Children's Ministry Opportunities
Infant & Toddler Nurseries - Loving childcare is provided between 8:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. on Sundays, during Wednesday evening programs, and during special church events, as announced.
Sunday School - Classes for older 2 year olds through 5th graders, 9:30-10:30 a.m. (During this hour, classes are also available for Youth and Adults.)
The Bread and The Cup - This Communion Preparation class for 2nd graders and their parents is offered in the fall each year.
Preparation for Worship - This class for 1st graders and their parents provides information and resources about introducing children to worship. It is offered in the fall each year.
Sunday Morning Worship Services - Children are welcomed into our corporate worship services. We encourage children to participate in our children’s message during the 11am service. A booklet, Introducing Children to Worship, is available in the literature racks, and a special Preparation for Worship class is offered in the fall. Children ages 3 and 4 are dismissed to Enrichment and Kindergarten through 3rd grade is dismissed to Children's Worship during the 11am service.
Enrichment – Following the Time for Young Disciples during the 11:00 a.m. worship service, children ages 3 and 4 who wish to participate are taken to the Elephant room upstairs, across from the infant nursery. The children are brought back into the service during the final hymn.
Children's Worship - The Children's Worship Session is an interactive time of worship for children, kindergarten through 3rd grade, designed to deepen their worship experience through participation in music, today's scripture lesson and detailed elements of worship. Children who are interested in participating may go to the Vincent Children Center with their leaders after A Time For Young Disciples. We use the Montessori based approach of Godly Play to lead Children's Worship.
SPARK! - The midweek program for K -5th Grade includes Bible study, music, recreation, and worship skills following family dinner; meets Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. in conjunction with Wednesday Night Live fellowship dinners and adult classes. Bible storytime and directed playtime for 3 and 4 year olds and childcare for younger children is provided.
Children’s Music - The children’s choir meets on Wednesday evenings. Additional music programming is included during Sunday School.
Advent and Christmas Activities - A Family Advent Workshop, Night in Bethlehem, and other special events that include children are offered during the Advent and Christmas season. The 5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve worship service is planned with children and their families in mind and includes a children’s pageant.
Spring Family Activity - This is a fun event planned each spring (such as Sock Hops, Valentine's Party, Time at the Zoo, etc) that the whole family will enjoy.
Easter Festival and Egg Hunt - This special family event is held at a SHPC member’s home during Holy Week each spring.
Vacation Bible School - A one week summer program of fellowship, Bible exploration, music, recreation, and crafts for Pre-K 4s - 3rd graders; meets in June, 9:00 a.m. - noon daily. We plan a Service Week for 4th and 5th graders during this time. Older children and youth participate as volunteers with both the VBS & Service Week activities.
Vincent Children's Center - Children of all ages are welcome to enjoy the books, videos, and DVDs available in our Vincent Children's Center across from the Courtyard along the Gallery hallway.
South Highland Child Development Center -The SHCDC is a nationally accredited early childhood program offering quality Christian full-day care for children aged six weeks through five years old. The developmental readiness program provides opportunities for intellectual, physical, spiritual, and social growth in a safe and nurturing environment. The children participate in weekly chapel lessons and songs. For more information about the CDC, visit their page in the Outreach section of our website.
Please contact Children's Ministries Director Katya O'Leary, or call (205) 933-0790
for more information about any of these Children's Ministries programs.
Sunday School Teacher: Team with another volunteer to teach your choice of PreK 2’s – 5th Grade, beginning at the end August. Excellent, user-friendly curriculum materials and orientation training are provided.
Enrichment Teacher: Team with another volunteer to teach 3-5 year olds during the 11:00 worship service; once a month.
Nursery Caregiver: Help snuggle and rock babies in the nursery during Sunday School or worship, scheduled at your convenience.
SPARK Wednesday Team: Help lead children in Recreation, Bible Study, or Worship Skills on Wednesday evenings, concurrent with Wednesday Night Live dinners and adult programs.
If you hear God calling you to serve in ministry to our precious children, or if you just want more information, please contact the Children’s Ministry office at 933-0790.