Children’s Ministry

“Start the children off on the way they should go and then even when they are old they will not turn from it.”  Proverbs 22:6

Christian Formation | 10:30 am (during Community Worship)

After spending the first part of Community Worship with their families, children are invited into their classrooms for Christian Formation.  Classes are split up into Preschool/Kindergarten and 1st-5th graders with the curriculum in each class designed to provide students with a knowledge of Bible stories and lessons with an understanding that the Word is God’s gift to us.  We believe that all of us are uniquely and beautifully made by God and this is foundational to our Christian Formation curriculum; children are empowered to love themselves and love each other as they grow as disciples.

Combined Christian Formation Celebration time | 15 minutes after Community Worship

After Community Worship has ended, we invite parents to enjoy coffee and fellowship while we bring all students, Preschool through 5th grade, for a time of sharing in story and fellowship.  This fun morning wrap-up involves puppets, singing, crafts and practices that are meant to fill our children up so that they can take the love of God with them into the week.  Parents are invited to join their children for the last 5 minutes of this time when we will have a family prayer and provide ideas for how to bring the Christian Formation lessons beyond Sunday mornings and into everyday life.

Intergenerational Sunday and Communion | 1st Sunday of the Month

On the first Sunday of every month we worship together through Intergenerational ministry.  Each Intergenerational Sunday we invite kids in 1st through 5th grade to stay with us during the service and participate in worship either sitting with their families or at the art table in the back of the sanctuary.  

After spending a portion of the service with their families, Preschool and Kindergarteners are invited into their classroom for Christian Formation lessons and the Nursery remains available for the entirety of worship.

At DeerGrove,  we come to the  Communion table with our whole family.  Parents are invited to retrieve their children from either the nursery or the preschool/kindergarten Christian Formation room so that families can come to the table together.  We understand that children may not be ready to eat the bread and drink from the cup and we will joyfully provide them with a pastoral blessing in lieu of Communion.

Nursery| during Community Worship

The nursery is available for infants and toddlers every week during 10:30 Community Worship time.

For more information on Children’s Ministry, please e-mail Sarah Winter: sarah@deergrove.org