Allison Brandenburg is the Children’s Director of Covenant Life Church. God called her to children’s ministry as a young girl and she has dedicated her life to loving and serving families. Allison’s passion is to see children adopted into the family of God and helping them discover His will for their lives. She and her husband Brian grew up in northwest Indiana and the Army sent them to North Carolina in 2011. They are blessed with four beautiful children: Jonah, Wesley, Lillian and Augustus.
The mission of Kids Quest is to equip kids, parents, and volunteers to impact the world for Christ. The vision of Kids’ Quest is to have an ever-growing number of children to come and find a place to feel loved, come to know Christ, and learn to grow in Christ, through safe, fun life-changing experiences.
Elementary Aged Kids
Once our praise and worship time is complete, we separate out into 2 groups– Preschool aged and Elementary School aged. The elementary aged kids have a time of learning a Power Verse from the Bible each week. Then they hear an illustrated sermon from various scriptures throughout the Bible. During this time, they are challenged to take a new understanding of Bible stories they are already familiar with, by applying that story to their life. After each illustrated sermon, there is a life application time, when through guided discussion the students are learning how to relate each story of the Bible to their own lives in practical ways. This time is followed by a time of prayer and worship, in which all students are encouraged to come to the altar and pray individually or with a leader as they are learning to grow closer to God. Each lesson is followed up with an activity and game that help make the story “stick” with the kids. There are also various fun object lessons that help the kids remember these important Biblical truths that are shared with them on a weekly basis.
All our students from being potty trained up through kindergarten are invited to a class designed specifically for them. They begin each service with the Elementary school aged children, and after our time of worship they move to a separate learning environment. In this class, they hear a Bible story, memorize a scripture verse, participate in a discussion about the story, create a craft or color a picture to bring home so they can tell their family all about the lesson they learned. They also have a time for a snack and group play time.
Our nursery is designed for kids ages 6 weeks until they are potty trained. Our nursery aged students have their own praise and worship time through a DVD series called “Praise Baby,” where they are invited to dance and sing in God’s presence. During the Sunday morning time, they also learn about various stories throughout the Bible. Their curriculum is developed to follow the outline of the Preschool class, but in much shorter increments for their developing attention span. They are provided with a snack and individual play time, as they continue to learn and explore God’s world. They will bring home color sheets and crafts that will provide you with an idea of the lesson they learned that day.
At Kids’ Quest, we start off with all kids together for a time of worship, announcements, offering, and a game. After this time together, we separate into two classes for an age appropriate Bible lesson.
During our praise and worship songs, the kids are encouraged to participate in singing through fun, kid friendly motions and actions. This helps give students an early understanding that praise and worship are not a spectator sport, but rather something in which everyone participates.
We also have a time of worship, in which the kids are invited to worship God in their own way. During this time, we do not have pre-planned motions, but rather encourage the Holy Spirit to guide the worship and allow each child to participate as they feel led.