We invite, love, nurture, and prepare children and families to live as disciples of Jesus Christ.
Sunday school 9:15-10:15 a.m.
3 and 4-year olds - room 218
5K and 1st graders - room 220
2nd graders - room 217/219
3rd graders - room 213/215
4th graders - room 216
5th and 6th graders - room 306/308
8:15 a.m. in the chapel with communion
10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary
10:30 a.m. in the Community Center (in Karen, English, and Thai)
Nursery care is provided as needed. Children ages 3-kindergarten are invited to leave the worship service during the second hymn for children’s church downstairs in Parker Hall. After singing, a Bible story and prayer they will have supervised play in the recreation center or on the playground.
Living into our baptismal vows, we establish connections among family, church, and the spiritual formation of our children. We explore how our homes can be places of rest and celebration, of meaning and deep connection, of creativity and acceptance, of real commitment and spontaneous laughter. Young and old, we journey together, learning again and again that we are children of God.
I can remember as a child the thrill of finally being old enough to get an allowance. However, that privilege came with learning new responsibilities. First, the amount I received each week was based on fulfilling my weekly chores. If I forget to do a chore, then my allowance was reduced. Secondly, I also learned how I could use my allowance. I was to give a portion for my weekly offering at church, another portion was to be saved, and a portion could be spent that week. Each Friday when I received my allowance, I had three envelopes - offering, save, and spend. Then, on Sundays, I would take the money set aside for offering to church and like the grown-ups, put my offering in the offering plate.
During the month of October, Belmont is celebrating "From Gratitude to Generosity" which is our yearly financial campaign. It is an opportunity to give thanks for God's abundant blessings this year and to determine our families' offerings to fulfill the ministries that God calls us to. It is an ideal time for families to talk about the ways we give an offering to the church in gratitude for all of God's blessings.
Teach your child how to use a portion of the money they receive or earn as an offering to God and the ministries at Belmont. Your child, particularly, if he/she is in school, can fill out their own pledge card and put in the offering plate on Sunday or submit online. Rosanna Anderson has passed along the following list of books and resources that your family might want to read and use together.
Infants, Toddlers, Preschool, Early Elementary (birth to age 8)
Little Critter Inspired Kids series by Mercer Meyer: Being Thankful and You Go First (Tommy Nelson books) http://www.tommynelson.com/books/little-critter-inspired-kids/
Berenstain Bears series by Stan and Jan Berenstain Dollars and $ense; Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmes; Too Much Birthday; Trouble with Commercials; Trouble with Things; and son Mike Berenstain, including the Living Lights series of ZonderKidz such as Piggy Bank Blessings; Kindness Counts; Learn to Share; Love Their Neighbors; The Golden Rule http://www.zondervan.com/the-berenstain-bears-x2019-piggy-bank-blessings
Elementary (ages 6 through 12)
VeggieTales series of books and DVDs including Madame Blueberry: A Lesson in Thankfulness; King George and His Duckies; Veggies in Space, The Fennel Frontier: A Lesson in the Power of Sharing; God Wants Us to Make Good Choices; also Christmas specials such as Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving http://store.veggietales.com/
Junior’s Adventures series by Dave Ramsey: The Big Birthday Surprise [Giving]; The Super Red Racer [Work]; Careless at the Carnival [Spending]; My Fantastic Field Trip [Saving]; Battle of the Chores [Debt]; The Big Payoff [Integrity] (Ramsey Press, The Lampo Group, Inc., 2015) http://www.daveramsey.com/store/kids-teens/junior-s-adventures/cYOUTH-cJunior-p1.html.
My Gratitude Journal (Mirabell Publishing, 2013) https://www.amazon.com/Gratitude-Journal-Kids-Mirabell-Publishing/dp/1493554735
Smart Saver Bank for preschool and elementary students in the Junior series by Dave Ramsey at http://www.daveramsey.com/store/kids-teens/junior-s-adventures/cYOUTH-cJunior-p1.html
Pastor of Worship and Children’s Ministries
Worshiping with children during Holy Week
All too often children and their families go straight from the Palm Sunday parade to the Easter alleluias and totally miss what happened in between. Even though these stories of Jesus have been shared in Sunday School, children miss exploring the key stories of the faith on the nights when those stories have the most power. Especially elementary school age children are ready to hear the stories and to participate in worship around them.
On Palm Sunday, the children are invited to gather in Parker Hall by 10:15A to process in waving palm branches. Those who are in one of the children's choirs will be singing in worship.
Holy Thursday's service will begin in the sanctuary at 6:30P. Families will join others in the pilgrimage from the sanctuary to Parker Hall where we will gather around tables and experience Jesus' last supper with the disciples.
We will hear person's brief personal reflections on Jesus' seven last words on the cross and sing songs of our faith at the Good Friday worship at 12:15P in the sanctuary. We will also place the cross on the front lawn of the church at the end of the service. This is a powerful witness of God's love.
On Easter morning, we will celebrate Jesus' resurrection. Families are invited to bring fresh flowers and place on the cross.
Why should children be among the worshipers at Holy Week services?
- When they worship on Holy Thursday and Good Friday as well as Palm Sunday and Easter, children hear the whole story. Too often we hesitate to tell them the desertion and crucifixion stories. We want to protect them from the harsh realities. But, until they hear those stories they cannot really get the joy of Easter.
- They hear the stories of the Last Supper and Crucifixion on the anniversary of the very nights they happened. It is like hearing the story of Jesus’ birth on Christmas Eve or the story of their own birth on their birthday. As they imagine themselves seated at the table or standing near the cross on those nights, the stories have greater power.
- Not only do they hear the whole story, but they hear it in the sanctuary with the whole congregation. They sense the strong feelings around the stories and learn that these stories are very, very important to all the people gathered there. So, they listen more intently and claim the stories as their own.
- When their family goes to the trouble to worship together during Holy Week, they are acting out their commitment to the story in a very real way. Children notice that.
I invite your family to be part of all of the Holy Week services on Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter.
Adapted from Carolyn Brown, Worshiping With Children blog.
Children and youth check-in system
Children and youth ministries is excited about the new computerized check-in system that we have begun using. Parents are asked to assist children and youth to use the check-in system in the foyer on Sunday mornings and in the Community Center on Wednesday evenings. All children and youth will be able to print a nametag with their name and Sunday School class or childcare room. Persons who are visiting will be able to add their information and also print a nametag.
This system increases our safety and security with all children and youth wearing a name tag. Parents of young children will receive an additional tag with a code in order to pick-up their child(ren) from childcare or from Sunday School. With this system we are also able to computerize our attendance records so that we can track and follow-up with children, youth, and families who are not attending on a regular basis.
You will find that it is easy to use this touch-screen system. You will need to enter the first few letters of your family’s last name. A screen will list all the children and youth in your family. Check the child(ren) and/or youth that are attending and click “next” and then “print”. The nametags will print. During these first few weeks, we will have a volunteer at the check-in system to answer any of your questions.
Thank you in advance for your patience as we all learn to use this system. Over the next several weeks will be monitoring traffic flow patterns and in the near future will permanently mount the systems on the wall in various locations throughout the building.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Susan Groseclose.
Volunteers needed for Children’s Ministry
Nursery and Childcare at Belmont
We provide a nursery staffed by trained childcare workers for children from age 6 weeks up to 3 years. Children age 3 by September 1 begin in our Sunday School Program.
Our regular Sunday nursery hours are: 8:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Our regular Wednesday night nursery hours are: 5:45 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Our nursery is a place where each child is received into a nurturing, warm, and inviting environment. Dedicated, CPR/First Aid trained, and caring staff serve along with parent volunteers as role models and provide care for most worship services, as well as for many of the ongoing activities on our church.
Our Nursery rooms are located on the first floor, rooms 111 and 115. Numbered labels and name tags alert workers to allergies and special needs and provide safety in knowing that our babies and toddlers are picked up by their parents or guardians.
Click here to download our Safe Sanctuary policy.
Each Sunday, children ages 3-5 are invited to follow the light of Christ upstairs for children’s church. Our children’s church order of worship was created by Jennifer Nimmo and Bruce Williams. Jennifer and her husband, David, regularly lead our children in learning more about the Bible and who we are as children of God. Each Sunday we make a simple craft that relates to our Bible story, and we hear the Bible story from a puppet friend. If you are interested in being a part of this fun and meaningful ministry contact Heather Harriss, Children’s Pastor, at 383-0832, ext. 27. Photo by Heather Harriss