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Kids' Space

Children are an important part of our church family at Cornerstone. We long to see them become life-long disciples of Jesus and tailor our programmes to each age group. 

Kids' Space at Cornerstone City

10 am, Riccarton High School

Adventurers
(1–3 years)

We believe that little ones absorb things even before they can articulate words, and it’s especially important that they are spiritually fed! Children in this age group get to explore toys, books, and crafts, and learn simple truths about God.

The classroom is open for drop-off 10 minutes before the church service starts. We ask parents to bring clearly labelled water and morning tea in a lunchbox for their children. Parents/caregivers are required to sign children in and out of their classroom.

Investigators
(4–5 years)

Investigators is a bridging programme between Adventurers and the school-aged programme. It’s a fun space for our four- and five-year-olds to learn the Gospel in an environment tailored to their needs. They spend time playing, eating morning tea, hearing and discussing a story, and completing a related craft activity. Investigators runs during the school terms; activity packs are provided during school holidays for children to enjoy during the main church service.

Children can either be dropped off before the service at 9.50 am or after the kids' slot in the main service. We ask parents/caregivers to bring labelled water bottles and morning tea in a lunchbox for their children. Parents/caregivers are required to sign their children in and out of their classroom.

Explorers, Navigators & Rangers
(Age 6 – school year 8)

Children start with the adults in the main auditorium for the first 20 minutes, heading out to their classroom after the kids' slot. Children first spend time together as a large group — playing games, singing, memorising scripture, and hearing the Bible read and taught. They then split into smaller groups with age-specific learning activities, crafts, and discussion about the lesson.

Parents/caregivers need to sign their children into our care before the service. The Kids' Space sign-in table is in the main hall, near the kitchen. Leaders guide the children back to the main hall as the church service finishes, where they join the adults for morning tea.

Children are provided with activity packs to enjoy during the service in the school holidays.

Kids' Space at Fields Church

3 pm, Rolleston Community Centre

Field Mice
(1–4 years)

We believe that little ones absorb ideas even before they can articulate them, and it’s especially important that they are spiritually fed! Children in this age group learn simple truths about God through stories and crafts and get to know their leaders through free play.

We long to be able to run Field Mice every week, but are currently under-resourced. It runs occasionally: parents are informed on the day and are required to sign their children in and out of our care. Toys and books are available at the back of the main meeting room on Sundays when Field Mice is not running.

Explorers & Rangers
(School year 1–8)

Kids start with the adults in the main service for the first 20 minutes, heading out to their classroom after the MC prays for the kids. The children spend time together as a large group — playing games, singing, memorising scripture, and hearing the Bible read and taught before splitting into smaller groups with age-specific learning activities, crafts, and discussion about the lesson. Children are provided with activity packs to complete in the main service during school holidays.

Parents/caregivers need to sign their children into our care before the service. Sign-in sheets are placed on the welcome table as you enter Fields Church. Leaders guide the children back to the main space as the church service finishes, where they join the adults for afternoon tea.

Teaching material

Our lessons are centred on the Bible and our activities aim to point to what God is saying to us through His Word. A range of interactive games and activities are used to help the children learn important truths about God and His world. 

Children are taught using the Kidswise curriculum and will follow along with the passages taught in the Sunday service and what is read in Growth Groups during the week.

Leaders

Dee Burnell coordinates the children's ministry and helps to ensure children, caregivers and leaders are well cared for and resourced. Our leaders receive comprehensive training.

Our leaders and helpers are carefully chosen members of Cornerstone, with the majority being from our Campus Church congregation. You can recognise the leaders each Sunday by their coloured lanyards and Kids’ Space t-shirts.

If you have any questions about our kids' ministry, please get in touch with Dee.

Portrait of Dee Burnell, children's ministry coordinator at Cornerstone Church