Baptism in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) isn’t just about the individual; it is also about community. When an infant or child is baptized, in addition to the parents making promises the community also makes promises to guide and nurture that child. Our children’s education program arises from these promises we have made.
The base of the entire program is the nursery. We have two professional nursery attendants every Sunday morning, Cindy and Athena. Every parent is given a pager when their child is signed in. This pager is used to communicate with parents if there is a problem.
Most Sunday mornings the children begin in worship and are included in a children’s sermon early in the service. After the children’s sermon, the kids are dismissed downstairs to various classrooms.
Our Sunday morning elementary classes use the Holy Moly curriculum published by Sparkhouse. It is an interactive program that includes video, discussion, art, and story.
Tweens use the Sparkhouse Connect curriculum. Written specifically for tweens this series starts with a quirky video and is followed by discussion time with teachers.
Under the leadership of the Youth and Family Ministries Director, our middle and high school youth participate more fully in worship. They sit together upfront to listen to the sermon and then go downstairs to discuss the sermon and scripture.
Our incredibly talented youth also provide music for worship on a regular basis.
During the summer TPC puts on a fun and informative Vacation Bible School. For one week out of every year the church is transformed into an imaginative landscape. Adults leaders get to sing, wear costumes, and have a blast helping kids learn more about God’s love for them.
Every two weeks our youth gather for an Awakening program. They eat pizza and catch up. They check in with one another about what is going well and not so well in their lives. Then they play a group game and learn about scripture or our church traditions.
A highlight of the youth year is the youth mission trip. The fundraising kick off is an awesome youth-served dinner and silent auction. Each year our young people work to improve living conditions for some families who are truly in need.
We are proud to follow a very strict Safe Church policy to protect our children, youth, and vulnerable populations from all forms of abuse and maltreatment. All volunteers and staff who work with children or youth are screened and trained according to the Safe Church policies. Volunteers must complete the background check and video training through our partner Protect My Ministry, and all volunteers must then read and sign our institutional policy packet, all of which can be found below.
If you are interested in volunteering to work with our children or youth in any capacity, please download the Safe Church Policy.TPC.Rev.7.30.15
Thank you for your desire to assist in raising our children safely.