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Children's Corner

We invite, love, nurture, and prepare children and families to live as disciples of Jesus Christ.

Sunday school 9:15-10:15 a.m.

Infant Nursery beginning at 6 weeks old, room 111
Toddler Nursery through age 2, room 111
3 years old as of September 1, room 116
Kindergarten and 1st grade, room 220
2nd and 3rd grades, rooms 217/219
4th grade, room 213/215
5th grade, room 216
6th grade/Confirmation, rooms 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.

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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.



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?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Susan Groseclose
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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

Are you looking for a fun way to serve? Plan to be a part of our amazing Children’s Ministry. During the summer months, we invite YOU to meet fabulous children and creative adults. The job description is to have a loving heart, a ready smile, and a desire to have fun. To learn more, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Nursery and Childcare at Belmont

Nursery Care
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.

Childcare is available by prior arrangement for children grade 6 and younger whose parents or guardians are attending meetings, classes or other events at the church.  Contact Linny Jesse, our childcare coordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request childcare.   It is expected that the parent will remain in the church building.

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.


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Children's Church

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

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