“Faith experienced at an early age is the foundation for all other growth. The good news that what we share with our children has the power to transform lives and revitalize communities… Faith formation is a lifelong process that happens through relationship with God. Faith is active, always in process, constantly transforming us to be more like Christ. Faith is also relational. We grow in faith within the context of a loving, accepting community. If conditions are nurtured, children will grow in their understanding of God and Jesus, as revealed by the Spirit through scripture and Christian community.”
Parents are welcome to bring children downstairs to the Fellowship Hall area, where a limited amount of exposure with adults will occur. The safety, and well being of our youth is our highest priority. All adults working with children have been fully vaccinated, and will be wearing masks. Social distance policies will be adhered to as often as possible, while still maintaining the safety and care of the children. Frequent hand washing, as well as the sanitizing of all inhabited areas will occur. As for our dear little ones, it will be up to the parent's discretion whether they want their child to wear masks or not. We are so excited, and are looking forward to seeing you soon.
Parents with preschool children are being asked to take turns being with the children in the nursery part of the Fellowship Hall area. Children hear a story, play with toys and engage in socialization. Activities are fun and engaging, designed to enrich the spiritual growth of our smallest friends. Our lessons are supported by the Bible story presented each week. Several opportunities to retell the story through art or active games are presented.
There are many special activities throughout the year, including an Easter Egg Hunt and egg decorating contest, plays or musicals, and making Valentines and taking them to a nursing home. The youth do several service projects throughout the year from Heifer Project to MLK presentation, to working with the homeless. One of the highlights is the Hanging of the Greens, which includes a hayride to find and cut the giant tree for the sanctuary, making decorations and decorating the tree, a soup and sandwich dinner, and singing Christmas hymns in the sanctuary as the tree is lit.