Our Sunday School for Toddlers through Grade 5 is a unified curriculum, grounded in the gospel, that helps to guide your children to become disciples of Jesus Christ. The curriculum we use is Gospel Story for Kids. Our teachers are excited to help your children understand and experience Christ and learn how all the Bible points to him and what he’s done for us. An accompanying family devotional helps parents to dive deeper with your kids into what they learn on Sunday and begin to apply it to your lives. Children meet in various classrooms based on age/grade at 10:45 on Sundays.
A special time of worship is provided during the 9am Sunday service for children age 4.5 through 2nd grade. Our Children’s Worship program is “designed to help children worship in a special place apart from the worshiping congregation so they become able to worship meaningfully with the congregation.” This program “uses a sensorimotor style of storytelling as a primary means for encountering God, so God is experienced, not just learned about. The experience of God is one of mystery, awe, and wonder. Children need to know how to find a quiet place within, which enables them to get ready to worship ‘all by themselves’ rather than sit in church in an imposed silence. Our goal is to create an environment that enables young children to encounter and worship God.” (Excerpts from Young Children and Worship, Steward & Berryman, 1989)
Our Toddler Care program is designed to meet the needs of young kids in a safe and loving environment where they can grow to trust the church as a fun and comfortable environment. Children attend during the entire 9am Sunday worship service, experiencing a variety of structured and unstructured play, and Bible learning activities including music and art.
The infant nursery provides a warm, caring environment for little ones during both Sunday worship services & Sunday School. Our Infant Ministry team of volunteers provides a loving environment to care for your child through age 2 1/2 years while you attend Sunday School and/or Worship. All of our helpers have undergone Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) background checks, and there are at least two volunteers present at all times. We have a sign-in/sign-out system for security. Stickers are put on your child’s back noting his/her name, age and any special instructions that will help us in caring for your child. Vibrating pagers are available for parents to take with them so nursery staff can unobtrusively notify you if needed. The Nursery Room (Room 208) is primarily a large, inviting play space with a separate room for nursing mothers or napping children. There are lots of colorful toys which are disinfected regularly, as well as changing tables and diaper supplies. We want children from the earliest age to feel secure in church and to sense God’s love.
For one week each summer, children entering K-6th grade are invited to participate in a free week-long camp called Vacation Bible School!
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