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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. Children’s Sunday School will take a new and exciting approach for the fall 2021.
*Click HERE to view our 2021-22 Christian Education Booklet with details about educational opportunities for all ages!

Classes offered for Children

**NOTE: All children and volunteers will be masked while indoors for CWW and Children’s Sunday School. All adult volunteers working with unvaccinated children are fully vaccinated for COVID-19.**

  • Children, Worship, & Wonder (CWW, Children’s Worship Center, 3rd Floor): Four-Year-Olds 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, children (ages 4 years 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.
    Thanks to a generous gift from the Kittye Susan Trent Fund of Second Presbyterian Church, we have acquired additional curriculum in Following Jesus: More About Young Children and Worship (Sonja M. Stewart). This book and its stories add a whole year of content to our repertoire, with new manipulatives and experiences for our children. We are thrilled to introduce this updated program for the fall.
  • Children’s Sunday School @ 10:00 a.m. (The River, 3rd Floor): Children’s Sunday School will take a new and exciting approach for the fall. Beginning on September 19, 2021 (one week after Rally Day), children ages three through fifth grade will meet in the upstairs River classrooms to explore the Bible in fun and creative ways. Broken into three class groups by age, children will learn about Bible stories using the new curriculum Holy Moly, engaging in the story through imagination and hands-on-learning. Starting with the Genesis stories of Abraham and his descendants, children and their teachers will discover the ancestors of our faith. During Advent, they will learn about Luke and Matthew’s Christmas stories, relating to the wonder of shepherds, angels, and Magi. Together each week, volunteers and children will make connections to the Bible story through activities, interactive games, and creative crafts. We hope this Sunday school experience will be a joyful way for children to grow closer to God, God’s Word, and one another.

Special Opportunities for Children

  • Sunday Night Kids’ Fellowship – During the fall and spring, children are invited to take part in Sunday Night Kids’ Fellowship. This weekly event will take place from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. on the church playground. The program will provide a healthy outdoor dinner, fun and silly games, a music experience (involving instruments and rhythm games), and kids’ calm time around Scripture with Pastor Elizabeth. Parents are welcome to drop children off for this 90-minute event, or stick around and enjoy the fellowship with us.
    • Kids’ Fellowship Family Bike Ride – Sunday, May 22 at 1:00 p.m.
      As we celebrate the close of the program year, join us for our final meeting—the Kids’ Fellowship Family Bike Ride—on Sunday, May 22 at 1:00 p.m. We’ll meet at Cardinal Bicycle and Café in Grandin and enjoy the afternoon riding on the Greenway. We hope to see your family there!

Summer

Vacation Bible School (ages 4K* – 5th grade) July 25-28, 2022
  • Morning VBS “With Us in the Wilderness” 9:00 a.m.-12 noon
    • Children ages 4-years-old through rising 5th graders are invited to join us as we step out into the wild to follow God’s Spirit. Starting with God’s people in the wilderness, we will journey through Old Testament prophets to the New Covenant we have in Jesus. Exploring the stories of Moses, Elijah, the Magi, and John the Baptist, we are excited for where this VBS will take us!
    • Click HERE to register! Registration began online Monday, April 11. Contact Elizabeth Link or Meredith Koliba if you or your middle or high schooler are interested in volunteering.
    • Early care and after care are available for 4-year-olds enrolled in preschool summer program the week of July 25.

"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!