We enjoy having children of all ages learn about God’s grace and love for them. During the school year we provide a Sunday School Program that includes toddlers, ages 3-4 through grades 8.
To encourage children at an early age to take part in in our worship services with their family, we begin worship with the children in 5th grade and younger joining us in the sanctuary during the 9:00 a.m. service. We believe it is important for even our youngest children to experience Sunday worship and understand that they are part of the body of Christ, too. Don’t worry, we know young attention spans can be short, so after 10-15 minutes of singing and worship, the children are invited to come forward for the children’s sermon. After the Children’s sermon, approximately 15 minutes into the service, they meet their Sunday School teachers in the back of the Sanctuary to go to their Sunday School classes.
Families enter the sanctuary for the 9am service. Children are seated with their parents for the first part of the service.
To meet your child’s teacher, please stop by before the service or when your child leaves the Sanctuary. You can find them in the classrooms listed below.
In the summer they attend church with their parents. During the 9:00 a.m. service a children’s sermon is given and children from 3 years old -4th grade are dismissed to organized activities
However, our activities don’t end with Sunday School. We encourage them to take part in the special activities below.
- After being trapped inside for the cold months of winter, we gather for fun and fellowship for a Winter Gathering. Recent gatherings included a Beach Party theme (2014) and Frozen Party theme (2015), complete with guest appearances from Elsa and Ana. We encouraged our children to dress for the theme. (Picture)
- During the Easter season, we hold an Easter Egg hunt open to the whole community. Kids love to search for hidden eggs on our large grounds. Candy and lots of great prizes for all! (Picture)
- When Sunday school is over for the year, we celebrate by having an End of the Year Party where all classes get together for a picnic and water games.
- During the summer, we have Vacation Bible School (VBS) where all kids from ages 3 years to grade 6 learn about God. Each year our VBS has a different theme for the week. In the past we have walked through an ancient Biblical marketplace, explored the jungle, and wandered through castles, just to name a few. The theme is carried out with decorations, crafts, snacks, games, and awesome music! (Picture) The VBS theme for June 2015 is EVEREST: Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power.
- In September, we start off a new year of Sunday School with a super Rally Day celebration that gets everyone excited to be in class with friends again.
- We finish the year with an outdoor Christmas pageant in December, complete with live animals, as our NWPC kids celebrate the season at Nativity Night. We invite the community to join us and share some cookies and cocoa after the show.
- Other activities may be added throughout the year to help your child learn about God’s grace and love for them.
Kid’s Mission Projects
We also believe in getting our children started early with serving Christ by providing opportunities for them to be part of the Mission program. These opportunities for mission help our children to understand how Jesus’ teachings are put into action. Below are some projects our children will be part of.
- During this year’s VBS our children will provide New Testament Bibles to children in Thailand as part of Operation Kid-2-Kid
- As part of the Samaritan’s Purse Operation – Christmas Child, Sunday School children make “Christmas in a shoebox” for third world children who do not receive Christmas gifts.
- During the summer our middle school children take a one week mission trip. On a previous trip to the Bruised Reed farm at the New Jersey shore we worked with the farm workers in the fields and helped them build shelters. We will be returning to Cross Mission NC this year. While on these trips we experience various relational mission work, such as preparing and serving food to the homeless, interacting with elderly people in nursing homes, interacting with children in camps, sorting clothing and books to be distributed to people who need them, helping to clean homes and yards in preparation for housing for someone in need.