...Know, Grow, Go, Show, Sow
God’s love is amazing! Each and every day we can discover new ways He works in our lives. Our goal in Children’s Ministry is to help kids connect to God and His Word in a fun, engaging, age-relevant environment. Our volunteers love Christ, love kids, and are dedicated to helping your child grow in faith. On this page you will find general program information.
Visit our Children's Ministry website for lots of Bible fun and games, as well as information on coming events and our children's monthly newsletter, The Kids' Vision.
Noah's Nursery: Infants and toddlers will have fun in Noah’s Nursery (Rm. 3) with Miss Stephanie and Miss Linda. There they will get their first and most important introduction to our loving God. Stimulating visual, tactile and auditory experiences will engage little ones and connect them with God.
The Rainbow Room: Our youngest preschool age learners (ages 3-4) will meet in the Rainbow Room (Rm. 4) with Miss Shanda and Miss Holly. This quarter, children will learn how God shows His love and helps us show love to others.
The Ocean Room: Early elementary students (K-2) will be guided in the Ocean Room (Rm. 15) by Mr. Josh and Miss Sara on an adventure through the Bible! They will learn about God's creation, leaders of the faith and prayer using Genesis, Judges and 1 Samuel.
The Sky Room: Upper elementary students (3-5) will study "Crime and Punishment" where kids explore God's loving justice.
G3 Kids-Giving God Glory is part of the Sunday school curriculum for children ages K–2nd grade. They rehearse Sundays 9:30-9:45 am in the Rainforest Room. Directors: Jennifer Morris (330-342-5510, JAMsing@ gmail.com) and Elizabeth Petersen (330-945-5885, eliz2372 @gmail.com).
Praise Makers Our 3rd-6th graders resonate God’s glory with modern praise songs at the beginning of their Sunday school class.
Chimers is for ringers in K-2nd grade (depending on progress). Focus is on developing fundamental music/ringing skills through activities, games and hands-on ringing. Director: Stephanie Gardiner (234-788-9455, sjrgardiner@ yahoo.com) Asst. Director Karen Mascolo. Rehearsals TBA.
Joyful Ringers is for older youth (3rd gr. and up) or for ringers who have mastered the basics and are ready to move into more advanced techniques in a more focused rehearsal atmosphere. This group may participate in outside ringing events. Director: Elizabeth Petersen (info above). Rehearsals TBA.
Summer Vacation Bible School is an awesome June week of exciting Bible stories, creative crafts, wild games, tasty snacks and more that teaches kids about God's love and goodness. All activities are free! All children in K-6th grade are welcome to attend!
Chirstmas VBS is a one-day opportunity for children to experience the birth of our Savior in a new way. Held on a Saturday in December, kids will learn why we celebrate Christmas through stories, crafts, games and other activities. Program also includes a continental breakfast and lunch for a small registration fee. All children in K-6th grade are welcome to attend. Parents can stay for the fun or take this time to get some Christmas shopping done.
Fall Fun is the perfect opportunity to teach children about the Trinity. An apple is still just one apple, even-though it is made up of different parts, so too is God one God composed of different parts. Activities include: story, music, games, snacks and a craft.
Harvest Party Kids will learn to shine with the light of Jesus and how a Christian is like a pumpkin! There will be games, face painting, pumpkin carving and tons of fun!
Adventure Advent Through puzzles, games, songs, stories and making an Advent wreath, children will know that Advent is a time for preparing for the miracle of Christmas through good deeds, prayer, and reflection!
For the dignity of worship, and as a courtesy to others, we ask that children unable to sit quietly through the service be allowed to spend time in our nurseries instead.
Infants and Toddlers are welcome in the nurseries all Sunday morning.
Ages 3 and up have Sunday school classes from 9:30-10:30 am. (9:00-10:00 in the summer)
Preschoolers have PB&J (Preschool Buddies and Jesus) following the children's message during the 10:45 am service. (10:15 summer)
K-2nd grade have J.A.M. (Jesus and Me) children's church following the children's message during the 10:45 am service. (10:15 summer)
We offer these worship activities for children:
Children's Bulletins – Children's bulletins for ages 5-12 are available from the ushers.
Children's Sermon Bulletins - Children in 3rd-6th grade can follow the sermon with a special puzzle page, available from the ushers. Completed puzzles are eligible for a prize drawing.
Children's Message – During the second worship service, toddlers-2nd graders gather on stage for a fun message based on the day's scripture.
Preschool Buddies and Jesus (PB&J) - Following the children's message in the second service, toddlers and preschoolers are invited downstairs for a coloring page, story and playtime.
Jesus and Me (J.A.M.) – Following the children’s message in the second service, a children's church program based on the sermon is held in a classroom downstairs for kids Kindergarten- 2nd grade.
I like to deliver the children's sermon from time-to-time with the help of my friends. You can see some of my ventriloquist messages below.
God bless and thanks for letting me “vent.” -- David