Children's Ministry

Sunday Mornings

Sunday school classes begin Sept. 17 at 9:30 a.m.

Infants to Age 2
Child care is provided in Room 11 during the Sunday school hour and the 10:45 a.m. worship service by two paid caregivers, Mary Galkin and Millie Robinson. Parents may drop off and pick up children throughout this time. There is a pager system should the need arise to locate a parent.

2- and 3-Year-Olds
Room 206, during the 10:45 a.m. worship service. This hour includes playtime, the presentation of a Bible story or one that reflects Christian values, singing with Mr. Nick, and a craft. Each session is led by an adult teacher, an adult child care professional, and at least one parent volunteer. The objectives of the 2s and 3s Class are to help young children learn that their church is a loving family; to teach them about the Holy Trinity; to introduce them to worship and the Bible; and to set them on a path to understanding that they can always rely on God and their church for support, understanding, hope and love.
Lead teacher: Tom Koger
Classroom Assistant: Maria Asuncion
 
PreK-K
This group gathers in Room 201 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. The hour includes playtime; singing with Mr. Nick; and a shortened form of Whirl from Sparkhouse, which follows the lectionary and encourages active engagement with the Bible stories through brief, creative video storytelling and simple, interactive activities. Lead teacher: Tom Koger
 
Grades 1-5: 9:30 Club
Sundays at 9:30 a.m.: Gather in Room 55 for art, music, and hands-on activities. 9:50 a.m.: Children go to their age-group classroom for prayer and age-appropriate lessons. 10:20 a.m.: Regather for Sharing/Music/Blessing Time. The curricula we use follows.

Grades 1-3: Whirl curriculum from Sparkhouse follows the lectionary and encourages active engagement with Bible stories through brief, creative video storytelling and simple, interactive activities. Team Leader: TBA
Grades 4-5: Our “pre-tweens” will continue this year with Connect from Sparkhouse. Connect is written just for tweens to engage them in an exploration of the Bible’s themes and narrative in an imaginative, fun way, using video, discussions, hands-on projects and “Connect” Bibles, which guide them to see connections among the different parts of the Bible. Team leader: Carolyn Bruce

Mixed-age activities. This year we will join the Adult Faith 101 class and others on these dates:
Nov 26 – Advent/Christmas Advent story and wreath making
Feb 25 – Lent/Eastertide Stop Hunger Now food packing event
March 25 – Palm Sunday Stations of the Cross
April 22 – Earth Day service project TBA
May 20 – Pentecost Spirit-filled activities in Fellowship Hall 

Godly Play
Godly Play is an alternative worship service in Room 204 for children ages 4-kindergarten, and Room 59 for grades 1-3. Children are led to Godly Play after the “Time with Young Disciples” in our 10:45 a.m. service. Based on the Montessori Method, Godly Play affirms the natural spirituality of children and promotes theological reflection through story and play. Team Leader: Anne Mugler
Other Opportunities
Children's Choirs
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Felix Polendey, Director of Children's Choirs
 
Children’s Choirs rehearse Oct. 1, 2017-May 6, 2018 and will present a spring musical during the 10:45 a.m. worship service on May 6.
 
Rehearsal Times:
Primary Choir (Ages 4-Grade 2): Sundays, 12:15-12:35 p.m. 
Carol Choir (Grades 3-5): 
Sundays, 12:35-1:05 p.m.
 
Meet in the Choir Room (Room 215) on the 2nd floor. Children may bring a bag lunch and eat in Fellowship Hall or the Loft before or after they sing. 
 
2017 Children's Musical: 100% Chance of Rain
Watch the video here!
 
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Acolytes

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Acolytes... Children Leading God's People in Worship

All youth in 3rd grade and older are invited to join our acolyte team. Serving as an acolyte is a vital way to serve God and the church. Acolytes assist the worship leaders during the Sunday morning worship services and at special services throughout the year. They generally serve during one service a month, depending on the size of the team in a given year. We’re also continuing with our worship leading component for children who like to lead worship but may not want to be acolytes. Interested in either/both? Contact Julia Elkind.