We love kids! And we want children of all ages to know God, to serve Him, and to share His love with others. We want to introduce kids to Jesus and encourage them to become lifelong followers of Him. We want children to know the joy of a friendship with Christ and how to live a life that reflects that relationship.

Good Shepherd's kids' ministry believes that ...

God has a special place in His heart for kids. “Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, ‘Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.’” — Luke 18:16

The Bible is the primary source for learning about God's love and His will for our lives. “You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.” — 2 Timothy 3:15–17

Parents must be the primary nurturer and influence on their kids’ faith. “Love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. Commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.” — Deuteronomy 6:5–7

Leaders, teachers and volunteers must model an active, healthy, and committed relationship with Christ for our kids to see. “Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.” — 1 Timothy 4:12

Our kids' ministry uses a variety of teaching methods that are designed to engage children (ages 2 through 6th grade) in active learning that will lead to an understanding of God, His Word, and its message of grace, love, and hope. The primary venues where this message is communicated to our kids are in worship, Sunday School, and Vacation Bible School. We invite you to email Director of Christian Education Andy Muich for more information.

Sunday spark @ home

This year, we're taking a different approach to Sunday School with Sunday Spark @ Home.

Each week, a PDF of the lesson will be available in our Sunday Spark blog. You'll also find links to the latest Kids' Message in each week's post.

Then, on the second Sunday of each month, we gather -- virtually -- for a group Sunday Spark meet-up.

Want to be a part of the Sunday Spark @ Home bunch? Want even more Sunday School resources? Email Director of Christian Education Andy Muich to find out how to join and to get a link to the Sunday Spark monthly meet-up.

Resources for families

Family Worship Service

Click here for information about holding a family worship service at home.

Kids' Messages

Each week, Good Shepherd posts a new Kids' Message. Check out these videos on our Vimeo or YouTube channels. You'll also find links to them in our weekly Sunday Spark blog post -- along with each week's Sunday School lesson -- and in each week's Virtual Worship Services blog post.

Prayers for Families

Pastor Johann has created a video and a podcast of meal prayers and daily bread prayers for you to use.

Watch the prayer video on Vimeo

Watch the prayer video on YouTube

You can also listen to a podcast of these prayers. Search for "GSLCVA" in your favorite podcast app.

Throwback VBS

We weren't able to make any new memories at Vacation Bible School this past summer (2020), so we brought back some old ones with our Throwback VBS video series!

These videos feature some of our favorite songs, stories, and characters from past years' Vacation Bible School themes.

If you've been a part of Good Shepherd's VBS before, or if you're joining us for the very first time, we hope you'll enjoy some of our favorite memories!

Day 1 - Maker Fun Factory

We’re kicking things off by throwing it back to a super fun and super creative VBS theme – Maker Fun Factory! Imagine a world where curious kids become hands-on inventors who discover that they are lovingly created by God and built for a purpose. Maker Fun Factory was that world!

Watch Maker Fun Factory on Vimeo

Day 2 - Cave Quest

Today we’re digging deep into God’s love by throwing it back to a VBS theme that really “rocked” – Cave Quest! At Cave Quest we explored what it means to follow Jesus – the Light of the world.

Watch Cave Quest on Vimeo

Day 3 - Roar

Get ready for a roaring good time because today we’re throwing it back to an epic adventure that was fun for the whole herd – Roar! At Roar we discovered God’s goodness and celebrated a ferocious faith that will power us through this wild life.

Watch Roar on Vimeo

Day 4 - Shipwrecked

Set sail for adventure as we throw it back to one of our favorite VBS themes of all time – Shipwrecked! At Shipwrecked we learned how we’ve been rescued by Jesus are anchored in the truth that He carries us through life’s storms.

Watch Shipwrecked on Vimeo

Day 5 - Everest

We saved our most extreme VBS theme for last – Everest! Together we reached new heights on this epic expedition and discovered how we can conquer challenges with God’s mighty power.

Watch Everest on Vimeo