Children & Families

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.

Click below to learn more about:

Need childcare for a church event?
Email Erin Wise to schedule.

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.

Parents' Night Out

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

Advent Event
Sun., Dec. 1, 9:30-11am
Join us for an all-church gathering to get ready for Advent! Crafts, snacks, games and fun for all. Come and go as you please. Be sure to stop by to pick up your Covenant Advent devotional written by your church family plus an advent family guide called "In Light and Darkness."  These weekly reflections explore the theme of light and darkness in Advent scriptures. Each week, there is a suggested scripture to read, a short reflection, discussion questions, an activity (with lots of coloring opportunities), and a prayer to explore the theme of light and darkness working in balance in our lives. In addition, there is an advent calendar with a simple daily activity and a shadow box theater craft to tell the story of Christmas using light and shadows. Questions? Contact Erin Wise.

Neighborhood Family Christmas Party
Fri., Dec. 6, 5:30-7:30 pm, Fellowship Hall
You’re invited to get in the holiday spirit! We’ll help children with cookie and ornament decorating and everyone can enjoy pizza and Christmas caroling. Bring your friends and just show up for this wonderful way to start the Christmas season.

Parenting Together
Series runs multiple times throughout the year.
Parenting little ones is such a gift.  And it is also really hard!  It is much easier when we can support each other through the hard times and celebrate the good.  We provide dinner and childcare.  Parents join us for conversations, discussion and much laughter.  

Vacation Bible School 2020!
June 22-26, 2020
Registration begins in January

Treasure Finders  (aka Sunday School)
(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
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
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.