Children & Youth Ministries
We are a NURTURING community, committed to the Christian education and loving development of children and youth.
Birth - Age 12
Nursery Care: For infants and 1-yr-olds is offered during worship in the infant nursery (Room 7). Trained teen nursery workers rotate duties with assistance from parents.
Sunday School: Runs September through May, followed by a Summer Kids Program. During the school year, children typically attend the 10 AM worship with families and then leave for class following a “Time with Children.” Sunday school classes are held from 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM. High school youth are encouraged to serve as assistant teachers. A weekly offering is collected during church school classes. Offering envelopes are available for each child.
Church School Supports Reading Garden in Malawi: The 18/19 weekly offering will support the Lilongwe Reading Garden - a project to grow literacy in Malawi. We encourage your children to bring an offering each week to their Sunday school classes.
Curriculum: We are glad to be using the “Seasons of the Spirit” curriculum in our Sunday School program. It explores the meaning and mystery of the Bible; nurtures the imaginative spirit; offers resources for all ages; and integrates the worship, learning,and serving ministries of the church.
Acolyte Program: 4th and 5th graders serve as acolytes, lighting the altar candles, for Sunday morning worship.
Children’s Music: Each Sunday during the school year, the Sunday school classes have time for singing/music. The Sunday School choir sings in worship regularly, led by Ann Berchem.
Safe Sanctuaries: We are a "Safe Sanctuaries" church. One of our goals is to provide a safe environment for the children and youth who are entrusted to our care as they participate in our programs and use our facilities. We have adopted a policy and procedure to provide a safe environment - copies of which are available in the church office.
Youth Mission Trips: The congregation assists youth through sponsorship for a weeklong mission trip for both Middle School and High School youth. In the summer of 2019, the Middle School youth will attend a GROUP Workcamp in Princeton, IL from July 28 - August 3. The High School Youth will travel to New York City to participate in the Youth Service Opportunities Project from Saturday July 13 - Saturday July 20. Pastor Jim and Julia will lead.
Journeys: Wednesday Night Program for 7th & 8th graders takes place each 1st & 3rd Wednesdays from 6:00-7:00 PM in the Youth Room. Students learn about our “Ancestors: Unlikely People – Extraordinary Stories.” Dinner is from 5:30-600 PM. Cindy Bartol will coordinate and teach for the 2018/2019 school year.
Middle School Youth Fellowship Group: Activities focused on fellowship and mission are offered once a month. Parents assist in planning and supervising events. Pastor Julia will coordinate.
High School Youth Group: Activities focused on fellowship and mission are offered once a month. Wednesday night dinner and discussion will be help regularly on Wednesday nights from 6:30 - 8 PM. Pastors Jim and Julia will coordinate for the 2018/2019 school year.