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.
4 YEAR OLDS – 5TH GRADE
This year the children, ages 4 – 5th grade will be enjoying a brand new curriculum: Kid Connection. Sunday School begins at 9:30 am with children gathering in their respective classrooms. Then we will all join together for a large group time to hear the days Bible Story and sing songs. Following the large group time, the children will return to their classrooms for small group time. This curriculum will nurture and encourage each child to know, love, and serve God; nurture the faith of children and leaders within a caring community; teach children the story of Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation; help children understand biblical/Reformed truths; challenge children and leaders to live their faith; equip children to share their faith and serve others in the community; encourage children to make the church’s teachings their own; and help children value the rich diversity of people in God’s kingdom.
2 AND 3 YEAR OLDS
Our youngest Sunday School group will be enjoying “Story Hour”–a faith-based curriculum that allows creative and fun time for little ones to play and learn about God!
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 to childcare rooms. All children are welcome to stay for, and fully participate in, the entire worship service.
During the spring, the children lead a full worship service–providing scripture readings, liturgy leadership, a message and the mornings’ music. This worship service is a beautiful testament to how God is working in the lives of our children!
Childcare is provided during the worship hour for children infant through first grade. The Nursery in Room 104 is designed for infants through 23 months. Two and three year olds may be taken to Room 102. Children age 4 through 1st grades may be taken to Room 105 for childcare. Parents are responsible for picking up children from childcare at the conclusion of the service.
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. Following dinner, a bell and chime choir for children rehearses from 6:30 – 7:00 p.m.
BELL AND CHIME CHOIR
New for 2017-18 is the Children’s Chime Choir for kindergartners through second graders. The older kids will continue with our bell choir, called KMDs, or “Kids, Moms , and Dads”. This choir is made up of children age 3rd grade and up, and their family members. It is led by our Director of Music, Mark Cain. This is a wonderful way to praise God and participate in worship! Both children’s choirs will rehearse on Wednesday nights from 6:30 – 7:00 p.m., following our Wednesday Night Suppers. This begins September 13th and will continue through May 24, 2018. Then we’ll take a break in the summer!
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.
Music and Mission Camp
All children, ages 5-5th grade, are invited to attend our summer Music and Mission Camp for a morning in August, in Duntreath Hall. We play games, play bells, make blessing bags for those who are homeless in our community, and decorate worship bags. Parents are invited to come and be with us, or you may drop children off for the morning.
Please join us in the life of the Tuckahoe church family! For more information contact the Director of Christian Formation, Sarah Dennis at email@example.com.