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We will also offer periodic opportunities on Sunday mornings for Youth & Parents to serve at Mary’s Kitchen together and for Children & Parents to enjoy faith-based workshops alongside each other. Our Children’s Sunday School class meets from approximately 11:30 – noon each week. (See “Children & Worship” section for details.)
Additional Activities for Children & Youth:
• Trunk or Treat
• Annual Christmas Play
• Summer Mission Trip for Youth
• Youth Retreats
• Vacation Bible School
• Montreat Youth Conference
• Serving at Mary’s Kitchen
• Gleaning sweet potatoes for feeding agencies
• Rake & Run for Families
• Faith Workshops for Children & Parents
• Souper Bowl of Caring
• Confirmation for 7th graders & up (offered on alternating years)
• Special seasonal events
For more information, contact Rachel D. Benton, Coordinator of Children & Youth Ministries, firstname.lastname@example.org or 252-522-1921, ext. 102
Kids’ Club – Sundays from 4:00-5:30pm approximately twice a month, all Kindergarten through 5th graders are invited to participate in Kids’ Club for a time of learning, service, fellowship, food, and fun! Our time together includes bible stores, games, discussion, crafts, mission projects, field trips, and more. A simple dinner is provided.
Presbyterian Youth Connection
PYC (Presbyterian Youth Connection) – Sundays from noon – 2pm. Approximately twice a month, all 6th-12th graders are invited to participate in PYC for a time of learning, service, fellowship, food, and fun. Our time together includes bible study, discussion on how the Bible connects with our everyday lives, putting our faith into action through mission & service, building Christian community, hands-on activities, field trips, and of course laughter and plenty of good times! A simple dinner is provided.
Children & Worship
Worship is one of the basic ways people learn what it means to be a Christian. Children learn how to worship by worshiping with the congregation. On the flip side, if children aren’t present here with us, we miss out, too! Without children, the body of Christ is incomplete. We need everyone present to complete the circle at God’s Table. By participating in worship, children:
- Learn they belong to God
- Understand they are welcome in the body of Christ
- Recognize they are valued as a fellow child of God
- Hear scripture and begin to see how God might speak to them
- Build strong memories that will inform their faith over time
- Experience liturgy, sacraments, prayers, and other worship traditions that shape their understanding of God
- Know the mystery and wonder of God
- Feel God’s love
Children’s Choir & Children’s Sunday School: Following the Time for Young Disciples each week, all children through 5th grade are invited to go to Children’s Choir practice. After 15 minutes of Children’s Choir, our children are escorted to our Children’s Classroom (Rm 163) for Children’s Sunday School. Our Children’s class utilizes Godly Play, which uses simple visual materials to present Bible stories to children in imaginative ways. The deepest hope of Godly Play is that children experience God while learning about God. Following the service, parents may pick up their children directly in Room 163.
Children in Worship
We welcome you to bring your child to worship with you, as we are all one in the body of Christ. At approximately midway through the service, children have the option to go to Children’s Choir and Children’s Sunday School for the remainder of worship. In addition, Worship bags with quiet activities are available in the back of the sanctuary. For littlest ones, feel free to walk your child in the back of the Sanctuary (we have a larged carpeted area there) or as needed, step out briefly to the Narthex equipped with an audio feed of the service. Nursery care is also available.
For those who desire it, nursery care is available for infants and toddlers. Our nursery staff person provides experienced, warm Christian care that includes Bible stories & songs.
Signups & Forms
There are a number of different ways to be involved in our children & youth ministries. See below for a list of opportunities that meet a variety of interests, talents, and time commitments. Through baptism, we are reminded that it is the congregation’s collective responsibility to nurture our young people in the faith. We may not all be biological parents or grandparents, but through baptism we are all godparents!
Online sign-ups are available below, paper sign-up sheets are in the narthex, or contact Rachel D. Benton, Coordinator of Children & Youth Ministries directly at email@example.com.
Children’s Sunday School at 11:30am (Pre-school – 5th grade)
Kids’ Club Leaders/Helpers (K-5th grades on Sunday nights)
PYC Leaders/Helpers (6th-12th grades on Sunday nights)
Meal Provider for Kids’ Club/PYC (Sunday nights)
Medical Information Form for CHILDREN (infants-5th grade)
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