Children’s Ministry

“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”  Matthew 19:14

What to Expect on Sunday Mornings…

Nursery – Crosswater offers nursery services for 6 weeks of age through 2 ½ years of age during all services on Sunday mornings.  Our nursery volunteers have been background checked and trained to make sure your child is safe and well cared for during their stay with us.  The nursery is located on the first floor of our Administration and Education building.

WEE-J.A.M. for Preschoolers – Crosswater offers a preschool worship service during all Sunday morning services.  We call our pre-k worship service WEE J.A.M. (Jesus and Me).  Wee Jam is comprised of high energy songs, an age appropriate lesson, videos, games, and more.  After Wee JAM children enjoy a snack (usually goldfish or pretzels, but a gluten free snack is available), coloring, and some structured play time.

Wee Jam meets upstairs in Room 205 (the orange room) at 9:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. for children that are in VPK and Kindergarten.

*Children 5 and under are downstairs for the 8:45 a.m. service. 

Wee Jam Jr. is downstairs for 4 year olds not yet in VPK and 3 year olds.  Both groups have a worship service specifically designed to meet their needs and attention spans. 

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Powerhouse – Powerhouse is our Sunday morning children’s program for 5 year olds through 5th grade.  Sunday morning Powerhouse includes children’s worship, age appropriate Bible studies, games, and much more.  Powerhouse is offered at all 3 services.  The Powerhouse is located in the upstairs of our Administration and Education building.  Enter through the door that says “Grade School” and one of our friendly greeters will help you get registered and show you where your children will be dropped off.




(Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed -II Timothy 2:15) is an international evangelical nonprofit organization founded in 1950 to teach children the Gospel. The mission of Awana is to help “churches and parents worldwide raise children and youth to know, love, and serve Christ.”  Our Awana program is from 6:15  p.m. until 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday nights (except during the summer months).  We offer classes for 4 year olds (Cubbies) to 5th graders (T & T).  There is a yearly fee with Awana that covers books, vests or shirts (depending on age group), and other supplies.


Crosswater hosts a Good News Club after school at PALM VALLEY ACADEMY and at OCEAN PALMS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. Simply fill out a permission slip located on Peachjar, in the school office or by contacting Chelséa Cancel at

Good News Club does not meet during the summers or when children are not in school.


We recognize that parenting in the 21st century can be extremely difficult.  You have to navigate technology issues, hyper sexual movies, shows and ads, bullying and much more.  To try to help you on this journey, Crosswater offers several resources to assist you.  First, Pastor Todd Kornahrens has written three parenting books entitled “Nehemiah Parenting”, “Tackling the Talk” and “Rated R for Responsibility”  all of which are available for purchase in the church office.
Make sure to check out the Nehemiah Parenting blog. Pastor Todd updates his family blog, “Nehemiah Parenting”,
weekly with parenting and family devotions.
The Nehemiah Parenting blog can be found at

Also, we are here to pray for you or offer practical advice.  Simply email your prayer(s) or question(s) to and he will get back to you as soon as possible with a reply.  

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