Children Ministries

Our goal is simple: We want to help children follow Jesus and grow in their love and knowledge of Him and the Gospel. Children’s Ministries is an extension of our church’s larger mission of making Christ- followers of all peoples!



Southgate welcomes infants and toddlers in a safe and playful environment, so their parents or guardians can engage in other ministries. If the need should arise, our check-in system allows the nursery staff to notify a child's parents. 

2s & 3s

This worship hour class seeks to introduce 2- and 3-year-old children to four simple Bible truths using Puggles curriculum by Awana.  

God Made Everything!  
God is Great!  
God Loves Us!  
We Give Thanks! 

Weekly Bible lessons are under the umbrella of one of these Bible truths! During class, students will learn an age-appropriate Bible story, and Bible verse sung to music. Along with free play and snack time, each child will also complete a take-home craft page to help parents review the lesson with their child. 


Designed for 4 and 5-year-old children not yet in Kindergarten, Pre-K introduces students to Bible memorization by using the Cubbies curriculum by Awana! Pre-K children will learn a simple Bible verse each week at home, and then recite the verse during Worship Hour class. Also, during class time, children will learn the Bible story that goes along with their weekly Bible verse. In addition to Bible time, children will sing songs, enjoy snacks and crafts, and have free play in a fun, safe environment.  


Journey (K-4th during the worship service)

Journey is a large group, multi-aged environment that teaches students about who God is and what He has done! To help our students better understand the truth of God’s Word and how it connects to their lives, we use The New City Catechism Kids Curriculum. It is carefully crafted to help children purposefully learn the core doctrines of the Christian faith.

Students in Journey (grades K-4th) begin in the main worship service with their families and are dismissed to Journey before the sermon. During their time in Journey, students practice a weekly song and verse centered around our theme for the school year (Ephesians 2:3-4). Then, students participate in activities and explore a Bible passage that supports the Question & Answer they are focusing on that Sunday. Below are the Qs & As students are learning on this school year:

September: God

Question 2: What is God?

God is the creator of everyone and everything.(Psalm 86:8-10)

Question 3: How many persons are there in God?

There are three persons in one God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.(2 Corinthians 13:14)

October: Man

Question 4: How and why did God create us?

God created us male and female in his own image to glorify him.(Genesis 1:27)

Question 6: How can we glorify God?

By loving him and by obeying his commands and law. (Deuteronomy 11:1)

November: Sin

Question 13: Can anyone keep the law of God perfectly?

Since the fall, no human has been able to keep the law of God perfectly(Romans 3:10-12)

Question 16: What is sin?

Since the fall, no human has been able to keep the law of God perfectly(1 John 3:4)

December: God sent the Savior!

Question 1: What is our only hope in life and death?

That we are not our own but belong to God.(Romans 14:7-8)

January: Death

Question 18: Will God allows our disobedience and idolatry to go unpunished?

No, God is righteously angry with our sins and will punish them both in this life, and in the life to come.(Ephesians 5:5-6)

Question 28: What happens after death to those not united to Christ by faith?

They will be cast out from the presence of God, into hell, to be justly punished, forever.(John 3:16-18, 36)

February: Christ

Question 20: Who is the Redeemer?

The only Redeemer is the Lord Jesus Christ.(1 Timothy 2:5)

Question 21: What sort of Redeemer is needed to bring us back to God?

One who is truly human and also truly God.(Isaiah 9:6)

March: Cross

Question 24: Why was it necessary for Christ, the Redeemer to die?

Christ died willingly in our place to deliver us from the power and penalty of sin and bring us back to God.(Colossians 1:21-22)

Question 25: Does Christ’s death mean all our sins can be forgiven?

Yes, because Christ’s death on the cross fully paid the penalty for our sins, God will remember our sins no more.(2 Corinthians 5:21)

April: Faith

Question 29: How can we be saved?

Only by faith in Jesus Christ and in his substitutionary atoning death on the cross.(Ephesians 2:8-9)

Question 30: What is faith in Jesus Christ?

Receiving and resting on him alone for salvation as he is offered to us in the gospel.(Galatians 2:20)

May: Life

Question 33: Should those who have faith in Christ seeks their salvation through their own works, or anywhere else?

No, everything necessary to salvation is found in Christ.(Galatians 2:16)

Question 34: Since we are redeemed by grace alone, through Christ alone, must we still do good works and obey God’s word?

Yes, so that our lives may show love and gratitude to God; and so that by our godly behavior others may be won to Christ.(1 Peter 2:9-12)

Please visit The New City Catechism Web App to find some great tools!



Childcare is still provided for Nursery age children during Sunday School Hour.

2s & 3s

Sunday School is a time of review for the 2s & 3s class! These children will have more free play and song time, along with reviewing the Bible lesson learned during Worship Hour!


During Sunday School, Pre-K children review the Worship Hour lesson. Also, they have game time, free play, and complete a review activity!

Grades K-5

Sunday School is a time for students to engage in a Bible story and grade level, small group discussion! To help our students know and follow Jesus and hide God’s Word in their hearts, we use Bible Studies for Life curriculum by Lifeway.

Bible Studies for Life is based on the Levels of Biblical Learning®, a researched and studied philosophy that helps kids study 10 essential biblical concepts at an age-appropriate depth and learning style. These concepts include:

God | Jesus | Holy Spirit | Bible | Salvation | Creation | Church | People | Family | Community and World

During this time together, students participate in fun Bible skill activities, explore a Bible lesson, and recite their weekly Bible memory verse. Students practice these verses each week at home, and then they dig deeper during Sunday School to learn more about the Bible story that goes along with their weekly verse. Sunday School is a great time of discipleship where students can ask questions, connect Bible truths to their lives, and fellowship with peers.

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