Children & Students

Partnering With Families to Nurture Faith

We believe the Bible clearly teaches that the family unit - especially parents - is the primary source and center for discipleship in the lives of children and teens. We also believe the Bible is equally clear that it is the role of the Church body to come alongside parents in this pursuit and help them in the disciple-making process.

Whether your child is a newborn in the Nursery or a 12th grader preparing to graduate, the mission we cultivate in our next generation is the same at every age: to bring glory to God by believing in Jesus, belonging to His family, becoming His disciple, and building His kingdom. 

Brent Sickel

Family Pastor

"I love seeing the Gospel impact young people. It is the great joy of Family Ministry. To watch the lightbulb come on in their head as the simplicity of the Gospel impacts their heart. And it's my privilege to come alongside parents to cultivate long-term spiritual growth in their home as a family."

Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 11:18-19


Family Resources

 

Family Ministries

Nursery & Preschool
Elementary
Middle School
High School
Special Needs

Nursery & Preschool

Our Nursery & Preschool area gives your child a first impression of our Heavenly Father and the wonder of His love. We strive for it to be a vibrant, exciting place where we support you as parents in introducing your children to the One who made them. During the weekend service, we experience the love of Jesus and celebrate Him in many different forms - we sing, we teach the Bible, we play, and we snack. In all our activities, we seek to highlight these basic gospel truths: God is good, God made everything, God loves us, God wants to be with us, and Jesus rescued us.

Our volunteers are all background checked and required to attend several training sessions each year, with your child’s security and well-being as a focus. We do ask that children be symptom-free and no longer contagious with illness for 24 hours to help us protect the health of our little ones. Please let us know of any conditions, allergies, or medical needs that may apply to your child.

For more information about our Nursery & Preschool ministry, contact Karen Smith. If you are interested in information on baby dedications for your young one, contact Lori Smith.

 

Meeting Times

Sundays:
9:00am & 10:40am

Wednesdays:
6:30pm - 8:00pm
(September - April)


Check-In

Our check-in process for children is located in the Buchtel Lobby. Any of our greeters can show you the way. We use ID tags for your child's security and your peace of mind. Here's how the ID tags work:  

  • Check-in: At check-in, you and your child(ren) will receive matching ID tags, unique to you and your visit.
  • Parent Paging: If we need to contact you during a service, we will text your provided cell phone number.
  • Pick-up: You must present your ID tag before we release your child.

For added security, the doors in the Family Ministry hallways will be locked 20 minutes after each service starts and will reopen at the conclusion of each service.

Resources

Elementary

Our Elementary area is designed to be an interactive and engaging place where kids can grow together as they learn more about how they are part of God’s Story. We celebrate the glory of God through worship, Bible stories, memorization, and play. Our desire is to partner with parents in discipling their children and growing these faithful practices: studying the Bible, applying Truth, sharing our Hope, worshiping with our lives, and prayer.

Our volunteers are all background checked and required to attend several training sessions each year, with your child’s security and well-being as a focus. We do ask that children be symptom-free and no longer contagious with illness for 24 hours to help us protect the health of our little ones. Please let us know of any conditions, allergies, or medical needs that may apply to your child.

For more information about our Elementary ministry, contact Jennifer Smith.

Meeting Times

Sundays:
9:00am Large Group
10:40am Small Groups

Wednesdays:
6:30pm - 8:00pm 
(September - April)


Check-In

Our check-in process for children is located in the Buchtel Lobby. Any of our greeters can show you the way. We use ID tags for your child's security and your peace of mind. Here's how the ID tags work:  

  • Check-in: At check-in, you and your child(ren) will receive matching ID tags, unique to you and your visit.
  • Parent Paging: If we need to contact you during a service, we will text your provided cell phone number.
  • Pick-up: You must present your ID tag before we release your child.

For added security, the doors in the Family Ministry hallways will be locked 20 minutes after each service starts and will reopen at the conclusion of each service.

Resources

Middle School (6th - 8th Grade)

Our Middle School Ministry seeks to further develop the foundation of our students’ faith in the work of Christ. We do this by focusing on our identity and purpose in Jesus Christ and living actively in gospel community. Students in middle school will begin to experience what it is like to belong to a church community through our small groups. Our desire is to support parents as they walk with their students in pressing deeper into their personal faith through community with their friends, their mentors, and above all, God.

Small Groups exist to create a safe place for students to process the large group teaching together and talk through what it looks like to be transformed by God. Groups are divided by grade and gender and typically have 10-14 students paired with at least two adult leaders who have been screened and trained. 

For more information about our Middle School Ministry, contact Nate Brawn.

 

Sunday Mornings

9:00am
Middle School Room


Wednesday Gatherings

Our Wednesday Gatherings are an opportunity for students to explore faith, experience community, and enjoy each other in an environment designed just for them.

6:30pm - 8:00pm (September - April)
Middle School Room


Fall Retreat

An action-packed weekend retreat designed to build and deepen relationships within our small group communities. We dig into God’s word together and have plenty of fun in the process. This weekend sets the tone for our year and brings students back feeling like family.


Resources

High School (9th - 12th Grade)

Our High School Ministry looks to partner with parents in the continued discipleship of their high schoolers. We seek for our students to grow in their personal faith by exploring these themes from a gospel-centered perspective: identity, community, freedom, and discipleship. Students gather weekly for times of worship and teaching as well as small group discussions.

Small Groups exist to create a safe place for students to process the large group teaching together and talk through what it looks like to be transformed by God. Groups are divided by grade and gender and typically have 10-14 students paired with at least two adult leaders who have been screened and trained. 

For more information about our High School ministry, contact Tim Marrero.

 

Sunday Mornings

9:00am
Amphitheater


Small Groups

Our Small Group gatherings are an opportunity for students to grow in their faith, build relationships with others, and discover the hope of the Gospel.

7pm - 8:45pm (September - April)
Homes in Akron, Cuyahoga Falls and Tallmadge


Resources

Special Needs Ministry

If you or a family member have special needs, our special needs ministry wants to come alongside you and provide a welcoming, supportive environment at The Chapel in Akron. We want church to be a place you feel seen, valued, and understood. Our trained and caring volunteers minister the love of Christ to children and adults with special needs like Autism, cognitive delays and other mental or physical challenges. Our hope is that you will feel empowered to attend and navigate our weekend gatherings inside of a warm, friendly atmosphere where you are free to worship.

Classes are offered on Sunday mornings for all ages with dynamic Bible-based lessons and interactive activities. Individuals who require one-on-one assistance are provided a buddy to support participation in the class and within the Body of Christ. Every person is valuable and possesses God-given abilities and talents. We are honored and excited to partner with children and adults with special needs to help them discover and use their unique gifts for the glory of God.

For more information, contact us directly.

Meeting Times

Sundays
9:00am & 10:40am

Request a Buddy

Volunteer

If you have a heart to serve those with special needs, check out the volunteer opportunities.

Akron Campus

Sunday services: 9:00am & 11:00am
Building hours: 9am-3pm Tue.-Fri.
Address: 135 Fir Hill, Akron, Ohio 44304
Phone: 330.376.6400
Email: info@thechapel.life

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