Christian Education Programs
Children and Youth
Growing a Godly people . . .
tending the garden
"We promise to tell these children the good news of the gospel,
to help them know all that Christ commands, to
surround them with our love,
and by our fellowship to strengthen their ties
with the household of God."
- Congregational Vow in the
Sacrament of Baptism
The Christian Education program at the Church of the Covenant is a cooperative
program where families,
who carry the primary responsibility for the Christian Education of children
and youth, join their
talents with Christian Educators and the entire congregation to create a
community where people of all
ages can realize and receive God's love, and have the promises of their baptism
Children ages pre-kindergarten are cared for and nurtured in the Christian faith
in the Crèche on the lower level of the education building.
The Crèche open at 8:30 am through 12:30 p.m.
(for those attending adult seminars). The Sunday morning program is lightly structured with stories, music, arts and crafts, and lots
of play time.
Kindergarten through 2nd Grade
Children in grades Kindergarten through Second will begin their worship in the sanctuary with their parents or in a designated pew. They will leave midway to continue their worship in the Worship Center in Yost Chapel. The "Children in Worship" program helps young children to learn about God in a worship, rather than classroom environment. The stories of God are told in a sensorimotor style, and young children are invited to respond to the stories using all of their senses. The worship time is programmed according to the order of worship used at the Church of the Covenant and in other Reformed churches and follows the calendar year.
3rd Grade through 8th Grade
Children in grades third through eighth come to Worship with their parents on
Sunday mornings. During the sermon time, students leave for their Sunday School. Students go to the Education Wing for the Sunday class. Weave Courses integrate the study of the Bible with Worship practices, Mission, and Spiritual and Leadership development in a variety of approaches relevant to the child's life.
Senior High Youth
Our Senior youth programs are for students grades 9-12. The Curriculum for this group will be drawn from the new Covenant People weave courses. The group will also discuss social and justice issues that are relevant to them, and spend time organizing stewardship activities together.
Youth Fellowship and Service
Youth also plan social activities which take place throughout the year. These include lock-ins, retreats, and a variety of fun outings. Youth hold fundraising events to help defray the cost of a summer mission trip which the youth can participate in over a week's time during the summer.
- Youth Group
This year we plan to organize Youth Groups for Junior and Senior High. The Groups will meet bi-monthly and give youth the opportunity for fellowship as they grow in their faith.
Youth will be encouraged to actively participate in Sunday morning worship, taking on rolls such as Ushers and Greeters and Lay Worship Leaders.
Along with the Sunday Morning classes, Youth in grades 9-10 may participate in a special confirmation program designed to explore their faith and to address whether they fell ready to confirm the commitment made by their parents at baptism. The program combines
twice monthly meetings with individual mentors and monthly group meetings.
Special Worship Services
Several times during the year, children and youth take a leadership role in the
Service. We believe supporting these special services is important for a
number of reasons:
Children and Youth learn to appreciate the worship experience as they actively
participate in it.
Children and Youth have unique gifts and insights which enrich the
congregation as a whole.
The Pageant is a re-enactment of Jesus' birth narrative. There are
roles for ages four through adult. The music ensembles also sing. Rehearsals
for the pageant occur during the fall morning worship time, as well as Saturdays prior to the service itself.
Youth Sunday is a time when Children and Youth minister to the congregation. This year, we will build the service around the theme of Growing a Godly people. Children and Youth ages ages 4 to adult will prepare for their Youth Sunday roles during spring class hours. There is also a critical Saturday rehearsal the week before.
Summer Work Camp/Travel Seminar
The music programs are an important part of our Christian Education Curriculum.
In the various music ensembles, children and youth enrich their worship
by sharing their time and talents with the rest of the church family. Through
group singing, they enjoy fellowship with one another and learn about the
importance of working together, while they begin to develop their knowledge of
biblical themes, sacred music, and the joy of singing to God.
This choir is for grades kindergarten through second grade.
It meets in the Kindergarten room of the education wing from 11:30 to 12:30,
following the Worship Center (the second half of the hour is devoted to
crafts projects let by church volunteers).
This choir is for grades third through sixth. The group meets upstairs in
the choir room from 12:00 to 12:30, following their Sunday School.