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Children and FAmily Ministry (Infant-5th Grade)

PCPC Kids Faith Formation

Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church’s ministry for children and their families is an essential element of PCPC’s Faith Formation Ministry where we are learning and growing together in Christ. The opportunities and programs offered throughout the year have been intentionally designed to assist the congregation in living out PCPC’s Faith Formation mission, vision, and values.

The Children’s ministry team at PCPC strives to provide the foundational building blocks of Christian faith for infants through upper elementary children.  Our goal is to support your role as primary Christian Educators of your child(ren).

It’s with great excitement that we are introducing Stay Together Sundays in August. Stay Together Sundays will take place each Communion Sunday for the next year encouraging children of all ages to stay together with the body for the entirety of worship. Logistically, this means there will be no Godly Play option as our hope is children ages 3 through 1st grade will worship with their families and participate in communion. Childcare will always be available in the nursery area.
Communion and Children
We invite all parents to review this new Parent’s Guide to Communion prior to our first Stay Together Sunday on August 25th.

Nursery care is provided on the first floor of Eastminster throughout Sunday morning for children birth to three years old. All nursery staff and workers are current in First Aid and infant, child, and adult CPR certifications. Throughout the morning children are cared for with love and during the Faith & Fellowship Hour. They will hear a Bible story and music which shares God’s love with them. Contact Jeanne Rowe, Childcare Coordinator with questions.

Godly Play is a continuation of worship designed from a Montessori-based story-telling system for children age three through first grade. All children begin worship with their families in the primary worship space and are welcome to remain throughout the service. Following the children’s message in each service children age three through first grade have the option of continuing worship with their peer group at Godly Play, located in Covenant Hall Room 101.

Parent/Guardians are asked to escort their children to the Godly Play room, Covenant Hall #101, where they will be welcomed by trained staff, at which time parents/guardians may return to worship. Contact Nancy Creedon, Children’s Ministry Coordinator with questions.

Worship Bags and Bulletins can be found at the entrance to each worship space. These are designed to engage children in the worship service and to aid adults worshiping with children in teaching them how to worship.

Faith & Fellowship Hour provides the opportunity for people of every age to learn and grow together in Christ. During this time (10:05-10:50 a.m.) children will be led in a Deep Blue Adventure by a team of caring and faithful adults.

Each week will be a new adventure exploring Bible stories through science experiments, arts and crafts, animated video storytelling, and active games designed to help children learn and grow together in Christ. Contact Nancy Creedon, Children’s Ministry Coordinator with questions.

A Deep Blue Adventure Aug-May can be found in:

  • Eastminster 102 for Pre-K 3 and 4
  • Westminster 207 for Kindergarten and First Grade
  • Westminster 210 for Second and Third Grade
  • Westminster 206 for Fourth and Fifth Grade

Justice Seekers is a bible study club for Fourth and Fifth graders to deepen their faith by exploring topics from Fellowship, Christian Living, Bible, and Mission & Service. On Sunday afternoons from 4:00-5:15 p.m. in Westminster Room 206 from September to May.

Wednesday Fellowship

5:00pm: Music and Movement is a music experience offered for children birth through 3 years old and their parent/guardian on Wednesdays from 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm in Westminster 202/204.

5:00pm: Children’s Choirs – Click Music for more information and ways for children to be involved in music ministries.

5:15pm: Wednesday Night Dinner-Everyone is invited to join in fellowship and good food starting at 5:15 pm in the Fellowship Hall. No reservations are needed. The cost is $5.00 a person, $3.00 a child, or $15.00 for a family. See you at the table!

6:15 – 6:45 pm: Games in the Courtyard-Hey kiddos! Are you energetic after finishing your supper on Wednesday nights? Do you want to run around and play with your friends from church? Kids of all ages are invited to burn off some energy in the courtyard. Games and activities vary each week. One parent or guardian must be present to ensure safety!

Additional Learning and Growing Opportunities

Children’s Brochure 2019-2020

Final PCPC Children’s Faith Formation BroPrograms are available during the week and throughout the year to emphasize learning and exploring specific subjects, liturgical seasons and provide ways to have just plain fun! Check the bulletin, newsletters, and website or click the link above for details.

Music 

The Music of PCPC is an integral part of our worship. Those in choirs have the opportunity to lead the congregation in hymns and to present inspiring music. Click the link above for more on the way all children can get involved in music.

Sports

Girls’ Volleyball is led by John McClung for Kindergarten-2nd Grade and 3rd-8th graders in the gym on Sundays and several week nights. This is a skills-based program that has a Fall and Spring season in addition to seasonal camps and clinics. Go to www.palmaceia.org/volleyball for current season information and to register.

Summer Camps and Programs

Summer provides an opportunity for children to continue exploring their faith through engaging and themed activities. Camp and program dates are available under the website Events. Click on the link above for more information on the themes, activities, and format.

Volunteers, Shepherds and Helpers

The Children’s ministry programs are made possible because of volunteers. You can be part of an exciting and life-changing experience, no teaching experience required! All materials and instructions are provided for our Sunday Faith Formation classes. Volunteer shepherds and youth are also needed to assist with various programs throughout the year. Please contact Nancy Creedon for more information or refer to our Volunteer page.