Children & Children's Center

Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God. 
                                                                                      Tiellaird de Chardin

We want to work with you as you guide your children in their exploration of Holy Mystery. Here at Covenant Presbyterian, we are family and we are here for one another as we all grow in faith and love. All of us are on this journey together.

You want your children to know in their hearts that they are beloved of God all the time. You want them to know that, right now, God can work through them to bring more love into the world.

You want them to experience joy.  We are good at that here.

We engage bible stories, pray in lots of different ways, play, create, explore and serve others together.

We learn about the many ways God has revealed God's self to people -- and we find the revelation of God's love in Jesus Christ, who teaches us both what God is like and what it means to be fully human.

Covenant’s Children Center

You want your child to become his or her best and truest self.  She needs fun so she can be engaged in learning.  He needs support in some areas and challenges in others.

Covenant Presbyterian Church has been home to an outstanding preschool for more than 50 years.  Recently we have added other programs to support children and their families, finally launching a complete Covenant’s Children Center ready to meet a variety of needs.

Applications for Children’s Center Programs are accepted year round, however, enrollment decisions will not be made until February of the preceding school year. Please note that all classes for 2017 are full and we are now only accepting names for the wait list. Families applying for enrollment for the following school year will be notified of enrollment decisions in late February.  Families applying for any available spaces in the current school year will be contacted shortly after receipt of the application. 

Email Children’s Day Out questions to: colleenjd@aol.com

Email Preschool, Kindergarten Enrichment, and After School Program questions to: childcenter@covenantpcusa.org

Children’s Day Out
18 mos - 3 years of age
one day a week
You want your child to become a little more independent and to build relationships with her peers.  You want him to have fun and to explore the world around him in lots of ways.  We created Children’s Day Out so that it is fun and wonderful for children, and so their caregivers can have a few hours to take care of themselves or do other things they need to get done.  For ten years, toddlers have been coming to Covenant to explore the world in a safe, nurturing and joyful community.

For a complete manual for Children's Day Out, click here. For a brochure, click here.  To register, click here. Contact: Colleen Davis, 614-766-4871, colleenjd@aol.com

Preschool
3-5 yrs old, not yet in Kindergarten
two to five days a week
For more information, click here.  For an application, click here.

Kindergarten Enrichment
5-6 years old, enrolled in part-time Kindergarten
five days a week
For a brochure, click here.  For program info, click here. For an application, click here.

After-School Program
Grades K – 5 - 2:50-6:00pm on days when Upper Arlington City Schools are in session
You want your child to be able to unwind and talk about their day, enjoy a snack from home, and have fun getting important things done.  We offer help with their homework, practice time for their music, indoor and outdoor exercise, games, time for them to read, write, create, meditate and explore the world. 

Warm, talented and fun program staff offer daily activities, and community members offer various enrichment opportunities like science, yoga, cooking, writing, art, drama, sewing and dance.  We are small, child-focused, creative, warm, supportive and fun. 

For more information, click here.  For an application, click here.

Preschool Summer Session
36 months - 5 years old
Mon., Wed., Fri., 9:30am – 12:30pm; 
5 weeks; mid June – mid July
For more information, click hereFor an application, click here.

Vacation Bible School 2017

Super Heroes are Coming!!

Save the Date: July 24-28, 2017
9am to Noon

 

Parents’ Night Out
2nd Friday Each Month (No PNO in April due to Good Friday.)
6-8:30 pm
Register online by the Tuesday before:  http://tinyurl.com/covenantpno

Parents need time to play, too.  We host children so you can be free to be grown-ups and enjoy yourselves.  We feed the children dinner, play games, watch a fun movie, and  are good to one another.  We have so much fun and parents come back beaming.

This is a gift from us to your family, so there is no charge, but it is important to register ahead, so we have enough people to take wonderful care of all the kiddos.  Donations are accepted.

Treasure Finders  (aka Sunday School)
(Age 3 - 5th grade)

Meet in Fellowship Hall at 10am, where they grab a snack and dance to our Gathering Band. 
At about 10:10 (after a couple of songs), children leave for their classrooms. 
Their grown ups pick them up from those rooms at 10:55 am -- in time for our 11:00 service, if you would like to go to that, too.

Preschool - Room 112, Shane Spicer
Kindergarten and 1st - Room 104, Kim Halsey
2nd and 3rd - Room 105, Jean and Tim Scott
4th and 5th - Lower Level, Judy Oeder
(Teachers Guide click here)

You want to honor your child’s innate spirituality.  You want to give him the words to engage with Holy Mystery.  You want her to have tools to express and explore her experiences of the Divine.

We want to support you in this.  Our teachers lead and guide and equip, as our children experience God, the bible, prayer, and service for themselves.  We talk together.  We discover and wonder and learn. 

 

Wiggle Worship
Your children are welcome to be in worship with us.  This is their church, too.  Sometimes having a child sit through a sermon and lots of words is not the best choice for a child or their grown-ups.  So, we work to have the best of both worlds:  being church together and meeting individual needs. 

Wiggle Worship is designed for young children:  a story, games, crafts and a snack, praying together and being good to one another.

Bring your whole family to any of our worship services.  The nursery is open all morning, and we have educational/spiritual options for children three years old and up.  At 8:30 and 11:00, enjoy the beginning of the service with your children, then bring or send them up front for Talk with Children.  When the children are dismissed, they have the option of going with our church staff for Wiggle Worship.  Grown ups pick up their children after the service in Room 120.

Joyful Noise Choir
We can make a joyful noise unto the Lord at any age.  Singing together is fun, and we have a professional music teacher leading our children in choir and bell ringing.  The children practice at the beginning of Treasure Finders (aka Sunday School) and sometimes during Wiggle Worship.

Spiritual Verge (grades 6-8)
Sundays, 10-11am. Dec. 2016 - Feb. 2017
Tom Billman
Sunday School class. We dive deep into questions about how we read scripture in community, about how the Spirit speaks to us through scripture, about how we engage with the bible to help figure out how to live.

Service Opportunities
Children learn to love one another by doing it.  Our children bring in food for our church's food pantry and sometimes help stock it.  We take field trips to places like the Westerville Food Pantry and work there.  We make cards for people who cannot make it to church anymore and for others who could use a good dose of love.