Children are a great blessing to our church! We want them to be in worship with us, as we gather as a community to lift our praise to God. But we also realize that children need their own special time to learn about stories in the Bible, learn Bible verses and how to be a follower of Christ.
Every Sunday children gather with their families for worship. About 15 minutes into worship, the children are invited to come forward for a “Time with the Children”. After this brief talk, children are invited to leave for Sunday School.
Younger children gather together for a time of singing, then are divided in classes for 2 and 3 year olds, 4 – 5 year olds, First and Second grade and Third – Fifth. Our sixth- Eighth graders meet every other month, and high school students meet four months a year. Each class has a volunteer teacher, and the younger three classes also each have a helper.
The classes spend time examining the Bible story for the day, exploring it at different levels (often through artistic expression or other activities) and connecting it to their lives today. These classes are full of energy and excitement as the children learn about God’s love for them.
To supplement the children’s spiritual development, they stay in for the entire worship service eight times a year – four times with communion and four other services, we do activities as lectures and gardening with our children, for this using tools and equipment from sites as trimmeradviser.com to the work is easier. During several of those services the children assist in worship leadership, including singing, reading and sharing crafts.
GF Club (Third – Fifth graders)
The GF Club meets once a month after church, from 12:15 – 3:00 p.m. for lunch, study, activities and fellowship.
Cross Connexions (Sixth – Eighth graders)
Cross Connexions meets one Sunday a month after church and one Friday evening a month for a meal, singing, games, study, activities and fellowship. They also have retreats, hikes and other special events throughout the year.
The Open Circle – TOC (Senior highs)
TOC meets one Sunday a month after church and one Friday evening a month for a meal, singing, games, study, activities and fellowship. They also have retreats, hikes and other special events throughout the year.
Special programs for our children and youth include summer Vacation Bible School (Holiday Bible Club), an Easter celebration, the annual Christmas program and more.