Partnering with Parents

Hey Families!

It is a joy to worship the Lord with all of you, and to have the opportunity to pour spiritual truths into your children and your families. Thank you for letting us be a small part of the spiritual growth of your children!


Because we recognize that we are only a small part of the spiritual growth of your kids, we wanted to share with you some great bible development skills for children that you as parents and guardians can be working on with your kids at home and throughout the week when they are not at Parkway. This is not meant to shame the kids who don’t know these things yet, and it’s not meant to puff up those who are above the development ages. These are just some Bible foundations that you can be aiming for with your kids in these age brackets. We want to be a resource to help equip you as parents in spiritually leading your children.


Six and Seven year olds:

    • Recognize that the Bible is a book from God.
    • Distinguish between Old and New Testaments
    • Locate some books in the Bible (key books like Genesis, Psalms, and the 4 Gospels)
    • Recognize that certain stories and verses come from the Bible.

Eight and nine year olds:

    • Locate most books in the Bible
    • Read a Bible reference and pronounce the names of the books of the Bible.
    • Use Table of Contents to help navigate and locate all books of the Bible.
    • Identify key Bible books by the information they contain
        • Genesis tells about creation
        • Exodus tells about Moses and the Ten Commandments
        • Psalms is a songbook.
        • Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John tell about the life of Jesus.

Ten and eleven year olds:

    • Locate all books of the Bible and know the order
    • Read Bible references and be able to locate those Scriptures
    • Find the names of major Bible people in the books where their stories are written, such as:
        • David (1 & 2 Samuel)
        • Abraham, Joseph (Genesis)
        • Daniel (Daniel)
        • Paul (Acts)
        • Moses (Exodus)
        • Jesus (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John)

Again, this is simply meant to be a resource to help guide you in teaching your children how to read and navigate the Bible. This list is not exhaustive. And it is okay if your child is not at this level. We want to partner with you in communicating to the NOW generation that the Bible is the most important book in the world and that everything inside is completely true and useful for learning how we can follow Jesus (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Because the Bible is the most important book, we encourage all kids to bring their Bibles with them for Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights. If your child does not have his or her own Bible, we would be happy to provide one or recommend one. It’s so important for them to have access to their own copy of God’s Word!


Thank you all for how you serve the Lord and how you love your families! If we can ever be of help or if there is any specific way we can be in prayer for you and/or your family, please don’t hesitate to ask!


Pastor Jonathan and Michelle

Kidz Way Ministry at Parkway Baptist Church


Our Ministry Goals for Elementary:

  • To provide a ministry of excellence that honors God! Excellence is the skeletal structure upon which we build all else. Everything that we do as a ministry, we should follow the principle that is found in Ecclesiastes 9:10 “…whatever your hand findeth to do, do it with all your might.”
  • To partner with parents in leading their children in a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • To provide a safe, secure and loving environment for children where parents feel comfortable leaving their child.
  • To help children feel a warm sense of belonging to their church family and to insure that each child feels welcomed, loved, and accepted as they grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord.
  • For each child to know that there is one God, one Savior and one Lord and that a personal relationship with him gives meaning to life.
  • To aid children in accepting Jesus Christ as the Holy Spirit convicts, training them to serve God, and helping them develop a dynamic relationship with Him.
  • To help each child develop a lifestyle that is built on his/her relationship with Jesus Christ that goes beyond their Sunday and Wednesday classroom experience.
  • To help each child understand that God’s Word (the Bible) is relevant and that growth in Bible knowledge results in positive changes in attitudes, actions and lifestyle.
  • To help the child grow in his/her relationships with other believers and with his/her unchurched friends.
  • To support the family in their responsibility for the spiritual nurturing and growth of their child.
  • To provide Godly men and women who are adequately trained to serve as positive role models while they minister to children.

Additional Resources

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