finish" Testimony

Kid’s Quest leaders determine if a child is ready for Photo Finish at the conclusion of the Pit Stop interview. During Photo Finish the child meets with a Kid’s Quest leader to read their written testimony and explain why they want to be baptized. 

We record children for 3 reasons:

  • To answer additional questions regarding salvation and baptism
  • To build their confidence in sharing their own testimony
  • To celebrate their step of faith and encourage them to prayerfully invite others

Part 4: "Victory Lap" Baptism Ceremony

Victory Lap is a baptism celebration where families and friends are invited. The baptism takes place indoors and is conducted by an MBC Pastor. Most ceremonies are scheduled at 12:30 on a baptism Sunday, immediately following our morning worship services.  By God’s grace, you may see children, teens and adults all participating in baptism.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does Kid’s Quest offer Starting Zone?

In the past when we would share with parents/guardians that their child had prayed to receive Christ while in our program, they would respond in one of 3 ways:

  • they were happy
  • they were disappointed that they had missed this milestone in their child’s life
  • they didn’t know what it meant for their child to start a relationship with Christ

We also discovered by interviewing children at our baptism classes that many children were not actually ready to be baptized.

  • Some children had prayed to receive Christ in class because they saw their friends do it.
  • Some children could repeat memorized phrases but could not answer questions to demonstrate that they understood their meaning.
  • Some parents/guardians desired for their child to be baptized, but their child did not actually know Christ. And in some cases, the parents/guardians didn’t know Christ either.

These previous experiences led to the development of Starting Zone as a place for families to come together to learn how to start a personal relationship with Christ and a place for parents/guardians to receive tools to have continuing family conversations at home about what it means to have a relationship with Christ.

How old should a child be to participate in Starting Zone?

Parents/guardians can bring their child to class any time they believe their child is ready for it. However, not every child will be ready to move towards baptism following it.

Our experience has shown that children 7 years and up are typically at the right development level to understand the symbolism of baptism and to make their own choice to be baptized. Younger children tend to be too concrete in their thinking, for example, some confuse baptism with taking a bath. Parents/guardians may return with their child to repeat the class as often as they like. Again, you can never have too many conversations with your child about their relationship with Christ and our purpose is to help you have true and meaningful conversations with your child about Christ.

How do I sign up for the next class?

No registration is required for Starting Zone. Feel free to attend with your whole family. If you have any questions contact LeAnne Smart at 703-770-2909.

Children need to memorize John 3:16 prior to coming to class. Parents/Guardians should work with their child to help them memorize this verse. You can pick up a John 3:16 bookmark at any of the Kid's Quest check-in stations or on the slat wall.

Meeting Date & Time

October 1, 2017
12:30pm
K-3 Room, 2nd Floor

Contact

  • Director of Kid's Quest
    LeAnne Smart
    (703) 770-2909