Join us on Wednesday afternoons from 4:30-5:45pm to hear a Bible Story, enjoy a snack, play games, sing, and to have a lot of FUN with friends! Led by a dedicated team of volunteers, our children experience the story of God on their level in memorable and fun ways. One kindergartner exclaimed, “I love Wednesdays. Cheerios and Jesus – what could be better?” Kingdom Kids meets in the ARK and classrooms by the playground in the lower level of the Education Building. Older elementary students meet at the same time in our EPIC program.
Registration for Kingdom Kids will be available beginning in August.
As your child grows in faith at St. John’s, we want to make sure that you know about all the options available for your family in our children’s ministry. Here are the details on additional offerings for our 3 years old to 2nd graders!
Discover more of God in the midst of the summer heat at Vacation Bible School! This growing ministry reaches out more than 130 children in our neighborhoods, schools and community to share the love of Christ with others. Our VBS is generally held the first week of August and registration opens in April. Find more information about the 2017 VBS here!
Worship Bags: At the 11am service, worship bags are available for young worshippers in the narthex (lobby). These bags contain quiet activities such as puzzles, coloring books, and more that help young people engage with the story of God during worship.
Children’s Worship: Children’s Worship happens twice each Sunday morning. The first occasion is from 9:45am – 10:00am during the 9:27am Worship Service, and again during the sermon at the 11:00am Worship Service. This is a time for our children to hear and unpack the Bible story for the day in a more interactive way. At the end of Children’s Worship we give each child a sheet to take home that has a lot of great ideas for how this story can be talked about and experienced in the home. During the
9:27am worship service this Children’s Worship time takes place downstairs in the Ark (formerly the Center). During the 11:00am worship service this Children’s Worship time takes place behind Sanctuary area in the youth choir room.
Sunday School: Our youngest disciples are invited to a special Sunday school class for our 3 & 4 year olds with amazing teachers like Judy. These teachers help students explore the love of God through story, drama, song, art and more. This is held in Room 121 from 10:00 – 10:45am. If your children is at 9:27 children’s worship, we will move them to their Sunday school class room at 10:00am.
Learning Centers: Children’s Centers happens from 10:00am-10:45am in the ARK (formerly the Center). Learning centers allow our kindergarten to 2nd graders the opportunity to explore a classic Bible story through different centers. Each week kids have the option to engage in crafts or science. If your children is at 9:27 children’s worship, we will move them into learning centers at 10:00am.
A final component of our faith formation program is milestones. There is one milestone offered for each age group in our children’s ministry.
Thank You God for Food: Bring your whole family – Godparents & grandparents included – for a four course kids meal for our 3 year olds! Throughout the evening, we will explore the importance of giving thanks and practicing several different table graces. Additionally, we will participate in a service project for Rowan Helping Ministries.
Sanctuary March: Our 4 year olds are invited to explore each part of the sanctuary space including the pulpit — and even play a few notes on the organ. This milestone will help your child discover parts of the worship space and create their one “at-home worship bags.”
Seasons of the Church Year: Our kindergarten students are invited to explore the seasons of the church year and the colors they represent. The kids learn what the colors mean and where to look for them in worship.
The Lord’s Prayer: Jesus taught his disciples to pray so we learn to pray too. We gather together our first graders and teach them the Lord’s prayer through a special shape — a hexagon. They receive a hexagon pillow as a gift and to help them to always be people who pray.
My Pot of Gold: This milestone helps second grade students explore what it means to give to God! The milestone teaches kids about stewardship of their money at an early age. Parents and other significant adults will join in conversation about how to teach their children about giving and model it for them. This is more than just a “spare change” approach to stewardship — we are teaching kids at a young age to be givers.
We know that your children learn through so many different ways. Make sure to check out our library – near the elevator in Peeler Hall – that has a variety of storybooks and DVDs to help you explore the story of God.