Do you know what your children are learning in church?

Do you know what your children are learning in church?

What is your elementary age child learning on Sundays at The Journey?


Journey Teaches Children God’s Word!

At the Journey, we not only believe our children are the future of the church, but they ARE the church!

We don’t put them last, we put them first. They are a significant part of our church family, so we invest in them. Children are important to us and we want to carry out what Jesus commanded us to do. And what is that? Jesus called his disciples to welcome these little ones. When we welcome children, Jesus says, “you welcome me and also welcome He who sent me.”

And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.”

Mark 10:16b

As a church, as parents, as guardians, this is our responsibility as well, to nurture our children. We want you as a parent to know that we care about what your kids are being fed spiritually. Also, we want to make you aware of what the learning is, so you can follow up.

Journey Sundays: 2 Sessions, 9:30 am – 10:20 am, 11:05 am – 11:45 am

Mark and Jananne Hillenberg, two of our dedicated Journey Kids teachers

Mark and Jananne Hillenberg, two of our dedicated Journey Kids teachers

What do Journey Kids learn the first session each Sunday?

During the school calendar, kids learn from “The Fruits of The Spirit.” During this summer they learn from the curriculum “Teaching Our Children About Baptism,” followed by “The Ten Commandments.”

The first Curriculum contains seven age appropriate lessons for children 1st-6th grades. Specializing during the summer on baptism does not mean there are no conversations about baptism year-round. We often talk about decisions children make that we call “Next Steps.” A Next Step can be learning to pray, sharing, forgiving a friend or sibling. We believe children and adults in all stages of life have “next steps,” and baptism is also a big next step!

We also use portion of this first session on Sundays to celebrate birthdays on a monthly basis.

Do children play at 11:05?

Ahh . . . Nope!! This is a more intense, in depth study.

When the Bible Project took off, we decided to start a new curriculum. This curriculum is called, Telling God’s Story and is composed of Five Books, one for each year.

Year 1: Meeting Jesus

Year 2: The Kingdom of Heaven

Year 3: The Unexpected Way

Year 4: The Story of God’s People Continues

Year 5: Not Yet Released

Telling God’s Story books provide weekly lessons for elementary-grade students. The Instructor Text and Teaching Guide contains content-filled background information for the teacher, a biblical passage to read aloud, and a scripted explanation of the passage designed especially for young children to grasp with ease.

The accompanying Activity Book provides historically accurate coloring pages, learning projects, and group activities to fill out an entire week study. Telling God’s Story begins by grounding children in the faith by introducing them to Jesus as he is presented in the four Gospels. Each book has eight units totaling thirty-six lessons.

Each of the lessons are intended to introduce children to Jesus in the way the Gospel writers do:

  • Stories Jesus Told (parables)

  • Miracles Jesus Did

  • Teachings of Jesus

  • Sermon on the Mount

  • Jesus’ Early Life

  • Jesus’ Disciples

  • Opposition to Jesus

  • The End of Jesus’ life

Who teaches Bible Studies?

The first hour studies are taught by Mark and Jananne Hillenburg. They have been serving in the Children’s Ministry for 34 years. We are so blessed and honored to have them as part of our church and specially so invested and dedicated to this Ministry.

The Bible studies during the second hour are taught by several young adults physically, emotionally and educationally prepared to take what may come to them in regard to questions, comments and personal experiences being shared. They serve in a rotational manner.

Dan and Barrie Kaiser (and their puppies).

Dan and Barrie Kaiser (and their puppies).

Spenser Bolte

Spenser Bolte

Quinn Fields

Quinn Fields

Rotating in to teaching in the First and second hour, we have veteran teacher, musician and artist Peggy Anderson. Peggy is also a children’s book author and illustrator. She has been serving in this ministry 33 years, since 1986. Her knowledge and input has been so valuable to us and has helped us improve this ministry in many ways. All class leaders are making an impact and a difference in every child’s life.

Peggy Anderson and husband, Kurt

Peggy Anderson and husband, Kurt

Jill Taylor teaches AP Calculus, Pre-Calculus, SAT prep at Broken Arrow High School and Math at TCC. She has served in the Children’s ministry for 14 years. Thanks to her good eye in identifying talent, I am at The Journey as a the Children’s Minister today. She fills in as needed during the summer.

Jill Taylor and husband, Greg Taylor, our Lead Minister.

Jill Taylor and husband, Greg Taylor, our Lead Minister.

What is “Activity and Community Service?”

This team is the outdoor, fun, encouraging and valiant servants of God. They care and protect our kids while on our offsite activities or community services. John, TJ, Arlene, Rebecca, Sandy and Christina.

John Dickman

John Dickman

John back row left and TJ back row right

John back row left and TJ back row right

Christina front row and Sandy back row

Christina front row and Sandy back row

Rebecca Hayes front left and Arlene Hayes front right. Christina, Sandy and Bartola back.

Rebecca Hayes front left and Arlene Hayes front right. Christina, Sandy and Bartola back.

This is Awesome!! How can I be part of it?

Sure!! There are many ways you can be a part of this ministry without being a class leader, which seem to be intimidating to some people. We want you to use your gifts and talents where you and children will get most out of it.

Here are important ways you can serve Journey Kids:

  • Bible Study Leader

  • Activity Helper on Sundays

  • Activity Helper Outdoors

  • Class Assistant

  • Summer only volunteer

  • Supporter

  • Child Mentor

If you have any questions regarding the ministry please, lets have a chat. Email me at

May God bless you abundantly as we walk this Journey together


Bartola Kuruvilla

Bartola is the Children’s Minister and is married to Thomas (TJ) Kuruvilla. They are current foster parents of a wonderful five year old boy. They love serving within the church and outside of it as opportunities present themselves. Being an adopted kid herself, Bartola has a heart for missions and grew up as the result of Mission Predisan in Honduras. As a Loving wife, mom, and children’s minister, Bartola is astonished to see how God’s hand has worked in her life.

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