Children’s Message: During our 10:30 AM worship service, children are invited to come forward and hear a special message from our pastors, youth and children’s director and church members.
Sunday School: After the Children’s Message time, students are invited to Sunday School downstairs in our Sunday School classrooms. Our Sunday School is staffed by outstanding volunteers who are active members of our church. All volunteers are background-checked. Each class features a wonderful, interactive curriculum with activities designed to teach children life lessons from God’s Word and challenge them to live like Jesus and serve others.
We strive to provide a fun, safe, environment for kids to learn and grown in faith. During the school year we feature two classes.One class is for Preschool (3yrs +) and Kindergarten. The other class is for First through 5th Grades.
Sunday Funday: On Communion Sundays, usually the first Sunday of the month, we combine the classes for a larger Sunday School party, Sunday Funday, that includes games, art projects, memory challenges and more, with help from our youth group students. Then, we bring the kids upstairs to join their families for Communion at the end of the service. Participation in Communion is optional and up to parents to decide.
We have a marimba group for students in 3rd through 12th grades. This group helps kids lead worship and learn to play marimbas while having fun. The Marimba Group meets on Mondays.
Elementary School Youth Group -Good News Tues: On the third Tuesday of every month, kids 2nd – 5th grade are invited to a youth group just for them. We eat dinner together, create an art project, learn a Bible Lesson, and play games. It is an awesome night a lot like our Jr. high youth group, but just for elementary kids. Good News Tues also has activities like parties at Pump It Up, and a special annual sleepover at the church. We meet every third Tuesday from 6:00PM to 7:30 PM.
Parent Night Out – on the First Saturday of each month 5:30-7:30 we offer childcare for kids 2-10yrs. The cost is $5 per child, per hour with a maximum of $25 per family. All money goes to help fund our youth Alaska Adventure Mission. You must sign up ahead of time to be a part of Parent Night Out, you can contact Heather Hellman for more information
Vacation Bible School
Our Vacation Bible School is a week-long, half-day camp for kids, created by kids. It is for preschool through 5th grade. Through science, art, music, story and recreation stations, the kids have fun learning about God’s love for them and the Bible.
Our curriculum and activities are designed with a group of elementary school age children, so they are all kid inspired and approved and our program is unique to our church. We tend to focus on a group of animals for the week and see what their special attributes can show us about God.
In 2017, we looked at upsidedown animals. Next year, we will be exploring animals from Hawaii and what they can teach us about God’s love for us. Registration opens in February each year and fills up fast as we can only accept 100 students. Our program is run by fantastic, background-checked volunteers. When we finish VBS in Portland, we pack it all up and take it to Skagway, Alaska for a week.
If you would like more information about VBS, please contact the director of youth and children’s ministries, Heather Hellman, at the church office.
It is always a great week and we work throughout the year to make it the best possible experience for every kid!