Welcome to St. John’s Children Ministry! We are so grateful that you have taken the time to get to know us and to learn about the amazing opportunities for your children to join us and learn about Jesus. In a world that can be scary and confusing at times, allowing children to connect with the love of God and the friendship of a Savior is instrumental in providing them the foundational support they need. We are grateful for all the many people who give of their time to humbly serve God by teaching our children. We have an amazing group of volunteers whose own faith journeys allow them to connect lovingly with our children. If you have questions, please reach out to the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be contacted by our children’s ministry team.
In Romans we are reminded to “welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God!” St. John’s has always loudly proclaimed that “All are Welcome in this place”. This is such an important message for our children as they learn to grow as loving children of God. We encourage our Sunday School students to invite their friends and family to be part of our adventures and, especially, to reach out to those who may be alone or outcast. Sunday School is that community where diversity is celebrated and people of all backgrounds, abilities and appearances are welcome. As we look toward our semesters ahead, we will be renewing and reviewing St. John’s mission statement that “All are Welcome” and helping our children to be bold in their acceptance of one another and the humanity around them. Spread the word … God is in this place … won’t you be too?
We believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Our lessons and connections with one another come from the belief that he rose from the grave for all persons. We strive to share this amazing love of Christ with all persons to allow them to pursue a healthy, vital connection to faith. Our Family Ministry is empowered by the Holy Spirit to express this love through our actions. We believe strongly that the Holy Spirit is in this world and that guiding Spirit allows us to strive for compassion, equality and justice in our world. Our culture and values allow us to reflect the diversity of God’s family and appreciate all God’s people with joy – not because these are stated in words, but because they are how God has called us to live.
Children’s Ministry is a place where children can get excited about Jesus Christ – a place where children have so much fun learning how awesome God is, that they don’t want to miss a single week! Our mission is to bring children closer to Jesus.
Our curriculum is designed to allow children to understand what personal faith is. To understand how the Bible is active in their lives and how it allows us to love as God loves us. We use a lectionary based study program that is interactive for children of all ages and capabilities. We work to provide both conceptual knowledge, historical context and an emotional connection to faith. We understand that children in today’s culture want to be able to not only believe but to understand. We are prayerful that God provides the direction to reach children and to provide that guidance to all ages.
In addition to Sunday morning Sunday School, Pastor Rachel hosts the children during the Worship Service at “Children’s Time”. Children get to engage with Pastor in dialogue and to become comfortable with the altar and interacting with the Congregation. During Contemporary Worship Services, children are taught traditional Bible songs and encouraged to sing, dance and play the tambourines. Sunday School and Worship should be an experience of joy and children are free to express themselves in that recognition.
“I am Murphy! Join me for Sunday School every Sunday morning!”
COME MEET MURPHY!
Sunday School for ages 3 to 10 is offered every Sunday morning beginning at 10:00 a.m. Meet in the Fellowship Hall for an interactive, exciting opportunity for children to learn about the love of Jesus. We offer a clean, safe, loving environment for children. Parents can have peace of mind that their children will be cared for while they enjoy their friends and grow their faith. Activities for children are coordinated by a staff of incredible volunteers and a leadership team who want to know each child personally – building a relationship that helps reinforce faith and truth in a Savior who loves them. Parents are welcome to stay or spend time in fellowship or worship.
Sunday Morning Handouts
Peter and Tabitha
Saul to Paul
The Empty Tomb
The Parable of the Fig Tree
The Prodigal Son
Mary Anoints Jesus
God’s Promises to Abram
Jesus Goes to Nazareth_001
Josep Feeds His Family_001
1st Quarter 2018
Lesson-1 Jesus Meets Zacchaeus
Lesson-2 Jesus' Triumphant Entry
Lesson-3 The Poor Widow's Offering
Lesson-4 The Plot to Kill Jesus
Lesson-5 Jesus Washes His Disciples' Feet
Lesson-6 Jesus Is Betrayed and Arrested
Lesson-7 Jesus Is Put on Trial
Lesson-8 Jesus Is Crucified
Lesson-9 Jesus Rises From the Dead
Lesson-10 The Road to Emmaus
Lesson-11 Jesus Appears to Disciples
Lesson-12 Jesus Talks With Peter
Lesson-13 The Great Commission
Last Quarter 2017
Lesson-1 Jesus Feeds Five Thousand
Lesson-2 Disciples argue about who will be the greatest
Lesson-3 Jesus Forgives a Woman Caught in Adultery
Lesson-4 Jesus Visits Mary and Martha
Lesson-5 Jesus Heals a Crippled Woman
Lesson-6-Jesus Heals a Blind Man
Lesson-7 Jesus Claims to be God's Son
Lesson-8-Parables of the Lost Sheep and Lost Coin
Lesson-9-Parable of the Prodigal Son
Lesson-10-Jesus Raises Lazarus from the dead
Lesson-11-Jesus Heals 10 Men of Leprosy
Lesson-12-Jesus Blesses the Children
Lesson-13-Jesus Heals Blind Men
We offer supervised activities and Bible stories for our younger children beginning at 10:00 a.m. Younger children should join us in the Fellowship Hall for crafts and activities. Younger Children will be taken to the nursery by a team of volunteers who love working with infants and toddlers as the older children begin their lessons. With the same care and support as our Sunday School our Nursery Team offers a clean, safe, loving environment for children right outside our Worship Center. Parents are welcome to stay in the nursery or enjoy time in fellowship or worship.
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School. Vacation Bible School is a yearly event that takes place in the summer months. For more information on Vacation Bible School, please see our events page.
All volunteers, leadership and assistants are screened to provide comfort for parents. If you would like more information on the steps we take to ensure the safety and care of your child, please reach out to the church office.
Sunday School Newsletters
The Murphy Moment
Murphy Letter- July 17
Murphy Letter - June 23
Murphy Letter - June 10
Murphy Letter - June 1.
Murphy Letter - May 17
Murphy Letter - April 28
Murphy Letter - April 21
Murphy Letter - April 14
Murphy Letter - April 7
Murphy Newsletter - April 1
Murphy Letter - March 25
Murphy Newsletter – March 17
Murphy Newsletter - March 10
Murphy Newsletter - March 3
Murphy Newsletter - February 24
Murphy Newsletter - February 9
Murphy Newsletter - January 30
Murphy - 1st Edition
Faithful Times - Sunday School News
Parenting Christian Kids Newsletter
Thank you for teaching your children to Treasure Jesus. To help you to nurture your children in this way, we offer our Parenting Christian Kids newsletter. This newsletter includes insights, ideas and information for parents to explore what matters most in life and in faith. The newsletter will also offer reviews of new books, movies, apps and other forms of entertainment popular with children today. We hope you enjoy the newsletter. Please let us know if we can provide any assistance or you would like to learn more about our Children’s Ministry.
Sunday School Hours
Crafts and activities before Sunday School—approximately 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall
Sunday School begins — 10:00 a.m.
Children’s Message/Worship begins after Prayers of the People.
Children's Ministry Gallery
For further information on Sunday School or other Children’s Activities, please call the Church office and ask to be directed to the Sunday School Ministry Team. If you would like to support our Children’s Ministry please reach out to our Treasurer or go to our “Giving” page above. All support is greatly appreciated as we reach out to our children to share God’s love to all.