Children & Families

 Dear Covenant Children & Families,

While our church building has been closed for months, our church, Covenant, was never closed.  We have continued worshiping God, praying for each other, texting our church families with encouragement, Zooming with laughter and tears, joining together for a virtual Vacation Bible School (VBS), and loving one another well.  No, Covenant never closed.  As we enter the Fall we know you are overwhelmed with school, work, and keeping everyone safe.  We want to support you and provide you with experiences that are helpful.  Below are some things we are working on.  And once it is safe to do so, we are looking forward to returning to in-person worship, Treasure Finders, and our other activities as well.  As always, I am praying for you all.

Grace and peace, 

Erin

Blessing of the Backpacks 2020:

Please join us for our drive-through Blessing of the Backpacks September 13, 12:30-1:30.  Please bring food for our SOS food pantry if you are able.  There will be a grocery cart for collecting food outside the North entrance.  Then continue around the building to the steeple (East entrance) where we will have blessing bags for each student.  You can stay in your car and we will place the bags in your trunk for a no-contact but a full-love blessing!  

Coming End of September 2020:

  • Virtual Treasure Finders (Sunday School) - We will be focusing on a passage that is full of wisdom that will enrich families, exploring Jesus’ vision of God’s inclusive kingdom, how Jesus turned expectations and traditional beliefs about being blessed upside down, and how to live into the promises of Jesus’ Beatitudes.  More details to come on how this will look, but we anticipate this involving pre-recorded videos & activities children can use at their convenience.
  • The most fun you ever had on Zoom!  One of the great blessings of our church family is how much our children truly care about each other.  We know they miss seeing their friends and we want to provide them opportunities to see each other and say hello.  We also know that many of our students will be spending much of their time on devices for school.  I hear you and will work to schedule some short sessions at intervals that work for most of you.  

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.

Click below to learn more about:

Erin Wise, Director of Children's & Youth Ministries  Contact Erin. 

Covenant Children's Center: Preschool, After-School Program,
Kindergarten Enrichment, Children's Day Out.


For information about these programs please click here.

Virtual Vacation Bible Study (VBS) 2020  

We are thanking God for a fun-filled, faith-growing amazing FIVE weeks of virtual VBS this year!  We explored what it means to have compassion for others, ourselves, and the world while watching videos, making crafts, telling stories, singing, dancing, moving our bodies, and Zooming together!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parents' Night Out 

NOTE:  Check back to see when PNO resumes!

Please Note: Parents' Night Out is for children 9 months - 12 years old.

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. Register by the Tues. before the PNO: http://tinyurl.com/covenantpno.

Treasure Finders (aka Sunday School) - Please join us when in-person worship resumes!
(Age 3 years - 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

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 - Please join us when in-person worship resumes!

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 112.

Joyful Noise Choir - Please joint us when in-person worship resumes!


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.