Children's Ministries    
 
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Welcome, children of God!  As Jesus welcomed the little children, so do we.  For children in grades K-6 we offer Sunday School.  For toddlers we offer a Sonshine Kids class.  And for infants, we offer the Noah’s Ark Nursery.  To find out more, please scroll down or contact our coordinator of children’s ministries, Brigitte Evens, or our elder for children’s ministries, Russ Gilpin, or the church office (264-3109).

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Sunday School...   

Our Sunday School meets at 10:00 on Sunday mornings.

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Follow the rainbow!  The rainbow starts in our north stairwell and leads upstairs to our children’s wing.  There, you will find brightly-decorated rooms for our Fountainview Library, Arts Room, Drama Room, Computer Lab, Game Room, and Tabernacle Room.  In these rooms, children learn Bible stories in a variety of creative ways.  Using elements of the Workshop Rotation method, children experience the love of God through art, drama, story-telling, games, and computer programs.    Ask for a tour!

Your child is welcome!   Our goal is to see children know and grow in the love of Jesus.. If you would like to volunteer, we always have available positions open.  Whatever your skill level or your commitment of time, you can be used for God’s kingdom.

 
   marge & kids
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Story time Tabernacle Room

Sonshine Kids

Sonshine Kids is a great way for 3, 4, and young 5 year-old children to be introduced to church, God, and Jesus, as well as have fun with new friends!   We meet in room 106 from 10:00-11:00. This area is staffed by 2 teachers who rotate bimonthly. Preschool curriculum is used to promote lifelong friend-ships and a love for God and the church. Come and Join us! You'll want to stay!


 Noah's Ark Nursery

/files/Images/Childrens Ministries/Nursery.jpgOur nursery is staffed with trained adult staff members . We are always seeking people to share in the infant and toddler program through volunteering one service a month.  Ages for Noah’s Ark are birth-age 3.

Nursery care is available Sunday mornings from 8:15 am -12:00 pm and with advance notice at all church events.  The Nursery is equipped with silent pagers for parents to take into worship.  I  there is a need, we can reach you quickly and quietly, hopefully giving you peace of mind as you leave your children in our care!  

Summer Opportunities

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Church school  

Summer church school is offered at 10:00 a.m. until June.


Vacation Bible School News
/files/Images/Childrens Ministries/VBS2010-fire.jpg"Get On Board" Vacation Bible School was June 10-13.  All youngsters from First Presbyterian and St. Paul's United Methodist churches were invited to join. We had music, stories, crafts, snacks and more. We have joined with St. Paul's the last two years and had a wonderful time and successful program. We look forward to another great year.  We "visited" the countries of South Africa, Russia, India, and Peru.



Camps & Conferences:

Geneva Center:  

This camp/conference center in Rochester, IN, is part of our Presbytery.  It offers summer camp experiences for children and families, as well as youth retreats and Elderhostels throughout the year. Brochures are available in our church office as soon as they are published.  We offer partial scholarships for children attending Geneva Center camps.

Children in Worship:

Children and Youth are an important part of the worship life of our congregation.  They participate and provide worship leadership in many ways: in choirs, as liturgists, ushers and greeters, offering special music or liturgical dance, and more. To encourage children in their worship experience, we offer: 
Children’s Choirs: Melodia Choir (grades 1-3), Jr. Chorale (grades 4-6), and Westminster Choir (7 - 12) rehearse Wednesday afternoons, from 5:00 to 5:25, 5:30 to 6:00, and 6:30 to 7:00, respectively.  Choir Director: Celia Weiss.   

Worship Packets : Available in the hallway adjacent to the Sanctuary.  The notebook includes worksheets tied to the morning’s scripture readings, as well as activity sheets and storybooks. 

Communion : Children are invited to share in Lord’s Supper as part of the family of faith. Parents are encouraged to discuss the meaning and importance of this sacrament with their children. 

Baptisms are scheduled throughout the year. We practice infant baptism, as well as baptism for believers.  Preparation classes are offered for parents in advance of each scheduled Baptism.


Fun for Families

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Sunday School Software:  A select assortment of Christian links "and other odd or interesting links" for  Teachers, Pastors, & Parent compiled by Neil MacQueen 

Just 4 Kids Magazine: Full of Stories, Crafts, Songs, Poems, Activities, Gifts and Games. 

Faith at Home: ideas for celebrating Palm Sunday to Holy Week with your children. 

And, we recommend the book, "Making Time for God" by Susan R. Garrett & Amy Plantinga Pauw.  This book of "Daily Devotions for children & families to share" is a great resource.