Children & Youth

Nursery

Infants and toddlers through age 4 are nurtured by caregivers in the Nursery rooms located downstairs across from Addis Hall from 9:45 – 11:00 a.m.

Church School

078Delighting in the presence of children, we welcome members of our vibrant church school to participate in the first twenty minutes of worship with the congregation.  Following Chancel Steps, those in pre-school through grade 6 go to Addis Hall for a time of biblical storytelling, song and prayer before going to their classrooms to engage in activities that extend the Bible story.  We are presently using Seasons of the Spirit, a lectionary based curriculum.  The 2016-2017 church school year begins on September 11 and will include a Blessing of the Backpacks during worship.053

Our Summer Church program, a one-room schoolhouse format, takes place during the month of June.  In July and August, child care for infants, toddlers and children up through grade 2 is provided.  Older children are encouraged to worship with the wider church family.

On Communion Sundays, the entire church family engages in intergenerational worship and celebrates the sacrament of communion, though childcare is provided for young children under the age of 7.

Church School Teachers, Aids and Caregivers

Our church school teachers bring a blend of experience, love of teaching and learning, joy, and patience to the classrooms. In an effort to ensure a safe environment for all, Edwards Church requires a background check (CORI) for all adults who interact with our children and youth.

Confirmation

Confirmation, an affirmation of the promises made at baptism, continues the faith journey of our high school students and is co-led by the Senior Minister and the Minister of Faith Formation.  During the course of the year, we explore 5 units of church life:

  • Church
  • Bible
  • Theology
  • Theodicy
  • Discipleship

The Rite of Confirmation is celebrated during worship on Pentecost Sunday.