Connect Kids offers a prayer-based ministry for children aged 3-12 years.
Caregivers usually bring children for ministry because of distressing feelings (depression, anger, anxiety) or disturbing behaviors (tantrums, social withdrawal), the causes of which may or may not be apparent. Often these feelings and behaviours come from beliefs the child has developed during different life experiences, some traumatic. Problematic beliefs feed painful feelings which, in turn, motivate problematic behaviours.
We believe that even very young children are able to engage with God and receive a personalized revelation of truth from Him that replaces problem thoughts/beliefs. We facilitate this through creative and fun activities (anything from 4-8 sessions of 30 – 45 minutes each, depending on the age/maturity of the child.)
In the first session, parents/ caregivers are given the opportunity to share background information and their reasons for seeking help. (The child is not present. ) This enables us to determine if Connect Kids can offer the kind of help that is most suitable for the child right now, or whether alternative help (e.g., counselling, pastoral input, medical referral) would be better.
The next 2-7 sessions involve connecting with the child, identifying and exploring the problem, praying and facilitating healing encounters for them. Team members always encourage the child to have an active and personal relationship with God themselves.
The ministry process ends with an empowering session with the parents/ caregivers to discuss helpful resources and approaches relevant to the child. We encourage parents/ caregivers to be intentional about growing in their own relationship with God and we strongly recommend that parents/caregivers book for their own prayer ministry before bringing a child for ministry. Freedom in the home is largely dependent on those who lead the home. It is also helpful to experience the process that your child will experience. We also encourage families to be an active part of a supportive community and to have a trusted person (pastor, counsellor) with whom they can share this journey.