Children's Ministry

"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth" 3 John 4

"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it" Proverbs 22:6

At Austin Avenue Church of Christ, we believe that children are the future of the Church. As such, we strive for a healthy, thriving Children's Ministry. We have many programs for children to learn about and become followers of Christ. The Director of Children's Ministry is Julie Moore, and along with Julie, we are proud that our adult members and youth are active and enthusiastic teachers in the Children's Ministry (it takes a village, after all). At Austin Avenue Church of Christ, we truly believe that "Kids Matter"!

Children's bible classes

We offer age-appropriate Bible classes for children from nursery through 6th grade. Classes are held during Sunday morning Bible Class (9:30 AM) and during  Wednesday evening Bible Class (7:00 PM). Like adult classes, studies are based on the teachings of the Bible in an age-appropriate manner. Our goal is to introduce children to Christ and to foster a life-long desire to learn about and to know Him.

Children's message

During every service, the Pulpit Minister, Tom Washburn, directs a special message to the children of the congregation. The children are encouraged to come to the front for a visual (and usually entertaining), brief, child-directed message that ties to the adult lesson. 


An attended nursery is available for newborns to toddlers 2 years of age during service on Sunday mornings. A nursing mother's room is also provided.

children's WORSHIP

During service, the 2 and 3-year-olds are invited to their own special age-directed service. They are encouraged to participate in games and songs to learn about Jesus and his teachings. 

lunch bunch

Every Thursday, Julie Moore, the Children's Minister, eats lunch at Coggin Intermediate with the students. This is a unique opportunity to catch up during the week, meet the students' friends, and to invite their friends to weekend services.


412 is a ministry designed to equip the youth and kids of Austin Avenue Church of Christ for service and ministry by empowering adults to take kids alongside them as they work in the church. It is the idea of "training for tomorrow, today." Based off of 1 Timothy 4:12, our kiddos are encouraged to sign up on our Volunteer Hub and join projects such as yard work, scripture reading, guest gift making, cooking, drama, etc. 

Camp Blue Haven

The children and youth (5th-12th grade) have the opportunity to attend Camp Blue Haven, a Bible Camp in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Las Vegas, NM, during the summer. Camp Blue Haven is a wonderful opportunity for children and youth to develop their faith in a fun and active way by participating in campfire services, Chapel, music classes, morning devotionals, Bible classes, cookouts, talent shows, sleep outs, hiking, fishing, sports, archery, handicrafts, air riflery, and ropes courses.

Other Activities

Annual Fall Party (October)
Annual Valentines Party (February)
Caroling at local nursing homes (December)
Poinsettia delivery to widows(ers) (December)
Kids Matter Kamp (summer break)
ServeFest (summer break)
Youngsters using puppets in 412
Mentorship speaker during Kids Matter Kamp
Helping out in the church
Mother-Son Valentines Day Party
Sunday Song Leading with 412
Christmas caroling at the nursing home
Pausing for a photo during Bible class
Learning from the Pulpit Minister during the Children's Message