Children, Families & 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 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 may leave for Treasure Finders Sunday School.

Covenant’s Children Center

Registration for the 2018-19 school year begins mid-January 2018. 
Currently enrolled families and church members have priority registration until March 1, 2018. New families will be notified of acceptance or wait list status after March 1, 2018

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.

NEW REGISTRATION INFORMATION: 
- All programs are full for the 2017 – 2018 school year
- Registration for the 2018 – 2019 school year begins mid-January 2018
- Currently enrolled families and church members have priority registration until 
   March 1, 2018
- New families will be notified of acceptance or wait list status after March 1, 2018
- Application forms and information for each individual program are available below

IMPORTANT! If you are interested in applying for AM Kindergarten Enrichment AND the After School program, you will need to complete separate applications for each program and submit them together.

Preschool
3-5 yrs old (not yet in Kindergarten)
2-5 days a week, Mon.-Fri., 9:00–11:30 am

You want to enhance your child’s love of learning, and help her make new friends.  You want to give him the chance to explore our world in new ways, and practice social and academic skills. Our experienced teachers offer a rich variety of play-based learning activities together with opportunities to participate in large and small group guided learning. Our low ratio of a maximum of 12 children to 2 teachers allows for more individual teacher/student dialogue and interaction, lower stress, and a more personalized environment.

  • Currently enrolled families and church members have priority registration until March 1, 2018
  • New families will be notified of acceptance or wait list status after March 1, 2018

For a Preschool informational brochure, click here.  For an application, click here.  For questions, or to arrange a visit, contact Caroline McGeoch, 614-451-6677 x23, childcenter@covenantpcusa.org

Lunch and More   Currently enrolled preschoolers
                                 Tues. and/or Wed., 11:30am – 12:30pm

This is an optional extra hour for children enrolled in the preschool program.  Preschoolers may sign up to stay an extra hour on Tuesday and/or Wednesday to allow their caregivers to have a little more time to relax, run errands, or complete other tasks.  Sign up for Lunch and More is in August just prior to the start of school. 

  • Sign up for these optional 4 or 6 week sessions with your teacher beginning in August, 2018

Preschool Summer Session
   36 months - 5 years old
   Mon., Wed., Fri., 9:30am– 12:30pm
   June 4 – June 29, 2018
For a Preschool Summer Session application, click here. For a Preschool Summer Session information sheet, click here. For questions, or to arrange a visit, contact Caroline McGeoch, 614-451-6677 x23, childcenter@covenantpcusa.org

A.M. Kindergarten Enrichment
   5-6 years old
   5 days a week, Mon. – Fri. (limited part-time available)
   
8:15 am – 11:45 am
   
When UA schools are in session

You want your kindergartener to have a morning full of enriched indoor and outdoor learning experiences. You want her to have fun, and be energized to do her best once she arrives at her elementary school after lunch.  You want him to practice kindergarten skills in meaningful ways, and have the opportunity to more deeply explore children’s literature, dramatic play and STEAM concepts. Our program offers interest-based learning opportunities guided by experienced teachers. Transportation is available to afternoon kindergarten at Wickliffe, Windermere, and Tremont Elementary schools. 

  • Currently enrolled families and church members have priority registration until 3/1/2018
  • New families will be notified of acceptance or wait list status after 3/1/2018

For more information, click here.  For an application, click here. For questions, or to arrange a visit, contact  Caroline McGeoch, 614-451-6677 x23, childcenter@covenantpcusa.org

After-School Program
   Grades K–5
   
5 days a week, Mon. – Fri.  (limited part-time available)
   
2:50 pm – 6:00 pm
   
When UA 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. For questions, or to arrange a visit, contact Caroline McGeoch, 614-451-6677 x23, childcenter@covenantpcusa.org
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Children’s Day Out
18 mos.-3 years of age
1 day a week, Mon. through Fri., 9:30am-12:30pm

Registration now for the 2018-19 school year. NOTE: Tues., Wed., and Thurs. are full for next year.

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 about Children's Day Out, click here. For a brochure, click here.  For a registration form, click here. Contact: Colleen Davis, 614-766-4871, colleenjd@aol.com

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.

Family Volunteer Opportunity
Sat., Feb 10, 10am-12pm
Join us at Westerville Area Resource Ministry (W.A.R.M.) to learn about how they help our community and to help sort and stock food for their food pantry. All ages are welcome. Please bring food to donate to the pantry.

 

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.

Family Volunteer Opportunity
Sat., Feb 10, 10am-12pm
Westerville Area Resource Ministry, 150 Heatherdown Dr., Westerville

Join us at Westerville Area Resource Ministry (W.A.R.M.) to learn about how they help our community and to help sort and stock food for their food pantry. All ages are welcome. Please bring food to donate to the pantry. Contact Erin Wise.

Mardi Gras Pancake Breakfast
Sun., Feb. 11, 9-11am, Fellowship Hall
At Covenant we mark this Pre-Lenten event with Chris Cakes flipping flapjacks. All the pancakes and sausage you can eat! Prizes and fun for all.