Children’s Christian Education
We offer several levels of Christian Education programs depending on your child’s age. (Use this form to register your children for the year.)
For infants through age 2:
Although children of all ages are welcome in worship any time, parents who choose can participate fully and joyfully in worship knowing their babies are safe and secure in our professionally-staffed Nursery and Toddler rooms. Childcare is available from 9:30am to 12:30pm for infants and toddlers before and during worship. Tracy Long, our Nursery Supervisor & Caregiver, greets, soothes, and cares for your children. Age-appropriate toys are sanitized and kept in good repair under the direction of our Director of Children’s Christian Education.
For children ages 3, 4, and Kindergartners:
We offer a Children’s Worship program for younger children during the 11:00am Sunday worship service.* In Children’s Worship, the children are guided through a short worship service and encouraged to respond to Bible stories through songs, art, questions and retelling of the stories. Each story has an activity response to help the children better understand the story.
For children in grades 1 – 5:
Children in these grades start each worship service with their families before leaving before the sermon for Pathways to the Promise Land: a kid-friendly, teacher-friendly way of teaching Bible stories and truths. It’s active, engaging, thought-provoking, and just plain fun.
Pathways children meet from September through May*, during the 11:00am worship service. At least one Sunday each month the Pathways children remain in worship with their families for the entire service.
Guests: If your child is reluctant to attend a Pathways rotation, feel free to accompany them to their classroom and remain until they’re comfortable with you leaving.
*In the summer months, we worship at 10:00am and offer childcare for Kindergartners and younger beginning at 9:30am. A condensed version of Pathways meets several times during the summer.
Curious about the paintings on the walls of our Christian Education wing? The first floor evokes a New Testament town in the style of ancient Jerusalem. Classrooms include:
Temple Square – a replica of an ancient temple courtyard with a giant Bedouin tent, fire pit and lounging pillows.
Art in Heaven – space for children to create real art.
Mary and Martha’s Kitchen – in the small kitchen adjacent to the Bodwell Hall meeting room.
Also on this level are the Christian Education offices.
The second floor has an Old Testament theme with camels, a desert oasis, and children listening to stories. It includes the Chapel, Nursery and Childcare rooms, and Children in Worship (ages 3-5) classroom, along with a new small group classroom for adults.
Many heartfelt thanks to the many teachers who volunteer their time teaching God’s love to the younger generation. All volunteers are trained in our Child Protection Policy, which allows only safe, known, trained teachers in our classrooms and includes safety measures such as insuring that there is always more than one adult in a room with your children.