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Covenant Kids

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. 


  

        

CHILDREN’S CHURCH ON SUNDAYS

Most Sundays during the 11am Worship Hour

Families worship together during the 11am service. After the children’s message, children ages 3 through 5th grade are invited to the Children's Church program in an upstairs classroom until 12:05pm. 

AGES 3-7

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:

  • gather together build personal relationships in a sacred space where they are with God, talk to God, and hear the stories of God. 
  • hear God’s story using the figures, pictures, fabrics, and structures included in the Bible story boxes for a multisensory approach.
  • respond to God’s Word guided by wondering questions and opportunities to interact with the Bible stories using story boxes, crayons, play dough, Lego, and other tactile objects. 
  • go forth with a song, prepared to share God’s love and mission in daily life.

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.

AGES 8-10

On the first Sunday of each month, when adult worship includes communion, older elementary students are encouraged to remain in worship with their families and participate in communion if they choose to do so. 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. Each unit will include time to:

  • gather together to build Christian community.
  • hear God’s story as children navigate and read from their Bibles. 
  • respond to God’s story as children collaborate to create a dramatic reenactment, song, cooking project, or other product to share with the younger children.
  • go forth prepared to share God’s love and mission in daily life.

Covenant kids are always welcome to remain in worship with their families. 

Click here to view  "Kids in the pew? What should we do? for ideas for worshiping together

Children's Worship Table

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.

Nursery Care for Infants and Toddlers
(up to age 3)

Loving care is available for children, birth through age 3, on Sunday mornings during the 8:30am and 11am worship services and the Sunday Small Group Time. 

 

MORE SUNDAY OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHILDREN AND THE COVENANT FAMILY

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.

Adventures in Mission (AIM) hosted by Covenant Adult Mission Team (CAMT) between 8:30 and 11:00 worship services

On certain 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.

 

SPECIAL WORKSHOPS 
FOR CHILDREN AND THEIR PARENTS

9:45-10:45am
Third Grade Communion Workshop in October
Second Grade Bible Workshop in May
First Grade Lord’s Prayer Workshop TBD

 

ADVENT EVENING

Saturday before the 1st Sunday in Advent – 4:30-6pm

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.

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHTS DURING LENT

March 4, 11, 18, 25 & April 1 from 6-8:30 pm

All ages gather to share a meal and then separate for adult discussion and activities for children.  We close together with a group activity. 

 

SUMMER MINISTRY OFFERINGS TOO!

June 23-25, 2020 - Children's Summer Reading Program
July 27-31 - Faith, Arts, Science & FUN Week (VBS & Special Interest Programs, schedule to be announced)

We need you 

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

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:

  • Bake and/or help on a Sunday between worship services during Covenant Connect or AIM.
  • Volunteer for Children’s Church once (or more) with children ages 3-7 during 11:00 worship.
  • Partner with someone for a Children’s Church unit (3-4 Sundays) with ages 8-10 during 11:00 worship.
  • Plan an ornament station or help with the meal to support the Advent Evening.
  • Help with a meal, lead adult discussion, help with children’s activities, or plan an all-ages closing activity to support Wednesday Nights During Lent.

JOIN US!  WE NEED YOU!

 Find: Jennifer Langlois, Director of Family Educational Ministries

     or     610-648-0707x13

Or, sign uphttp://tinyurl.com/CovenantSundays

 

Guardian Ministry

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.