Infants and Toddlers
Our youngest friends can be checked in to the nurseries from 9:45 - 12:30. We have two nurseries, a 0-18 month nursery, and a 19-35 month nursery. When you check in you will receipt a security tag that matches one placed on your diaper bag that must be presented upon pick up. For security reasons and to help keep our nursery atmsphere calm, we ask that parents drop their children off at the door of the nurseries.
We have a 'Mother's Room' off of Room 101 to afford those nursing or needing some quiet time with their infant a little privacy.
Children's Sunday School
Children ages 3 and up begin in worship with their families. There are children's worship bags as you enter the Sanctuary. Partway into the service, our children will be invited to the front for the Children's Message. After this, they will walk out to the Narthex where their Sunday School teachers will meet them. You do not need to leave service with them, but are certainly welcome to. Immediately after the service, please pick up your children in their Sunday School rooms first, then any children from the nursery.
Note: CLICK HERE for the current class schedule and room assignments.
The curriculum we use in our Sunday School classes is called Whirl!. Everyone studies the same Bible focus text in an age-appropriate way.
Bucket Brigade: The third Sunday of every month children pass buckets through the congregation at the 11:00am worship service collecting money for church hunger relief missions. One of the missions the bucket money supports is World Vision International. The children adopted a 10-year-old Kenyan boy named Njoroge Peterson through World Vision six years ago. The children often write to Njorge and send him little surprise packages. The children love to receive their special mail back from Africa!
Angel Tree: The children choose a family of siblings off our church angel tree to bless at Christmas. We shop for their gifts, wrap them, and deliver them together. What a great opportunity to teach our children about the real spirit of Christmas!
Salvation Army Kettle Bell: We ring the bell by the red bucket each December. Families are encouraged to sign up to serve together.
Operation Christmas Child: Each year Children's Ministries collects shoeboxes for Samaritan's Purse. These shoeboxes are delivered to children around the world, showing them the love of Jesus and hopefully sparking a new relationship with Christ.
Three “A Day” Camps are being planned by Pastor Bill for this summer. They are one-day camps, each with a different theme, and they are geared for children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade.
- Rhythm and Music Day Camp: Thursday, June 22, 9:00am-3:00pm. Cost: $5. The group will form a bucket band and there will be crafts and games. Children need to bring a sack lunch.
- Build it/Make it Day Camp: Thursday, July 13, 9:00am-3:00pm. Cost: $10. The kids will build a variety of creations, and there will be time for singing. Children need to bring a sack lunch.
Cooking Day Camp: Thursday, August 10, 3:00pm-6:30pm. Cost: $5 per person, $20 maximum per family. The children will learn some basic cooking skills and use them to prepare dinner for their family here at church that night. Parents and siblings will return at 5:30pm for dinner at the church.
Volunteers are needed. If you are 16 or older, please talk to Pastor Bill about how you can help.
Additional Ministries supported by the Children's Program:
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)
Begins Sept. 20. MOPS is about meeting the needs of every mom of a child from conception through kindergarten. Whether you're urban, suburban, rural, stay-at-home, working, adoptive, specialneeds, single or married, MOPS is for you! Moms and their children (childcare offered) meet the first and third Tuesdays of the month 9:30 – 11:30am during the school year. The cost is $85 for the program year and includes MOPS International membership, all materials, and childcare for your children during meetings. If you are interested in joining or want to learn more, please contact Lauren Rodenbeck at 260-413-6571 or firstname.lastname@example.org .