Children's Ministry

Sunday Mornings

Sunday school classes begin on Sept. 18 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, and a craft. Each session is led by an adult teacher, an adult child care professional, and a parent volunteer as needed. 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.
Lead teacher: Tom Koger
Classroom Assistant: Maria Asuncion
 
3s, 4s, Ks (PreK-K)
This group gathers in Room 201 for Sunday school from 9:30-10:30 a.m. We return to the Whirl curriculum from Sparkhouse (Ausburg) this year. Whirl follows the lectionary and encourages active engagement with Bible stories through brief, creative video storytelling and simple, interactive activities. Team leader: Tom Koger
 
Grades 1-5: Jerusalem Journeys
9:30-10:30 a.m. in Room 55. After a brief musical Gathering Time led by Jen Root, children go to their own age group’s classroom.
Grades 1-3: Whirl curriculum from Sparkhouse (Augsburg) 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
Arts and Soul Jr.: This year we will combine the Jerusalem Journeys children for five Arts and Soul Jr. art and mixed media projects based on the theme of the liturgical season in which they fall.
Dates: Oct 30-Children's Sunday, Dec 4-Advent, March 12-Lent, April 9-Palm Sunday, June 4-Pentecost

Leaders: Kathy Chavez, Abbie Freeman, Merry Huley
 

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 “Word with Children” 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
 
 
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. 
Children’s Choirs rehearse Oct. 2 through April 2017 and end with a musical during the second worship service on April 30, 2017.
 
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. Responsibilities include assisting the worship leaders during the Sunday morning worship services and at special services throughout the year. Acolytes generally serve during one service a month, depending on the size of the team in a given year. Interested in becoming an acolyte? Contact Julia Elkind at jselkind@gmail.com