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Children’s Ministries

 Welcome to Children's Ministries 

The Children's Ministries at East Cobb Presbyterian Church is designed to "show Jesus" to children from the time they are born through fifth grade. We do this so that they and their families might be drawn to trust, worship and obey Him. 

Our Children's Ministries strives to meet the needs of our families on Sunday morning through our Early Education childcare (Nursery, Two and Three year olds), our Gospel Kids program, and our Children's Worship Bulletin.

We take our role of coming alongside our parents seriously - including the area of safety and security. Therefore all of our Children's Ministries programs are staffed by volunteers who are members of the ECPC congregation and who have completed a national background check and security clearance interview process. If you are interested in knowing more about serving in Children's Ministries at ECPC, click here.

Need to check your serving schedule or volunteer schedule?

Check your individual serving schedule here.

Early Education full volunteer schedule here.


Sunday Morning Offerings


EARLY EDUCATION (Birth - age 4)

The youngest among us are warmly welcomed at East Cobb Presbyterian Church! We offer nurseries for infants - age 4 during the Sunday morning worship service. children may be dropped off beginning at 9:50a.m. We know that when parents understand their children are being lovingly cared for, they can focus their hearts and minds more fully on corporate worship. We take seriously the responsibility of nurturing and instructing these little children in our nurseries and classrooms, seeking to show them Jesus as we play and learn.


 


Purple Lambs (birth — age 1)

 Our infant nursery is for holding, rocking, changing, singing, and loving. Before they can walk, we are making sure that our littlest ones are hearing God’s truth as we sing hymns and rehearse the children’s catechism for their young ears. We believe that helping them hide these truths in their heart at the earliest opportunity provides a springboard for later understanding.


Yellow Lambs (walking — age 2)

Our toddler nursery is for playing, comforting, teaching, and laughing. Using a modified version of The Gospel Story Curriculum, our one- and two-year-olds learn familiar Bible stories from a variety of children’s Bibles to help introduce them to some foundational truths in new and exciting ways. Even as they are learning new words, we are helping them to memorize scripture and apply it to their lives.


Green Lambs (2 years old by Sept. 1)

After graduating from the toddler nursery in the fall, our two-year-olds are promoted to a more structured classroom that features story time, craft time, snack time, play time, and more. While they learn fundamental skills like sharing, taking turns, and helping clean up after themselves, they’re also walking through the Bible from beginning to end, learning familiar hymns, and memorizing scripture.


Blue Lambs (3 years old by Sept. 1)

Our three-year-olds continue to walk through the Old and New Testaments during story time, building on what they began in the Green Lambs class. They enjoy music time with some familiar hymns and praise songs, scripture memory and application, catechism memorization, and more. These kids are hungry to learn, and our team of volunteer teachers are delighted to share the truths of scripture with them.


 


ELEMENTARY EDUCATION (4PreK - 5th grade)

Gospel Kids is our Sunday morning program designed for students in pre-K through 5th grade. We encourage our families to go to worship together at 10 a.m., and then children are given the opportunity to go to Gospel Kids during the offering (at about 10:20).

Gospel Kids uses a large group/small group format. Students in all grades start out together where they sing, participate in an activity designed to draw them into the lesson, and hear a Bible story. Next, they break into small groups by age/grade where they engage with their leaders, pray, think about, and discuss what they’ve learned through various activities and games.

Our curriculum is produced by New Life Press and is based on The Gospel Story Bible by Marty Machowski. Because all of our children (including our two and three year olds) are learning the same Bible story each week, follow-up for a family with young children of all ages is simplified. We encourage our families to check out two companion devotionals--Long Story Short (Old Testament) and Old Story New (New Testament)--which follow along with our Sunday morning lessons. Family devotions can connect with Sunday morning worship and can build on each other.

Gospel Kids is taught by one or two Large Group Leaders. Each small group is led by two Small Group leaders. These volunteers serve one month per quarter.

Check out our hallway bulletin board outside the Children’s Ministries office for information on small groups and pictures of our volunteers so that your child might quickly identify his or her leaders. (If your child sees the name of a school classmate or neighbor, please let us know. We love to match children up in their small groups so that we make them feel comfortable as quickly as possible.)

 If you have any questions about Gospel Kids, please click here to contact our Director of Children’s Ministries.

Planning to have your child attend Gospel Kids for the first time? Click here to access our Guest Information Form. Complete it on your device now and avoid having to complete the paper version on Sunday morning at the check in table.



Children’s Worship Bulletin

Because we believe strongly that God created children as worshippers we provide a special Children’s Bulletin each week.  This bulletin helps students (ages 6 through 10) to identify the different parts of worship, to better listen and understand the worship and sermon that Sunday, and to facilitate family discussion during the week.  This bulletin is created by our Children’s Ministries Director in conjunction with the pastor who is preaching that week. You can download a sample Children’s Bulletin by clicking here.



Interested in Serving?

We’re excited to have a large group of volunteers who serve in Children’s Ministries at ECPC!

All adults who serve in our Children’s Ministries are required to:

 •Be members of ECPC

•Complete the following three Child Security forms:

  1. Background Check Consent and Information
  2. Children's Ministries Volunteer Application
  3. Children's Ministries Worker Reference Check   (highlight to copy and paste into an email to 2 non-family people who can vouch for you)

•Submit to a nation-wide background check 

•Be interviewed by our Children’s Ministries’ Director and an Elder

Have a question about Children's Ministries at ECPC? Send an email to Marj Swierenga, Director of Children's Ministries.