— every child is a blessing
We take Jesus' words about children very seriously and we see children as spiritual beings, each uniquely created to experience God and to be a blessing to the world. We are committed to walking alongside your child and your family on your faith journey as you discover the fullness of life in God's love.
We use a God Centered Model for Spiritual Transformation that gives each child the opportunity to encounter God's living world. Through activities such as Sacred Circle Time, Holy Listening and Blessing, our children are not only taught Truths from the Bible, these Truths are brought to life in their hearts.
Children are given space to process the story through play. They are taught to meditate on God's Word and listen for how God is speaking to them. Our trained Holy Listeners, give each child a chance to be heard as they share what God is putting on their heart. They are individually blessed before they leave our classrooms. Our leaders are teachers and learners, who are leading our children but also being transformed as they experience God through a child's eyes.
Each milestone: Baptism, Blessing of the Kindergartners, 3rd Grade Bibles, Blessing of the 6th Graders, 8th Grade Confirmation, and Senior Blessing involves a special ceremony and a parenting component. In this way, we recognize our children's growing faith and help parents to lead their children spiritually throughout their development.
It is our vision to journey with our parents during every stage of a child’s spiritual journey as they become lifelong followers of Christ. Our Milestones mark important moments in a child’s life.
Baptism: Baptism is the first step toward becoming a lifelong follower of Christ. Often the vows are made by parents and the congregation welcoming an infant or child. They promise to journey with that child until their Confirmation.
Blessing of the K’s: Kindergarten is a time of discovery as they start school and begin exploring their independence. At this age, they are invited into Children’s Worship where they will share worship with their tiny peers!
3rd Grade Bibles: Third grade is time where our children become competent readers and we are honored to present them with their own Bible.
Blessing of the 6th Graders: This blessing marks the moment when our “children” become young people and are welcomed into Youth Ministry.
Confirmation: Confirmation is the time when our 8th graders affirm the vows that their parents made for them at their baptism. We trust that they are mature enough to take control of their own spiritual path. At the time of Confirmation they become full members of the United Methodist Church.