Children are central to our life as a church!
We want to see and hear our church in worship, and lead them in service to our community. Our Children’s Ministries engage our youngest church members in worship, service, mission and study and application of God’s Word to our lives today.
Children’s Sunday School
Our Children’s Sunday School classes meet downstairs. Our kid’s start off as one group, as a teacher leads them in songs, a prayer and introduces the lesson. Then, the children breakout into three classes: Pre-K (3 and 4 year olds), Dinky Disciples (K-2nd), and JYF (3rd-5th). Currently, our children are using an interactive curriculum called “Spark”. Each week, they explore a biblical story or theme in a hands-on workshop such as creative drama, music, science, cooking, Bible skills and games, video, computer lab, and art. During the Summer months, our children meet in one large group and have special sessions led by various church members who teach the children a special skill or activity (yoga, ukuleles, camping, etc.) and apply it to their faith.
During the school year, we have two weekly children’s groups that meet:
Dinky Disciples (Kindergarten – 2nd grade)
Dinky Disciples is our youngest youth group. It meets after school on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, from 3:15-5pm. Kids who attend Oviatt Elementary walk with a minister or sponsor from Oviatt to the church. Dinky Disciples time together usually includes a snack, games, a Bible story time, craft and music.
JYF – Junior Youth Fellowship (3rd – 5th grade)
JYF meets after school on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, from 3:30-5pm. Lakewood Elementary students are picked up from their school on our Church Bus. JYF’s time together usually includes a snack, games, a Bible story time, craft and music.
Service to our Community
Throughout the year, our children engage in many service projects such as cleaning up litter around Norwalk, helping elderly people clean their yards, collecting food for the food pantry, packaging meals at Meals from the Heartland, helping as “drivers” for Meals on Wheels, and many, many more acts of mission.
And since one of our church members is the World Famous Iowa State Fair Butter Sculptor, we like to visit her during the summer and help her with her art.