Children’s Ministry at Palos Park Presbyterian Community Church is a place where for children to learn about God and the Bible, develop and grow in their relationship with Jesus, discover the Holy Spirit’s leading in their lives and meet new people and make friends.
We do this by:
We would love to have you be a part of our ministry. All you need to do is read about the different groups we have, choose what you’d like to do, fill in the registration form and bring it to your first class. You don’t have to be a member of Palos Park Presbyterian Community Church to attend the programs and there is no registration fee. The programs are on Sundays and Wednesdays and you may start any Sunday or Wednesday the program meets. I hope you can come. I’d love to see you. (Make sure you say hello!)
Maggie Downs (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Director of Children’s Ministry
Education Hour is a program for children who are 2 years old (on September 1, 2012) through adults. It is a graded educational endeavor to teach the Bible so that we can learn about God and how to live in relationship with him.
Classes are graded according to age.
Currently there are four options for children in 5th grade and younger which meet in the Nursery, Sonrise Room and Primary Hall:
8:30 and 11:00am
Nursery care is available for children who were 24 months old and younger on September 1, 2012. The nursery is staffed by a trained and screened Nursery Attendant who is assisted by members of our congregation.
Wee Church is for children who were 2 or 3 years old on September 1, 2012. The class operates during the Worship services. It uses a curriculum designed for this age group to teach the children about God’s love for them using the major stories of the Old and New Testaments. The children learn a story, make a craft, have a snack and play. The class meets in the Sonrise Room downstairs.
Children’s Worship is for children who are in 4 year old PreK through 5th grade. It takes place during the worship service. Children begin the worship service with their parents and are dismissed partway through the service to go downstairs to Primary Hall (the room with the Noah’s Ark mural). While they are in Children’s Worship they learn a Bible lesson (this year’s theme is “God’s People Celebrate”), sing sons, present their offerings, pray and do an activity. Parents need to pick up their child from Primary Hall when the worship service is completed.
6:15 – 7:00pm
Children’s Choirs meet to teach the children the foundations of music and to praise God through song. The children sing during worship periodically through the school year. Children are grouped according to grade:
7:00 – 8:00pm
Junior Youth Club is for children who are 2years old through Kindergarten. It meets in the Sonrise Room. Children are currently studying who God is and how he interacts in their lives. They learn a Bible story, make a craft, have a snack, and play.
Youth Club is for children who are in 1st – 5th grades. It meets in the Friendship Room. Currently are lessons are based on the curriculum, “Journey with Jesus.” The children are learning about the life of Jesus and the places he visited. There is a Bible lesson and memory verse each week, in addition to games and crafts. Children use their Bibles each week and are strongly encouraged to bring their Bible with them. If a child does not have a Bible, one will be provided for them.
In addition to regular Sunday morning and Wednesday evening programs we offer Special Events for children and their families.
Dinner and a Movie Nights. Children and their families come together on a Friday evening (once a month) to have dinner and watch a G-rated film. Children are encouraged to bring a sleeping bag and pillow to lie on while watching the movie. Participants are asked to pay $2.00/person to help cover the cost for dinner.
The next Dinner and Movie Night is Friday, January 25, from 6 – 8:30pm. Please contact Maggie Downs at Maggie@pppcc.org for more information.
Vacation Bible School is offered each June the week of Father’s Day. This program is open to any child who is 4 years old by June 1 of that year through those who have completed 5th grade. A Sports Camp for students in Middle School is also offered that week. Vacation Bible School is a one week experience that runs from 9:00am – 12:15pm and allows children to participate in Bible Story, crafts, games, snacks, recreation and Assembly times of fun songs and silly skits. Children also participate in a mission project. This year’s Vacation Bible School theme of “SonWest Round Up” and the dates are June 17 – 21, 2013. Registration begins March 24. See the Vacation Bible School page for more information beginning March 1.
Christmas Musical. Each year the children participate in a musical which is performed during our Annual Hanging of the Green worship service the first Sunday in December.
Summer Camp. Children who have completed 3rd – 5th grade are encouraged to join us at summer camp in Saugatuck, MI. We spend the week hiking in the dunes, learning about God and creation, swimming, playing games, making crafts, eating s’mores and lots of other activities. Please contact Maggie@pppcc.org for more information.
Holy Week Activities. Each year the children in preschool through 5th grade participate in various activities on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Easter Sunday. A full schedule is available beginning in March.
Christian Education HourSun, January 20, 2013 - Sun, May 26, 2013