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Inspiring children to follow Jesus & equipping parents to build spiritually strong families.

Good Shepherd provides a safe, fun, interactive space just for kids at all of our Sunday Worship Services and during our 9:00 am Community Hour.
Through worship, creative Bible teaching, and fun crafts and games, kids learn about God’s love and how to apply God's Word to their lives. 

Ministry Contact

Stephanie McArthur
stephanie@gslcirvine.org
(949) 398-5180

Nursery
newborn through age 4

Sundays from 7:45 to 11:15 am
Infant Toddler Room

For our littles, the message is simple – we want them to know that God loves them, made them, and wants to be their friend. As you attend one of our church services on a Sunday morning, you are welcome to drop your child off for nursery care. Our time is spent singing songs, engaging in hands on activities, and exploring God’s creation through the Awana Puggles Curriculum.

FLOCK Sunday School
age 5 through 5th grade

Sundays from 9:00 to 9:50 am
& during the Sermon at our 8:00 & 10:00 am Services Preschool Classrooms

FLOCK is a fun, high energy environment where kids come to know Jesus personally through worship and relevant creative Bible teaching. Each week we focus our efforts to see kids fall in love with Jesus and develop a deeper faith utilizing the Sparkhouse Whirl Curriculum.

Youth Ministry
6th through 12th Grade

Your First Sunday

When you arrive at Good Shepherd, walk towards the Preschool Courtyard and look for the colorful FLOCK tablecloth. Here you will be greeted and directed to one of our two environments. Save time on your first Sunday by Planning Your Visit.

We care about the safety of your children and require each of our volunteers to complete a comprehensive training and pass a Live Scan check.

Parent Resources

Parent Retreats

All parents are invited to our bi-yearly Parent Retreats on our church campus to grow, eat, and laugh together. The evening is packed with an inspirational message, time in small groups, delicious appetizers to snack on, and a comedy session.

RightNow Media

Enjoy hundreds of Bible-based kids’ shows and family devotionals that are entertaining for your whole family. Enjoy shows like Superbook, The Mr. Phil Show, VeggieTales, and Sea Kids. We provide a FREE account to all families!

Email Sign Ups

Sign up for our email to stay in the loop of all that is happening with Good Shepherd Kids and Families. Hear what’s coming as well as being inspired, equipped and supported in your role as the primary nurturer of child’s faith.

Upcoming Family Events

Children & Youth Bell Choir

Thursdays at 7:30 pm
Blue Room

Children 2nd Grade and older will have the opportunity to participate in our 8:00 am Traditional Worship Service on December 18. Students will learn how to properly handle chimes, and will work together with teachers to learn how to play music with the chimes. This program runs from October thru December.

Caroling at the Corner

Sunday, December 11
4:00 to 5:00 pm on the Church Patio

Dress up in your most festive Christmas attire, we’re gathering for an evening of carols! All ages are invited to join us for hot cocoa, delicious cookies, and singing of Christmas Carols on the corner of Yale and Irvine Center Drive. Join us for community and caroling, or if you’re too busy, drive by to hear the holiday cheer! We kindly ask that you RSVP so we have enough glow light candles and bells for all to join in.

Family Christmas Eve

Friday, December 23
5:00 to 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary

Sing along to your favorite carols, grab hot cocoa or coffee, decorate cookies and Christmas cards, snap some pics, and immerse in TONS more family fun. And when it’s time for worship, you’ll feel the Christmas spirit lift you up in a space adorned in classic festive décor where you are ushered into God’s presence with an impactful message. Plus, every kid is given a special Christmas pack bursting with fun-filled activities!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this just a babysitting service?

Definitely not! Our children’s program incorporates age appropriate teaching time to help build a foundation for understanding God’s love.

Children in the Nursery enjoy story time with a hands-on activity that helps strengthen that day’s lesson.

Our Pre-K through 5th grade FLOCK kids engage in a silly game, followed by a fun teaching time, and ends with age-appropriate small groups to pray, recite memory verses and learn to use the Bible.

We require all children to be checked in and picked up at their appropriate station – for birth through age 4 you will check-in at the Infant Toddler Room (just off the middle of the Church Patio) and our FLOCK kids will check-in at the Preschool Courtyard (just off the Church Parking Lot near the restrooms).

The only exception is our FLOCK program that takes place during our 8:00 and 10:00 am Worship Services. Just before the sermon, all Pre-K through 5th grade kids will be dismissed to head to their FLOCK leaders in the back of the Sanctuary to head to their programming. Just before communion, they will be brought back to the Sanctuary to meet up with their family.

First time guests will be asked to complete a registration form for each child. It is important that you indicate if your child has any allergies, special needs or custody issues so we can address your needs. To save time on your first day, complete the Plan Your Visit form.

The screening process for volunteers includes an application and interview. In addition, staff members and volunteers, age 18 and older, that work in Family Ministry have a Live Scan and criminal background check performed.

We are thankful that so many quality volunteers have stepped forward to help teach kids about the Bible and to encourage them in their walk with the Lord.

We encourage parents to take their children to the restroom before programming begins. However, if the need arises, children are escorted to and from nearby restroom facilities by two staff members or adult non-related volunteers.

For the safety and respect of the children in our classroom, if your child has a runny nose, cough, or fever, please do not bring them.

Contact our Family Ministries Director, Stephanie McArthur, at stephanie@gslcirvine.org or leave her a voicemail at (949) 398-5180.

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