4 Years - 4th grade

Children’s Ministry at Westminster is led by Sydney Knight. Children get the kind of care, encouragement and teaching to become well-rounded Christian disciples. They learn the fundamental doctrines of the faith and how all of Scripture reveals God’s plan of redemption in Christ. We welcome your participation in our children’s ministry and pray that you will be blessed in serving our covenant children.

We are always excited to meet new children and welcome them into our classes and church family!

Sydney Knight

Director of Children's Ministry

Schedule

Sunday School

10:50am

Each week our teachers and curriculum share God’s power and faithfulness as revealed in God’s word. We meet at the WCA School Building (down the sidewalk, North of the Church building) at 10:50am. Students walk over together under adult supervision immediately after worship!

Our Sunday school time includes Music time, Supervised Gym/Activity Time, and Class time where children engage in the truths of the Bible.

Curriculum:

Great Commissions Publications
(GCP)  - Toddler
Great Commissions Publications
(GCP)  - Preschool
Great Commissions Publications
(GCP) - Younger Elementary
Great Commissions Publications
(GCP) - Middle Elementary

Wednesday Evenings

6:15pm

During the fall and spring quarters, the children meet on Wednesday nights to learn and practice the Westminster Shorter Catechisms and Covenant Theology, with their age respected. We meet in the Narthex of WPC for dinner and fellowship at 5:30, and children walk into the WCA School Building, under adult supervision, at 6:15, for class time!
If you would like to join us, and would like dinner, please call the office by Tuesday, noon, to ensure you are on the sign up list.

Our Wednesday Nights begin January 11 and will run through April 26.

Curriculum:

Children’s Beginners Catechism (GCP)
Lead Me to Zion - Covenant Theology
Digging Deeper (GCP) - Westminster Shorter Catechism

weekly Updates

Weekly Parent Newsletter:

When dropping off your child please check in with KidCheck first. Check in stations are located just outside the nursery. If you are a first-time visitor, we can help you create an account to check in. Or you can go to www.kidcheck.com to create your account before you arrive. Stickers will be printed with your child’s name, allergies or medical alerts we need to know about, and the guardian location. If we need to contact you for any reason while your child is in Sunday School, we will send you a text alert to your cell phone.

Book Recommendations

January: Counseling/Emotions

Buster Tries to Bail:
When You Are Stressed
Good News for Little Hearts

"Buster loves racing, but the more he thinks about the upcoming competition at the county fair for who will be the fastest animal in Mulberry meadow, the more stressed he gets. No matter how hard he trains, he can’t eat or sleep, and eventually he decides he wants to quit running. Buster’s parents talk with him about quieting the noise in his head so he can listen to Jesus instead of all his worries.

Parents and children will learn concrete, grace-based ways to deal with stress. Based on David Powlison’s minibook Stressed Out and edited by Nan Powlison, Buster Tries to Bail ends with a special section that guides parents in teaching their children to respond with faith when worries take hold in their hearts."

Tori Comes Out of Her Shell:
When You Are Lonely

Good News for Little Hearts

"Tori the turtle feels all alone. She has just moved to a new pond and a new school with her family and it seems like everyone has a friend except her. Her teacher notices she feels alone and helps her remember Jesus is always her friend and then along the way she makes some new friends.

The last page contains information for parents on how God, in his Word, helps us turn to Jesus when we are lonely. Together children and parents will be guided into meaningful conversations about living by faith in the details of everyday life."

Henry's Big Mistake:
When You Feel Guilty

Good News for Little Hearts

"When Halle gets new braces she has trouble saying some words. This irritates her brother Henry and one day he teases her in front of their friends and really hurts Halle’s feelings. Now Henry has this nagging feeling inside that he can’t make go away. He tries to just be nice to Halle, but that doesn’t help anything. When he learns from Mrs. Bixby about guilt and what God wants us to do after we sin, he gains the courage to make things right with God and with Halle. Part of the Good News for Little Hearts series, Henry’s Big Mistake offers concrete, grace-based help for understanding why we feel guilty and what to do when we feel it.

Edited by Lauren Whitman, Henry’s Big Mistake helps young readers learn that confessing your sins to God is the only way to make guilty feelings go away and stay away. A special section at the end of the book includes a parent help page and the Bible verses referenced in the book are also available as a tear-out page."

Book Recommendations

January: Counseling/Emotions

Caspian Crashes the Party:
When You Are Jealous 
Good News for Little Hearts

"Caspian’s brother, Jax, is having a birthday party, and Caspian is jealous of all the attention and presents Jax is getting. One thing leads to another until Caspian crashes into the tent his parents set up for Jax’s birthday, bringing the whole party down with him. Caspian’s parents talk with him about jealousy and its bad effects, and eventually peace is restored.

Parents and children will learn concrete, grace-based ways to deal with jealousy. Edited by Edward T. Welch, Caspian Crashes the Party ends with a special section that guides parents in teaching their children to respond with faith when jealousy takes hold in their hearts."

Gus Loses His Grip:
When You Want Something Too Much 
Good News for Little Hearts

Jax's Tail Twitches:
When You Are Angry
Good News for Little Hearts

"Gus, a raccoon who loves all things sweet, learns what happens when you want something too much. After Gus gets caught taking candy from the store, Papa reminds him that temptation might be strong for us, but it’s not too strong for Jesus. Both Gus and Papa can ask Jesus for help when they want something too much.

The last page contains information for parents on how God, in his Word, helps us turn to Jesus when we are tempted. Together children and parents will be guided into meaningful conversations about living by faith in the details of everyday life."
"Everyone gets frustrated when something important to them goes wrong. In Jax’s Tail Twitches, the whole Squirrel family ends up out of sorts when acorn gathering doesn’t go according to plan. Although Papa, Mama, Jax, and Caspian Squirrel all get angry, they also learn about the power of saying sorry, seeking forgiveness, remembering God’s words, and praying together.

Edited by David Powlison, Jax’s Tail Twitches ends with a special section that guides parents in teaching children how the gospel of Jesus Christ changes how we respond when life goes wrong. Also included is a tear-out page of Back Pocket Bible Verses that will help children and adults remember to turn to God for help when they are angry."

Questions or Interested in Serving?

We are always looking to find more people who want to help in the spiritual growth of our children. All of our volunteers that work with children and youth must be approved by our elders and pass a background check. If you would like more information on serving our covenantal children or have other questions about Children's Ministry, please contact Sydney below!