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)
Loving and teaching children is a centerpiece of the mission of Second. Our children’s ministry staff and volunteers of have built a line-up of fun classes and activities for your children to experience the love of Jesus Christ and to learn what it means to be His Child.
During the pandemic, Sunday School for pre-school through 5th grade children is taking place on Sunday mornings on Zoom at 9 AM. Email the church office for Zoom links.
On Sunday mornings, we have a dedicated team prepared to care for your children and teach them about God and Christ’s boundless love.
Crying Room: Children are always welcome in worship, but if parents feel they need to leave 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.
Nursery care is available for children from 8 weeks through age 5 in Room 105 along the main corridor under Smith Hall during both worship services. Our loving nursery workers are experienced and subjected to thorough background checks.
“Time with Children” during worship: During each service, all children are invited to come to the front and sit on the floor for a short lesson from the pastor. After the children’s time, children may return to their seats or go to the nursery.
Children’s Worship Bags: 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.
Sunday School (ages 3-5th grade) from 9:55 AM to 10:55 AM (September – May): Children enjoy Bible stories and hands-on activities taught by a group of caring and dedicated volunteer Sunday School teachers. Lessons are based on the Spark Activate Faith Bible-based curriculum. Sunday school classes are divided into the following age groups:
- Pre-K: ages 3 & 4
- Kindergarten-1st grade
- 2nd-3rd grades
- 4th – 5th grades
Sunday School (middle and high school): Sunday afternoons at 4 PM (September – May) (currently on Zoom): 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! Divided into middle school and high school age groups, we engage our older youth with age-appropriate curriculum to deepen their knowledge of the Bible and to encourage wide-ranging discussions to discover the relevancy of these Christian lessons to their everyday lives.
Second Church offers confirmation class to all youth who are in the eighth grade or higher. One of the goals in confirmation is to answer the question, “What does it mean to join the church?” Attending worship, classes, retreats, meetings, and mission projects together are all part of the confirmation path. Confirmation classes are generally held every other year. Contact Rev. Amy Carlson for information about the next confirmation class.