Spiritual Formation for Preschoolers
Emmanuel preschoolers learn quickly that they are special to God and to the church. Our leaders and teachers in the preschool ministry create a caring environment conducive to a child's stage of life.
Preschool Sunday school is available for infants through kindergarten. Here the children learn about God, themselves, family and the stories of scripture. Through songs, books, art and guided play, preschoolers are taught about Jesus' love for them and for the world.
On Wednesday nights, the preschool students participate in Mission Friends. Under the leadership of caring adults, the children learn how they can honor God through acts of worship and service.
The preschool ministry also includes events and activities throughout the year. Some of these include Vacation Bible School, an Easter egg hunt on Palm Sunday, and our annual church picnic.
Our nursery provides care for children age 6 weeks through Kindergarten during most worship services and church events. Nursery staff are carefully screened and trained in child care and are C.P.R. certified. We strive to reflect to our children that God loves and cares for them through the love they receive at church. A child security system is in place to insure that each child is safely returned to his parent.
One very special moment for preschoolers and their families comes early in life. When an infant is a few months old, the pastor and family will schedule a time for the church to offer its blessing to the child during a Sunday morning worship service. During this blessing, the pastor will introduce the child to his or her family of faith and ask the church to affirm its commitment to know the child by name, to pray for the child and to help shape the child's faith. The pastor also gives the family a letter to be opened years later when the child is baptized. This reminds us that in the act of blessing, we are claimed by our faith. Later in baptism, we claim that same faith in our own lives.
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