WELCOME TO NEXT Generation

Throughout all of our Next Generation ministry activities, we build a foundation for our kids and students to become more fully alive in God. We are radically committed to spiritual formation within each of our young people for the sake of others. 



From birth through high school graduation, we provide a safe, welcoming and fun place for young people to... 

  • DISCOVER THE LIFE OF GOD in them, their unique gifts and create space where they can hear from God, know Jesus personally and experience the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • CREATE A COMMUNITY of intergenerational mentorships and peer friendships who will walk alongside them as they grow up.
  • WORSHIP GOD as they engage with God's story in the Bible, singing, spiritual practices, reflection and learning to identify and settle into God's Presence.
  • SERVE in environments and experiences that open their eyes to the needs in the world around them and invite them to respond in the love of Jesus for the sake of others.



NextKids (Birth-5th Grade)          NextYouth (6th-12th Grade)                Serve With Us!       

next kids (birth-5th grade)

In NextKids, we build a foundation for kids to become more fully alive in God. We are radically committed to spiritual formation within each of our young people for the sake of others. From infants to 5th graders, we provide a safe, welcoming and fun place for young people to discover the life go God, create a community, worship and serve. 


How does this happen?! In a variety of settings!



SUNDAY MORNINGS: 

On any given Sunday, the lower level of the church is filled with our littlest members hearing from and finding God’s stories in the Bible, signing worship songs, playing with toys and fun games with peers, spending time talking with God in prayer and quiet, and receiving words of blessing from committed adult volunteers. All of our stories, activities and games are tailored to the age of the child so that they can encounter God for themselves in a special way! 


On holiday weekends, our kids join us in the upstairs gathering where their energy and joy in Jesus is welcomed and celebrated!



FAMILY EVENTS:

As a church family we do many things together to encourage our kids, help build community amongst families and provide safe environments to play and grow!  Each year we hold seasonal events like Trunk-or-Treat and The Gingerbread Event, summer fun like Vacation Bible school and outdoor play dates, opportunities to serve as a family and other special times where people can gather and have fun! 


Upcoming Events



NextKids@HOME:

We communicate to families through email and on our social media, providing information and also ways to connect with your kids at home, encouraging their faith and growth. We desire to support parents as the primary influencers in a child’s faith journey and to  walk with you through the highs and lows of the journey of growing in Christ while living as a human! If you are registered for Sunday mornings, you will be on our communication list.



VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: 

We are assembling our amazing team of volunteers to serve with us. 


Volunteer



NEW TO OPEN DOOR and NEXTKIDS? 

We're excited to get to know you and your little ones! 

Fill out the registration form and release waiver below.


Register for NextKids


2021-2024 General Waiver and Release







QUESTIONS ABOUT NextKids? 

Email kids@thedoor.org



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next youth (6th-12 grade)

On Wednesday nights throughout the school year, students 6-12th grade students are placed in teams with peers and committed volunteer team leaders. Students have the opportunity to build community, grow and transform in their faith, serve others and have a lot of fun in the process. Throughout the year we also hold events, activities and retreats that students can participate in. 

 

Email youth@thedoor.org for more information or to receive the schedule.

 

Register for Wednesday NextYouth      


Team Leader Application                        


Coach Application                                   


Site Director Application                         


Driver Application                                     


2021-2024 General Waiver and Release


Summer NextYouth Schedule                  


Sign-up for Summer Youth Twexts          

parent resources

Parents, you are not alone! We provide opportunities for parents to connect with other parents to be encouraged and equipped to raise their children as followers of Christ. There is so much out there telling you how to raise (or not raise) your children. We have recommended resources to help you in your parenting experience. We also have online and take-home resources for our Next Kids Sunday curriculum. Contact: Amanda | ext 1703


Visit some of our parenting groups on Facebook. 

circlefacebook  Open Door Moms Facebook Group

circlefacebook  Next Generation Parenting Group

UPCOMING EVENTS

Hang tight while we look up scheduled events...