Our ministry exists to REACH WIDE, TEACH DEEP, and UNLEASH COMPASSION in the hopes that students will have their lives radically changed by Jesus Christ.
Children's & Youth Ministry @G.B.P.C.
"Let the children alone and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
Matthew 19:14 ESV
Studies from Fuller Seminary found in the book "Growing Young", that students are statistically less likely to graduate from their faith If a student is connected to God, their peers, and 5 adults of the Church.
(Sticky Faith & Growing Young By Dr. Kara Powell & Dr. Chap Clark)
Here at G.B.P.C. We value our children and youth! They are not only the future of our Church, but the present. Our children & youth are actively involved in worship, mission, and service projects across Gulf Breeze Presbyterian Church.
Our vision is that each student would have a vibrant, healthy, and abiding faith in Jesus Christ. That students would be able to Connect, Relate, Grow, and Engage both God and others in the midst of Community.
Children Ages 4-9:
Imitate Religious Behavior
ask faith based questions
Begin to express faith based language
By the time a child is 9 years old a basic moral foundation is formed.
More than 80% of today's children will never set foot in the church. This is why outreach is vital. Why programs like Youth Group , Kidz Club, Vacation Bible School, and Sunday are essential to youth and children’s spiritual development.
Children Ages 8-12:
Begin to understand faith stories
Engage in Discipleship & Service
The idea is that students need 5 adults ASIDE from their parents that are investing into their lives, that know them, love them, connect consistently and appropriately.
Connect: to join, link or fasten together. To unite or to bind. To associate mentally, or emotionally to something or someone.
Connect with God
Connect with Others in the midst of the Community
Relate: We live our lives & connect to God and our community.
Relate to God
Relate to Others
learn to be faithful to God's teaching
Grow: When we Connect & Relate to God, & each other, in community consistently , We Grow!
Engage: When students consistently Connect, Relate, & Grow with God & others, they are equipped to engage the world around them for the Kingdom of God.
if you would like more information about our Youth & Children's programs
Kim Carruth: Director of Christian Education
Lauren Christian: Youth Director