Children and Young Families
Growing in Grace and Gratitude Elementary Sunday School OfferingOctober 6, 2016
Mother’s Morning OutOctober 2, 2016
Westminster Infant and Toddler Nursery is for children ages: Infant – Age 4
Fall: September 10, 2017 – May 20, 2018 8:45 ~ 12:00
Summer: May 28, 2018 – September 9, 2018 – 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
584-3957 ext. 103
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: (Ages 3, 4 & 5) held at 10:00 in the Preschool Sunday School room
Kindergarten & 1st Grade: held in the Children’s Worship/K & 1st Grade classroom
2nd, 3rd & 4th Grade: held in the left side of the downstairs Fellowship Hall
We will all meet together each Sunday in the downstairs Fellowship Hall for singing, Kids News and Offering led by Debbie Babelay. From there children move to their individual classrooms. If you have any questions about our program, please contact Allie Brewington email@example.com or 865-556-8034 ext 103.Meet the Teachers
584-3957 ext. 103
Kids Club is for children ages K – 4th grade. We meet once or twice a month September through May. Families are welcome to join us for any of our events. Most activities will begin right after the 11:00 worship service, roughly 12:00-2:00. Dates that do not follow this schedule are indicated with a star.
Here is a look at what we will be doing this year:
September 17- Fun and games
October 1- Painting pumpkins with pizza (we have timed this so kids participating in play try outs will be able to attend both activities)
October 29*- Trunk or Treat (5:00 PM- bring the whole family!)
November- No events due to play practice
December 13*- Christmas craft night with the Knox Youth Jazz Orchestra (6:00 PM)
December 17 – Christmas cooking decorating
January 7- Time capsules
January 21- Ice skating
February 11- Valentine’s party
February 25- Pump it up
March 11- Enjoy your spring Break!
March 25- Easter egg dying
April 1*- Easter egg Hunt (10:00 AM, between worship services)
April 15- Bowling
May 13- Pool party
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!