The Preschool and Children’s Ministry at Bellevue seeks to provide a caring ministry to both your child and you as a parent. Through a broad range of programming, your child will experience acceptance; engage in hands-on, age-suitable learning; have fun; and express their faith. Everything your child participates in, from lessons to games, will focus on teaching them Biblical Truth. Through the use of check-ins and state-of-the-art security, your child will be safe while you worship and attend Bible study as well as other activities.
Bible Memory Club
Bible Memory Club (BMC) is a Bible memory plan offered through the Life Groups for Pre-K–3rd Grade. There are special ceremonies to recognize the children and their level of achievement.
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As you enter, please visit one of the computer kiosks located in the East Lobby or one of the Preschool and Children’s Ministry hallways. We will greet your family, check your child into our security database, and a volunteer will walk your child to their Life Group room. At the kiosk, we will ask for information such as: family members’ names, children’s names and birthdates, address, phone number, and any special instructions (allergies, special needs) for your child.
How The Check-In Process Works
How Check-In Works
You may check in your child at any available kiosk. Simply enter your nine-digit phone number, and, after finding your child’s name in the security database, you and your child will be given matching identification tags that are exclusive to your family and your visit. Your child will need to wear the nametag portion while you keep the matching tag. When you return to pick up your child, simply show your tag to one of our volunteers for your child’s dismissal.
Intimacy with Jesus We strive to see all children experience life transformation and have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Biblical Truth We teach the truth of the Bible to children on a weekly basis, and seek to ensure that all have a proper understanding of God’s Word.
Intentional Hospitality Whether it’s through greeting children at the door or participating with them in activities, our hope is that every child would feel accepted in our ministry and have a desire to return week after week.
Ministry Excellence Because we represent Christ, we intend for all that we do, from the broadest program to the smallest detail, to be done in a way that glorifies God and brings honor to His name.
City Renewal We believe that children play an active role in the spiritual renewal of Memphis, whether through prayer or witnessing, and we think the first step is sharing Biblical Truth with the children in our care.
In our Bed Babies Ministry, we teach age-suitable Biblical Truth and have rooms designed to support a baby’s learning needs. We believe learning Biblical Truth can, and should, begin at birth.
In our Younger Preschool rooms, teachers introduce tools for learning that preschoolers can interact with and enhance development. These aids also assist in the teaching of the weekly Biblical content where preschoolers are encouraged to explore new ideas, processes, and learning skills.
All of our Older Preschool rooms contain learning-centers that provide children with age-suitable activities related to the Biblical content. Classroom teachers support preschoolers by pointing them back to Biblical Truth and directing them through these activities.
Each week, we strive to ensure that 1st–3rd graders are engaged in Biblical Truth. Bible Skills games and activities aid in teaching the weekly Biblical content, while classroom teachers build relationships with children in order to help guide them towards Intimacy with Jesus.
Next Steps for Children
Your child’s spiritual development is important to the staff here at Bellevue. When a child makes a decision to follow Jesus as his/her personal Lord and Savior, we want to partner with parents and families to celebrate that decision and to build on the child’s understanding of the personal decision and public profession.
Next Steps Classes
All children (3rd grade and under), who have asked Jesus to come into their heart, made a public profession of faith, are seeking baptism or respond during an invitation during one of the worship services at Bellevue, are asked to make a reservation to attend the upcoming Next Steps for Children Class.
Due to the sensitive content of each session, we ask that at least one parent attend all sessions with their child. Our classes are offered on Sundays at 8:00 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. Next Steps meets for three sessions – the first three Sundays of the month and the first three Wednesdays of the month.
Each session covers critical information that will help your child gain a better understanding of his/her decision. The following information will be covered during the class:
- Importance of Becoming a Christian
- Process of Becoming a Christian
- How the Church Works
- How Bellevue Operates
- How to Develop a Quiet Time
- Collecting Memories
- Discipleship Skills
- The Need for Prayer
- The Lord’s Supper
The Children’s Ministry staff strongly suggests that your child completes the 3-session Next Steps for Children Class before proceeding with baptism. Once the sessions are complete, you are asked to call the church and schedule baptism. We schedule baptisms during most services at 9:20, 11:00, and 6:00. Please call Carol Leake at 901-347-5763.
Questions About Salvation/Baptism
Many children ask questions related to their personal salvation experience long before they are ready to become a Christian. The questioning process may begin years before the child is ready to proceed with a decision to follow Jesus as his/her personal Lord and Savior. When your child asks questions, please do your best to answer him/her as honestly as possible. Remember, you are developing his/her understanding and aiding in the spiritual maturing process. Here are a few sample questions:
- How can I get baptized?
- What does it mean to be a Christian?
- When can I get baptized?
- What is sin?
- Why did Jesus have to die on the cross?
As you answer these and other related questions, it is a good idea to point out verses in The Bible and allow your child to read them. This will help the child by remembering what The Bible says.
Bellevue’s Special Needs Life Groups meet Sundays at 9:20 and 11:00 am and Wednesdays at 6:15 pm. The Special Needs Class ministers to teenagers and adults. The Younger Special Needs Class ministers to preschoolers, children, and pre-teens. Both classes are led by trained volunteers who are there to share Jesus’ love.
Meet our Children’s Pastor
Ken Hindman joined the staff of Bellevue in February 2013 and serves as the Children’s Pastor to hundreds of preschoolers, children and their families. Ken has over 30 years of experience in ministry, and he serves as a national and international conference leader and trainer in the area of childhood ministry. He also serves as a consultant to several preschool and children’s staff members across the mid-south.
Ken has been married to his lovely wife Kristina since 1994 and they have two sons, Mack and David.