What about Children & Youth
“ Train up a child in the right way, and when old, they will not stray.”
We are proud to share the ministries available to our children, youth and young adults. Our primary goal as a ministry is to find engaging, loving ways to help the younger members of our church grow into the beings God has created them to be. We believe that each child is wonderfully made. We also believe that God has gifted each one with talents and abilities to change this world. Therefore, every ministry is designed to help them discover, explore, nurture, and practice their gifts and faith in a very hands-on way. Because we believe that it takes a community to raise a child, many intergenerational opportunities are provided to all who feel a calling to work with children and youth.
Every Sunday, children between the ages of 1 month to 3 years are invited to attend our Nursery from 9:30-11:00 a.m. Staffed by two dedicated individuals, it is a safe place for children to play and grow. During this time children are fed a snack. Families with children who wear diapers are asked to bring an extra set of clothing for emergency situations.
Sunday School for Elementary Grades
We are excited about bringing God's word alive to our children from pre-school through 5th grade utilizing a rotation model, a hands-on, creative way of teaching bible stories to students. Each week, children rotate through various stations (art, science, games, and stories) and experience the same story from difference perspectives. The benefit of this model of Sunday School is that it provides young minds with a variety of ways to engage with the stories and values of our Christian faith. In addition, the repetition of the stories helps children to remember and make them their own. Children are encouraged to participate in the Worship Service and leave for Sunday School following Children’s Moments.
During the Sunday Worship Service there is a special moment when all young children are invited to the front of the Sanctuary for an interactive message with the pastors. The congregation seems to enjoy this moment as much as do the children!
Sunday School for Middle School
Our Sunday School program for middle school, 6th – 8th grades strives to create an atmosphere that encourages spirited discussion and interaction as well as respect for differing opinions. Each week students and their teachers explore a variety of age appropriate faith-based topics. Middle School students leave the Worship Service for Sunday School following Children’s Moments.
Sunday School for High School
Our Sunday School program for 9th to 12th grades strives to create an atmosphere that encourages spirited discussion and interaction as well as respect for differing opinions. Each week students and their teachers explore a variety of different faith-based topics, many of which are chosen by the students themselves. High School students leave the Worship Service for Sunday School following the sermon.