Story Keepers

As a children’s ministry in Topeka, our approach is driven by Story…a passion to take stories that teach and bring them to life for children. These stories can come from anywhere: The Bible, Church history, or even from stories from people now, living out their faith.

      

Weekly Schedule

Sundays

Storyboard Kid’s Discovery: 9:15am

Storyboard Kid’s Worship: 10:30am

Wednesdays

Scene-It Small Groups: 6:30-7:30pm

Your first visit

We love children and having the opportunity to help them learn and grow. But we also know that in order to have the opportunity to work with them, you as a parent need to be confident that they are in good hands.

Rest assured, your child’s safety is always top-of-mind for our staff. Two key pieces that are in place ensure a safe and fun environment is a child check-in process and a vetted volunteer staff including background checks.

On your first visit, our helpful staff will help guide you through the check-in process. Please plan to arrive about 15 minutes before the service begins to accommodate this process or consider completing the New Families Packet.

Fun for all ages!

Fairlawn has incredible nursery workers who genuinely care about creating a God-honoring environment for infants and toddlers on Sundays and Wednesdays.
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Each Sunday you can expect to drop off your 3 month old– 2 year old child by turning in a diaper bag and signing-in your child. Please remember to leave contact information so we can text you if your child needs you.

The nursery has a group of volunteers who rotate on a schedule. As with all Story Keepers volunteers, each group consists of workers who have undergone background checks and who have your child’s well being at heart. The nursery strives to be a safe place for babies and a trusted place for parents.

Fairlawn Church is blessed with a great Early Childhood Program, Mini-Clips. This an extension from the Upper Elementary Program.

On Sunday mornings, we have a group of dedicated volunteers who are consistently working with your kids every week. There, they walk through a variety of different stories, games and centers, all teaching them the “main lesson” of the week.

On Wednesday nights this age group participates in “Mini-Clips: Scene it!” Here, the Early Childhood focus on more “topical” lessons we use from Group and Gospel Light Publishing. Two amazing volunteers who love children, Amanda Hamme and Gwen Ketter, lead Wednesday Nights. In this area, children not only learn about Christ’s love, but learn how to live it out as they play and fellowship with each other!

We believe that children learn best through storytelling. We take our 1st-5th graders back to the drawing board for Story Board, our Sunday Morning Programing. We strive to create a space where children can learn the stories that have shaped their lives. We want children to learn stories, and learn them well!

On Sunday mornings we have Story Board. Rather than having an hour of Community Groups and an hour of Children’s Church, where children will learn two completely different stories, we have opted to focus on one story for both hours. One hour starts our morning with Story Board Discovery; followed by a “Kid-style” worship service with the story as the emphasis. Come with your 1st – 5th grader and experience the mystery and excitement of this biblical narrative!

On Wednesday Nights, we participate in Scene it! Here, we review the story we told the Sunday before. We divide into small groups, and apply these lessons to the kids- on their individual learning levels. During this time, kids not only have the opportunity to teach each other, they also hear the same story repeatedly, helping them remember the facts even better.

Seasonal activities

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From September – December, the Elementary and Early Childhood practice Christmas songs for our Kids Singing Group, The Mini Crescendos. During our first hour of Sunday Activities, Miss Edwina Dittmore leads the kids on a “Holly-Jolly” Singing Adventure.

W.I.G.L. Wednesdays In God’s Lawn

During the summer (June-July), Story Keepers take a break from the classrooms and we migrate outdoors. We pull out the water hose, balloons, and water games to try and cool down on those hot, summer Wednesday Nights. We focus more on team building and community for the first 45 minutes, followed with a brief lesson and end the night with Sno-cones! Come join the fun this summer!