"Let the little children come unto me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."  Matthew 19:14

Ministry to children and families

The most effective way to learn a language or way of life is through immersion. We learn to speak by imitating how, when, and why the words around us are used. Children and youth at DaySpring learn the Christian vocabulary and the ways of the Church by experiencing them in the life of the Christian community, especially as that life is expressed in worship.

Several important things take place in worship that involve children. Each week, children are invited to come forward for a brief lesson intended specifically for them. Older children and youth typically collect the offerings and chime the hour. In the process, children learn they are valued enough to be the focus of an important moment in worship and respected enough to be given responsibility for leading the congregation in a central aspect of its worship.

Participating in our liturgy of worship is instructive and formative for children and young people. Children, young people and adults all lead in various parts of worship, emphasizing the priesthood of all believers.

 

Children's Formation: Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings

Sunday morning formation classes for all ages begin at 9:45. Click here for the Sunday School Goals and for how to find the books of the Bible song.

  • Babies and Toddlers meet in the first floor of the nursery building.
  • Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten and 5th and 6th grade meet on the first floor of the children and youth building (look for the signs on the building). 
  • Second - fourth grades meet upstairs in the children's building.
  • Kindergarten and First grade meet in the classroom off of the Narthex.

Wednesday evening segments

Our Wednesday evening formation classes for children and families last for 6 weeks in the Spring and 6 weeks in the Fall from 6:00-7:15. This fall our older children will have a book club on heroes of the faith and our younger children will learn about missions.

 

In the classroom

Our preschool through fourth grade classes use the Godly Play curriculum. Godly Play is a method of story-telling that invites children into the narrative of the Biblical story. Children are encouraged to ask questions and to "wonder" about the text.  They then spend time responding to the story in a variety of ways. Their art as response is considered their prayer to God.

Our fifth and sixth grade classes use a discipleship curriculum aimed at helping them grow in the faith and in their knowledge of Scripture as they prepare for transitioning into the teen years and the youth group.

 

Special Events

Vacation Bible School or Kids on Mission happen each summer, however they both require significant volunteer leadership. If you can help in planning please contact the children's minister.

Each summer we have a shortened week of an immersion-themed Vacation Bible School experience or days of service in the community with Kids On Mission. Both of these require many volunteers -- please consider participating and sharing your gifts of time and energy with our children.

Passport Kids / Preteen Camp is typically the last week of July or the first week in August and is for children who have completed 3rd-6th grades. Contact the children's minister to reserve your child's spot.

Please go to this link to find out more information: http://passportcamps.org/kids-camps/.