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Nursery and Me Too | Ages 0-2

9:00 & 10:30 a.m. | Sunday Mornings | Ages 0-2

We believe that, even at a very young age, children have the potential to begin understanding basic concepts about God. Through Biblical based stories, lessons are planned so that children can learn:

  • God loves me
  • God made me
  • This is my church
  • Jesus wants to be my forever friend

Preschool | Ages 3-5K

9:00 & 10:30 a.m. | Sunday Mornings | Ages 3-5K

Excitement and joy characterize the kids and adults you will find in our preschool area. We invite your child to join us and begin their journey of knowing Jesus and becoming more like him. We strive to make the people, stories and principles of the Bible captivate the attention of preschool kids through the use of music, drama, puppets and storytelling. Children are grouped by age. Instruction is given in combinations of large and small group settings. Our preschool kids also spend time connecting with others during snack times, playing in activity stations, making crafts and prayer.

Xtreme Kids | Grades 1-3

9:00 & 10:30 a.m. | Sunday Mornings | Grades 1-3

Elementary-aged children are at a critical stage of life. We know these years provide an opportunity to help children gain a solid foundation for their future direction. We believe our grade school students can have an active and living faith. We believe that God has created each of them uniquely with specific abilities and personalities. Our focus is on helping them commit all of their lives – spirit, soul, and body – to the Lord. Children participate in grade level groups with instructions and activities conducted in large and small group settings. An emphasis is placed on children building relationships with youth and adults that will facilitate spiritual growth. Music, group games, video and dynamic live presentations are some of the elements included in the grade school services.

45 Degrees | Grades 4-5

9:00 & 10:30 a.m. | Sunday Mornings | Grades 4-5

6:30 p.m. | Wednesday Evenings in the Xtreme Kids Room | Grades 4-5

45 is an age appropriate “SuperStart” to applying God’s word to everyday life. These evenings are experience based, truth focused, full of energy and packed with fun especially designed for this age group. Each week there is plenty of opportunities for students to make friends while they are developing their understanding of and relationship with God.

Well-Child Health and Safety Policy

Kidlife cannot accept children into a classroom who display any of the following symptoms:
  • Fever (in the last 24 hours)
  • Diarrhea and/or vomiting (in the last 24 hours)
  • Pink eye or other eye infections (red, crusty or watery discharge)
  • Sore throat
  • Sneezing or cough, if persistent and/or productive
  • Colored nasal discharge: white – viral infection; yellow or green – bacterial infection
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes or skin)
  • Any skin infections: sores and/or crusts on the scalp, face or body particularly if red, swollen, draining or spreading
  • Skin eruptions or rash (other than diaper rash)
  • Any communicable diseases (chicken pox, etc.)

Note:Kidlife Team Members will not dispense medication to children.

Safety

  • All team members complete an application, have background checks, references, complete training and wear name tags.
  • Two person rule
  • Bathroom Policy
  • Secured check-in and release
  • Snack – allergies

Brooklife believes children are a gift from God, and we are very excited that you are investigating Child Dedication. Child Dedication is a public commitment you make before God, your church and your family. The dedication service provides you, the parent(s), an opportunity to express publicly your desire to lead and spiritually nurture your child in cooperation with the Holy Spirit so your child will develop a desire to love God and love others. Child Dedications are held twice a year during adult worship services. Please watch the bulletin for dates and times of the next dedication class and service.

We will be having a Child Dedication on Sunday, May 1. If you would like to dedicate your child, please plan on attending a class on April 10. Register here.

In our efforts to support parents/guardians as spiritual leaders in their homes, it is our honor to come alongside you as the child in your life is ready to express outwardly the commitment he/she has made to follow Jesus. We offer a 1-week class for elementary age kids who have expressed an interest in being baptized. Please watch the bulletin for dates and times of the next class.

What is communion? What happens at communion? This 1-week parent/child class is designed for elementary age kids to help them gain a greater understanding of the sacrifice Jesus made on their behalf. In our efforts to support parents/guardians as spiritual leaders in their homes, it is our honor to come alongside you as the child in your life encounters God and takes the next step in their spiritual journey.

Child Dedication FAQ

What is the biblical purpose and history of a Child Dedication?

The scriptural root of a Child Dedication is found in 1 Samuel 1:27–28 (NASB), where a godly woman named Hannah prayed year after year for God to give her a child. He answered her prayer, and she gave birth to a son whom she named Samuel. When Samuel was born, Hannah prayed these words:

“For this boy I prayed, and the Lord has given me my petition which I asked of Him. So I have also dedicated him to the Lord; as long as he lives he is dedicated to the Lord.”

In Luke chapter 2 of the New Testament, following the birth of Jesus, Mary and Joseph took the infant Jesus to the temple and dedicated Him.

In both Scripture passages, the parents entrusted their child completely to God.

The writings of Moses found in Deuteronomy 6:5–9 describe God’s plan for how a parent should raise up a child:

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”

One key step in marking your desire to nurture your child in the ways of God is to dedicate him or her to God publicly through a Child Dedication ceremony.

Do I need to be a member of the church to have my child dedicated at Brooklife?

You do not need to be a member of Brooklife Church to have your child dedicated in a group or public ceremony at Brooklife. We do encourage parents to make sure they are calling Brooklife their home church. Why? In dedicating your child to God, you are stating that you are willing to partner with God and the church to raise your child in cooperation with God’s intentions. To partner with any church, a parent would be wise to decide if he or she agrees with its beliefs and vision so they can be all-in in their partnership with the church.

When you choose to become a member at Brooklife, you are stating that you agree with Brooklife’s beliefs and values, and that you want Brooklife to be your home church. For more information on membership, visit the membership page.
To have your child dedicated at Brooklife:

  • We ask parents to raise their children in the ways of Jesus.
  • We ask parents to be sure their beliefs line up with Brooklife’s Statement of Faith.
  • We ask parents to be regular attenders of Brooklife’s weekend services.

We are open to having conversations with you on any of the above statements. If you are interested, contact 262-352-4719 or jscheibe@brooklife.org.

What can I expect during a Child Dedication ceremony?

Please check back for updated information for this FAQ.

Does Brooklife baptize infants?

Scripture provides evidence that Baptism follows an individual’s decision to trust Christ alone for salvation (Acts 2:418:12 and 10:47–48). And the New Testament records the baptisms of adult believers only.

In the Bible, we find parents bringing their children to Jesus. He held them, prayed for them and told us to welcome them. But He did not baptize them, and He did not tell anyone else to baptize them. Brooklife believes Baptism is for those who have made a personal decision to trust Christ alone for their salvation, once they have the maturity and ability to understand what that means.

Dedication is not a sacrament; nor does it impart grace or salvation to a child. Salvation comes only through faith in Jesus Christ as each person recognizes their sinfulness and receives forgiveness and eternal life through Christ and His work on the cross.

Rather than baptizing infants or children, Brooklife encourages Christian parents to dedicate their children. This is a ceremony in which parents formally call upon God’s blessing for their child and publicly commit to raise him or her in accordance with Scripture.

At what age can a child take part in a dedication service?

While Brooklife does not have a set age requirement for Child Dedication, the average age for a child to be dedicated is two months to eight months old although many parents dedicate children much older than that, often for the following reasons:

  • The parent(s) are new believers in Christ and their children were not dedicated when they were infants.
  • The parent(s) are having a younger child dedicated and want to have their older child dedicated at the same time.

Can a single parent participate in a Child Dedication service?

Yes! Child Dedication signifies the commitment of parents (including single parents) to do their best to raise their child to be a follower of Christ. Additionally, we highly encourage single parents to dedicate their child as they commit themselves to raise him or her without the presence or partnership of a spouse. The decision to dedicate a child is not dependent upon the beliefs of the absent parent. We do, however, encourage divorced parents to discuss Child Dedication with their ex-spouse. Ideally, both parents—even if not married—would still commit to the dedication of their child to God. We acknowledge that this is often not possible, and that it takes extra effort for a single parent to raise a child. As a church, Brooklife is committed to supporting single parents in providing a Christian foundation for their child’s upbringing.

Can parent(s) assign godparents?

Although the term “godparent” is not used at Brooklife, we do welcome parents to invite friends and family members committed to supporting them to stand with them during the dedication. The presence of these significant adults symbolizes their commitment to play a supportive role in the child’s spiritual development.