Children's Ministry

COVID-19 UPDATE: As we return to in-person worship at CEPC  there will be many changes. Learn more: In-Person Worship

The Children’s Ministry is eager to welcome children back to in-person classes. A top priority is to offer a safe and healthy environment for each child at each age level. There will be check-in tables near the main foyer so that we can ask parents health related questions about each children. All caregivers and teachers and leaders will be screened at the beginning of each Sunday. Bible lessons will be taught in the two-year-old - 5th grade classes.

Beginning October 4, 2020, options being offered for children who do not stay for the entire worship service are:

  • The nursery will be open for children younger than 2
  • Preschool rooms will be open. You can choose whether your child is in the classroom the entire service, or begins worship with you in the Sanctuary and leaves during the Doxology for preschool Children’s Church.
  • 1st - 3rd grade Children’s Church
  • 4th - 5th grade Children’s Church

Registration will open at noon each Monday, and closes on Thursday at noon. Name tags are printed and crafts are prepared from list of registered children.

Please be prepared to check your child in before going to worship so that you can answer the Covid questions and get your child’s name tag. Thank you!

Don't forget, you'll still need to RSVP to attend the main Worship Service in the Sanctuary. Please register here: Sunday Morning Registration

If you have any issues or questions with registration, please email Helen Holbrook.


About Children's Ministry at CEPC

We love children at CEPC! Our goal is for children to feel warmly welcomed, to hear the Good News of Jesus and to make new friends every time they are at CEPC. We want our nurseries and classes to be safe and caring places where even our littlest ones begin to sense the love of Jesus through our teachers and caregivers.

Questions? Contact Children's Ministry Director Helen Holbrook.

A Note about Children with Special Needs
At CEPC we realize that all children are unique. Even within a family, children have different personalities and needs. We want to make sure the Bible stories are taught well. At the same time we know that there are children who hear and process information differently. It would help us, the children’s ministry staff and SS teachers, to know from you how your child can best be loved, blended into our church family, and taught from God’s Word. Thank you for helping us bring the heart of the Gospel to the heart of your children!

Nurseries

There are 3 rooms in the Nursery:
Located behind the first stairway

  • Babies: Chirping Chicks
  • Crawlers: Bouncing Bunnies
  • Toddlers: Shiny Fish

Providing a caring place

Each room is staffed by two qualified childcare ladies who remain with our children for the entire morning. Many of the ladies are long-time employees who have developed relationships with our children and families and provide familiar, friendly faces as they nurture them from week to week. A private lounge just for mothers is located across from the babies’ room for nursing mothers.

Providing a healthy place

Individual cubbies hold diaper bags and bottles/sippy cups. The caregivers clean all of the toys and make sure that a toy does not pass from one child to another before it is washed. If a child shows signs of sickness, the parents receive a text message.

Providing a safe place

Names of children are posted in the classroom with the cell number of the parents. Parents check all children in at one of the four Kidcheck stations and put the security nametag on each child. The nametag includes information with parents’ cell numbers and allergies. CEPC employs a guard on Sundays and for many other events. Safety team members oversee all entrances and hallways.

Providing a Christian place

Toddlers have a mini-Sunday School lesson. The nursery director reads a Bible story, sings songs and prays with these children. As they grow and develop the time is extended with talking and a craft sheet. Children remain in the toddler room until September and after their second birthday.

The Nurseries are opened fifteen minutes before Sunday school. Parents, not siblings, are asked to pick up their children within a reasonable time after the conclusion of the worship service. Security tags are collected as children are returned to their parents.

The Nursery Director is Kristin Page.

 

Twos—Kindergarten

Children are placed in rooms based on September 1 birthday.
Located behind the second stairway

  • 2s: Little Lambs
  • 3s: Little Lions
  • Pre-K: Singing Monkeys
  • Kindergarten: Leaping Frogs

Morning schedule

8:30 am First worship service, with Children's Church and playtime
10:00 am Sunday school
10:50 am Music and activities in the assembly areaq
11:00 am Second worship service, with Children's Church and playtime

Providing a safe place

Each of the four preschool rooms is staffed by one or two caregivers. Classes are taught by church members. All adults have completed a background check. Parents pick their children up from the assembly area.

Providing a Christian place

The twos and threes have a Bible lesson each Sunday morning during the SS hour. The story is retold and extra follow-up activities with a surprise basket and “finish the story board” are provided.

The prek and K children are full of questions about God. A Bible lesson and learning activities help the children grow in their knowledge and love of Christ. The children begin the morning in their class for the Bible story, a teacher led discussion and follow up questions. A craft is provided that serves as a visual reminder of the Bible story. Children’s church is offered during both worship services. The time includes a brief Bible lesson time from Kids’ Quest, a memory program of catechism questions and answers, and playtime.

 

1st—5th Grades

There are four classes; fourth and fifth grades are combined.
Located at the top of the second stairway

Morning Schedule

8:30 am First worship servie with Children's Church
10:00 am Sunday school
11: 00 am Second worship service with Children's Church, first—fifth graders are invited to attend. Leaders meet the children in the hallway on Main Street.

Providing a safe place

Church members volunteer to teach. Children are under adult supervision at all times. Children are required to be with a friend or parent at all times.

 

Christian Education for Children

The Children’s Ministries uses “Show Me Jesus” Sunday school curriculum published by Great Commission Publications. This is a graded Bible curriculum that teaches children and trains teachers to know and understand the great story of God’s redeeming work though His Son Jesus Christ. Each year children hear stories from the Old and the New Testaments. Children are concrete learners, so Bible stories are part of every lesson. Bible instruction, singing, prayer, scripture memory work, follow up activities and discussions are a part of every Sunday School class time at every age and grade level.