Autumn Ridge Kids

Welcome to Autumn Ridge Children’s Ministries.

The purpose of Autumn Ridge Church Children’s Ministries is to partner with parents to develop children who are disciples of Jesus Christ, who love God and serve people. We do this through worship, discipleship, and Biblical teaching, as well as through service and evangelism opportunities.

The medical release form will need to be filled out for each child ONCE every 365 days. You will receive an email when it is time to update.

Weekend Programs

Weekend Classes


  • 5:30pm: Classes for infant – Preschool K19


  • 9:00am and 10:30am: Classes for infant – 5th Grade.

Early Childhood

(Infants – Preschool)

Our early childhood ministry helps lay a foundation of trust for little ones that can carry over to a lifetime of knowing that God is to be trusted. The loving arms of nursery caregivers welcome babies and make them comfortable. Preschool children can wiggle and giggle in classes designed with activity centers, Bible stories, singing, a snack, and crafts.

  • Giraffe Room: Newborn – Crawlers
  • Zebra/Lion Room: New Walkers – 1 1/2 years
  • K21 Preschool: Children planning to begin Kindergarten in the fall of 2021
  • K20 Preschool: Children planning to begin Kindergarten in the fall of 2020
  • K19 Preschool: Children planning to begin Kindergarten in the fall of 2019


(Kindergarten – 5th Grade)

Our elementary classes use the same curriculum and format during all programming hours, so families may choose to have their elementary children attend class during the one hour that best suits their family. If families attend church for two hours on a Sunday morning, we encourage their children to join us for class during one hour and learn to worship as a family in the sanctuary during the other hour.

Our Kindergarten – 5th Grade classes use The Gospel Project curriculum, which is a Christ-centered Bible study resource that follows a chronological timeline of Bible events – presenting the story of redemption through Jesus like kids have never seen it before! Each week these stories come to life through video, music, activities, and more.

Mid-Week Programs

Wednesdays – 6:30 – 8:00pm mid September through early May

Classes for Preschool (one year prior to Kindergarten) – 5th Grade.

Our Wednesday night clubs provide a time for kids to build relationships with each other and their leaders all while learning about God. Each week children experience fun and engaging large group teaching/worship, intentional small groups, and high energy games.

Registration for 2018-2019 Kids’ Club Here


(Preschool program for children within one year of entering Kindergarten and current Kindergarteners)

Bible stories, activities and music, as well as at-home Scripture memorization and coordinating parent-child activities, help preschoolers grasp the biblical concepts presented on Wednesday evenings.

For more information, contact Lois Hyde, Stompers Club Director

Quest 2†52 Club

(1st Grade – 5th Grade)

Our Quest 2†52 Club is built around three basic truths that every child should embrace, according to what Jesus modeled in Luke 2:52:

1. Wisdom – I need to make the wise choice.

2. Faith – I can trust God, no matter what.

3. Friendship – I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

Each month we focus on a different life application, which is woven into our games, large group lessons, small group activities, monthly memory verse, and daily GodTime devotionals done at home.

For more information, contact Elann Wright, Quest 2†52 Club Director.

GodTime Devotionals / Achievement Tracker Downloads

As children complete their GodTime devotionals, families should record that on the Achievement Tracker. The Achievement Trackers are returned on the first Wednesday of each month for the month prior. Those that have completed all devotionals for the month and memorized the monthly verse will receive a reward on Reward Night.

One Thing


One Thing is one act of kindness. Each month the children are either encouraged to (Bring) donate a different ONE THING item benefit a selected organization, or (Do) participate in a service project .

ONE THING is an opportunity for children and families to participate in collecting various items for a variety of needs throughout Rochester. Each month a specific need will be collected from kids that will then be distributed. This is a way for families to tangibly help others and be the hands and feet of Jesus, throughout the Rochester area.

If you have any questions regarding ONE THING, please send an email to

Special Needs Ministry

If you have a child that may have special needs, we would like to discuss ways that we can best minister to them. For more information, contact our Hands of Christ team at


The Hands of Christ Buddies program pairs a trained volunteer with children with special needs. Buddies support
children through fifth grade during the weekend DiscipleKids and Wednesday night Kids’ Club programs. The Buddies Ministry is designed to support children with behavioral challenges, cognitive delays and/or physical challenges that require specific assistance to enhance their individual success at Autumn Ridge Church. The pairing of a buddy allows children to remain in their programs and experience the love of Christ in an inclusive setting with their nondisabled peers.


The Hands of Christ Barnabas Ministry is a Sunday school classroom for children and teens ages 5 to 18 who have a developmental delay, mental challenge, and/ or medical condition. The participants have the opportunity to sing songs, learn bible stories, eat a snack, create art projects and pray. The room is staffed with trained volunteers who are able to care and support these children and teens while teaching and modeling to them the love of Jesus Christ. Barnabas meets Sundays during the 10:30am service.


We are seeking volunteers, high school aged and older, that would like to be trained to minister to children with special needs in both our Buddies and Barnabas Ministries. If you are interested, contact our Hands of Christ team for more information at

Training will be provided.

Serving Children


We would love to welcome you to the Children’s Ministries team! There are roles to fit every personality and schedule. Which of these service opportunities is the right fit for you?

Contact us to learn more about how you can impact the lives of our Autumn Ridge Kids.

Nursery Care Giver

Nursery Care Givers care for and nurture infants and toddlers with love in the nursery.

Preschool Leader or Assistant

To volunteer to help in Children’s Ministries this fall, please contact Karen Hogg, Early Childhood Director. You may contact her at or 288-8880.

Elementary Leader or Assistant

Elementary leaders and assistants shepherd children through questions about the lesson and biblical truths, engage them in community-building activities, help them create a remembrance of their experience, and prays with them before they leave. Ideally, classroom leaders work with the same group of children, giving them the opportunity to develop lasting relationships with each child. To volunteer to help in Kindergarten-5th grade Children’s Ministries this fall, please contact Jordan Meyer, Elementary Director. You may contact him at or 288-8880.

Large Group Leader

Large Group Leaders actively lead the large group portion of the weekend and mid-week programs by recounting the Bible passage for the kids in an engaging way. Personal stories, object lessons, and skits are some of the methods they may utilize to prompt and guide children into a time of natural worship response.

Worship Leader

Worship Leaders help focus children’s hearts and minds on God by actively leading them in worship. Hand motions, playing instruments, or singing along to CDs are some of the methods they may employ to facilitate the worship experience.

Sound and Media Tech

Sound and Media Techs help create an energizing, God-centered large group atmosphere by coordinating needed sound and visual support, including music, video, lighting, PowerPoint, and sound.

Games Leader

Games Leaders help create a fun, energizing, and safe experience for kids and leaders alike, by actively leading them in the Game Time portion of our mid-week programs.

Hands of Christ Buddy

Hands of Christ Buddies work one-on-one to support children with behavioral challenges, cognitive delays, and/or physical challenges to enhance their individual success and allow them to experience the love of Christ in an inclusive setting with their peers.

Welcome Center Attendant

Welcome Center Attendants greet and welcome new families, register them with our computer check-in system, show them to their classrooms, and introduce them to the classroom leaders. They also assist all families with questions regarding Children’s Ministries programs and events.

Behind the Scenes Assistant

Behind the Scenes Assistants provide organizational and/or creative support to the children’s ministry team on an as-needed basis. Flexible hours and flexible projects!

Contact us to learn more about how you can impact the lives of our Autumn Ridge Kids.

American Heritage Girls

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. ~ Proverbs 22:6

When do we meet?

American Heritage Girls meets during the school year (September through May) the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m
The 2017-18 Calendar.

What is American Heritage Girls?

American Heritage Girls provides girls ages 5 – 18 the following:

SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT through organized special events

GIRL LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES at all levels of programming

LIFE SKILL ENHANCEMENT through a multi-level badge program

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT through community service and citizenship programs

TEAMWORK & BUILDING CONFIDENCE through varied outdoor experiences

SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT through biblically-based programming and religious recognition programs

To learn more about American Heritage Girls, visit our national website.

How do I join?

Welcome to American Heritage Girls, Troop MN0226!

To register for the 2017-2018 year, please send an e-mail inquiry to

Please review this policy prior to attending your first meeting:

Once we have received your email inquiry, you will receive a welcome email from us. You will also receive an invitation from AHG National to register your daughter.

There are some additional registration requirements. Please review fee schedule and complete health history form and troop meeting permission slip. To finalize registration, please mail health history form, troop meeting permission slip and payment to:

Autumn Ridge Church/AHG Registration
3611 Salem Road SW
Rochester, MN 55902

Checks can be made out to ARC.

Volunteering is vital for our troop to remain functional. We ask all parents to have some part in the troop. When you register, you will be contacted about volunteer opportunities.

For more information, please contact our Coordinator: Kenna Baber or Troop Registrar: Nicole Catevenis.

Trail Life USA


What is Trail Life USA?

Trail Life USA is a Christian adventure, character, and leadership program for boys. The program covers 7 “branches” in the areas of heritage, hobbies, life skills, outdoor activities, pioneering skills, science and technology, and values, all through a Christ-centered world view. For more information about Trail Life USA you can visit their website by CLICKING HERE.

When Does Trail Life USA Meet?

Trail Life meetings are held jointly with American Heritage Girls (AHG) at Autumn Ridge Church. Meetings are generally held the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month from 6:15 to 7:45 PM, from September to May. There will also be “Hit the Trail!” events approximately once per month. These events may include field trips, outdoor hikes or campouts, service projects, or other activities.

How Do I Register?

We are now accepting registrations for boys entering grades K-7. To register or for more information, contact:
Jeremy Arnold

Yearly fees include a national registration fee ($26), local troop dues ($30), and a uniform ($15). Scholarships are available.

Child Dedication

What is Child Dedication?

Child dedication is a commitment by the parents to do their best to care for their child’s spiritual, physical, and emotional needs. During the service, parents are asked to publicly affirm their personal faith in Jesus Christ and renew their dedication to him and to his church. They are also asked to promise to bring up their child in the nurture and instruction of the Lord. If this promise is to be fulfilled, parents must teach their children, by word and example, the truths of God’s word within the home. They must also seek to lead their children to a personal faith in Christ.

A Dedication Service Is Not a Baptism.

*There are a limited number of child dedications during any given service. To register your child for a dedication at Emmaus, Adoration, or Celebration Services, contact Pastor John Steer at 288-8880.

Remaining 2017 Dedication Service

  • Saturday, Dec. 30 at 5:30 PM

2018 Child Dedication Calendar

Saturdays at 5:30 PM

 – March 10
 – June 16 (Father’s Day)
 – September 22

Sundays at 9:00 AM

 – January 21
 – April 15
 – July 15
– October 14
– December 23

Sundays at 10:30 AM

 – February 18
 – May 13 (Mother’s Day)
 – August 26
 – November 25 (Thanksgiving)

Employment Opportunities

Want to send us your resume?

Early Childhood Director

Autumn Ridge is currently accepting applications for the position of Early Childhood Director. Click on the link for a Job description. If interested use the provided link to e-mail the Children’s Department.

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