This is an innovative ministry resource produced by Children’s Ministries for the 0 to 4 year olds.
‘First Steps’ is a ministry where every child between 0–4 years of age is valued and nurtured in a loving and caring Christian community.
The first five years of a child’s life is a time filled with firsts: there’s the first smile, the first word, the first tooth, and also the first steps. ‘First Steps’ represents a child’s first steps into a Christian community through the ministry of The Salvation Army. It may also be the first steps for many parents into a Christian church.
‘First Steps’ has been designed to help people in your church who are passionate about connecting with young families. It’s about making a positive difference in the spiritual development of children, and supporting and resourcing parents during this journey.
The key aspects of this ministry include:
- Pastorally caring for families with young children
- The recognition of key milestones
- Supporting families through joys and difficulties
- Celebrating dedication or thanksgiving services
And this is just the beginning…
There are resources to help support this ministry and they are all available from Salvationist Resources Department (Formerly Trade Department) and include:
- First Steps Handbook
- Welcome Certificate
- Dedication & Thanksgiving Certificates
If you would like more information regarding this ministry and how you might be able to use it at your church, please contact your Divisional Children’s Ministry representative.