“Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”
~ Mark 9:37
We take great care in helping children become true disciples of Jesus Christ. Our Sunday School programs engage them in their faith by teaching the hope and grace of God’s Word and having lots of fun. Each week, we reinforce what Jesus taught the little children: God loves you! In our nursery, infants and toddlers are introduced to their church home. Our trained and nurturing caregivers provide a safe environment, giving you peace of mind while you participate in church activities.
Ages/TimesSchool Year: 3 years old through 5th grade, Sundays during 9AM and 10:30AM services
Summer: 3 years old through 1st Grade, Sundays during 9AM and 10:30AM services. Families are encouraged to bring children entering 2nd grade (and older) to worship services.
Fall Sunday School: Starts Sunday, August 20.
Nursery: Infants through 18 months, Sundays 8:45AM until noon
Toddlers: 18 months through 2 years, Sundays during 9AM and 10:30AM services only
Food and Snacks
We serve snacks to the toddlers during their time with us. Due to the seriousness of food allergies, we maintain a NUT-FREE environment. Therefore, we respectfully ask that you do not send any food with your children (except infants).
Each child should have a small bag/pack that easily fits on nursery shelf. We recommend putting your name somewhere on the bag. Suggested items include: bottles, change of clothes, pacifier, diapers/wipes, and a favorite blanket.
What is Explorers?
Explorers provides children with a safe and fun environment to learn about the world in creative ways. Music and theater are large components of each week, but no experience is necessary. Your child will engage with other explorers to build, draw, play, craft, sing and perform with staff members from our Children's and Music ministries.
Who can come?
All kids in kindergarten through 5th grade are welcome to explore with us.
NEW! kids 3-5 years old can join us at Mini Explorers!
When is it?
Fall 2017 starts September 12- December 5. (No EXPLORERS! on 10/10,10/31, 11/21)
Spring 2018 starts January 23-April 17. (No EXPLORERS! on 3/13)
Register for one or both semesters!
EXPLORERS! meets Tuesdays from 4-5:00PM during the school year in the Calvin Center.
NEW Mini EXPLORERS! will meet Tuesday from 2-3PM beginning October 17-November 14 (No Mini EXPLORERS! 10/31)
We will pick Mini EXPLORERS! up from VDS extended day or you can meet us in Calvin.
What happens at Explorers?
There are two choirs: K-2nd grade and 3rd-5th grade.
All Explorers! will have fun with instruments, singing, games, bible lessons, and more!
How much is it?
Not only will you feel engaged, you'll also help children take the first steps of the most important journey in their lives. We ask each Sunday School family to prayerfully consider helping out a few times each semester. You can choose from the list below, and some things can be done at home. Email or if you would like help selecting a ministry area. Otherwise, follow the links!
- Sunday School Teacher/Co-Teacher for all classes from 3 years old through 5th grade during 9AM and 10:30AM worship services
- Nursery Volunteers
- Substitute Teachers
- Greeters (weekly and for special occasions)
- Explorers! Music Program
- Prep and Pastry
A successful Children's Ministry program is one that unites families with Jesus throughout the week -- not just on Sunday! To encourage integrating your faith at home we offer a variety of insights and activities throughout the year.
More information on take-it home events.
The safety of your children is of critical concern to us. As such we require all Children's Ministry volunteers to complete various training programs and submit to a thorough background check. The VPC Protection Policy outlines in detail the processed in place to keep our kids safe.
We also employ Kids Check, a secure check-in system that is easy to use and adds an increased layer of safety and peace of mind. Please click here to register your children for Kid Check. Choose "I am a parent and I want to create a free account."