We partner with parents to help them grow disciples of Christian faith. We want children to feel welcome, safe, loved, and accepted here. We strive to help them grow in their relationships with one another and in Jesus Christ.

Join us on Sundays

On Sundays, we offer children special age-appropriate learning and activities, and we welcome them at all of our worship services – 8:30, 8:45, 9:45, and 11 a.m. Our faith formation activities are designed to help children grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.

Children’s Events

FAQs

How do I check in my child?

Children not yet in kindergarten check in for both worship care and Sunday School at the preschool lobby kiosks. Upon check-in, parents receive a nametag for their child and a security badge. We ask parents to keep the security badge and present it when picking up their child from worship care or Sunday School. Elementary children check in for Sunday School in their classrooms. We ask that parents drop off and pick up elementary children at their classrooms. The best way to keep our records updated and to ensure easy check-in is to register for Sunday School each year. REGISTER HERE!

When is Sunday School for children?

Sunday School is offered at 9:45 a.m. September–May for children ages two through fifth grade. REGISTER HERE

May my child meet me in the sanctuary, Jubilee Hall, lobby, or at my adult classroom?

Only fourth and fifth graders may leave their Sunday School classroom without waiting for a parent to pick them up. This is allowed only after parents sign a self-release form at the beginning of the Sunday School year and designate a spot where their child must meet them after class.

Do children attend worship?

Yes! Children of all ages are welcome to attend any of our worship services with their families. Worship care is available at all four services (8:30, 8:45, 9:45 and 11 a.m.) for  children not yet in kindergarten.

In the spring, our Pre-Kindergarten Sunday School classes participate in a five-week Worship Readiness curriculum. In this series of lessons, children learn what it means to worship as a community with one’s church family and who participates in worship – from clergy to lay persons.  They learn how to participate in worship, what tools are used during worship (Bible, hymnal, offering envelope, etc.), and how to prepare one’s heart and mind for worship.

Who is allowed to work with my child?

Anyone who engages with children in our ministry area must go through a background check as well as our church’s Safe Sanctuaries policy.

How do I connect if I have a new addition in my family?

We are excited to celebrate new additions to families! When you welcome a child to your family, please contact Jeanne Poole, Membership Secretary, at 704-295-2121 so she can update our records and share your good news with the congregation.

How do I schedule a baptism?

If you are considering baptism for your child, contact Peg Broughton at 704-295-4812. Attending our Baptism Class is an important first step in learning more about making this step for the life of your child.

How do I get more involved or volunteer?

To get more involved or to volunteer, contact Amy Jo Alspaugh, Director of Children’s Ministries, at 704-295-4814. Opportunities abound and we look forward to partnering with you in ministry.

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    “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.”

    -Matthew 19:14

    Infants and Toddlers

    Sunday Morning Child Care

    We provide child care for children eight-weeks-old through toddlers during all four worship services (8:30, 9:45 and 11 a.m. in the sanctuary and 8:45 a.m. in Jubilee Hall) and during the Sunday School hour (9:45–10:45 a.m.).

    Sunday Morning Worship Care

    We provide child care for children ages two through five (but not yet in kindergarten) for the 8:30, 8:45, and 11 a.m. worship services.

    Baptism

    Baptism welcomes your child to the church family and is the beginning of a lifelong relationship. The first step in scheduling a baptism for your child is to attend the Baptism Class, which is held quarterly on Sunday mornings. Contact Peg Broughton at 704-295-4812 for more information or to schedule a baptism.

    Preschool

    Sunday School

    (Twos, Threes and Pre-Kindergarten)

    Sunday School is our largest ongoing ministry. Preschoolers enjoy activities and stories that help even very young children learn that God loves them, they can depend on God, Jesus is their friend, and church is a place where they grow and develop in their Christian faith. The curriculum offers the children opportunities to be engaged in learning Bible stories, exploring questions and participating in worship rituals. Sunday School is 9:45–10:45 a.m.

    Sunday Morning Worship Care

    Child care is available for children ages two through five (but not yet in kindergarten) for the 8:30, 8:45, and 11 a.m. worship services.

    Elementary

    Sunday School

    (Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd)

    Kindergarten, first grade, and second grade follow the Godly Play curriculum, which allows children to discover the meanings and mysteries of faith for themselves. Through lessons, children explore the mystery of God’s presence in our lives, hear God’s invitation for spiritual experience, listen to what God is saying, and make authentic and creative responses to God’s call in our lives (from the Godly Play Foundation). Hands-on storytelling materials bring Bible stories to life. Children respond to the story with art and a time of wondering. 

    (3rd, 4th and 5th)

    Third, fourth, and fifth grade Sunday School provides opportunities for children to bond as peer relationships become a priority. Third graders dive into Third Grade Bible Academy, which helps them become familiar with the new Bibles they receive in the fall. Through games, activities, and worship, they explore this sacred text. Fourth and fifth grade curriculum incorporates team-building and games to make our faith stories come alive, with special focus on the developmental needs of our tweens.

    Elementary Worship

    (K-5th Grade)

    Children gather monthly in Francis Chapel during the Sunday School hour to worship through song, scripture, story, and prayer. They use special bulletins and follow the order of worship used in our sanctuary. Elementary Worship further prepares children to worship with their families.

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