Spiritual Formation For Children
At Emmanuel, we believe that all people are created in the divine image. We especially want children to know this at an early age. We help children see that they are wonderfully made in the image of the God who loves them. Through the care of trained leaders, children discover that church is a place where they can have fun while growing in their faith.
Living the Stories
In our Sunday school program, children 1st Grade through 6th Grade learn the story of Christian faith through scripture. Classes are designed for age-appropriate material so that children can learn and understand. Our teaching team knows each child by name and helps them know what it means to live in relationship with God and each other.
Singing our Faith
A graded choir program allows children to experience the joy of singing and making music. Children's choirs meet weekly throughout the school year on Wednesday evenings at 5:45 pm immediately following the church-wide supper at 5:00 pm. Older children have additional opportunities for music enrichment through singing in worship services and with the Louisiana Baptist Children's Honor Choir.
Learning to Serve
On Wednesday evenings, children learn how they can share the love of God with others. Through their group missions, children work with their leaders and each other to make a real difference in the community and the world. Mission groups meet at 6:30 pm on Wednesdays, immediately following children's choir.
We know how important it is to find ways of marking the significant moments in life. All of us go through various stages of faith, and we need some ways to transition between those stages. As our kindergarteners move into first grade, each child is presented with a Bible. The deacons of the church make this presentation on a Sunday morning, placing a bookmark on a verse of scripture they pray on the child's behalf. As students move from 6th grade to 7th grade, they receive a hymnal from the church and are reminded that we have a singing faith.
The Ministry of Play
Children also learn that their laughter and joy is a vital part of their faith. Throughout the year, children experience a number of fun trips and activities. Some of these include an annual Easter egg hunt, seasonal parties, and trips to zoo, the alligator farm, and the Sci-Port Discovery Center in Shreveport. Children also participate in the Alexandria Mardi Gras Children's Parade every year with their own float as the “Krewe of Emmanuel.”
Recent blog posts
- Directions to Emmanuel
- An Advent Response to Newtown, Connecticut
- Emmanuel Baptist Day School
- Ash Wednesday
- Pizza & Pysanky Eggs
- "Renewal through respite" By: Gail Smith
- "What's your worth?" By: Karen Hamilton
- "Finding your place to serve" By: Frances Blair
- "Deacons: Our Servant Leaders"
- Valentine Banquet & Dessert Auction