Church News

It’s a Zoo in the Kidz Zone at New Life Church
By Cheryl Killam 9-25-13

In the spring of 2013, New Life Church Pastor Ken Bosse and Kidz Zone Coordinator Tammy Ramsdell decided the youngest members of their congregation needed to know they had a place they could come to for a purpose: to be loved, to feel safe and comfortable, and to learn to love the church.

They chose a zoo theme, and set up a 12-week program focused on particular animals and their purpose in the world, “such as the monkey who is mischievous and curious and the elephants who work together as a group, the same as the church and God’s plan,” said Ramsdell. “We all have a purpose in life, and that is what we are teaching the children.

Each week focuses on a different animal with a different purpose. At the end of the 12 weeks, the children become Master Zoo Keepers.

Volunteer Roland Smith began painting the white walls of the rooms and hallway downstairs at New Life Church into floor-to-ceiling murals in May, to brighten up the space and make it feel more fun.

The nursery is painted with huge bees, bugs and flowers.

The hallway has buses, cars, trucks and airplanes.

Ramsdell became the coordinator in April, saying she needed a change from the Girls Ministry Impact Program. “We encourage giving, worshipping and praying,” she said. “They learn by giving to missions and supporting specific causes.” The sessions are taught by both Tammy Ramsdell and Reanna Valley

The Kidz Zone sessions begin at 11 a.m. on Sundays, with the first 45 minutes spent enjoying music, videos, puppets and games, followed by moving into age-appropriate groups - pre-school, elementary, junior high and high school - for the next 45 minutes of general discussion and bible study.

Pastor Bosse said, “There are four main ways a child grows: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. We promote the spiritual growth with our programs.”

This country scene wraps around a corner and continues on another wall.

New Life Church has also put in a new safety feature for persons picking up their children.

“With the increase of split families, it was important to ensure that a child only be allowed to leave with the approved parent or grandparent,” said Ramsdell. “We created badges that must match to verify who leaves with whom. With about 60 children attending the programs, this system provides extra protection and works well.“

In December, the children’s areas will be decorated for the holidays, and January will have yet another theme.  

For more information about Kidz Zone, contact the New Life Church at 84 Nottingham Road, Raymond or call the office at (603) 895-6041 or check out the website at  

Photos by Cheryl Killam





















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