Our Children’s & Youth Ministry reaches kids from preschool through high school to teach God’s Word and to support them in their faith. We focus on
- Creating a small group feeling
- Emphasis on community
- Building relationships
- Growing in Our Faith and Serving Others
- Cradle Roll
- Children’s Church
- Sunday School
- Middle School/Xperience (Confirmation)
- IMPACT High School Group
- First Communion classes
- Kids’ Night Out
- Vacation Bible School
Our Cradle Roll program is designed to provide parents of children birth to five years with faith development resources and support. These materials help parents get acclimated to our church and our Children’s and Family Ministry program. In the past year, this has included books and cards sent to acknowledge child’s baptismal birthday, some home visits with meal deliveries for families with children ages 0-5. Gail Landskron and Laura Krueger are currently heading up this program.
Children ages 4 to 8, are encouraged to hear their own age-appropriate message during the sermon portion of our 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship services. The children’s church leader will greet the children in the lobby when they are dismissed to leave and will bring them back to their parents at the appropriate time. We hope that your children can attend.
Children’s church is offered in the summer only during the 10:30 a.m. worship service, in the months of June and August.
Kid’s Night Out
Parents, do your kids complain that they are bored? Are they full of energy and need some time to hang out with their friends, play some fun games, create neat crafts and learn something new? If so, then Kids’ Night Out is the place to be!
What is it? Kids’ Night Out is a program designed to create opportunities for fellowship and fun among our children and youth while their parents enjoy a night out. Children, ages newborn to 5th grade are eligible to sign up and attend. Friends are always welcome to attend with your child! There is a charge of $5.00 per child to help cover the cost of craft supplies and snacks. Extra proceeds will go towards the youth group fundraising efforts.
Who facilitates the event? Our High School youth, (9th grade or older), and middle school youth (6th – 8th grade) help run games, crafts, and other activities that have been coordinated by our Children’s Ministry Director. We also ask that two adults (parents or other adults) volunteer.
First Communion Classes
First Communion Classes are offered for children in 2nd grade or higher who are ready to join in this celebration.
Classes are generally scheduled in the evenings. One parent must attend class with their child. First Communion worship services will be held on a Sunday, late October at either service.
I knew there was a need for more teachers in the Sunday school program and although it’s been a while since I’ve read many of the Bible stories, I’m excited to learn them alongside my first grader, Emma. During their formative years, our children are sponges and hang on to every ounce of information presented to them but also feel really special when we take the time to be a part of their journey. I hope to have a positive impact not only on Emma but every child that crosses my path in the Sunday School Program so each one of them knows they are an amazing gift from God. – Sarah G.
I believe everyone has a gift to share. Some people know what those gifts are and some have to dig deep and step out of their comfort zones to find them. A few years back, Amy asked me if I was interested in teaching Sunday School. At the time, I had no children and no experience teaching school so I was a little uncomfortable taking on the task. However, having been blessed with the ability to speak in front of groups of people, I thought it might work out. So I took a leap and said some prayers and started teaching Sunday School to 2/3 graders. It was a fun experience and I was able to share the Word of God with the young people in our church. I took a break when Lillian was born but now that she is old enough to attend Sunday School, I am getting back into teaching again. This year I will be working with 4/5 graders. I look forward to sharing and learning with them. – Brenda A