Children’s Ministries at ELPC

Here at ELPC, we offer a range of opportunities for children to share, learn, and grow together as Christians.

For questions on any of the Children’s Ministry programs, contact the Rev. Heather Schoenewolf, Associate Pastor for Educational Ministries by email or by phone, 412.441.3800 x121. Note that many programs—including Church School and Club One Sixteen—require an enrollment form. Please download the Enrollment Form 2017-2018, fill it in, and return it.

Sunday Morning Church School

Sunday morning Church School classes for children are designed to help children experience God, learn the stories of our faith, and build community. Church School classes take place each Sunday from 9:45–10:45 am.  See the Sunday Morning Church School page for more details.

Club One Sixteen

Club One Sixteen is an exciting Wednesday evening, faith based program, for children in kindergarten through 5th grade and youth in 6th through 12th grade. Club One Sixteen is offered from 3:30–7:30 pm, each week, and includes opportunities for children and youth to engage in homework help, recreation, and Bible Study each week.  A full dinner is offered as well.  See the Club One Sixteen page for more details.

Tween Ministry

Tween Ministry is a monthly gathering for tweens in 4th through 6th grade. Tween events focus on community building and service.  Recent events have included hosting a Halloween party for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House, tie dying, and geo-caching.  For current and upcoming tween events see the youth calendar or talk to Sara Hackett.

Vacation Church School

Vacation Church School is a week-long summer day camp for children age 4 through grade 5 that engages children in a dynamic exploration of the stories of our faith. VCS is usually held the last full week of June, daily from 9 am–3 pm, and is offered free of charge.

Sunday Worship

We believe that having children engaged in the life of the congregation—sharing meals, singing hymns, offering prayers, telling stories, laughing together and all the things community encompasses—is a powerful way for children to learn about our faith. We are also grateful for the gifts that children bring to our community and our worship. For these reasons we consider worship, congregational meals, and shared fellowship an important part of our Children’s Ministry programs. In order to make worship inclusive of children at every developmental level we offer the following resources for families with children.

Nursery/Young Children’s Ministry

Children from birth through age 3 (who have not started pre-school) gather in the nursery for a simple faith lesson and a time of free play. Our Young Children’s Ministry team includes parents and ELPC Childcare Workers. They serve the youngest children at ELPC by creating a loving environment that nurtures each child’s faith through developmentally appropriate activities. The nursery is open from 8:30 am–12:30 pm, each Sunday during the school year, and from 9:30–11:30 am during the summer. We are pleased to offer the curriculum Wee Children at Church.

Children and Journey Worship

Held in the Sociall Hall on the church’s lower level, this simple service of music, scripture, sermon and prayer is an engaging and interactive service for people of all ages. Children often enjoy dancing and clapping to the music, raising their hands to ask for prayer during our shared time joys and concerns, or playing quietly on a cozy blanket the floor. This informal, intimate service of praise is a comfortable and Spirit-filled environment for worshipers of all ages. Although all children are welcome in worship, the nursery is also open for families with children age three or younger, who feel that a loving environment of free-play and prayer better meets their family’s needs.

Children and Sanctuary Worship

Kids’ Corner

All children are invited to visit our “Kid’s Corner” near the East Transept doors. There are activities that will engage older children in the service, as well as Youth Bulletins and Bibles for readers of all ages.

Children’s Message

All children are invited to the Chancel steps for their special time with a member of our Pastoral staff during the 11 am service each week. Children hear a special lesson and have prayer time together.

Extended Session

After the children’s time on the steps, those in preschool through first grade are welcome to participate in our Extended Session program, where they are excused from the Sanctuary. The scripture for each week is explored through story and craft activity and a light snack is shared. Classes are led by a group of ELPC parent volunteers and are coordinated by Sara Hackett, ELPC’s Coordinator of Christian Education and Youth Ministry. Children are asked to bring a green “ticket” (available at the worship service) with them each week to Extended Session so that our volunteers are aware of their names, parent/caregiver, and any special needs. New families are asked to accompany their children to Extended Session for the first time and complete a registration form. Children who are younger than preschool age are invited to go to the Nursery following the Children’s message. The nursery is available from 8:30 am–12:30 pm. A parent or caregiver is asked to drop their child off in person at the nursery before returning to worship. Please note, however, that children of all ages are always welcome to remain in worship.

Children and Summer Worship

Kids’ Corner

All children are invited to visit our “Kid’s Corner” located along the wall of the courtyard, on the bench. There are activities that will engage older children in the service, as well as Youth Bulletins and Bibles for readers of all ages.

Children’s Message

All children are invited to come forward and sit on the rug for their special time with a member of our Pastoral staff during the service each week. Children hear a special lesson and have prayer time together.

Extended Session

After the children’s, time those in preschool through first grade are welcome to participate in our Extended Session program. The scripture for each week is explored through story and a craft activity, and a light snack is shared. Classes are led by the nursery staff and a group of ELPC parent volunteers and are coordinated by Sara Hackett, ELPC’s Coordinator of Christian Education and Youth Ministry. Children are asked to bring a green “ticket” (available at the worship service) with them each week to Extended Session so that our volunteers are aware of their names, parent/caregiver, and any special needs. New families are asked to accompany their children to Extended Session for the first time and complete a registration form. Children who are younger than preschool age are invited to go to the Nursery following the Children’s message. The nursery is available from 9:30 am–11:30 am. A parent or caregiver is asked to drop their child off in person at the nursery before returning to worship. Please note, however, that children of all ages are always welcome to remain in worship.