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.
9:30-10:30 a.m. SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES **Classes held outside, weather permitting through October
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
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.
In 2021, VBS will look a little different.
- We’ll have a modified 4-day schedule, Aug. 2-5 from 9:00-11:00 a.m.
- VBS will be open to Meeting House member families only.
- Masks are required and COVID safety guidelines will be in effect.
Hop Skip and Jump into God’s Love! is for children ages 3 (diaper-free) through grade 5. This outdoor VBS will include games, science, arts & crafts, and music.
While there is no registration fee this year, we encourage families to make a donation to one of the local educational missions supported by the Meeting House (Alexandria Tutoring Consortium or the Alexandria City High School scholarship program).
Registration will close July 25. 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.