Family & Youth Ministry

Check out this video of some of our young people talking about the

Christmas Story in their own words.

Sunday School

Our Sunday School program resumed in September 2022, and you can register anytime by clicking HERE.

We all join together for worship at 10 am, and after about 15 minutes or so, the children who wish to may leave for Sunday School in our bright and welcoming space downstairs. Caregivers are welcome to stay with their children in Sunday School, and are also free to return to the church service if they would like to do so while their child participates in Sunday School. Children are also welcome to remain in church with their caregivers if that is where they feel most comfortable as a family. Joyful noises throughout worship are always welcome!

We currently have two age groups running with a dedicated group of volunteer leaders and assistants. We are primarily using the curriculum from Sparkhouse. It is a rotation based curriculum, which means that the children get to experience the scriptures through a variety of activities to suit their varied learning styles and interests over the course of a few weeks. For example, one story we will be looking at is Noah and the Ark. Within that unit, the children will hear the story of Noah and the Ark from different Bible translations or books over the course of approximately four weeks, and each week, each group will get to explore how that story might apply to them as they engage in one of the rotation stations (Art, Science, Cooking, Media, Drama, and more).

At the end of each story/unit, our Sunday School comes together as a whole group to do an outreach project inspired by that story. For example, for the Creation story, the children might make dog and cat toys to be donated to the local Humane Society as they learn about caring for animals as part of God's creation.

Our goal is to provide children and young people with a faith home where they feel a sense of belonging, just as they are. A space where they can ask questions without fear of judgement, where they can let their curiosity about their faith run free, and where they can explore who they are and want to become.

Nursery

Our beautiful bright nursery, located in the Sunday School wing downstairs, is fully stocked with seating, change table, play pen and toys and the best of all, you are not going to miss anything from the service since it is fully connected via live feed, so that caregivers will be able to view and listen to the service in real-time!

If you have any questions or would like more information about family and youth ministry programs,

contact our Family & Youth Ministry Coordinator, Andrea Rogers, at:

westriveryouthminister@gmail.com