Here at Calvary Baptist Church in Windsor Locks, we believe that teaching our children is a biblical mandate given to all of God’s people (Deut. 31:12-13). Not only do children memorize Scripture and learn the Bible’s storyline, but they also memorize catechisms, and learn how to apply the truths taught in each of these areas to their lives. Learning how to love the Lord and follow Him at any age is simply laying the foundation for future men and women of God.
Childcare is provided for all our services so that parents and caregivers can focus on the teaching of God's Word. Our nurseries are staffed by trained individuals who provide a safe and caring environment for children ages birth - 3 years. Age appropriate activites and playtime are provided along with a Bible lesson for toddlers. Our infant and toddler nurseries are located in the Atrium as you enter the building.
+ Sunday School (preschool-6th Grade)
Our Sunday school classes begin by laying a foundation in the younger preschool class by teaching through songs, Bible stories, and the Baptist catechism for children. We build on that foundation in classes through the 6th grade. Our children memorize Scripture, continue learning Bible stories, and the Baptist catechism.
+ Children’s Church on Sundays (Ages 3-7)
After the song portion of our morning worship service, children ages 3-7 are dismissed to their own teaching time in which they learn the Scriptures, sing, have a snack and do a craft.
+ Calvary Kids (Wednesday Night)
Calvary Kids is our Wednesday evening program for children. It centers on teaching Scripture to our children and encouraging its memorization. The program runs year round. In the summer months, the focus shifts to missions. Ages 3 to 12 are welcome to join us in the downstairs activity room for a time of prayer, Bible teaching and games.
+ Vacation Bible School (Preschool -12th grade)
Each summer we host a weeklong Vacation Bible School (VBS) at our church. All children, ages 4 through 6th grade, enjoy a time of music, games, crafts, food and Bible teaching. Also, we provide a separate teen VBS program during the same time as the children’s VBS, where teens learn Bible doctrine and church history, as well as enjoy food, games and music.
Baptists have a rich history of catechizing their children. Unfortunately, over time many American Baptists have given up this important work. Calvary Baptist seeks to reestablish our connection with our rich, Baptist, catechetical heritage. The word catechism comes from the Greek word which means “instruction.” The goal of catechisms is evangelism, Christian growth, and preparation for church membership.
C.H. Spurgeon said, “For my part, I am more and more persuaded that the study of a good Scriptural catechism is of infinite value to our children. … Even if the youngsters do not understand all the questions and answers … yet, abiding in their memories, it will be infinite service when the time of understanding comes, to have known these very excellent, wise and judicious definitions of the things of God. … It will be a blessing to them.”
Our children from toddlers through 6th grade use an adaption of Richard Cecil’s A Catechism for Boys and Girls (1798). Once they complete this catechism, our teenagers progress through C.H. Spurgeon’s Catechism (1855).
Please feel free to contact us with any questions about childcare during the services or how our ministry programs work.