At Saltbush we understand that passing on the good news of the Gospel to the next generation is another vital form of evangelism! Here is an overview of the kids and youth programs our church runs or is involved with during the week…
We welcome all kids from parents attending church or kids from the community. We believe that kids should be given the opportunity to learn about Jesus from the Bible in an age appropriate way. Kids who come to Saltbush church (regular and visiting) on a Sunday are catered for from 0-15 yrs.
This is a space for parents/carers to use with their children under 1 for anytime during the service. It is set up with toys, mats and and a change mat.
A creche facility is provided each week for kids aged from 1 year until they turn 3 (they are able to move up to Nippers at the beginning of the next school term after their 3rd birthday). Activities include books, puzzles, toys, drawing, music and more. It is free play time with the supervision of 2 adults. If your child is unsettled for a period of time then we will ask you to return to the Creche room. Please leave any necessary items that will help settle your child e.g. dummy, drink/food, special toy etc.
The Nippers group is for kids after they turn 3 until they start Kindergarten. During each week of the school term they are presented with a section of the Bible, teaching its meaning and helping their understanding of it through games, activities, songs and play. They are led by a teacher and an assistant. They start in the service and leave when instructed with the teachers.
Please Note: Due to the majority of our Nippers kids leaving Saltbush in 2015, Nippers is currently in recess until we have enough kids to start it up again. We hope this is only for a short time. Sorry if this affects your family but we are happy to talk with you and work out a solution if your child fits into this age group.
Yabbies is for kids at school from Kindergarten to year 4 during the school term. They stay in the service until instructed and move to the Yabbies room with their teacher and assistant. A Bible lesson is presented in a fun and interactive way, including reading the bible, discussing it, asking questions, participating in drama, craft, games, singing, praying and learning how to apply the bible truths to their lives.
Other Sunday Kidz Activities
All Age Services
4 times a year kids from 4 years and up stay for the whole service which is specifically catered to include 'all ages'. This gives our teachers a break, helps young and old interact as they learn from God's Word together and aids the integration of kids into the different aspects of church.
During school holidays, Nippers kids join the Creche kids for free play or a kids DVD while we provide Yabbies kids with activity sheets to do during the adults bible talk and sometimes a DVD.
Caring for kids at church
As a church we have identified ways that all members of our church family can help care for our kids particularly before and after the Sunday groups run. We believe it is the responsibility of everyone to help love our kids by caring for them in a number of ways. Please read our Caring For Kids Strategy so you can help our kids stay safe and happy.
Saltbush desires to see the young people of Saltbush and Broken Hill make a commitment to Christ and deepen their faith through studying the Bible, praying, meeting with other believers, starting to serve others because of their love for Jesus and begin sharing their faith with others. There are 2 main ways we seek to do achieve these things for youth between years 5 and 9.
Sunday Group - Explorers
This group is for kids in years 5-9 for a mini bible study. They meet from 3.00-4.00pm (before church) at church and have 2 leaders. If possible, please bring your own Bible. The group stays in church for the whole service.
Friday Night Youth Group
SALT Youth Group runs on ALTERNATE Friday Nights from 7-9pm at Burke Ward Public School Hall for anyone in years 6-9. It is a night filled with fun games and activities, food and time to learn about what the bible says about life. We ask for a Gold coin donation to help cover supper and resources costs.
For details on this term's dates, activities, changes, school location, photos etc go to our Facebook page Salt Youthgroup.
For more details contact Kylie Letcher on 0422 580 933.
Special Religious Education (SRE), Broken Hill Combined Churches (SRE)
Special Religious Education (SRE) traditionally referred to as scripture, is taught as a combined arrangement (with 4 Broken Hill churches represented) in 2 public schools, one as weekly classroom lessons and the other with Assembly style lessons at Easter and Christmas.
The curriculum used to teach is available for viewing at CEP Connect.
Would you like to volunteer to teach SRE?
Volunteers who wish to teach need to meet our SRE Teacher Requirements & Training Checklist. Other useful document if you are considering teaching scripture include our Application for a Working with Children Check, SRE Name Tag Template and our Saltbush Safe Ministry Policy.
For more details contact Kylie Letcher on 0422 580 933.
Who is looking after our kids?
Yabbies and Nippers both have a team of 4 teachers and 4 assistants. Each team is lead by a team leader and is the person you should contact if you have any questions or concerns. The Explorers team has 2 leaders with 1 being the Team Leader. There are 5 main creche workers (and some extra helpers when needed) who are under the Creche team leader. We are always looking for extra helpers so please let us know if you can help in anyway.
All our workers comply with the "Working with Children" (WWCC) laws and are required to adhere to our Safe Ministry Policy. To obtain a WWCC number follow the steps in Application for a WWCC process. As stated in our Safe Ministry Policy our workers are also required to complete an online Safe Ministry Training course. For workers undertaking the course, please email one of the Saltbush Safe Ministry Supervisors for a direct link and password to begin. For general information on the course go to www.safeministrytraining.com.au. Our 2 appointed Safe Ministry Supervisors are Kylie Letcher and Matt Letcher, who have completed additional training
The Team Leaders of our Kids and Youth ministries facilitate the day to day running of the ministry they lead with the support and guidance of our SaltbushKidz Coordinator, who oversees all the general Kids and Youth ministries. Our SaltbushKidz Coordinator is Kylie Letcher. Feel free to contact her by phone (0422 580 933) or via the email link below.