Kids

Welcome to Kids Church!

Our Commitment to You

Safety is Our Priority

We go out of our way to protect your kids! Their safety is our #1 priority. All of our adult team members are background-checked and fully-trained to keep your kids safe. While you’re enjoying our worship service, you can relax knowing your children are in a safe, clean, and loving environment!

Jesus is our Pursuit

We want every kid to have a heart that hears from God and pursues Him with all they have. This includes developing a personal friendship with Jesus!

Relationship is our Heart

We know life-change happens in the context of community, which is why we value consistent leaders in your child’s classroom every week who can help your child grow in relationship with Jesus and a life-giving community of friends.

Fun is our Mark

We want Sunday to be the MOST EPIC day of your kids week! Our goal is for your child to beg you to come back week after week!

Excellence is our Standard

We commit to giving our very best each time we gather together, teach in person or online and with every resource we produce. We are here to equip you the next generation and we don’t take that calling lightly!

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Our Age Groups

Dreamers

We call our infant and 1 year olds our Dreamers because they are just entered the world and are learning what it’s all about. In this class, your child will experience God’s love through the care of our trained Dream Team. Each week, they will be cared for, prayed over and shown God’s love through play, songs, and often a nice nap.

Explorers

We call our 2 and 3 year olds our Explorers because these toddlers love to explore God’s creation! From climbing to dancing and everything in between, your child will have a blast exploring God’s love through hands on experiences designed just for them.

Heroes

Our preschool and kindergarten kids love learning that they are part of God’s Big Story, the Bible! Each week, our Heroes hear a story from God’s Word and learn how to apply God’s Word in their own lives. Worship, play and crafts are all big parts of what our Heroes do every Sunday in Radiant Kids!

Legends

First through fifth grade students in Radiant Kids are learning who they are in Christ through the Calling He has on their life. We want our elementary aged kids to know they have the opportunity to be a Legend- to go stand out for being a bold follower of Jesus! Every Sunday, our Legends experience their very own worship service with engaging music, games, Bible lessons, small groups and practical application that they can use to impact the world around them.

Partnering
with Parents

We believe the best way we can help your kids develop a strong spiritual foundation is by partnering with you. Together, we can help encourage, train, and pray for them as they grow in their faith.

Here are some practical ways we can partner up to make this goal a reality:

1. Pick a consistent service time and location to help your kids build a relationship with their consistent Small Group leader and other kids their age.

2. Practice the current Radiant Kids Scripture memorization with your kids.

3. Follow @weareradiantkids on Instagram and Facebook to stay up to date on everything happening for your kids at Radiant Church.

4.Build relationships with other Radiant parents on the Radiant Kids Parents Page.

5. Join a Radiant Small Group with other parents

6. Pray for your children each week as they come to church, and pray for our teams as they serve and care for your kids.

Baby Dedications

At Radiant Church, baby dedications are a joint expression of a parent’s desire to raise Godly children and our commitment to support you as you walk in that calling. As a church, we are committed to empower parents in that calling and help families raise God-honoring kids. We count it an honor to be entrusted with that incredible privilege!

“CHILDREN ARE A GIFT FROM THE LORD; THEY ARE A REWARD FROM HIM.”

PSALM 127:3

“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 ON 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.”

DEUTERONOMY 6:4-7

Baby Dedication is a time for us to celebrate and thank God for the gift of your children. It’s also a time for you, as parents, to commit to model what following Jesus looks like and to raise your children to understand that they are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, to believe that the Bible is absolute Truth, and to know the importance of committing to a community of faith through the local church.

During the dedication service, parents promise before God, their family, and the church to raise their child in a God-honoring way. Because parents are the key role models for their children, we ask that they commit to the following before registering for baby dedication:

PARENT
COMMITMENTS

• Parents have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

• Parents are regular attenders of Radiant’ weekend services and are following Christ in their own life.

• Parents have attended our Next Steps class and agree with our church’s beliefs and values, which can be found in our Statement of Faith.

• Parents commit to modeling personal purity and to lead by example in matters of faith and conduct. That means living a life of sexual purity according to God’s standards.

• Parents have watched Radiant’s Baby Dedication video and make a list of who you want your child to become.

If you have any questions about these commitments, feel free to talk to your Location Kids Director or email our Kids Ministry Director here.

FAQ’S

Do I need to be a member to dedicate my baby?

You do not need to be a member of Radiant Church to dedicate your baby. We do ask that families call Radiant home, because 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. As your church family, we are here to partner with you as the body of Christ and support you as a family unit.

Can a single parent participate in a baby dedication service?

 Can a single parent participate in a baby dedication service? Yes! Baby dedication signifies the commitment of parents, including single parents, to do their best to raise their child to be a follower of Jesus Christ. As a church, Radiant is committed to supporting single parents in providing a Christian foundation for their child’s upbringing. 

We just adopted our child. Can we dedicate our child?

Absolutely! Here at Radiant Church, we highly value our foster and adopted families. Once your adoption is finalized, we would love to dedicate your child and come together as a church family to support your family as you commit to build a foundation in Jesus for your new child!

Is dedication the same as baptism?

Radiant Church believes baptism is for those who have made a personal decision to trust Jesus 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 him and his work on the cross. Rather than baptizing infants, we encourage a dedication ceremony, where parents formally call upon God’s blessing for their child and publicly commit to raise him or her in accordance with Scripture.

What should I expect for Baby Dedication?

Baby Dedication occurs after worship during our Sunday morning service. We value the personalized attention for each dedication, so your family will have a special time to go on stage with your location pastor. During the dedication, your pastor will introduce your child to their Church Family and parents will publicly commit to help their child grow in their faith and to raise them in a home centered on Jesus. The pastor and church family will then pray over your family, and present a Bible, certificate, book and special letter to each the child.

When is Baby Dedication?

Baby Dedication takes place on the last Sunday of the month at every location. We encourage you to invite friends and family to attend, so that they can join you in praying and celebrating this special time with you.

Water Baptism

Hey Parents!
If your child has made the decision to follow Jesus, it may be time to take the next step by being water baptized. Here you will find a video and a water baptism guide to help you and your child talk through what it means to be water baptized.

Guide to
Water Baptism

We are so excited that you are considering baptism for your child! Every child can have a personal relationship with Jesus, and in Radiant Kids, we encourage each child to make a decision to follow Him. Our children are encouraged not just to learn about Jesus, but to learn from Him by walking with Him every day. We advise parents to wait until their child is asking to be water baptized. This is usually a good indication that they are ready to be baptized and that it will be a spiritual milestone in their life. While younger children can have a relationship with Jesus, they will not necessarily remember or understand the significance of the event, so we encourage parents to wait for baptism until they are in the second grade or older.

As you discern if your child is ready to be water baptized, here are some questions to ask your child.

1. When did you decide to follow Jesus and become born again?

Your child should have a specific memory of when he or she understood what Jesus did, and that he or she needs Jesus in their life. It may have been at church, at home, or even when they were alone. 

2. What does it mean to be water baptized?

 I am following Jesus, and I want everyone to know! It is a picture of what Jesus has done on the inside of me. 

3. Why do you want to be water baptized?

Because Jesus was baptized and he tells us to be baptized too. Because I want to follow Him. Because I am born again. 

4. What if your child IS NOT ready?

If you feel your child does not understand what it means to be water baptized, it is entirely appropriate to wait. During this time, let your child observe water baptism and talk to them about what it means. We would love for you to read through the water baptism devotional with your child and encourage them in their personal friendship with Jesus.

Devotional

Part 1: Obeying Jesus’ Commandment

“So you must go and make disciples of all nations. Baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And you can be sure that I am always with you, to the very end.” Matthew 28:19-20 NIRV

Water baptism is one of the first steps you take in following Jesus. A disciple of Jesus does not just learn about Jesus but follows Jesus and does the things He taught and modeled. The number one reason you should get baptized in water is because Jesus tells you to be baptized. When you were saved from sin by making Jesus your Lord, you were brought into God’s family under Jesus’ control. That means you have decided to do what Jesus says and follow His example. Jesus was baptized in water Himself, and He set the example for all of the disciples to follow.

Take time right now to read about Jesus’ baptism in your Bible in Matthew 3:13-17.

Question: What is the number one reason you should be baptized in water?

Part 2: An Outward Picture

“When you were baptized, you were buried together with Jesus, and you were raised to life together with him.” Colossians 2:12 NIRV

Water baptism is an outward picture of what Jesus has done for you on the inside. Jesus died for your sins, was buried, and then was raised from the dead to life! When you were saved from sin by making Jesus your Lord, there was a death, a burial, and a raising to life that happened in your spirit. (I Corinthians 12:13) This is why you go all the way under the water when you are baptized. You are showing people that your old spirit and all your sins are buried with Jesus. When you come up out of the water, you are saying that Jesus has given you new life inside, that you have been born again.

Everyone can see the picture of the change that has taken place on the inside of you.

Question: Water baptism is a picture of what?

Part 3: A Decision of Faith

“By being baptized, we were buried with Jesus into his death. Christ has been raised from the dead by the Father’s glory. And like Jesus we also can live a new life.” Romans 6:4 NIRV

Water baptism does not save or make you born again. It has no purpose or meaning until after a person has decided to follow Jesus and has invited Him to be the Lord of their life. However, water baptism is a very important step in following Jesus. When you decided to follow Jesus, you made a decision of faith to receive Him into your life. When you are baptized in water, you are making a decision of faith to follow Him for your whole life. You are choosing to let Jesus be in charge of your new life. Your water baptism will always be a reminder of your decision to follow Jesus.

Question: What decision of faith are you making when you are water baptized?

Faq’s

Is my child ready for water baptism?

We encourage you to read the Water Baptism Guide and the Water Baptism Devotional to see if your child is ready for water baptism.

Who will be baptizing my child?

Your child’s location pastor will be baptizing your child!

Can the whole family come?

Yes, bring anyone who would like to celebrate this moment with your child!

How old does my child need to be?

While there is no specific age requirement, we recommend your child be at least seven years old.

Will clothing be provided?

Your child will receive a special T-Shirt to wear for their baptism! Come prepared with a dark pair of pants and change of clothes to change into.

Where do I register my child?

You can register your child below. This will be sent to your location Kids Director who will follow up with you for more information!

Our Team

Our Radiant Kids Team is here to partner with parents to provide an EPIC Experience for our kids. From planning the MOST FUN day of your kids week to being a resource on all things parenting related, we are here to serve your family!

Delia Cornwell

Central Kids
Director

Kendy Espinal

Assistant Kids DirectoR

Mimi Mathew

Childcare Coordinator

Amy Campbell

Brandon & Curriculum
Kids Director

Sheyann Taylor

North Tampa
Kids Director

Kyle Hollis

South Tampa
Kids Director

Kessid Vonderhaar

St. Pete
Kids Director

Mary Hughes

Clearwater
Kids Director

Emily Galante

Heights
Kids Director

Kids Dream Team

Every Sunday, hundreds of volunteers serve in Radiant Kids across our locations. Our Kids Dream Team is committed to providing a safe place for your kids to encounter Jesus every Sunday through the context of relationship.

Each of our team members are background checked, trained and passionate about kids ministry.

If you are ready to invest in the Next Generation, our kids directors would love to meet with you!

Join The
Dream Team!

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