NURSERY – 8:30am – Noon
The nursery is your child’s first experience with God’s family and we want it to be a positive one. Our dedicated staff and volunteers provide loving childcare for children infants to age 3 during all worship services and other special events. Our goal is to reflect the love of God to your child while in the nursery.
SUNDAY SCHOOL – 9:45am – 10:45am
Preschoolers through 3rd Grade
What do you get when you combine fun and learning about God’s love with the faithful guidance of caring teachers? You have a wonderful Sunday school program for children. The routine works like this:
Children are signed in at the Welcome Kiosk by the elevators, and dropped off at Room 312, which we call the Gathering Room. As a large group, we share announcements and prayers together before breaking out into our age groups for lessons.
You can find out where to pick up your little one by referring to the schedule and map posted on the bulletin board by the Elevators near the sign in sheets. During the Sunday School Hour, teachers use the Workshop Rotation Model which allows children to experience the stories of the Bible and incorporating the various ways we each learn. Over a 6-week period, children “rotate” weekly through our exciting theme-focused learning rooms. One week it might be cooking in the KidzTown Café, or storytelling in the KidzTown Library. The next week the kids might be learning the lesson in the computer lab at the KidzTown Connection, or by watching a video in the KidzTown Cinema, or even through art or science in the KidzTown Clubhouse.
Our PreSchoolers and PreKindergarteners are learning in the same room with the same teacher so they can slowly transition from Toddler Room to Rotation Model.
Club 45 is designed to help bridge the gap between children’s ministry and youth ministry by offering a specifically designed ministry to meet the distinctive needs of preteens. As they begin to desire independence and begin to form their own opinions and thoughts on life issues, we want Embry Hills to be a place where they feel safe, and where they feel like they belong. Club 45 meets on both Sunday and Wednesday night in Room 211.
Children begin worship with their parents at 11:00 a.m., then following Time on the Steps the children are led by adult volunteers to the Chapel to learn more about worship and its various elements. The children will be learning who God is and how to worship God. In addition, the children will have the opportunity to acolyte, read the scripture lesson, and lead in prayer.
“Time on the Steps”
During the 11:00 a.m. worship service, children are invited to hear the Children’s Sermon, called Time on the Steps. The message comes from the children through the sharing of “The Box,” a kind of Sunday show- and-tell. Often a child is chosen to take the box home and return the following Sunday with a selected object that is important to them–“nothing living, dead, slimy, corroded, or weaponous”—which is discussed in a way relevant to the life of the church and to their daily lives.
Following the “Time of the Steps” — Extended Session for Preschoolers
We know that a morning of Sunday School and regular worship service may be a bit much for our “ittie-bitties.” Immediately following Time on the Steps, children ages 3 to 5 years old are invited to our Extended Session in room 305 for playtime.
Kidz Own Worship
Children in 1st through 3rd grade are invited to join us for Kidz Own Worship three Sundays of the month. (If there are exceptions for special holidays or events, we will provide advance notice through our Weekly Widget Email Blast–sign up here.)
Children & Worship
We welcome children in worship. We believe worshiping as a family is an important part of each person’s faith journey. Children learn what it means to worship God by observing the examples of adults. Also, we offer materials and elements of worship that enable children to experience God in their own way during the service. Read more suggestions for parents and learning opportunities for children in worship.
During Lent (the season before Easter) and Advent (the season before Christmas), we provide special ministries to help kids understand and experience these special seasons of the Church year. For more information on these events, please call contact the staff.
Cross Over to Easter – 3:30pm-5pm
Children are invited to participate in Cross Over to Easter After Church ministry during Lent. Cross Over invites children to explore the story of Easter in depth. In the weeks before Easter, kids will spend an hour and a half learning the Easter story in fun hands-on ways. They will learn about Jesus’ ministry on Earth and discover what the characters in the Easter story teach us about God.
Journey to Bethlehem – 3:30pm-5pm
During Advent children are invited to “Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem—for Children” Based on Rev. Adam Hamilton’s bestselling books, this special interactive after-school opportunity invites children to explore the story of Jesus’ birth with fresh eyes and ears. Over the weeks before Christmas, kids are invited to spend an hour and a half to learn about the Christmas story in fun hands on ways. They will experience the culture of ancient Bethlehem and discover what each character in the story teaches us about God.
Rainbows – 6pm-7pm
Sunday evenings, children experiencing grief and crisis are invited to attend Rainbows. Rainbows is a free support group just for kids. Children experience grief like adults but need their own time and space to process it. “Rainbows is the largest international children’s charity dedicated solely to helping youth successfully navigate the very difficult grief process. ”Every day, children are touched by emotional suffering caused by a death, divorce, deployment of a family member, incarceration of a loved one, or any of a multitude of significant event traumas including natural or man-made disasters. “Children need guidance and compassion to prevent a loss event from literally defining their lives through later destructive choices. In fact, research proves that unresolved grief leaves kids vulnerable to major at-risk behaviors. Since our founding in 1983, over 2.6 million children and teens throughout 50 United States and 17 other countries have been helped and supported by Rainbows programs.” With games, journals, and interactive elements just for them, children can begin to heal. Read more info on this program, or please contact the staff.