At Rye Presbyterian Church, we seek to guide and nurture children on their journey of faith, engaging their natural sense of wonder and curiosity to help them know and understand God’s love. We do our best to provide a welcoming and loving environment for all children to engage Scripture, wonder about faith, and help them live into their identities as beloved children of God.
We seek to engage children in all aspects of our community of faith:
“Jesus said to them, ‘Allow the children to come to me. Don’t forbid them, because God’s kingdom belongs to people like these children…’ Then he hugged the children and blessed them.” -Mark 10:14-16
Jesus not only welcomed children, he also blessed them. Know that your children’s presence in worship is both welcome and a blessing to us all! Here are some ideas to help make the most out of worship as a family:
• There are coloring pages and illustrated children’s bulletins with coloring pencils in the narthex!
• Explain what is happening during worship and what is coming next. Let children cross things off in the bulletin as they happen. Whispering is okay!
• When it’s time to stand, allow children to kneel on the pews if they would like.
• Allow children to participate in the offering by putting in your envelope or putting in their own gift in the offering plates near the doors as you leave. A picture drawn for God is appropriate!
• Most importantly, relax and be at peace. We know that God made children to be full of energy and excitement!
During our services, we also include a Children’s Message, where our pastors help children engage scripture in a brief, age-appropriate message.
This February we continue to make our way through our Celebrate Wonder curriculum, which seeks to engage our children’s natural sense of wonder and curiosity to help them know and understand God’s love! This month we will explore stories that show Jesus as our guide, showing how we can faithful and intentional followers. Below are the stories we are engaging this month:
Feb 4: Children’s Chapel
Feb 11: Matthew 6:5-15
(The Lord’s Prayer)
Feb 18: Mark 4:35-41
(Jesus Calms the Storm)
Feb 25: Luke 10:38-42
(Mary and Martha)
We seek to support our parents as they guide and nurture their children on their journey of faith at home! Our weekly CE newsletter provides weekly updates on what's coming up for children, youth, and families at RPC, monthly spiritual practices, occasional book recommendations, and many other ways to engage scripture, wonder about faith, and grow closer to God together at church and at home. If you would like to receive our newsletter, contact Rev. JP.
Our goal is to immerse children and their parents in the creativity of music-making within the context of community. We are developing a once-per-week after-school music time for children in the nursery school. In addition, music will be a feature monthly in Sunday School classes and in the every-other-month Children’s Chapel sessions. We’ll experience the wonderful energy of singing and moving together, of listening to and encouraging one another. In so doing, new generations will come to know, love, and then share the greater song of faith.
Fellowship and Mission
We provide many opportunities for children to grow closer with our community of faith. We do this through monthly Family Fellowship events and intergenerational service projects throughout the year.
For children ages 3 months through 3-years-old, we offer professionally staffed childcare. Young children play in a well-supervised, spacious room filled with toys and age-appropriate activities.
We encourage parents to take a look at our revised guidelines for this program year.
Please make sure to sign your children up for Sunday School each week using the form here. This sign-up form is different than the registration form below. It helps us know ahead of time how many children to expect on a given Sunday so we can safely and effectively plan for that morning.
CHristian Education Newsletter
We seek to support our parents as they guide and nurture their children on their journey of faith at home! Our weekly CE newsletter provides weekly updates on what's coming up for children, youth, and families at RPC, monthly spiritual practices, occasional book recommendations, and many other ways to engage scripture, wonder about faith, and grow closer to God together at church and at home. If you would like to receive this newsletter, please let Rev. JP know.
Child & youth protection policy
In September 2016, Session approved a child and youth protection policy. The policy is tailored to reflect the children and youth programs at Rye Presbyterian Church, as well as meet common requirements across national and community youth programs. We believe that the practices adopted under this policy help us achieve our goals of maintaining a safe and nurturing environment for our youngest members. The policy covers several key areas including supervision, qualifications and reporting. Click here for a link to the full policy.
If you have any questions about our Sunday morning classes or would like to know more information, please contact Rev. JP Marshall, our Associate Pastor at 967-0842x17 or by .