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.
Sunday School Supports Fresh Meals on Wheels of Sheboygan Co.: The 19/20 weekly offering will support the work of our local Meals on Wheels program which delivers nutritious meals to homebound, elderly and disable people. 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.
Vacation Garden School We host a three-day Vacation Garden School open to children (3K-5th grade) in the wider community. Children enjoy working in Eden's Bluff Garden, participating in crafts, yoga, eating tasty treats and enjoying God's creation. The tentative date is Aug. 12-14, 2020.
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 week long mission trip for both Middle School and High School youth. In the summer of 2020, the Middle and High School youth will attend the "Love Your Neighbor" GROUP Workcamp in our hometown of Sheboygan from June 21-27 to repair and weatherize home for low-income and elderly residents.
Journeys: Wednesday Night Program for 7th & 8th graders takes place each 1st & 3rd Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 PM in the Youth Room. Students learn about our “Ancestors: Unlikely People – Extraordinary Stories.” Dinner is from 6:30-7:00 PM. Cindy Bartol, coordinator.
Middle School Youth Fellowship Group: Activities focused on fellowship and mission are offered once a month. Parents assist in planning and supervising events. There will be a Fall Retreat at Pilgrim Center on Green Lake - Nov. 22-24, 2020. Nancy Engberg, coordinator.
High School Youth Group: Activities focused on fellowship and mission are offered once a month. There will be a Fall Retreat at Camp Y-Koda in Sheboygan Falls - Oct. 26-27. Nancy Engberg, Coordinator.
Confirmation Program A year-long faith exploration program for 9th grade and above. The program culminates in an end-of-the-year celebration of the participant's spiritual journeys and in invitation to join the church. Meets Wednesday nights from 7-8pm with a 6:30 pm supper from September through May. Pastor Jim and Julia, leaders.