Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the Kingdom of Heaven belongs.” – Matthew 19:14
Adults and children of all ages are on the Christian journey together. At Tuckahoe, children learn that the church is a place where they belong, are loved, have friends, and find important service to do, all with the grace and love of God at the center.
Our children’s Sunday School, from 9:30 – 10:40 during September through May, welcomes children age 2 years old through 5th grade. Children and their leaders explore interesting and fun Bible-based lessons and activities using SPARK classroom and SPARK CONNECT curricula. Incorporated with these lessons are Godly Play sessions, music, and other enriching activities. For children younger than 2 years old, nursery care is provided during this time to allow parents to attend adult Sunday School classes and/or volunteer to help in children’s Sunday School. One Sunday each month the children participate in Children’s Choir with our Director of Music and his assistant. They learn age-appropriate anathems which will be performed during worship throughout the year. Visitors are always welcome!
Children of all ages are welcome and encouraged to participate in the worship service, held at 11:00 a.m. from September through May, and at 10:00 a.m. during the summer. Children’s worship bulletins and crayons are provided at the table near the narthex. There is a brief children’s sermon, “Moments with the Children”, held during every service, after which time children age 1st grade and younger may opt to go to the nurseries or, October through May, to Children’s Church. All children are welcome to stay for, and fully participate in, the entire worship service.
Our nurseries include three age groups:
Held each Sunday from October through May, for age 4 years old through 1st grade, following “Moments with the Children”, a lesson told in the Godly Play approach to religious education is led by Becky Goode, Director of Children’s Ministries.
On Wednesday evenings from mid-September through May, adults and children of all ages come together for dinner and fellowship at 6:00 p.m., followed by programs for adults and children.
M&M Kids is a music and motion group for toddlers through 1st graders. Skittles is a music and drams group for older children. Children are led by youth and supervised by adults.
They move and sing to Bible songs for about 20 minutes and then have power prayer and chill out time in one of our playrooms until the adult program concludes at 7:30 p.m. Skittles, for 2nd through 6th graders, incorporates music and drama in fun presentations. Skittles dismisses at the conclusion of the adult program, 7:30 p.m.
Parents’ Night Out
Held occasionally, throughout the year, an evening of food and fun for children!
Every year, children from our Sunday School, in addition to youth and adults, participate in our Christmas pageant, held during the Christmas Eve Family Service on Christmas Eve at 4:00 p.m. in the sanctuary.
Vacation Bible School
Our annual Vacation Bible School, held in mid-July, welcomes children from our congregation and throughout the community for a week of fun, fellowship, and valuable lessons from the Bible that can last a lifetime.
We invite children age 3 years old through rising 5th grade to participate in VBS programming. There are plenty of opportunities for both youth and adult volunteers, many choosing to help with VBS planning and preparation, and many choosing to help during the week.
This approach to religious education, based on storytelling and the Montessori method, is utilized once per term through the school year in every children’s Sunday School class. It is also the approach used during Children’s Church.
This group is called KMDs, or “Kids, Moms , and Dads” is made up of children age 2nd grade and up, and their family members. It is led by our Director of Music, Mark Cain. There are a limited number of spaces and a requirement of attending all practices and scheduled Sunday participation. This is a wonderful way to praise God and participate in worship!
Please join us in the life of the Tuckahoe church family! For more information, contact the Director of Children’s Ministries, Becky Goode.