“You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.” Devarim 6:7
The Rosh Pinah Children's Ministry is a vibrant and active part of our growing congregation. Our vision is to spread the gospel of Messiah Yeshua to children and families through innovative and unique ministry opportunities. In doing this, we make disciples of the next generation, equipping them to have a Biblical world view, and enabling them to be anointed world-changers. Our Messiah centered and Biblically based ministry teaches children to have an intimate relationship with God. We create a safe ministry place that is free from physical, emotional and spiritual hazards. Our goal is to foster an environment where children can be used to minister to other children and adults. We understand that children’s ministry supports and encourages the entire family. We view children’s ministry not as a baby-sitting service but as ministry opportunities to educate, equip and empower children through several innovative programs.
Our Shabbat school is for ages 4-12 years old. Children are encouraged, along with their families, to participate
during the morning liturgy and worship time. After the worship time is complete the children are called forward to stand under a large tallit (prayer shawl) at the front of the sanctuary for prayer and to receive a blessing. The children are escorted to the West Wing classrooms to work on age-specific handouts with our teachers. Due to security and safety concerns, the children will remain in the Shabbat School rooms until parents, guardians or other designated individuals pick them up.
Our Children’s Shabbaton is a program that begins after our Oneg (fellowship lunch) and is for ages 4-12 years old. Children’s Shabbaton is located in our gymnasium during Shabbaton Equipping Time (SET) 2:00-3:30 pm. Through this program, the children are provided the opportunity to socialize, learn and participate in activities designed to build up their faith in Messiah, their understanding of the scriptures, and their interactions with others in matters of faith and leadership all in a fun and uplifting environment. Additionally, they will be provided the teaching and videos that involve lessons from the Tanakh and B'rit Chadashah (Old and New Testaments).
Children’s Dance Training:
Our Children Dance Training occurs during Children’s Shabbaton in the time space of 2:00-2:45 pm. This class is held downstairs in our basement area near the gymnasium entrance. This gives your children a unique opportunity to learn Davidic dances that are used in the services, as well as a few of their own special dances. The class is open to all levels of dance experience, so no experience is necessary to be a part of this and no child will be behind because they have never danced before. The most important thing to remember about this time is it will be a fun, encouraging environment for the children to practice their dance skills. If your child would like to participate, we would love to have them with us. We will not force a child to attend and will provide an alternative in the gym it they don’t desire to learn to dance.
Children’s Choir (Mehkalat Yeshua):
Mehkalat Yeshua or “Choir of Yeshua” occurs during Children’s Shabbaton in the time space of 2:00-2:45 pm during select times of the year and meets in the choir room located in the basement. Mehkalat Yeshua is for ages 6-12 years old and desires to lift up Yeshua by ministry to the LORD first and to encourage others to know Him! Mehkalat Yeshua seeks to teach children to “worship in spirit and truth” (Yochanan/ John 4:23, 24) with the goal of adoring and respecting the LORD. The children will receive instruction on reading music, understand rhythm, and blending voices when singing in a choir. Mehkalat Yeshua will perform during the Biblical festivals or special occasions.
Children’s Awaking and Ministry Outreach (CAMO) is a week long summer education program similar to a Vacation Bible School. Nearly 85 percent of people who make Yeshua the Savior and Lord of their lives do so between the ages of 4 and 14! This group is called the 4/14 Window. In the 4/14 Window there are 1.2 billion children; of which two-thirds have never heard the name Yeshua or Jesus. Rosh Pinah’s children’s ministry wants to reach the 4/14 Window which represents the largest, most receptive and most moldable group with the transformational message of the Good News of Yeshua. This involves training, equipping, empowering and mobilizing our young in an outreach that impacts our local community and the world. CAMO is part of our strategic vision to reach those in the 4/14 Window. Our CAMO events typically occur in June.
A Safe Place:
The ministry at Rosh Pinah is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for those participating in our ministry activities. Everyone involved in our children’s ministry has successfully completed a background check and been vetted by leadership. Workers involved in children ministry will not spank, hit, grab, shake, or otherwise physically discipline any child. Physical restraint should only be used in a situation where it is reasonably necessary to prevent an individual from physically harming himself or another individual. Any disciplinary problems will be discussed with a child’s parent or guardian. Our goal is to create a safe ministry space for all children to spiritually grow and thrive.
“We will not conceal them from their children, but tell to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and His strength and His wondrous works that He has done.” Tehillim/Psalm 78:4
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Mattityahu 19:14