Children and Family Ministry
Walking the journey of faith is exciting! We have developed a variety of growth experiences for your child. Each of these “stepping stones” is designed to help children in their faith development. The stepping stones of faith include:
Baptism: Typically done during the first year of a child’s life. Baptism is a sacrament of the church in which God’s love is extended to your child. At the time of baptism you will receive a Certificate of Baptism for you and your sponsors; a Baptismal Napkin; and a Baptismal Candle. These candles are used again at the time of the dedication of three-year-olds when they begin Sunday School.
Toddler Stepping Stone: For one and two year olds, an introduction to Bible stories.
Blessing of Three Year Olds: In the fall as they begin Sunday School.
Prayer Pillow Partners: First grade children are teamed with a Junior High or High School student and agree to pray for each other every day.
Presentation of Bibles: In second grade all children receive their own Bible. Classes are held on Sunday mornings to introduce children to the Bible.
First Communion: A First Communion workshop introduces 3rd graders and their families to God’s gift of Holy Communion. Following the workshop a worship service is held where the children celebrate Holy Communion for the first time with their families.
Family Building Retreat: An all-day retreat with parents is held for 4th graders. In this retreat a connection is made between the children, their parents and the community of faith.
Stepping Stones: Recognizing milestones in a youth’s religious education which includes 3 year old and 2nd grade Bibles, Blessing of the Backpacks, 1st Communion, Prayer Pillows, Confirmation, Affirmation of Baptism and Baccalaureate.
Retreats: 4th grade, 5/6 grade, 7/8 grade, High School retreats and Quake.
Sunday School: Every Sunday during the 9:45 service, we hold Sunday school classes that are taught by adult volunteers. We have classes starting at 3 years old through 8th grade.
Emerge is our high school ministry program and meets every Sunday night throughout the school year from 6:00-8:00 p.m. During this time, students dive into their faith through scripture, videos, games, hands-on learning, small groups, and more.
Special Events: We have 2 special events a year. The first one is in December when we hold our inter-generational family activity during Sunday school. The second special event is on Good Friday. Families are welcome to come and participate in activities, story time and treats.
Lenten Events: During the Lenten season we provide fun and educational activities for youth aged 3 to 9. Parents can attend these activities with their children or attend the adult groups.
Confirmation: During 7th, 8th, and 9th grades, youth learn the basic content of the Christian faith. A variety of service projects and retreats are included in the experience.
Vacation Bible School: During one week each summer, classes are held for 3 year olds through 4th grade. Youth experience God’s love through multi-sensory stations.
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