- Phone: (610)648-0707
- Mailing Address: 400 Lancaster Ave, Malvern, PA 19355
Welcome! At Covenant, our children’s ministry team strives to provide several pathways for children to learn about God, experience God’s love, practice worship arts, and explore their own unique God-given talents with their peers and between generations. These ministry opportunities are available only by the generous gifts of time and talent shared by our Covenant volunteers. Please prayerfully consider how you and your family can participate with us either as participants or helpers.
Families worship together during the 11:00 service. After the children’s message, children are dismissed to an upstairs classroom until 12:05.
On a typical Sunday, we use Young Children and Worship with these young worshippers. We model our sessions using the four components of adult worship. Children and their leaders:
On the first Sunday of each month, Covenant adult worship includes communion. On those Sundays, the young children share a love “feast” as part of their response to God’s Word.
And, once each month, the older elementary children guide the young children during Children’s Church by presenting a video, song, game, or other creation to share their learning about a Bible story.
On the first Sunday of each month, when adult worship includes communion, older elementary students are encouraged to remain in worship with their families. PC(USA) tradition calls for parents to decide the proper timing for their children to participate in communion. Regardless of a family’s decision regarding communion, the first Sunday of each month is set aside as a special time for children to worship alongside adults. However, children through fifth grade are always welcome in Children’s Church.
The remaining 3-4 Sundays of each month are dedicated to story experience units. October-May, children and their leaders will study a total of 6 units in depth. Each unit will include time to:
A Worship Table is available in the Narthex on Sunday mornings. The table is stocked with children’s bulletins, a variety of coloring and activity pages, several copies of A Children’s Guide to Worship, and other materials to help children focus during worship.
Loving care is available for children, birth through age 3, on Sunday mornings during the 8:30 and 11:00 worship services and the Sunday Small Group Time.
Covenant Connect (Food and Fellowship) between 8:30 and 11:00 worship services
Most Sundays, ministry groups, friends, and families host food and fellowship time in the gathering space. A special all-ages activity is available at that time for everyone, too. The nursery is open for children. Children’s Ministry will host three specific Sundays:
Dec. 16, 2018 Nativity Paper-Folding
March 3, 2019 Pretzel Sunday
March 31, 2019 Resurrection Rolls
Rebecca Gustafson and Matt Quail
Adventures in Mission (AIM) hosted by Covenant Adult Mission Team (CAMT) between 8:30 and 11:00 worship services
On two Sundays, representatives from organizations supported by Covenant present their mission and outreach to adults and teens. At the same time, a coordinating activity is shared with children.
Nov. 4, 2018 County Corrections Gospel Ministry
Feb. 17, 2019 The Community Warehouse Project
Everyone is invited for dinner, worship led by children with singing, and Jesse Tree ornament-making. The Jesse Tree is an Advent activity. There is a Bible verse and a related ornament assigned to each day in December. We have a tradition that all ages gather as a church family at the start of December to share a meal and then to “make and take” 5 ornaments. This means that after 5 years, everyone could own a full set of 25 ornaments.
All ages gather to share a meal and then separate for adult discussion and activities for children. We close together with a group activity.
These ministry opportunities are available only by the generous gifts of time and talent shared by our Covenant volunteers. Please prayerfully consider how you and your family can participate with us.
Some ways to support children’s ministry:
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Find: Jennifer Langlois, Director of Family Educational Ministries
Or, sign up: http://tinyurl.com/CovenantSundays
Covenant Presbyterian Church is committed to the safety of our children. As such, we have a longstanding policy requiring all employees, teachers, and volunteers who work directly with children to obtain background checks and clearances. We are in full compliance with Pennsylvania's Act 15 of 2015.