Welcome and Introduction

The children of our congregation are literally the future of our community. There are many questions in life that come at all stages, especially childhood. We seek to nurture their spiritual and emotional growth with compassion and understanding, knowing that how these important questions are answered can shape who they become. We offer free, age-appropriate curriculums and activities for our children each Sunday during worship service. We begin our services together, children and adults, at 10:00 a.m. Then after a Time for All Ages, the children are sung out with their teachers to begin their lessons. While service usually ends around 11:00 a.m., children’s lessons usually run until 11:15 a.m. to give the children a little more time for their lessons and to give parents and guardians a bit of adult social time.

Visitors – While we understand that you may not want to register your child upon your first few visits, please be sure to let the teachers know of any allergies (food, bee stings, etc.) or learning or behavioral issues the teachers may encounter, so they can properly care for and guide your children.

If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact our Director of Lifespan Faith Development, Amber Peterson at 302-853-0846 or email her.

Nursery/Preschool

Children and teacher

Infants and toddlers through 3 years of age are invited to be part of our Nursery Program. The Nursery teacher is a paid staff member available every Sunday from 9:30 –11:30 a.m. She provides stories, activities, and free play time in a safe environment for our youngest children. If you are a parent of an infant, you are welcome to allow the teacher to care for your infant while you attend service, stay with your infant in the nursery, or attend the worship service with your infant, whichever you feel is best.

 

Programs for Children and Youth

During the typical school year, children participate in structured curriculums to help them explore their faith, participate in peer groups, and expand their understanding of the world around them. During the summer, classes are often mixed in ages and consist of special activities, such as drum circles, exploring nature, or photography.

Our Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten class is working with the Wonderful Welcome curriculum, learning about intangible gifts such as love, friendship, and kindness.

Our Grade School group (grades 1-5) is using the Moral Tales curriculum which helps them distinguish right from wrong and introduces the idea of a moral compass to help guide us.

Our Middle School group (grades 6-9) is focusing on the Riddle and Mystery curriculum, which addresses big questions, like “Is life fair?” “Is there a God?” and “Why are we here?” This is a very open-ended discussion, which allows participants to develop their own thoughts about these big concepts.

Our Youth are putting further developing their faith by attending the adult worship service, with support offered afterward by our Teen Mentors. Each week there is a Teen Mentor available, with a green badge for easy identification, to assist teens with processing what they heard in the service, if the teens choose. The Teen Mentor can answer questions or just chat about the service or world events that might be concerning to our teens.