People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them. Mark 10:13-16, NIV
Children are important to us because they are important to God. We want our children to be loved, valued and nurtured in their faith in a way that will help them develop a passion for knowing and following God. We offer many children’s ministries throughout the week. If you are interested in knowing more about your children being involved in these ministries or if you would like to serve please contact Laurie Smalley.
We provide a fully staffed nursery for infants up to two years of age. The Nursery is located on the first floor of the Christian Education Building and is available during the 8:20/8:30, 9:40/9:45, 10:00, and 11:00 worship services. The Nursery provides a loving, nurturing, secure, and clean environment for our infants and toddlers. The nursery contains interactive toys as well as cribs. We have a stringent release policy in order to insure the utmost safety for our little ones. We have installed a wireless paging system so parents can be contacted if needed.
Sunday School is for all ages from 9:40/9:45-10:40/10:45 on Sunday mornings. Sunday School classes for children meet on the first and second floors of the Christian Education Building. Our goal is to bring Scripture and everyday life together so that God’s Word transforms us as individuals and as a church family.
The purpose of Children’s Church is to provide our younger children with age appropriate learning during the worship service. Children’s Church is for children ages 2-5. At 8:20/8:30, 10:00 and 11:00 services, children begin in the worship service and are then dismissed. Children’s Church meets in Room 116 on the first floor of the Christian Education Building.
The purpose of Jr. Church is to transition young grade school children from Children’s church to worshipping with the church family. Jr. Church focuses on making the sermon message relevant to the children. It is for children grades Kindergarten through 3rd grade. It is available during the 8:20/8:30 service. Children begin in the service and are then dismissed. It does not meet on Communion Sundays. Jr. Church meets in the Youth Room on the 2nd floor of the Christian Education Building.
Our preschool is open to three, four, and five-year-old children. The preschool meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:00 am – 11:45 am. (September – May) on the first floor of the Christian Education Building. The early childhood program of V.P.S. is designed to augment home experiences, providing opportunity for social, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, and physical growth and development. If you are interested in more information about your child attending VPS, please contact our director, Casda Danner.
Our children’s ministries meet on Wednesday evenings (6:00 – 7:15) during the school year. These ministries are for children 1st – 6th grade. This will be a wonderful time of exploring the Bible Stories through song, skits, Bible lessons, crafts and game time.
The children will rotate through different stations with their age groups. There will also be family nights scattered throughout the year when everyone will be invited to participate in events like Operation Christmas Child Packing Parties and Christmas Celebrations.
We will also have our annual Buddy Keith memorial Car and Sailboat Races each spring.
Younger Children’s programming is available for the volunteers.
Children’s Choir provides an outlet for children (kindergarten through 6th grade) to express their love of God through music. The choir periodically sings in Sunday morning worship services as well as lengthier programs at Christmas and in late spring. For more information about Children’s Choir, contact Amanda Cox.
Wesleyan Kids for MissionsW.K.F.M. is for children grades 1st-5th. It meets from 9:40-10:40 a.m. on the third Sunday of each month in the Primary Assembly Room on the second floor of the Christian Education Building. W.K.F.M. incorporates singing, special mission speakers and more to increase our children’s awareness of God’s work around the world. WKFM Video
The Church Library, located on the 1st floor of the Christian Education Building, contains over 10,000 items. The library has a section of books, videos, audio books and music for children. Sections are also devoted to youth and adults. The goals and objectives of the church library staff are to make available quality literature in various forms, which will appeal to all ages and promote Christian growth through the renewing of our minds.