For Children

Education for discipleship is a life-long endeavor. Every child of God from cradle to grave is on a spiritual journey, and we provide the opportunities and resources for all ages to learn, stretch and grow in faith. Children are valued and nurtured at Westminster. They are not only the church of tomorrow; they are important participants in the church today. Contact Church Educator Susan Moseley for more information on any of the below.


CHECK OUT OUR GUIDE: "Spiritual Formation for Children and Youth 2016-2017"

SUNDAY MORNINGS

Infants/Toddlers

Care is provided for infants and toddlers in the nursery each Sunday morning. Nursery hours change seasonally, so please check the church calendar. Two paid caregivers and weekly volunteers provide loving care for the children in a safe environment. A special area is available for nursing mothers.

Age 2 – Grade 6 (9:00 to 10:00 a.m.)

These programs occur September through May for young children age two through sixth grade.

Godly Care: Ages 2 – 4
Families begin worship together in the sanctuary, and the children leave for their class after the Time with Our Children. In Godly Care, young children experience simple worship rituals and learn key stories in the Bible. Each story is told in a lively fashion using bright, colorful felt figures. Children respond through crafts, songs and prayers.

Godly Play 1: Kindergarten – Grade 2
Families begin worship together in the sanctuary. The children leave for their class in the after the Time with Our Children, or they may remain in worship. Children learn the language of God's people through sacred space, sacred stories, parables and liturgical actions. Much more than play, this experience is highly structured and applies the Montessori Method to religious education. Please note that Godly Play 2 is now at 10:10 a.m.

Sing-to-Praise Choir Program: Grades 3 – 6
A parent or responsible adult will escort their child to the Youth Music Room at 8:55 a.m. for sign-in, just prior to the start of worship. Parents pick up their child immediately following the 9:00 worship service. This older elementary choir program encourages faith formation through singing, scripture, creative expression and fellowship. Singing and musical development with instruction in note-reading will be emphasized, and the children's choir will sing in worship a minimum of six times in addition to performing in a spring musical. To register, please contact Director of Children and Youth Music Merideth Hite Estevez.Godly Play

Age 2 – Grade 5 (10:10 to 11:00 a.m.)

Available between worship services September through May, our 10:TEN Christian education time consists of the following programs for children age two to grade five.

Sunday School for Preschoolers: Ages 2 – 4
Guided by the new Cokesbury publication Deep Blue, our preschool curriculum aims to present important biblical stories to young children in fun and accessible ways including an animated DVD. We also sing songs and make crafts, forming a playful environment in which teachers and children can explore stories of the Bible together.Sunshine Choir

Joyful Noise Choir Program: Kindergarten – Grade 2
This younger elementary choir program is an excellent opportunity for children to sing, play, make friends and practice communal worship. The Joyful Noise choir includes occasional Sunday worship participation, Christmas Eve worship and a spring musical performed with the Sing-to-Praise choir. To register, please contact Director of Children and Youth Music Merideth Hite Estevez.

Godly Play 2: Grades 3 – 5
Following a similar format as Godly Play 1 for younger children, the stories in Godly Play 2 are longer and the work/response time offers added variety for the interests and abilities of older children. Because Godly Play 2 takes place during the education hour, there is more time available for the children to engage the story through wondering questions and creative response.

Worship (Through the Eyes of a Child)

Children are welcome to stay in worship with their families. To aid them, Worship Bags and Kids' Notes are available at the sanctuary entrances. Or, if desired, children may leave worship after Time With Our Children to participate in age-appropriate learning (see above).

Worship Bags
The Westminster Worship Bags for children include dry erase boards with marker and eraser, paper and crayons, and bookmarks for Bible and Hymnbook. We include a book related to worship or Christian values. The book may vary through the year. A children’s bulletin related to the day’s scripture lesson is added each week.

Children's Bulletins
Children's Bulletins are supplementary to the Sunday worship bulletin. It is a brightly colored publication designed to help children participate in worship and explore the sights and sounds of the sanctuary.

 

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS AND RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN

Vacation Bible School

July 17 – 21, 2017
8:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Age 4/Pre-K – Grade 6
Click here to download the required registration and release forms (please submit BOTH at the same time).

SPLASH!

Splash! is a faith formation packet designed for families with infants and toddlers. The packet includes Parent Pages and a music CD. The monthly Parent Pages are mailed to the home and offer ideas for faith-filled play, worship, meals, and prayers. Mailing these Parent Pages is one of the ways our congregation helps support families with young children.

Baptisms

Click here for more information on baptizing your child.

Worship Bags & Children's Bulletins

See "Worship (Through the Eyes of a Child)" above.