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.
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 the end of the class, parents/guardians receive "Gospel Presentation and Baptism Take Home Notes" which is a resource for continuing the conversation at home. Gospel Presentation Notes include 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 cannot compare with the number of hours parents/guardians have with their children at home. Parents/guardians need to have conversations with their child about starting a relationship with Christ and need to guide them in taking the next steps to grow towards becoming a fully devoted follower of Christ.
Parents/guardians will also receive information about the timeline for the next three steps of Starting Zone. However, helping your child complete and understand the answers in their Gospel Presentation Take Home Notes is your first obligation. Our schedule 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. Follow the Holy Spirit's lead regarding your child's readiness to move toward being baptized.
At the end of Gospel Presentation Notes, there is a section for your child to write out the story of when they asked Jesus to be their Savior. 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. 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 demonstrates a desire to publicly declare that they believe and trust in Jesus. This is going to help you know when they are ready to talk about baptism. If your child is ready, use the Baptism Take Home notes to guide this conversation.
If your child is not ready to move onto Baptism, we recommend waiting. Kid's Conversations dates are offered at various times during the year. You may also choose to bring your child back to another Gospel Presentation. 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 Take Home Notes with each. Celebrate each child and discern their readiness for baptism individually.