Our children’s program includes Sunday School lessons for nursery-aged children (babies through pre-kindergarten.) Taught by our 2 nursery attendants, the same lesson of stories, prayers, crafts, and music is offered at 9AM, 10AM, and 11 AM.
A new class for kindergarten through grade 3 will now be offered each Sunday. Additional activities for these two age groups have included service projects such as gathering clothing for a congregation in West Virginia, gathering toys for a local shelter, making cards and gifts for our shut-ins, visiting them, and even hosting a party for them celebrating with games and snacks.
Children’s Ministry Throughout The Year
Our children sing monthly in a Cherub Choir, participate in the family Christmas party, and in the Christmas Eve pageant and Family Sunday service on Mother’s Day. Vacation Bible School is held for three nights in July for children from age 2 to grade 3. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me,” and we, along with their parents, and our church family, are helping our children to know, follow and love Jesus.
A New Idea for Families this Fall: Family Mini-Retreats
Unfortunately, we will not offer a Vacation Bible School this summer 2021. I tried to find an “open” time that would work — in-between sports and vacations, but it didn’t work. So we’ll re-group next summer as “life-after-Covid” brings a return to more normalcy. And I’ll publish the dates of VBS 2022, far in advance.
However, Pastor Kurien and I spoke about an alternative to VBS, and we developed an idea to offer three Sunday (2-hour long) family mini-retreats in the fall. They’ll include lunch or dinner, activities, and worship experiences for both parents and their children.
I’ll ask the Education Committee to help develop a program for these Sundays. In the past 18 months we’ve had so little time for our families and their children to be together. Pastor Kurien and I hope that these mini-retreats will rekindle a desire to be together with our church family. Additionally, we’ll invite other families, so if you know of a family we should contact, please let us know. Please mark your calendars for these three fall Sundays: October 3, 24, and November 7, 2021.
— Bev Perella, Children’s Ministry Coordinator