Nursery

Babies and Toddlers are cared for on Sunday mornings from 9:00-11:15 a.m. by two trained adults.

Our youngest children are cared for in a warm and loving environment nested within the preschool wing of our building.

Parents are welcome to linger and join us for whatever time feels comfortable.  Parents may leave items that can assist the adult in making the time soothing, safe and enjoyable for their child (e.g. diapers, bottle, favorite toy or blanket).

Early Childhood (Godly Play)

Pre-School Children (ages 3-6) and Kindergarten children begin worship with their parents at 10:00 a.m.

After the Time with Children with one of our pastors or Children’s Ministry Coordinator, the children are dismissed to go with Staff and volunteers to Godly Play.  Our Children’s ministry director will then present a lesson through story time and music.  The Children will have an opportunity to interact with story, for example with finger puppets or characters, artistic expression or hands-on centers.

Snacks, such as graham crackers and apple juice are often provided before the end of class at 11:15am.

Elementary (Joyful Path)

Children 1st – 5th grade begin worship with their parents at 10:00 a.m.

After the Time with Children with one of our pastors or Children’s ministry coordinator, the children are dismissed to go with Staff and volunteers to Joyful Path.  A Children’s ministry teacher will present a lesson through story time and music.  The Joyful Path curriculum uses Christian, interfaith, and secular language and stories to teach children about spiritual experiences and social ethics.

Snacks, such as graham crackers and apple juice are often provided before the end of class at 11:15am.

Note:  Usually the worship service will end at 11:00 am.  Parents are welcome to relax, socialize and join coffee hour for 15 minutes before picking up their child.  Parents are also welcome to observe their children in Joyful Path or Godly Play in a non-obtrusive manner.

Parents and Volunteers

Our work with children relies on help from our parents and volunteers in the church community.  In addition to assisting our dedicated teachers, we believe it is important for parents and church members to get acquainted with various aspects of our church life.  It is good for parents to develop a relationship with their children’s teacher as well as understand how their child experiences the Sunday morning learning hour.  Likewise, it is good for congregants who do not have children to become a relational support system for our children as they grow within our church community.

Volunteers are needed each week in the Nursery, Godly Play and Joyful Path.  Volunteers do not need to prepare lessons or teach lessons; instead, they are there to support the teacher and children with various aspects of the activities.

M.A.D. Camp

M.A.D. (Music, Art & Drama) Camp is held every summer for children ages 6-10.  This summer it will be held July 11-15, from 9:00am to 12:30pm.  Lunch is furnished through the Beaverton School District.  Cost is $45 per child.  Download the registration form here – one per child.  Must be turned into Southminster by June 30.