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.
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 8:15 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
From September–May, our Sunday School classes focus on learning the stories of the Bible.
9:30-10:40 a.m. SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES
Sunday School begins with music for all ages. 2-year-olds–kindergarten meet in Room 12. Grades 1–5 meet in Heaven (Education Building, top floor).
After music, children will transition to their classrooms:
- 2-year-olds & toddlers: Room 12
- Little Stars (3- and 4-year-olds): Room 13
- 5Ks–Grade 1: Room 26
- Grades 2–3: Room 24
- Grades 4–5: Room 20
Please note this Sunday School schedule and grade level grouping is new for 2019–2020.
Everyone will gather together in the Sanctuary as the service begins. Following the Time with Children, children (kindergarten–grade 3) may attend the Bridges to Worship Class (top floor of the Education building). Children remain in worship with their families the first Sunday of each month. Parents are always welcome to take children under five to childcare (first floor of the Education building) following the Children’s time.
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.
9:40-10:40 A.M. YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
Middle and High School:
Flounder 1B/Flounder 2B
Confirmation classes (spring of each year):
6–8 P.M. YOUTH FELLOWSHIP
6–8 p.m. (unless otherwise noted), Fellowship Hall, dinner provided
Visit Youth and College Page
Each summer, the Meeting House hosts Vacation Bible School. Our goal with VBS is to share the stories of the Bible with children in our church family and the wider community. We offer VBS for diaper-free children age 3 (by January 31) through rising 5th graders.
April 27, 2020
We are writing to let you know that, in consultation with the Meeting House staff and Education Ministry, we have decided to cancel this year’s Vacation Bible School, which was scheduled to take place June 29–July 2, 2020.
We were very much looking forward to this event, as we know many of you were. We are truly saddened that we will not be able to spend time this summer laughing and playing games in the courtyard and burial ground, listening to exciting Bible stories in Flounder, singing and dancing together in the sanctuary, and creating works of art or conducting science experiments in Fellowship Hall.
We have made this decision out of an abundance of caution and a deep desire to love vulnerable members of our community the best way we know how, by maintaining physical distancing.
For those who have already registered, we are happy to provide you with a refund. Alternatively, you may donate your registration fee to help offset the costs of ongoing programming with our children’s ministry. Please let Noelle Castin know your preference.
We are available to answer any questions you may have.
Thank you for your understanding!
Beth Simmons & Karen Chipman, VBS Co-Directors
Noelle Castin, Director of Christian Education
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.