Milestones

About Milestones

Buffalo Covenant Church joins families in recognizing and celebrating the spiritual growth and development of our children. Special events that mark spiritual growth can help children and their parents establish lasting milestone markers that will guide a child into a future of faith.

Buffalo Covenant Church partners with parents to provide children with Biblical and practical understanding needed to experience a legacy of faith. Our celebration of the spiritual formation process for preschoolers through grade five is designed around a simple path for families called Milestones. All six of our Milestone events are designed to help families celebrate the progress of their children as they grow in their faith.

Milestone events will be announced well in advance so parents can plan to participate with their children. Each event will be offered once each year and children must be accompanied by at least one parent. These events are opportunities for parents and children to connect and dialogue about these important events in their spiritual growth.

Special events that mark spiritual growth can help children and their parents establish lasting milestone markers that will guide a child into a future of faith.

Milestone #1: Blessings
One and Two Year Olds

Parents will discuss the importance of the family in the spiritual formation of the child. Parents are challenged to embrace their responsibility to become the primary faith trainers for their children. Parents will also learn how to offer the simple gift of a blessing to their children — one the basic Biblical practices of family discipleship.

Milestone #2: Prayer & Devotions
Three and Four Year Olds

What is prayer? What are “Devotions”? Does God really hear and answer prayer? How do I?pray? What do I say? Parents and children meet together to learn what prayer is, and ways to do family devotions effectively.

Milestone #3: Worship
Kindergarten

As a child enters kindergarten, we gather to celebrate this milestone in the child’s life. There are many changes on the horizon for these children, and we want to join with families in helping prepare the child for the challenges ahead. This is the age at which children usually join their families in Sunday worship services. In a fun and informal meeting, the children will be introduced to the importance of worship in church, and letting their light shine for Jesus!

Milestone #4: The Gospel
First Grade

The message of the Gospel is clearly presented to the children and their parents. Parents recieve helpful ideas about how and when to lead their children to Christ.

Milestone #5: Communion
Second Grade

The celebration of the Lord’s Supper is often confusing to kids. In a seminar for parents and children, we talk about the significance of communion, the history of this ceremony, and how to approach the Lord’s Supper with respect. Parents are encouraged to decide when their children should begin to take communion with the family.

Milestone #6: The Bible
Third Grade

Buffalo Covenant Church gives a Bible to children entering the third grade each year; recognizing their ability to read and comprehend the Bible by this age. At this milestone event, children and their parents will learn about how we got the Bible, why it is important to read and study God’s Word, and how to use the Bible effectively.

Milestone #7: The Family
Fourth Grade

In this fun event, children and their parents explore God’s grand plan for the family. Obedience, respect and responsibility are the key themes of this event!

Milestone #8: Service
Fifth Grade

As our children grow in their faith and in their knowledge of God and His Word, they are encouraged to serve the Lord. The children decide on several mission and service activities, and take positions of leadership and responsibility. Over a three month period, the children and their parents participate in a variety of projects together, ranging from helping at VBS to ministering at a homeless shelter.

Milestone #9: Salvation

For children who trusted Christ for salvation during the previous year The greatest celebration of all is when we join the angels in Heaven in rejoicing at the salvation of a child! This once-a-year event is for the families of any children who trusted Christ for salvation during the previous year. It is a New Birth-day Party!