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Children’s Ministries

Overview 

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 KidConnect 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.


Sunday Morning Offerings


EARLY EDUCATION

Nursery

We offer an infant and toddler nursery during Sunday morning worship. Parents may begin dropping off their children at 9:50 am.

The heart of what we do is care for the little ones.  In the Infant Nursery, we are holding, rocking, changing and loving on the babies.  With the toddlers, we are playing, comforting, teaching, laughing and loving on them. This is an incredibly valuable and a precious time for little ones to begin to learn to worship the Lord in the context of a loving community.

The other aspect of our Nursery Ministry is how it serves the parents. As we care for the children, parents are able to have an uninterrupted opportunity to grow in their relationship with the Lord through corporate worship.

We also offer a cry room at the back of the sanctuary for families who prefer to keep their infant children with them, but need to step out when they pose too much of a distraction to other worshippers.



Two and Three Year Olds

These two classes are taught year round during Sunday morning worship. Parents may drop off their children beginning at 9:50 am.







These classes use age-appropriate activities and a chronological sequence of Bible stories to communicate God's love to our children. We use the Beginnings curriculum (Great Commission Publications) which goes through the Old and New Testament in one year. Take home pages allow parents to review the stories with their child(ren) and reinforce the concepts taught.


 

 


 




KIDCONNECT

KidConnect is our Sunday morning program designed for students between the ages of 4 and 5th grade. We encourage our families to go to worship together at 10:00 am and then our children are given the opportunity to go to KidConnect during the offering time (approximately 10:20 am).

Kid Connect uses a large group/small group format. This means that all the students are together for the first 20 minutes during which they participate in an icebreaker activity and a presentation of the weekly Bible story. Then they break into small groups (divided by age/grade) with a small group leader. During their small group time, they engage with their small group leader, pray, think and discuss what they've learned. The leaders help them do this by including activities that incorporate different modalities and types of learning. 

In order to help our students feel welcome - and our parents to know more of what is going on in KidConnect, we have the following:

Our hallway bulletin board is set up with lists of all of the small groups and their leaders. We have photos of our leaders so that your child might quickly identify 'their leader'. If your child sees the name of a classmate, please let us know that. We love to match children up in their small group assignments so that we make them feel comfortable as quickly as possible.

Our monthly unit summary is available as a monthly email. This one page handout allows parents to better understand which stories and concepts we're covering in KidConnect. To see a sample unit summary, click here.

Our optional Guess What! magazine is available ($12 for 9 monthly issues) for purchase. This magazine is full of stories, games and activities that extend the teaching that happens on Sunday morning. We've had some families incorporate it into their homeschooling lessons. Others find it a fun magazine to keep in the car and use during commutes and carpool lines.

 


Planning to have your children attend KidConnect for the first time? Click here to access our Guest Information Sheet. You may print it and fill it out at home to avoid having to do so on Sunday morning. 



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.