Who We Are
We are the kids ministry of Lakewood Baptist Church: a ministry to kids from birth through 5th grade and their families. We exist to partner with parents to raise up a biblically-literate, fully devoted generation of believers in Jesus Christ. Our sincere hope is that every child would have a Bible in their hand, a purpose in their life, and the Savior in their heart.
Kids Cove is our expansive children’s ministry space in which we have three unique learning environments. WeeCare is a designated, secure space where we provide care for our smallest children (birth to 2 years old). GroZone is a multi-classroom space with an indoor playground where we minister to our preschoolers (ages 2-5). Finally, the Kids Cove area is designed to accomodate large and small group gatherings for our grade school children (Kindergarten through 5th grade).
Kids Cove Weekday is an extension of our preschool ministry to children and their families. We offer a half day program for children 12 months through four years (PreK).
Jamie Willis | Next Gen Pastor | Email
Carrie Hargrove | Kids Ministry Admin Assistant | Email
Emilee Phillips | Kids Cove Weekday Director | Email
Christine Paul | Special Needs Coordinator | Email
Jodi Branyon | Childcare Coordinator | Email
Connie Phillips | WeeCare Coordinator | Email
Allison Polsinelli | Preschool Minister | Email
Jennie Tomlin | GroZone Coordinator | Email
Jessie Poole | Resource Room Coordinator | Email
Heather Godwin | Kindergarten/1st Grade | Email
Melissa Hilburn | 2nd/3rd Grade | Email
Christa Gaudinier | Grade School Minister | Email
Maribeth Joyner | 4th/5th Grade | Email | (not pictured)
9:30 AM & 11:00 AM
BABIES THROUGH PRE-K
God Made Me
God Loves Me
Jesus Wants To Be My Friend Forever
The entire curriculum is constructed to incite wonder in a preschooler and meet them where they are cognitively, spiritually, physically, emotionally and socially. Through age appropriate activities, preschoolers are building their spiritual foundation so that by the time they graduate to Kindergarten they know the three basic truths.
Children are taught Bible stories and truths in creative and relevant ways. Application of spiritual concepts is reinforced in small groups where they also receive care and instruction from an adult leader.
Our preschoolers develop a missions heart as they move from a focus on themselves to a focus on others. Preschoolers will grow toward God as they become aware that God wants everyone to know of His love.
On Wednesday evenings during the school year we gather for our Kids Cove Wednesday Night programs from 6:00-7:30 PM. This mid-week program helps Grade Schoolers build a lasting foundation of Bible Skills and Bible memorization, learn from a strong life application, experience small group discipleship, and offers a deep emphasis on missions.
Overview of Parent Ministry
We believe that parents are called to be the primary spiritual leaders for their kids (see Deuteronomy 6:1-9 and Ephesians 6:4). Our role in church is to come alongside parents and support you in this incredible responsibility by reinforcing the truths you are teaching in your home. In addition to what we do with kids in Preschool and Grade School on Sundays and Wednesdays, we support parents through training, resources and parent seminars to better equip you in your God-given role with your kids.
Ministry to Parents
Lakewood has partnered with Ministry to Parents to provide you with FREE parenting resources each month. Just click the link below to see new resources each month including a short parenting class video along with a downloadable resource to help you invest in the spiritual life of your kids. You’ll also find Family Experiences, a resource for you to lead your kids in different spiritual milestone experiences from birth-5th grade. Please let our Staff Team know if you have any questions.
We want to help you parent smarter, not harder, so you can use tools in the moments that are already a part of your family’s life – whether it’s on the go or around the dinner table.
1. Download the Parent Cue app in the App Store or Google Play Store.
2. Create an account
3. Sync with Lakewood Baptist Church
You’ll then be able to see the latest news, upcoming events, as well as contact info for both our church and family ministries. You’ll also receive great, faith-related content every week as well as simple cues to help you connect with the heart of your kids.
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Christmas at Lakewood
All of our Sunday morning services in December will feature Christmas music from our Worship ministry. Our Advent sermon series, His Name Shall Be, will focus on the names of Jesus in Isaiah 9:6-7.
Family Lord’s Supper
Wednesday, December 14 • 6:00-7:30 PM • Chapel
Drop by to participate in an intimate Lord’s Supper with your family. Childcare is available for infants through K4.
Christmas Eve Service*
Saturday, December 24 • 5:00 PM • Worship Center
Join us as we anticipate the coming of Jesus with song
and scripture as well as through baptism.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service*
Saturday, December 24 • 10:00 PM • Chapel
Ring in Christmas together at our annual candlelight service.
Christmas Day Service*
Sunday, December 25 • 11:00 AM • Chapel
We will have one worship service on Christmas Day.
Bring your family as we celebrate the coming of our King!
*No childcare will be provided for these family-friendly services.
Parent Child Dedication
Who: For parents desiring to commit to raising their children to know and love Jesus.
When: Sunday, January 29, 2023, 4:00 PM
Where: Chapel, Lakewood Baptist Church, 2235 Thompson Bridge Rd, Gainesville, GA
Make Reservations by January 11: Contact Carrie Hargrove
Participation in one of our parent-child dedication services is an important way for us to support and encourage your efforts to lay a spiritual foundation in the life of your child. This service is not intended as an “infant baptism” at which salvation is claimed for a child. Instead, it is a time for parents to commit themselves to model and teach spiritual truth and values in the home. Each family who participates will be assigned a Lakewood couple or individual who will join them in praying for their child to accept and follow Jesus as his or her own personal savior. These special services are held in the fall, winter, and spring at 4:00 PM.