Until further notice, there will be no children & youth programs or classes due to COVID19. Families are welcome to attend worship service and sit together, socially distanced from others.
Children & Youth
Children and youth are an important part of our church family. We see them as precious gifts that have been entrusted to our care, but we also recognize that they can be teachers, ministers, and leaders – regardless of their age.
As we move forward, we will be seeking to improve and expand the ways we reach out to and connect with them, serve their particular needs, and equip them as Christian disciples and ministers both within our church family and in the community as a whole. Here are some the current activities and ministry opportunities we offer children and youth.
Worship During the 10:30 am service we provide optional nursery care for infants to preschoolers, ages newborn to 4 years old. If you prefer to keep your child/children in worship with you, we offer “busy bags” to help keep younger kids occupied if they become restless. Just ask an usher for one as you come in.
The 10:30 am service also features our “Time for Children” when all of the kids are encouraged to participate. Even the little ones from the nursery join us for a few moments at this time. It includes a brief message in an interactive format, and ends with an invitation for one or more of the children to offer a closing prayer for the group.
After the “Time for Children” , school-aged children and youth are excused to head upstairs for their own Sunday School classes. But they can stay for the rest of worship with the adults if that seems like a better fit. Classes are available for ages 4 and up. These Sunday School classes are designed to be both participatory and age-group appropriate.
The 3rd Sunday of every month is Youth & Young Adult Sunday. This service contains more worship elements that resonate with young people and give them the opportunity to worship in a way that is meaningful and authentic for them. Rather than leave for Sunday School after the “Time for Children”, all of the kids stay in the sanctuary for the entire worship service. Children and youth are also encouraged to engage in acts of worship ministry and leadership as Acolytes, Ushers, and Liturgists.
Vacation Bible School
Each June, under the leadership of our Christian Education Ministry, the congregation come together to present our annual Vacation Bible School. Not only is it a valuable discipleship-building program for the young people in our congregation, it’s also our largest and most significant form of outreach to the children and youth of our neighborhood. For the last few years we have held VBS in partnership with Believers Christian Fellowship on McCall.
One of our newest youth ministries is the College Hill Church Praise Dancers. Under the leadership of Elder Brenda Peters and Michaele Thomas, a growing number of young people (ages 8 to adult) meet in the church sanctuary to practice fun and meaningful liturgical dance routines every Friday from 6:00 – 7:00 pm.
Under the leadership of your Youth Advisor Marcus Johnson, the teens meet regularly during Sunday worship service. They also meet and participate in outside of church in activities such as field trips and entertainment opportunities. Recently, a group attending a screening of the film “Harriet.”