Faith Formation for Children

Faith Formation for Children

The goal of the children’s ministry at Second Presbyterian is to nurture spirit and faith as children progress through various developmental stages of faith formation. Through Bible stories, Scripture and multi-sensory activities, children learn about God’s love and grace.

Program Year

Sunday School is offered September – May at 9:45 a.m.
*View the 2023-24 Christian Education Booklet for details about educational opportunities for all ages!

Classes offered for Children
  • Nurseries (Second Floor): Infant, Toddler, and 2’s
    The nursery is open and available for infants and toddlers during both morning worship services and Sunday school. During the Sunday school hour, volunteer teachers lead toddlers and the 2-year-olds in a special, age-appropriate class. Nursery staff and volunteers are under the nursery coordinator’s supervision.
  • Children, Worship, & Wonder (CWW, Children’s Worship Center, Third Floor): Pre-K through 1st Grade
    Young children need a special environment where they can meet and worship God. Following the Children’s Time during the 11:00 a.m. worship service, children (ages pre-k through 1st grade) are excused to the Children’s Worship Center. They learn the stories of our faith and worship God in a setting and style geared toward their needs and stages of development. CWW nurtures children’s innate sense of wonder, as they develop a sense of awe and reverence for worship.
  • Preschool (Second Floor): 3’s and 4’s Sunday School
    Our 3- and 4-year-old children will enjoy learning about God’s Word through many different learning styles. Teachers work with children using age-appropriate lessons and play through art, music, and storytelling. This class will use curriculum which walks through key Old Testament and New Testament Bible stories each year.
  • The River (Third Floor): K through 3rd Grade
    Younger elementary aged children will enjoy our Workshop Rotation Model Sunday School called The River, a name the children chose themselves. Using the Spark Rotation curriculum, kindergarten through third graders will spend four weeks on a Bible story, and visit different workshops each week in order to experience the same story from different perspectives. The workshops include “MArts” (Music & Arts), “God’s Table” (Cooking), “Holy Word, Holy Motion” (Bible Storytelling through games and drama), and “Holy Explosion” (Science).
  • 4th and 5th Grade Sunday School (Third Floor): 4th & 5th Grade
    Each week during Sunday school, 4th & 5th graders will gather together to learn about God’s Word for their lives. Each semester they will have the opportunity to put God’s Words to action as they work together on a special mission project. This class will use Holy Moly curriculum, which walks through key Old Testament and New Testament Bible stories.

Special Opportunities for Children

  • Kids’ Fellowship (Sundays 5:00-6:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall): 4-year-olds through 5th Grade
    Kids’ Fellowship begins with dinner provided by families for children ages 4 years old through fifth grade. After dinner, the children divide by age and progress through an engaging evening of recreation, art, and music. Children will have the opportunity to run and play, experience Bible stories through Story and Stretch, and enjoy the opportunity to make music through a special music experience.
    As part of the Sunday Night Kids’ Fellowship, the Music Experience (formally known as Children’s Choir) will gather upstairs in the Children’s Choir Suite in two separate groups at two separate times—divided by age. Music will focus on FUN, using voices, instruments and movement while preparing a Christmas Pageant to be presented in December and special music for a Sunday worship service in the spring.


Vacation Bible School (ages 4K – 5th grade)

  • Morning VBS: “Stories Jesus Told”
    • July 22-25, 2024, 8:30 a.m.-12 noon
    • Register participants and volunteers HERE!
    • Children ages 4-years-old through rising 5th graders are invited to join us for VBS this July! We will focus on the parables of Jesus from the Gospels of Luke and Matthew. Throughout the Gospels, we see Jesus sharing parables with his disciples, stories that were meant to share something important about God and something important about us. We get a glimpse into God’s Kingdom and learn that we are called to live into that Kingdom here and now. This summer at VBS, we will explore several of the beloved parables of Jesus, and discover how these stories Jesus told long ago help us to be better disciples today.

"Child of God" A Podcast for Children and the Adults Who Love Them

  • Child of God with the Rev. Elizabeth Link
    • Join Rev. Elizabeth Link for Child of God, a podcast for children and families. Each episode shares a story about God’s people and the ways we are a part of God’s family. The episodes are brief, but meaningful, and you can catch them while traveling in your car, while doing chores, or getting ready for bedtime, naptime, or to start your day! You may subscribe and listen to Child of God with the Rev. Elizabeth Link through your favorite podcast platform or by visiting our Podcasts page. Check out the introductory episode below!