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 God's word and the Christian life and faith. Classes are organized by grades. Beginning at 9:15am all students grades 4 through 12 are welcomed at our Gather Together Time in Multipurpose Room 2A on the Second Floor where they learn together through art, music and prayer before heading to their graded classes.
During in-person worship, we offer worship bags that can be found in the hallway between the sanctuary and the church office to help children follow along in our worship. These include children's bulletins, books, and activities that connect to the service that day. Additionally, during the 11am worship service, children ages 3 years to 2nd grade leave the worship service after our Sharing Faith With Children time for a special age appropriate worship experience, and return following the sermon. 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 5:30 - 6pm via Zoom
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 SUMMER AT HOME CURRICULUM. 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.
Our MOPS and MomsNEXT groups for mothers of infants through school-age children meets monthly each first Thursday evening from 5:30 to 7:30pm, from September through May. Childcare (our MOPPETS program) and dinner or a snack is provided for moms AND kids at ALL MOPS meetings.
Meetings included any or all of the following: Programming (Speaker or guided Discussion), Fellowship, Crafts, Mentoring, and/or Leadership Development. See the WPC Calendar for specific event and contact information.
Contact Jodie Davis 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.