MPPC Children’s Ministries

It’s all NEW this fall for children’s ministry. From Sunday mornings to Wednesday nights, the names have changed and so has what we do and how we do it!

Disciple Ship and the Mighty Dinghy!

Sunday Mornings Beginning Sept. 12 | 10-10:50 a.m.

GRADES K-5
Welcome to Sunday’s Disciple Ship, where children in grades K-5 discover what it means to be a disciple of Jesus in a new format with new curriculum! Children meet and gather in their graded classrooms for Bible stories and craft and mission activities  that connect their Bible story to life. Children will be divided into disciple “families” where they will learn specifics about their disciple’s family. The ‘families’ are based on grades: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade. (Grades will be combined based on size and need).

Curriculum for children’s Sunday Morning ministry will be the PCUSA Follow Me curriculum. This brand-new material looks at biblical practices for faithful living. In simple words, children will learn about the practices of Jesus and hear how Jesus said we can be his faithful followers. Some of the practices include Following Jesus, Welcoming All, Confession, Hope, Baptize and more!

PRESCHOOL
The Mighty Dinghy’s, our Sunday morning preschool program, will use the Follow Me preschool curriculum of the PCUSA and will stay in their classrooms throughout the hour as they hear God’s Word and have some playtime getting to know their new friends. (Classes include 2’s, 3’s, and 4’s).

NURSERY AND CHILDCARE
Nursery and childcare is available for toddlers and infants during the 10 a.m. education hour.

Terms to Know

Disciple Ship – This is a play on words, but we believe children’s ministry is like a ship that children are on as they learn about Bible stories and what it means to be a disciple. Ships stop in ports and travel abroad; children will stop in cities and “see” where the Gospel stories happened.

Mighty Dinghy – Everyone needs a Dinghy if you are out on a boat. A dinghy gets you from one boat to another and can get you to land when your boat is too big. We believe our preschool children are moving from the familiarity of home into a new church “family.” They are also just beginning to hear stories about God’s amazing love! Our Mighty Dinghy will move preschool children into a wonderful, God-filled place called church.

2021 Children's Sunday

Sunday, October 17 | 9 a.m. & 11 a.m.

On Sunday, October 17, children will help lead our Children’s Sunday Services of Worship during both the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. hour. If you would like your child(ren) to participate in leadership, please sign up here. Dan Wiard will contact you about children’s part(s). There will be TWO practice opportunities: 

  • Wednesday, October 13, 6 p.m. 
  • Saturday, October 16, 9 a.m. 

Children should plan to attend at least one of the sessions. Children who sign up to read should be confident in speaking in front of people and it is helpful if they are good readers. Dan will work with all the children with their part(s). Thank you!

New for Children! Wednesdays at the Well

LOGOS has changed beginning September 22, 2021, with new names and structure!  This year our Wednesday evening program will fall under the umbrella of Wednesdays at the Well.  Because of our recent surge in COVID, the children’s program on Wednesdays is modified for the time being.  Dinner and Vespers will not be part of the fall startup but look for their return in the coming months.  Here’s a quick look at the MODIFIED children’s Wednesday fall schedule followed by group descriptions:  

  • 4:45-5:30 p.m.   JAM (grades K-2), Kids Alive (grades 3-5) 
  • 5-5:30 p.m.   Angel Notes (Preschool Choir) 
  • 5:30-6 p.m.   Kingdom Choir (Elementary), Bible Time & Crafts (Preschool) 

Registration for the Wednesday night children’s program is available through Realm

ALL Wednesday’s Children’s activities will be OUTSIDE when possible.  Children should bring a face mask in case we do need to go inside for some reason. 

Angel Notes is MPPC’s youngest youth choir for children ages 3-5/Pre-K. Siblings who are younger than the recommended age are welcome with a parent present. During this time children will learn about God through classic children’s music! 

The Kingdom Choir, formerly known as LOGOs Choir, is MPPC’s second oldest youth choir for K-5th grade. Children will have the opportunity to sing fun music in harmony and learn about faith. 

JAM (Jesus and Me) is our Wednesday night program for K-2nd grade children. They will enjoy a fresh look at Bible stories and craft activities that help children learn Bible truths in a powerful way.  

Kids Alive (Grades 3-5) will bring a new “youth group” format to older elementary children that includes a range of activities including recreation, art, and study. The focus for Kids Alive will be a creative and engaging discovery of the 66 books of the Bible! Not only will children be able to know the Books of the Bible in order, but they will also be able to tell the broad storyline for each book!

More from Children's Ministry at MPPC:

Early Childhood - Infants through Preschool

Childcare
Loving childcare is provided for infants, toddlers, and young children by staff who have undergone child protection training and background checks.

Seabrook Playground
Seabrook Playground is a wonderland of enjoyment for preschool aged children. It is newly constructed, age-appropriate equipment with safety in mind.

New Baby Ministry
This ministry welcomes all babies born into our congregation with a rosebud from the worship service, a cradle cross, and an informational folder delivered by young moms to the family home.

Angel Notes (Fall and Spring Sessions)
Angel Notes Choir is our preschool choir, occurring Wednesday evenings. Children learn music, instruments, and have a Bible lesson.

 

Elementary School

Children’s Sunday
Children’s Sunday provides an opportunity for the children of the church to unite the prayers for worship and then assist in leading all four worships services on Children’s Sabbath. In addition to celebrating the children of our church family, Children’s Ministries also collects a special offering that offsets background check expenses for our caregivers and teachers.

Sunday Worship
Bring your children — all ages are welcome — and join us for worship. If you prefer, you may entrust your children (birth to 4 years) to our nursery caregivers who have undergone child protection training and background checks.

Vacation Bible School
This traditional week of learning, dancing, playing, and fellowship takes place in the summer each year, and we would love to see you! Registration opens February 1 for members and March 1 for guests.

First Grade Worship
First Grade Worship is a six-week program designed for our first graders to learn the different components of worship and the basic elements of the sacraments. Our prayer is that they will continue to worship with their families and attend Sunday School weekly.

Third Grade Bibles
Third Grade Bibles are presented to all of our third graders during a special worship service. As the children learn about the Bible in Sunday School, we pray that God will open their hearts and minds to the stories of Scripture and that they will be reminded of His incredible love for them. Through their reading, we hope the children, and their families, will be blessed and strengthened as disciples of God.

Wednesdays at the Well (Formerly LOGOS) 
Wednesdays include choir, dinner, vespers, and new fellowship/study formats for children that allow children and parents to participate alongside each other in ministry! This schedule is currently modified due to COVID protocols.