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.

A Child’s Summer Sunday Morning - We love having children in worship with us, but some children aren’t ready to stay through the sermon. We take seriously our call to help them grow in faith and love, so each of our worship services begins with the children among us. At 8:30 and 11am, children leave after Talk with Children and go to Wiggle Worship. At Gathering, children leave for Summer Sunday School.

Covenant’s Children Center

Children's Center Part-Time Positions
We're growing, and need help in the Children's Center. After School Teacher, K - 5th grade, 2:30-5:30 or 2:30-6pm, M - F plus monthly staff meetings. (15-19 hrs/wk). This is a great part-time job for someone who wants to make a difference in the lives of our neighborhood children and their families. Summers, weekends, and holidays off. For more details, contact Caroline McGeoch, childcenter@covenantpcusa.org.

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.

NOTE: 2017-18 Children's Center enrollment. We still have a few spaces available in our Preschool and Kindergarten Enrichment program, and are accepting names for the waiting list for the After School Care program. Email Preschool, Kindergarten Enrichment, and After School Program questions to: childcenter@covenantpcusa.org or call Caroline McGeoch, 614-451-6677 x23.

Applications for Children’s Center Programs are accepted year round, however, enrollment decisions will not be made until February of the preceding school year.  Families applying for any available spaces in the current school year will be contacted shortly after receipt of the application.
Please note that the After School Program for the 2017- 2018 school year is full. If you would like to be added to the waiting list for that program, please contact Caroline McGeoch atchildcenter@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.

Super Heroes are Coming!

Vacation Bible School 2017
July 24-28, 9am-noon
Ages 3 years old-5th Grade.
Kids go on awesome adventures alongside some of their favorite Bible heroes and discover the qualities that make us truly heroic in God. Epic music, crafty crafts, and fantastic Bible stories to help kids discover their strength in God!
Picnic, Thurs., July 27, 6pm. Bring food to share, all are invited.

ALSO we need LOTS of volunteers
(entering grade 6–adult)
all week and especially to help with check-in on Mon., July 24, 8:30am.
Sign up to volunteer: https://tinyurl.com/lvrb6uy

And VBS Set up: Saturdays July 15 & 22, 9am-12pm. Help us transform our church into Hero Central. No crafting or decorating skills needed, just show up with a desire to hang out with fun people and help make our church look fun and inviting.

Click Here to Register Now!

Pay through PayPal here:

VBS

 

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

Treasure Finders: 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.

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.

 

Parents' Night Out
2nd Fri. each month, 6-8:30pm
Parents need some time away, too. We host children so that their parents can be free to be grown-ups and play. We feed the children dinner, play games, watch a fun movie, and be good to one another. These are wonderful nights. This is a gift from our Covenant Family, so there is no charge, but we need you to register by Tuesday the week of PNO. Donations are accepted, and volunteers are needed to keep this wonderful ministry to our community a safe and nurturing one. Questions: Erin Wise, erinwise3@yahoo.com. Register by the Tues. before the PNO: http://tinyurl.com/covenantpno.