During the Christian Education hour, 9:30 to 10:30am on Sunday mornings, children and youth are challenged, guided and supported as they grow to understand who God is, who they are, and how this affects their lives. Classes are organized by grades. Beginning at 9:15am all students ages 4 through grade 12 are welcomed at our Gather Together Time in Room 220 on the Second Floor where they learn at their own pace using their creativity before heading to their graded classes.
During in-person services of worship, we offer worship bags for families with children that can be found in the narthex and the hallway between the sanctuary and the church office. We regularly update out worship bags with information, activities, books, worship bulletins, and family supplements to connect children and families with the texts and subjects of the day. These bags also include manipulatives which help children connect to other parts of the service such as music, the confession, and prayers at a level they can understand. Additionally, during the 11am worship service, we offer Sharing Faith with Children, an age appropriate part of the worship experience. In addition to these regular occurring pieces of worship we also have two children's choirs.
Childcare for infants and toddlers is available for all Sunday worship services and for many other events occurring in our church throughout the year. Our highly qualified staff of child caregivers, along with church member volunteers, provide a warm welcome for infants and young children–and their parents. All staff members and adult volunteers have had background checks and are Pediatric CPR- and First Aid-certified. Our nursery also uses an optional pager system to reach parents during Church School or Worship Services if necessary.
If you have any questions, or would like to volunteer with this ministry, and get to know the youngest members of our congregation, please contact Jodie Davis at the Church Office (757-229-4235).
Life is full of mile markers, places we remember passing as we roll along the road of life. Our faith is full of these mile markers as well. With that in mind we have created a program to connect special moments in life with important pieces of the faith journey.
Carol Choir: Kindergarten through 2nd Grade
Junior Choir: 3rd through 5th Grades
Carol Choir - Rebecca Elton
Junior Choir - Chris Bechtler
Both choirs rehearse Thursday Afternoons 4:30–5:15pm at the church
Our children's choirs offer fun and welcoming environments for students to explore and nurture their creative and spiritual gifts, to grow in faith, and to experience the meaningful contributions they can make by sharing music in worship and praise.
The Carol Choir welcomes our youngest musicians in Kindergarten through second grade, and the Junior Choir is for our older elementary students from third through fifth grade. Both choirs work on vocal and handbell music, which, in addition to being fun, gives our participants a more well-rounded background in music.
We know that your child’s education is important. A child that participates in our choirs from Kindergarten through high school will become musically literate, allowing them to enjoy and participate in the musical life of any church or community they become a part of as adults. Participating in a choir can also be an important part of a child’s spiritual development, providing many opportunities for meaningful discipleship. And it's a great place to meet new friends!
Each summer, children ages 3rd through 5th grade, and many teen and adult volunteers, enjoy an exciting week full of music, crafts, snacks, recreation, art, and science. There is plenty of fellowship, as well as a local mission project. VBS typically takes place each week day from 9am to noon, during the last week in June.
We strive to provide opportunities to educate and support parents through church school classes, educational programs and other resources. This includes our FAITH AT HOME Materials. Please note that this is a password-protected page. Contact A Williams to access these resources.
We seek to help fulfill our baptismal promises to our children together. Contact "A" Williams with any questions and to find resources that are right for you.
All WPC families with kids are now invited to join us! Group events are planned (at least!) monthly, and anyone can participate in any events whenever their schedules allow. Although this group is specifically kid-friendly, EVERYONE is welcomed to participate. This is a great way to get to know the youngest members of our church!
Contact Jodie Davis for more information.
Join us as we share, question, grow, and learn together how to create a solid Christian foundation in our homes. This class focuses on topics regarding family life and we select our study topics together. We meet in room 012 (also known as the UKirk room) Sundays at 9:30am.
Contact Rebecca Elton for more information.
Protection of the children under our care is a high priority at WPC. Please refer to our Child, Youth, and Vulnerable Adult Protection Policy for an outline of our policies and safety procedures. If you would like to opt-out of use of photos of your children for promotion of programs and ministries, you can find our photo opt-out form here. Please contact "A" Williams with any questions or concerns.