Christian Education for Children
Nursery & Children's Worship
Our nursery ministry provides the opportunity to introduce our littlest ones to their church and church family in a safe, fun, and nurturing environment. We provide care for infants through toddlers 3-years of age. The fall that your child is 4-years-old we encourage you to make a transition to participate in the 11:00 AM service and Children's Worship.
The nursery is available on Sundays during the 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM worship services and at 10:00 AM for Sunday school. The nursery is also available for many of the special services and programs throughout the year.
Nursery Caregivers: Courtney Ralston, Kylie Ralston, Lillian Onyett
Youth Volunteer: Milee Hoffman
Infant Nursery: Room 1 / Toddler Nursery: Room 2
Following Children's Time in the Sunday worship services, children ages 4 through 1st grade will experience a worship service created for a young child. This service has the same four parts of worship that are experienced in the 11:00 AM service but it has been designed for a child's development level. Together we "Assemble in God's Name," "Proclaim God's Word," "Give Thanks to God," and "Go in God's Name." Adult and youth volunteers lead Children's Worship.
Sunday School for preschool through 5th grade runs from September to May each year.
Frolic – 2, 3, and 4-year-olds
As children grow they become more inquisitive about the complex world around them. They desire to hear the stories of the Bible, but they also desire to learn these stories in relationship to all that they encounter through their senses and experiences. Our curriculum, Frolic, provides our preschool-age children with opportunities to encounter the stories of the Bible and to explore biblical concepts through role play, art, dance, and music.
Teachers: Julia and Elayna Tosoni / Room: 7
Holy Moly – Kindergarten and 1st Grade
Holy Moly provides open-ended opportunities of exploration where children learn the arc of the Biblical narrative by connecting the Bible to their life experiences. Our Holy Moly videos help kids imagine what the Bible characters are saying and thinking while watching the bible story unfold.
Teachers: Kathy Sebolt and Jessi Beckett / Room: 9
Our Faith – 2nd Grade
Second grade is a BIG year of faith milestones at RCPC! Our second graders receive their Bibles, they graduate out of Children's Worship, and they learn all about the sacraments of Holy Communion and Baptism. We have incorporated these wonderful milestones and much more into a year-long curriculum exclusively for second graders. This class will prepare our second graders to attend worship, familiarize them with using the Bible, and most importantly give them a greater understanding of what we believe and why.
Teachers throughout the year: Susan Kessler, Frankie Doyle, Lisa Goad, Dillon Swanson, Anne Travers, Debbie Nash, Ellen Austin, Andrew Whaley, Wade Whitehead, Isabella Fagiani, and Leigh Sackett
Bible Depths – 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grades
Upper Elementary age children are developing their abstract cognitive skills and are ready for a more intense and deep study of the Bible. We provide a 3-year study of the Bible for 3rd – 5th graders that allows children the opportunity to develop a thorough understanding of the Bible, which as they mature enables them to become better informed Disciples who are ready to interpret how they feel called to serve God in the church and world. The Bible stories we explore are presented in a script format, where we take on the role of the different characters, followed by a discussion of the characters and their circumstances. This year we be working through the second half of the Old Testament.
Teachers: Jimmy Ward, Abby Pierson, Charles Richards, and Leigh Sackett
God Alive & Living the Word
God Alive - Theme: "Pay Attention!"
In a world where images, videos, new information, messages, and notifications fly at us continuously … it is hard to pay attention to it all. It is especially hard to ignore so many distractions and pay attention to other things that might be calling for our attention.
Maybe those things calling to us are the same things we hear about from our Bible stories! Could God be calling to us and saying, “Take note of all I have created and care for it, it is GOOD!” Could God be speaking in the night to us, like God did to Samuel, warning us or calling us to action? Is God waiting for us to ask for wisdom or say we are sorry like Solomon and David? Do we hear the message from the prophets of our day, sharing with us the ways we can act on our faith? Do we look to the stars? Can we hear the wings of angels? Jesus talks to us every day, but do we notice him?
How do we pay attention throughout our busy days? How can we break away from what we constantly hear and see, to hear and see something new! At God Alive this year, let’s explore the ways we can listen and learn what God is saying and doing in our lives and in the world around us!
God Alive is a ministry for Elementary school-age children. God Alive meets on Wednesdays from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM where children explore their faith through Bible stories, music, mission, and play. All are welcome!
Living the Word
Once a month on a Saturday from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM the 3 and 4-year-old children of the church will meet in Ms. Leigh’s backyard and rotate through three Bible story stations. At each station, they will hear the Bible story come to life with puppets that our youth animate. The children will then participate in outdoor activities that reinforce the concepts of that story. A tradition of Living the Word is to plant and care for a cucumber garden and a winter garden. These vegetables are then used to create yummy dishes and gifts for those we love and for those in need.
Vacation Bible Schools
Winter Vacation Bible School - “Who is the Greatest?”
Saturday, February 10 | 9:00 AM—12:00 PM
All 3-year-olds through 1st graders are invited to attend. The Disciples argued about who is the greatest among them. Have you ever had that argument before with your siblings or with your friends? We compete in sports and we compete in school. We try to draw the best picture, run the fastest, jump the highest, and we always want to be the line leader! But what does Jesus think about who is first and who last? Come find out at Winter VBS, where we spend the morning playing games by the rules of Jesus! Our 4th graders, 5th graders, and some of our youth will help to make the games and they will serve as leaders and shepherds during Winter VBS.
Summer Vacation Bible School/Music Camp
July 29 - August 1, 2024
All Rising Pre-K through rising 5th grade are invited to attend.
More Information Coming Soon!