Children's Ministry

Children are not only the future, but also the present of the church

At St. Paul’s, children are warmly welcomed into church life. We offer many dynamic programs for children to learn about Jesus and apply what they learn. We emphasize excitement and fun as we help kids build an unshakable faith in a safe, loving environment, and we partner with families to continue faith development at home.

Sunday School

Our Sunday morning classes for 2-year-olds through 5th graders emphasize fun  and active learning techniques that allow kids to experience and apply the Bible. Classes meet in the Christian Education Center at 9:15 a.m during the school year.

Nursery/Childcare

Childcare is offered at 9:15 AM and 10:45 AM for infants and toddlers up to age 2. The nursery is located in Room 100 of the Christian Education Center.

Worship

Sunday worship services are held in the sanctuary at 8:00 AM, 9:15 AM, and 10:45 AM. Children’s worship materials are available at the back of the main sanctuary and in the elevator lobby in the balcony.

Vacation Bible School

This annual 5-day summer program for 3-year-olds through 5th graders meets from 6 to 8:30 PM in mid to late June. Vacation Bible School emphasizes strong Biblical teaching and out-of-the-ordinary adventure, excitement, and fun!

Music Ministry

Children are invited to grow in faith by singing with the children’s choirs. Rehearsals are Sunday mornings right after Sunday School. St. Paul’s summer musical camp offers our children and community another opportunity to explore gifts of music and creativity together. For contact information, see our Music Ministry page.

Cub Scouts

Cub Scouting, a division of the Boy Scouts of America, has a long tradition of providing fun family activities and character development for young boys in grades 1-5. St. Paul’s is the sponsoring organization for Cub Scout Pack 31. Many great activities are held throughout the year, including family camping, the Pine Wood Derby, and pack and den meetings.

United Methodist Summer Camps

The Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church sponsors a large variety of camps for children and youth.

Family Events

Family events are held throughout the year. These may include Family Worship Days, Family Sunday School Days, Parent Workshops, Hanging of the Greens, Easter Egg Hunt, family picnics, and more.

Service/Mission Projects

Service and mission projcts are integrated into all children’s programs. Recipients include UMCOR, Centre Volunteers in Medicine, Park Forest Day Nursery, and more.