Children

 

We enjoy growing in faith and sharing the love of God with children. Their excitement and wonder bless our congregation with a deeper gift of faith. We have several programs and ministries that help us fulfill God’s call to us to share the love of Christ with our children. “We will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord, about his power and his mighty wonders. Psalm 78:4

Because children are a gift from God for us, we are very mindful of the safety of children while they are in church. We have a Child Protection Policy (please click here if you would like to read it) that is reviewed and enacted annually. We also do background checks on all adults who work with our children and youth.

Nursery Care: Children ages birth to three years old are welcome in the nursery which is fully staffed. The nursery is equipped with a pager system that allows parents to feel comfortable leaving their child(ren) in the nursery to go to worship. Nursery hours are Sundays from 9:15 till noon during the school year.

Godly Play: This is our Bible storytelling program which is offered during the year twice a month during worship for children in preschool through 2nd grade. Godly Play is a very engaging method for telling stories to help young people open themselves up to the presence of God.

Junior Church: This is a once a month worship experience for children in preschool through sixth grade. It is usually held in the children’s chapel with music and fun activities which are modeled after adult worship.

Worship: The fifth Sunday of the month children are invited to stay for the whole worship service so that over time, this becomes a spiritual practice for them as well as for their parents. We have worship bags that are filled with resources and activities for them.

Choirs: We have two choirs for children and youth. The younger choir, “Joyful Noise,” goes up to the 4th grade. They meet during the school year on Fridays at 4:30 p.m. for about 20 minutes to learn and practice music which they share with the rest of the congregation periodically. “Westminster Singers” is our youth choir which includes youth from 5th grade through the 12th grade. They meet following worship on Sundays to practice for about 30 minutes and they share their music in worship periodically.

Vacation Bible School: During one week in August we have a camp-type experience for children ages four through eleven. Every day during that week from 9:00 a.m. till noon, the church building is transformed into the theme of VBS where children go from station to station to sing, watch a puppet show, play games, do crafts, learn a Bible story, and eat a healthy snack. It is a wonderful week filled with blessings and over twenty volunteers who love and nurture children and their faith.