Children

At Rye Presbyterian Church, we seek to guide and nurture children on their journey of faith, encouraging them to know and follow Christ as faithful disciples. We do our best to provide a welcoming and loving environment for all children to engage Scripture, ask faith questions, and grow closer to God and our community of faith.

We seek to engage children in all aspects of our community of faith: 

Worship

“Jesus said to them, ‘Allow the children to come to me. Don’t forbid them, be-cause 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:

Please make sure to register to attend worship each week so we know how many from your family will be attending.

Bring crayons or colored pencils from home so your children can color the provided coloring pages and illustrated children’s bulletins.

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. 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. We look forward to seeing you all in worship!

Families can find printed copies of the illustrated children's bulletins at the door as they arrive for our 10 a.m. in-person service. During our services, we also include a Children’s Message, where our pastors help children engage scripture in a brief, age-appropriate message.

Virtual Sunday School

Starting Sunday, September 13, we are going virtual for Sunday School! The curriculum is Illustrated Ministry’s The Beatitudes: An Illustrated Curriculum. Through art, reflection, and discussion, we will learn about Jesus’ vision of God’s kingdom for all people, how Jesus turned expectations and traditional beliefs about being blessed upside down, and how to live into the promises of Jesus’ Beatitudes from Matthew 4:23-5:12. Each week we will focus on a different theme:

Sept 13 – To Be Blessed
Sept 20
– The Beatitudes
Sept 27 – Blessed are the Poor in Spirit

Each Sunday we will meet as a combined 30-minute class for PreK-5th grade via Zoom at 9:00 a.m. During each session, we will catch up with one another and discuss our welcome question, reflect on that morning’s theme, offer a blessing to one another, and end our time together with a few discussion questions and a prayer. If you would like your child(ren) to participate via Zoom, please fill out the registration form below!

We will also include a Family Page in our weekly Christian Ed newsletter for families to engage Jesus’ Beatitudes together at home! The Family Page consists of a central question, a brief reflection, a coloring page, an activity and a prayer. If you would like to receive these materials and are not already signed up for our newsletter, please contact Rev. JP. We hope you and your families join us as we engage scripture and live into the promises of Jesus’ Beatitudes together!

Weekly newsletter

We seek to help families experience God at work in their everyday lives through  our weekly Christian Education newsletter, which provides a variety of ways for families to engage scripture, ask questions, and grow closer to God together at home!  Please email Rev. JP to be added to the list.

Music

We seek to help children learn more about God’s love and their faith through song! Once a month, Lisa Rawson, the Director of Choirs for Children and Youth, gathers the Sunday classes for Singing Our Faith and teaches them the many songs of our 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.

Childcare

For infants and toddlers, we offer professionally staffed childcare. Young children play in a well-supervised, spacious room filled with toys and age-appropriate activities.

Due to COVID-19, childcare will not be provided until further notice. To parents of infants and toddlers, please know that your children are always welcome in worship!

Safety

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 will 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.  Implementation of the policy will begin this spring and will be fully implemented by the start of Sunday morning classes in September of this year.  Click here for a link to the full policy.      

Questions?

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 for Christian Education at 967-0842x17 or by .

 
Virtual Sunday School Registration (PreK-5th Grade)

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Parents are welcome to help lead various parts of the lesson or help monitor the Zoom room (muting/unmuting, overseeing waiting room, etc.)