The littlest amongst us can look forward to loving care in our nursery located on the first floor of the Jones building. Parents may check in their wee ones and rest assured that they are cared for while parents have space to fully participate in Sunday school and worship. Please bring diapers, favorite toys, and any bottles or food your children may require.
Check-In: (9:30 – 9:40 AM): Check in your 3-year-olds – 5th-grade children in the Kids’ Room on the 3rd floor of the Jones building. You won’t want to be late, because the party starts promptly at 9:40 AM!
Large Group Time (9:40-10 AM): All children will check in Large Group first. Look forward to energizers, songs, skits, a memory verse, bible story, and games! Our 4th and 5th graders play a leadership role, have special “big kid” seating, and have the opportunity to be helpers.
Small Group Time (10 – 10:40 AM) After the Large Group energizers conclude, teachers will lead students into their age-based small group classes where our children are immersed in God’s story. There they will continue to learn about the day’s story through developmentally-appropriate activities and play. Parents will collect their children from their small group classes at 10:40 AM.
Holy Troublemakers: During small group time, 4th and 5th graders will have a little more freedom in class with comfy seating and curriculum called Holy Trouble Makers. They will learn and talk about unconventional saints who have played important roles in joining with God’s work in our world. Our 5th graders will occasionally have opportunities to visit the middle school class in order to bridge their upcoming transition into youth group.
Worship Packets: Young worshippers are a vital part of our faith community. To enhance their worship experience, stop by the Worship & Wonder check-in station and pick up a packet full of activities to engage them during the service.
Time with the Younger Church (all ages): During the 11:00 worship service, children of all ages are invited forward as we join together in our Gathering Hymn. During the Children’s Moment, our young worshippers have space to ask questions, make observations, and explore the morning’s scripture.
Worship & Wonder (3 years – Kindergarten): Following the Time with Younger Church, children 3 years old – Kindergarten are invited to leave big church and continue to worship by making meaning through story, wonder, and play in their very own space in the W&W Room. Parents may walk their children out of the service, check in at the hallway station, and return to the sanctuary. Alternatively, parents may check in at the Worship & Wonder station prior to service if their child is confident going with the teacher independently.
Parents’ Night Out (January 19): While parents are enjoying fellowship and formation, kids will have a fun night too! Nursery care will be provided for 0-3s, and potty-trained 3-12s are invited to share pizza and some fun at a party of their own.
Children’s Choir (Wednesdays, 6 PM): The Spring Semester Children’s Choir will run from January 24-March 20! Choir practice will last for 30 minutes and then they will be guided to an art space for led crafting time.
Easter Egg Hunt (March 24): Children of all ages are invited to bring their baskets and hunt for some eggs!
Created Good (April 28): Our 5th graders and their adults will have a time of learning and open dialogue about how God created our whole unique selves. We can be proud and comfortable with our sexuality and changing bodies.
Vacation Bible School (June 3-6): Children who have completed pre-k- rising 5th graders are invited to spend a week of morning camp at the church! We’ll play games, hear stories, sing, snack, serve in outreach, and make art together.
Second Grade Bibles (September): Our emerging readers will receive a keepsake Bible that we will present to them during worship. After church, we will eat lunch, introduce our kids to their bibles and teach them how to read scripture on their own.
NaCoMe Family Camp (October): Children and their adults are invited to Idlewild’s family camp, NaCoMe, for fall break.
Halloween Carnival (October): We will gather for a Saturday of costumes, candy, and games in our Idlewild gym. Make sure you dress to impress for this Nurture event!
Toy Drive Sunday School Party (December): It’s party time in Sunday school! Parents and kids can enjoy some festive fun with treats and activities while we practice generosity with a toy drive and other acts of service that will benefit our Outreach ministries.
Child-led Christmas Eve Service (December 24, 3 PM): Young Idlewilders lead worship as they share the story of Jesus’ birth through songs, readings, and acting out the Nativity story.
Join Jeanene or Pastor Mary @ CAFE House on Friday mornings. We’ll have coffee, read through the week’s lectionary passage, share our celebrations and concerns from our week, and join in prayer. If you have little ones with you, you are welcome to bring them.
Our *5th-grade children are invited to Created Good, a workshop where we will wonder together how to have healthy views of our changing bodies, relationships, and learning to trust our inner voices. We’ll have a developmentally appropriate and open conversation with doctors and faith leaders from our congregation, as we engage in a talk through the lens of faith, science, and the medical world.
*Although we are specifically inviting 5th grade children, this workshop is open to 4th-7th grade children based on their parents’ discretion. Children and Youth Ministries will be hosting this workshop on an annual basis beginning this year.
How does our view of sex, sexuality, and faith intersect? What do we carry with us from our upbringings and culture? How do we want our children to view themselves, their bodies, and relationships? Before the Created Good workshop for children on 4/28, parents will gather together for a two-part workshop led by doctors and faith leaders to unpack our own views, explore what our faith tells us, and imagine what and how we teach our children about sex and sexuality. Parents of children or youth of any age are encouraged to attend.