Jesus said to them, “Whoever welcomes this child in my name welcomes me and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me; for the least among all of you is the greatest.” (Luke 9:48)
On Sunday mornings, we have a dedicated team prepared to care for your children, from infants through high school, and teach them about God and Christ’s boundless love.
Children in Worship
With Sunday School taking place between our two services, we always encourage children to participate in worship with their families. During the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services all children are invited to come to the front for a talk with the minister. After the Children’s Time, children may return to their seats or go to the nursery (if they are five or younger).
Multicolored worship bags containing materials designed to help children participate more fully in the worship service are located in the back of the Chapel and in the Rotunda. Each bag contains a young reader’s bulletin, crayons or markers, and a booklet about the parts of the worship service. Baskets of children’s books with Christian themes are also available to young worshipers to read during the service.
If parents feel they need to leave worship with their child, they may go to the “Crying Room” in Meeting Room D along the hallway leading to the Chapel, and listen to the service via the sound system while attending to their child.
The Second Presbyterian Church childcare staff provide a loving, safe, and clean environment for infants (8 weeks) through age five during both worship services in Room 105 along the main corridor under Smith Hall. Our nursery workers have received full background checks.
Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. between Worship Services
Preschool – 5th grade
The morning for our 3 years to 5th graders starts with a music time playing chimes with our handbell director, Beau Lochte. After which, children split up into their age-appropriate Sunday School classes (ages 3-4, K-1st, 2nd/3rd, and 4th/5th). Children enjoy Bible stories and hands-on activities taught by a group of caring and dedicated volunteer Sunday School teachers.
Middle and High School
Second is a place where middle and high schoolers can encounter Jesus Christ and grow into the grace, love, joy and hope of knowing and following Him together!
Activities for Children and Youth
Second is a great place for kids! There always someplace for your kids to plug in and play…
Musicals and Pageants
Kids who like to sing and perform can participate in musicals that are occasionally performed during worship like “Moses and the Freedom Fighters” or for our annual Christmas pageant.
Fun Fellowship Activities
There are fun social activities for kids and families scheduled throughout the year including visits to corn mazes, bowling, movie nights at the church, family cookouts, etc.
Vacation Bible School
“VBS” takes place in late July each year, and is a week-long day “camp” for children ranging from 4 years to about 5th grade. Second partners with four other churches on Charles Street to bring this exciting and Christ-filled camp to our community. Each year features a different theme, which is supported through songs, games, bible lessons, arts and crafts and numerous other activities throughout the week. More information
Kids are regularly included in hands-on mission projects that are fun and instill in our children Jesus’ call to love our neighbor. Activities have included making hygiene kits for disaster relief, comfort shawls for hospitalized children, collecting canned goods, planting and harvesting vegetables for local food kitchens, making peanut butter sandwiches for Our Daily Bread, and playing bingo with senior citizens.
Rally Day in early September ushers in the Sunday School year. We celebrate with a picnic, games, a moon bounce, and petting zoo.
Annual Easter Egg Hunt
The Easter Egg Hunt, usually held on the Saturday before Palm Sunday, is an old tradition at Second. We make Easter-related crafts, hunt hundreds of eggs on the church grounds (or inside if it is raining), and enjoy refreshments.
Second Presbyterian sponsors Troop 5 of the Baltimore area boy scouts. The scouts meet in Smith Hall most Sundays at 4 p.m.
Middle and High School Youth Activities
At Second we engage our youth (middle and high schoolers) in many ways –by helping them to delve deeper into the Bible and discover how its messages are relevant to their lives, by joining together with them in hands-on mission projects here in Baltimore and on summer trips elsewhere in the U.S. and occasionally in other countries to bring to life Jesus’ call to love thy neighbor, by encouraging them at times to take an active role in worship, and through experiencing the joys of fellowship together in fun activities like overnight lock-ins, ski trips, trip to Disney World for Faith in 3D, Christmas parties, etc.