Books, bubbles and a box full of toys make our nursery a fun place for our under-3 crowd and their volunteer helpers. The nursery is available before and during the worship service and throughout the Sunday school time, and we always have at least two volunteers, who have completed background clearances, in the room with the children. Many of our helpers are parents and grandparents of children in the church. A pager system keeps us in contact with parents in case of a problem, which is rare.
Our 3-5-year-olds start the morning in the sanctuary with their parents and are dismissed mid-service to a class that caters to their understanding. From 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM, the children play games, learn Bible stories, read, make crafts, and eat a snack. Parents of these toddler and preschoolers tell us that we take seriously our commitment to teach children about Jesus in a gentle, loving and life-giving way. Children in this age group look forward to participating in the activities and seeing their friends.
Our elementary-aged students are split into two classes. All ages begin the morning in the sanctuary, and kindergartners through third-graders are dismissed to class around 9:30 AM to learn more about the Bible through a fun, age-appropriate video series and group activities.
Fourth- through sixth-graders remain in the sanctuary for the entire service and attend a Sunday School class geared especially for them beginning at 10:45 AM.
On fifth Sundays and throughout the summer months, all elementary students stay in the sanctuary for the worship service and gather for Sunday school afterwards. Parents say they are challenged to study the Bible more as their children learn more.