The Education Ministry of the Old Presbyterian Meeting House provides opportunities for children, youth and adults to grow in their knowledge and practice of faith.
During the school year we offer a class for 3- and 4-year-olds, 5Ks–Grade 1, Grades 2–3, and Grades 4–5. Children of all ages use the denomination’s curriculum, Growing in Grace and Gratitude, which includes Bible study, music, arts and crafts, hands-on activities and fellowship.
Youth classes include middle school for youth in grades 6–8 and high school for 9th–12th graders. Confirmation class, intended for those preparing to make their first public profession of faith, is open to youth in 8th grade and older.
Adult Education covers a wide variety of topics, including Bible study, theological studies, and life applications.
CHILDCARE – BIRTH THROUGH AGE 4
Our Childcare Ministry is our Baptismal Covenant in action. In baptism we promise to help raise children in the faith. We promise to include them in the church family. We pledge to support and encourage their parents. The nursery is our first point of contact with these children and their families. It is our first opportunity to keep our promises.
The church nursery is staffed by CPR/First Aid-certified, paid caregivers from 9:15 AM through the 11:00 AM worship service every Sunday. Childcare is available for infants through age 4 during both worship services and for infants and toddlers during the Sunday School hour. The childcare rooms are located in the Education Building, located at 318 S. Royal St.:
Infants: Room 14
Toddlers: Room 12
September to May
9:30-10:30 AM SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES
Children from Pre-K to grade 5 start in Fellowship Hall with Music for all ages followed by an interactive Bible lesson by age group PreK-1st grade and 2nd-5th grade. Teachers are background checked and love kids!
Children are welcome in worship. We have a children’s time with a short lesson. After the time with children, kids return to their parents in the pew. We have children’s worship bags and books available to keep little hands busy during worship. Childcare is available in Fellowship Hall from 9:15 AM-12:15 PM.
The Meeting House youth ministry includes not only Sunday morning Sunday School and evening youth fellowship but also includes opportunities for local and global service, for retreats, and for interschool friendships.
The ministry focuses on being a welcoming safe space for individuals to ask and wrestle with questions on the intersection of faith and other responsibilities. Believing strongly that we are community, the ministry makes great efforts to stress how each individual brings unique gifts to the body of Christ. As part of the body, we are to care for one another.
9:30-10:30 AM YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
Middle and High School:
Flounder 1B/Flounder 2B
Confirmation classes (spring of each year):
6:00–8:00 PM YOUTH FELLOWSHIP
6:00–8:00 PM (unless otherwise noted), Fellowship Hall, dinner provided
Visit Youth and College Page
Registration is open to Meeting House members only at this time. Based on space and volunteer capacity will determine whether or not we’re able to open it to the community at a later date.
Join us August 8-11, 2022 for Compassion Camp: Changing the World With Lovingkindness.
Children ages 3 (diaper-free) through grade 5 are invited to explore what it means to have compassion for others, ourselves and the world. As we look around the world, our deep need for compassion becomes more evident with each passing day, perhaps now more than ever. Compassion Camp’s goal is to cultivate compassion for each other, ourselves, and the world. We will examine different places in our lives where we can cultivate compassion. We’ll explore themes of compassion as they relate to each session’s scripture through storytelling, music, crafts, recreation, and science.
Registration will close July 1 or when full. We will email additional program details and safety protocols closer to the start date.
All Meeting House staff, Elders, Deacons, Sunday School teachers, youth advisors and adult volunteers are required to complete a background check as well as our online and in house child and youth protection policy training every three years.