Children

Sunday Mornings 

Sunday School…9:45-10:45 am 
Classes for all ages are available.  Children grow in friendship with others their age, study the Bible, and are taught by fun and caring teachers.  Infants and toddlers, 2s, 3s, and 4s meet in the first floor of the children’s building.  K-5th classes gather (upstairs) at 9:45 am for Opening Session and library time before going to classes by 10. Class divisions are: K-1st, 2nd-3rd, and 4th-5th.  Parents/guardians check their children in and out of Sunday school.

Sunday Worship…11:00 am-12:00 pm
Infants, Toddlers, & Preschoolers: Extended session provides younger children with a loving, fun experience at God’s house during worship.  They are cared for by a rotating schedule of dedicated church members and staff. Having young children in Extended Session is not only fun for the children, but also a ministry to their parents as they attend worship. (Meets in the first floor of the children’s building).

Elementary Children: The worship hour is the center of our lives and our week. As an integral part of our congregation, children are intentionally involved and contribute to our worship services. After the children’s sermon (open to all children), 4th & 5th graders may rejoin their families while K-3rd children go to Children’s Church with the children’s ministry team on most Sundays.*  We continue in the theme of worship for that day through story circle, music and art.  The aim of Children’s Church is to prepare individuals for a life of Christian worship.  Worship themes for all ages are intentionally synced, so that families may reflect upon what they have experienced.

Wednesday Night Activities*

Supper…5:15-5:55 pm
Dinner is available on Wednesday nights throughout the school year (check the online calendar or weekly bulletin notes for exceptions).  Afterwards, kids are off to Missions & Music, while adults meet for prayer and discipleship/Bible study (6:15-7:00 pm).

Preschool Friends…6:00-7:00 pm
Preschool Friends is a time of singing, Bible stories, and art from 6-7 pm.  It is geared toward 3s & 4s and is an exciting place to be on Wednesday nights! Parents check-in their children at the classroom.

Elementary…6:00-7:00 pm
Elementary children’s time consists of Music, Bible Story, Games, and Art.  Children gather in the Welcome Center at 6:00 to go to music (alternating schedule between praise songs and traditional music) in the Sanctuary. At 6:30, they transition to the upstairs elementary area for Bible Story and either Games or Art. Pick up is at 7 pm.

Middle School…6:00-7:00 pm
Middle School students begin in the Youth Department for Bible Study at 6:00. This semester they are studying and reflecting on “What does it look like to be a Christian.” Students will be introduced to Christians today and throughout history while also learning common values and attributes of Christians. At 6:30 students transition to music (alternating schedule between praise songs and traditional music) in the Sanctuary.

Child Care
For infants-2’s, child care is available on Wednesdays from 5:30 pm-7:00 pm. Younger 2s and under spend this time in play.

For child care during adult choir practice (7:15-8, for infant – 5th grade), please notify the office by 4:30 pm prior to evening activities (794-8055).

* Please note that Wed. children’s activities generally meet during the school year.  For information about summer events, please contact Abigail Pratt.

Spiritual Passages

Parent-Child Dedication

Dedication serves as a way for parents and the congregation to confess publicly their commitment to the spiritual care of each new child born into our fellowship. We intentionally use the language of “parent-child dedication,” rather than “baby dedication,” to underscore the true nature of the event: that parents are making a covenant before God, in the presence and with the support of a particular congregation, that they do everything in their power to nurture the faith of their child. The gathered church, as well, commits to supporting the parents and child on this journey. In our faith tradition, dedication is not baptism or “christening,” but rather marks the promises of parents and the community of faith and points to the presence of God in the life of the child until such time as he or she can embrace it as an individual. While we have a Central tradition of observing dedications on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, they can be held at other times throughout the year. To discuss and make plans for a dedication, please speak with Abigail Pratt.

Faith Commitments & Baptism

As they begin to embrace a faith of their own, older children may wish to talk with one of our ministers about making public their decision to follow Jesus through baptism and church membership. This is one of the most exciting passages a person can make, and our staff relishes the opportunity to support these growing disciples. If your child expresses interest or has questions about “becoming a Christian” and being baptized, please contact Abigail or David Turner.

Spiritual Care

Just as adults, children benefit from support through times of stress, grief and transition, whether related to the death of a loved one or a pet, problems at school or with friends, or family difficulties. If your child has spiritual questions or concerns with which we might help, please contact Abigail Pratt or any of our ministers.

 Any questions? Contact Rev. Abigail Pratt, Associate Pastor for Families & Mission.
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