Children & Families

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What Is the Purpose of Family Ministry at Bon Air?

"One generation will declare your works to the next and will proclaim your mighty acts. I will speak of your splendor and glorious majesty and your wondrous works. They will proclaim the power of your awe-inspiring acts, and I will declare your greatness. They will give a testimony of your great goodness and will joyfully sing of your righteousness" (Ps. 145:4–7).


Family ministry aims to glorify God through generations of godliness. We long to see generations raised up to commend God's awesome works, meditate on God's glorious majesty, and declare God's supreme greatness to the world. We want to see children mature into adults who continue in what they have learned and believed, having been acquainted with the Scriptures from childhood (2 Tim. 3:14–15).


What Is Bon Air's Philosophy of Family Ministry?

At Bon Air we hold two core values in aiming to fulfill the mission of generations of godliness bringing glory to God: 1) equipping parents for discipleship and 2) integrating families in corporate worship.


Equipping parents for discipleship. We believe the church and family are both responsible for the discipleship of children. Parents have primary responsibility but not sole responsibility. We partner with parents at every level of ministry so that parents are acknowledged, equipped, and held accountable as the primary faith-trainers in raising children in the instruction of the Lord (Deut. 6:4–9; Eph. 4:11–16; 6:1–4; Tit. 2:4).


Integrating families in corporate worship. When the apostle Paul's letters were read aloud in church, he assumed children were present to hear his exhortations to obey their parents (Eph. 6:1–3; Col. 3:20). We believe the best place for children to learn about worshiping God as a church is with their family, rather than "Children's Church." So we have grown accustomed to the presence of children in the service, and the children grow accustomed to being a part of the worship experience. No one will stop you at the door if you try to enter our service with your toddler.


Does Bon Air Offer a Nursery for Infants and Toddlers?

We are a family-friendly church and children are welcome and encouraged to stay in the service. While we do wish to offer a nursery for infants and very young children who are not yet able to understand what goes on in the worship service, we are a small church and do not currently offer a nursery. However, the nursery is available downstairs for anyone who needs a place to make a little more noise during the worship service. The room is provisioned with a live service audio feed.