For Children

Education for discipleship is a life-long endeavor. Every child of God from cradle to grave is on a spiritual journey, and we provide the opportunities and resources for all ages to learn, stretch and grow in faith. Children are valued and nurtured at Westminster. They are not only the church of tomorrow; they are important participants in the church today. Click here to register your child or contact Director of Christian Education Chesna Hinkley for more information on any of the below.

SUNDAY MORNINGS

Infants/Toddlers

Care is provided for infants and toddlers in the nursery each Sunday morning. Nursery hours change seasonally, so please check the church calendar. Two paid caregivers and weekly volunteers provide loving care for the children in a safe environment. A special area is available for nursing mothers.

Age 2 – Grade 6 (9:00 to 10:00 a.m.)

These programs occur September through May for young children age two through sixth grade. Kids age two and up may begin the hour in worship with their families and go to programming after the Time with Our Children. Children’s bulletins and worship bags are available for those who prefer to stay in the service.

Godly Care: Ages 2 – 5
Families begin worship together in the sanctuary, and the children leave for their class after the Time with Our Children. In Godly Care, young children experience simple worship rituals and learn key stories in the Bible. Each story is told in a lively fashion using bright, colorful felt figures. Children respond through crafts, songs and prayers.

Godly Play: Kindergarten – Grade 2
Families begin worship together in the sanctuary. The children leave for their class in the after the Time with Our Children, or they may remain in worship. Children learn the language of God's people through sacred space, sacred stories, parables and liturgical actions. Much more than play, this experience is highly structured and applies the Montessori Method to religious education.

Sing-to-Praise Choir Program: Grades 3 – 6
A parent or responsible adult will escort their child to the Youth Music Room at 8:55 a.m. for sign-in, just prior to the start of worship. Parents pick up their child immediately following the 9:00 worship service. This older elementary choir program encourages faith formation through singing, scripture, creative expression and fellowship. Singing and musical development with instruction in note-reading will be emphasized, and the children's choir will sing in worship a minimum of six times in addition to performing in a spring musical. Godly Play

Age 2 – Grade 5 (10:10 to 11:00 a.m.)

Available between worship services September through May, our 10:TEN Christian education time consists of the following programs for children age two to grade five.

Sunday School for Preschoolers: Ages 2 – 4
Guided by the new Cokesbury publication Deep Blue, our preschool curriculum aims to present important biblical stories to young children in fun and accessible ways including an animated DVD. We also sing songs and make crafts, forming a playful environment in which teachers and children can explore stories of the Bible together.Sunshine Choir

Joyful Noise Choir Program: Kindergarten – Grade 2
This younger elementary choir program is an excellent opportunity for children to sing, play, make friends and practice communal worship. The Joyful Noise choir includes occasional Sunday worship participation, Christmas Eve worship and a spring musical performed with the Sing-to-Praise choir.

Creation Station: Grades 3 – 5
Creation Station provides time to engage artistically with Scripture, usually using the sermon text for the day. Projects and other creative inspiration are planned to help children interact with the Bible in their own way.

Worship (Through the Eyes of a Child)

Children are welcome to stay in worship with their families. To aid them, Worship Bags and Kids' Notes are available at the sanctuary entrances. Or, if desired, children may leave worship after Time With Our Children to participate in age-appropriate learning (see above).

Worship Bags
The Westminster Worship Bags for children include dry erase boards with marker and eraser, paper and crayons, and bookmarks for Bible and Hymnbook. We include a book related to worship or Christian values. The book may vary through the year. A children’s bulletin related to the day’s scripture lesson is added each week.

Children's Bulletins
Children's Bulletins are supplementary to the Sunday worship bulletin. It is a brightly colored publication designed to help children participate in worship and explore the sights and sounds of the sanctuary.

 

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS AND RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN

Vacation Bible School

July 2020
8:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Age 4/Preschool to Rising 6th Graders

Baptisms

Click here for more information on baptizing your child.

Worship Bags & Children's Bulletins

See "Worship (Through the Eyes of a Child)" above.