Children and Young Families
Growing in Grace and Gratitude Elementary Sunday School OfferingOctober 6, 2016
Mother’s Morning OutOctober 2, 2016
Dinner With FriendsSeptember 3, 2016
Westminster Infant and Toddler Nursery is for children ages: Infant – Age 4
Fall: September 11th – May 21st 8:45 ~ 12:00
Summer: May 29th ~ September 10th – 9:45 ~ 11:00
For families visiting or new to our congregation, the Nursery is often the first and most important introduction to Westminster. Our Infant and Toddler Nursery is a Ministry for young families and their children. We have a Nursery Staff that is very experienced in caring for infants and toddlers, that have been trained in our Child Protection Policy, CPR trained and certified, and background checked. Having a paid Nursery Staff helps to maintain a comfortable, nurturing environment for your child by having the same familiar faces to greet them when they come into the Nursery.
Meet Our Nursery Staff
Nursery Policy Statement
Director of Children Ministries
Elementary Sunday School
Our Elementary Sunday School program at Westminster offers the best possible curriculum, teaching staff, and atmosphere where children can learn the stories traditions and history of our faith and to grow in their personal relationship with God. In every aspect of our ministry with children we focus on community and world service beginning with the Preschool Sunday School class.
Our Curriculum for all Elementary Children is Growing in Grace and Gratitude published by PCUSA Congregational Ministries. This curriculum follows Westminster’s Mission statement and our goals in Christian Formation for our children’s programming and education. “Growing in Grace & Gratitude is rooted in the foundation of Presbyterian identity where God’s grace and our gratitude are the heartbeat of our faith, life, and worship; extends an invitation to discipleship that inspires children to learn and practice hospitality, generosity, and love; and reaches beyond Sunday morning, encouraging children to live their lives as an expression of God’s grace.”
There is a section of the curriculum that is called Loving and Serving God that extends the invitation beyond Sunday School to LIVE as an expression of God’s grace, and to practice hospitality, generosity and love in their daily lives. There is also a resource for families called Grace Sightings that is an online resource along with a downloadable e-book for children to use at home with your child. Here is the link the Grace Sightings. We hope you enjoy this with your child 🙂 There is also a music cd that will be given to them
Preschool Sunday School: Ages 3, 4 & 5 is held at 10:00 in the Preschool Sunday School room
Kindergarten & 1st Grade Sunday School: is held in the Children’s Worship/K & 1st Grade classroom
2nd, 3rd & 4th Grade Sunday School: is held in the left side of the downstairs Fellowship Hall and will also have access to the Hearth Room downstairs.
We will all meet together each Sunday in the downstairs Fellowship Hall for singing, Kids News and Offering led by Debbie Babelay and the children then go to their classrooms. If you have any questions about our program, please contact Angela Grobe @ email@example.com or 865-556-8034.Meet the Teachers
Director of Children Ministries
Kids Club is for children ages K – 4th grade, and their families. We meet bi-weekly (school and holiday’s in mind) from January to May. We will alternate between a community service project and and event or outing. Most every event is for the entire family, unless noted if otherwise. Each family is asked to sign up for a Sunday to be the adult in charge of the project or event, all plans, reservations, meals in, supplies, etc., are prepared and ready for you.
If you have a service project that you would like for the children to be a part of, or know of any place that they would enjoy going to on a Sunday afternoon at noon, please contact the Director of Children’s Ministry. Check the WPC calendar church calendar. Here is what we did this past semester:
January 8 Ice Skating at the Ice Chalet and lunch on the way
January 22 Decorating cookies for the Westmoreland Assisting Living Center and lunch
February 5 Bowling at the Strike and Spare on Parkside Drive and lunch on the way
February 26 Packaging rice and beans for the FISH Hospitality Pantries and lunch
March 19 Trip to Pump it Up and lunch at the church beforehand
April 2 Collecting newspaper and making dog and cat toys for the Young Williams Animal Center & lunch
April 23 Trip to Ijams Nature Center and picnic lunch
May 7 Games and lunch
Join us following the 11:00 service for a luncheon in the Fellowship Hall, everyone is invited to come! This is a great way to get to know other’s in our Westminster Church Family. Sandwiches and drinks will be provided, bring a side dish or dessert to share (no peanut products please). Be on the look out for future events!
Dinner with Friends is an evening of fun, fellowship and good food that is hosted by members of Westminster either in their home or in a restaurant of their choice. If it is hosted in a home, the host prepare’s the main dish and everyone signs up to bring a side dish, salad, bread, dessert or wine. If you would like to host a dinner please contact the church office.
*For anyone needing childcare, Parents Night Out will be held on the same evening from 6 – 9 at the church with our Nursery staff (sign up is required in advance so that we have enough staff on hand).
Here is a photo from last year’s VBS!