Care is provided for infants and toddlers on Sunday mornings during both services and the Sunday School hour. Professional child care workers and volunteer members of the church staff the nursery. Nursery care is also provided for other church sponsored activities as needed.
Christian Education for Children & Youth
Classes are available for children three years of age through 12th grade from 10:05 am – 11:00 am. These classes provide children and teens the opportunity to hear God’s word, learn about life in Biblical times, and learn how the Christian faith impacts life today. All first graders participating in our Sunday School are presented Bibles during a worship service in the fall.
Children ages 2 – 5 years old have Sunday school in a self-contained class taught by different Sunday school teachers each month. We use a standard curriculum that is based on teaching the basic Bible stories. Crafts, music, computers and snacks are incorporated into the lessons. Children in our elementary Sunday school program in the following age categories:
- K & 1st grade – 1st floor storytelling room
- 2nd & 3rd grade – 3rd floor Computer Lab
- 4th & 5th grade – 3rd floor across from Computer Lab
We have a wonderful group of committee teachers that work each month with our elementary children. Games, storytelling, music and crafts are incorporated into our Sunday school lessons.
Children enjoy worshiping with their families at our 9:00 and 11:10 am services. Special age appropriate bulletins are available from the ushers. During worship, younger children who feel comfortable are invited forward for the Children’s Message. Following the message children 4 years through kindergarten may leave for Children’s Church in room 107. Parents may pick up their children at the end of the worship service.
Kids of Faith
Kids of Faith is an interactive worship service for our 1st – 5th grade children that meets once a month except during the summer months. The children are gathered and taken out of the worship service after the announcements. A different ‘theme’ is offered each month and different members of the congregation are leaders.
This class is designed for elementary students 2nd grade and older, and is taught by the pastors. It is designed to prepare young people for their first communion. Parents should look for signs that their child is ready to participate in the Lord’s Supper. One of the pastors would be happy to speak with you regarding your child’s interest. Once it is determined that they are ready, children and their parents are invited to attend the class, ordinarily offered each spring.
This class is designed for young people 6th grade or older. It is taught by the pastors, and is designed to to prepare the confirmands to “confirm their faith,” and to take their place as responsible members of the church. It is taught each spring, and announced through the Newsletter and Bulletin.
Our youth choir practices each Sunday night. We have choirs for children ages K – 5th grade. They participate in Sunday worship once a month and at special services through out the year. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Philly Kids
New Philly Kids is a youth fellowship group consisting of children K – 5th grade and their parents that meet once a month. It provides our young people the opportunity to form relationships within the church that benefit them as Middle High Youth. This group also participates in several local mission projects throughout the year which includes the Penny Campaign (for Samaritans Ministries), the “Souper” Bowl of Caring (which provides food for local agencies), and the Shoebox Ministry.
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School is offered each year during the summer months as a way to reach out to the children in our congregation, preschool, and neighborhood. The date for this year’s VBS is July 24- July 27, 2017 from 9am – 12 noon. You may register here: Vacation Bible School Paul and the Underground Church Children ages 4 years to 5th grade are invited to attend. Children will learn basic Bible stories through the ‘structured’ station model which will have Bible stories, games, snacks, music, and crafts.
See the Youth page for information about Middle School and Senior High Youth.