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We want our children to experience the best Christian Education program possible. To that end, we focus on utilizing all learning modes to help us better understand God's message so we can then apply Jesus' teaching to our everyday lives.
We hope YOUR child will come for Sunday School! It is offered for elementary age children (K-5th) during the worship service. Children are invited to experience worship with their family. During the 2nd hymn, the children leave the sanctuary and are escorted to Room 5 for Sunday School.
We don't just listen to a Bible story: we experience it through science, art, music, and food. These are ways to understand the message more clearly and bring the Bible to life.
Children have a unique ability to get to the heart of a matter and that is evident in our unique interactive "Prayer Wall" time.
We are enjoying learning to become a caring community of followers of Jesus and hope you will come join us!
Child-care is available for infants through four-year-olds each Sunday morning. There is a special preschool-age Sunday School with Bible story time and age-appropriate activities during each worship service.
If parents wish to attend one of our adult spiritual growth opportunities on Sunday morning, their young children may stay in the nursery and elementary-age children may go to Kid Konnections.
Children’s voices bring charming vitality and beauty to the worship experience.
During Advent and Lent, the Children's Choir performs during the worship services. The Children’s Choir meets after worship during Kid Konnections, where both missions and music is the focus.
We kick off the summer with a musical production that is fresh and upbeat.
In 2018, our children performed Jonah's Druthers, a western-themed version of the Jonah story.
Each December the sanctuary is transformed into the setting of Jesus' birth. Different music is used to convey the Christmas story in a delightfully creative way. The kids enjoy getting costumed and being able to portray a character to help bring the Christmas story to life.
After worship, there is always a program for children. Child-care is available (birth to 4) and the elementary kids (K-5th) focus on mission projects or Children’s Choir with Janelle Pearson, Director of CFM.
Parents: You have a number of ongoing adult education options – Faith, Search, and Support (Room 3), Adult Bible Forum (Conference Room), and Faith Conversations (Hoffman Hall). In addition, Faith Connections, a small group Bible study for parents, meets periodically. It's a time for sharing personal stories and applying Biblical teachings to everyday life.
We are called to:
Equip students to share this unique love with one another and all of God’s people…
Prepare our students to be faithful and devoted followers of Christ, leaders of the Church, and advocates of justice in our fragmented society…
Develop mature disciples of Christ who hunger for the Word of God and who share this Good News not only by their mouths, but by their lifestyles, their thoughts, and their faithfulness…So that all whom they encounter may see and know Christ through them.
What are you hungry for? If you’re in 6-12th grade, join us for an engaging conversations about our faith. Come hungry and let’s learn together. Students join us in the sanctuary at the beginning of worship, and then leave during the second hymn to go to Sunday School. We invite all of our students to remain in worship on Communion Sundays so that we may all partake together in Holy Communion.
Weekly Youth Group: Our Middle & High School ministry meets Friday nights from 5:00-6:30pm where we play awesome games and have great discussion as we live into the lives that Christ has called us to.
Our Children and Family Ministries Committee believes that creating community is part of God's mission for us to fulfill. Having a sense of belonging is one of the best ways for people to get connected and stay connected with a church. To help build ties between children, families and parents, we hold a number of special events throughout the year:
- Trunk or Treat the week of Halloween with games and dinner
- Easter Egg Hunt (with the Easter Bunny!), lawn games and picnic at a park
- Christmas Break for Parents - The children enjoy art, music, games, and snacks at the church while the parents take time to do Christmas shopping or simple enjoy a quiet cup of coffee together.
These gatherings feature a catered dinner with kid-friendly and adult favorites for the entrees. Then child-care is provided, so the kids are supervised while they "hang out" or watch a movie. This gives the grown-ups an opportunity for fellowship, to play games, discuss a current topic, or just share stories of their journeys through parenthood.
Families with children of ALL ages are encouraged to attend the annual Family Retreat. Our Student Ministries Director, Mike Ball and Director of Children and Family Ministries, Janelle Pearson will lead activities with children from K – 12th grade. Child-care workers will do activities with the nursery through preschool-age children. A guest speaker will lead the adult sessions focusing on a special theme.
Our next Family Retreat will be January 25-27 at the Embassy Suites at Mandalay Bay in Oxnard, CA.