Latest News for Children & Families
Would Your child like to sing in the Easter Choir? We’re putting together a children’s/youth choir to sing during the 10:30 a.m. Easter service…
The stories of Lent and Easter are the focus of the Godly Play lessons this month in Sunday School. “The Faces of Easter” is a series of stories…
Programs for Children During the School Year
Beginning in October, Tuesday night is LOGOS night for kids in 1st through 5th grade. LOGOS helps kids grow their faith while building community and having fun. The evening includes Bible study, music (choir and handbells), dinner with table parents from the congregation and recreation. The LOGOS program year ends in March as our 5th graders “Fly Up” to join the Middle School Youth Group.
The LOGOS Choir and Bells perform in the Christmas Pageant and on other Sundays during the LOGOS season. Registration for LOGOS begins in September.
The core of our curriculum is Godly Play, and all ages will experience this throughout the school year. Godly Play helps children explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience through wonder and play. Our 3rd–5th graders are also ready to learn more about being active participants in Sunday worship and develop skills as readers and acolytes.
Parents are asked to proceed downstairs to the classrooms at the conclusion of the worship service around 10:30 to pick up their student.
Toddler Care – through 3 years is available in our large, well-equipped playroom beginning at 9:15 until the conclusion of the worship service. Childcare may also be available for church meetings after the worship service and at other times. Our two regular care-givers, Ashley and Michelle, will help your child feel comfortable and happy in the nursery. Finding the nursery the first time is a little tricky–just ask an usher for assistance.
Reading and Acolyting
Youth and Children are encouraged to participate in the worship service as readers (beginning in 3rd grade) and acolytes (beginning in 4th grade). Training can be scheduled for Sunday mornings before or after the service and at other times.
Through the Seasons
Families and Children have special activities throughout the year. We begin the school year with a neighborhood food drive and have several additional opportunities to serve others throughout the year. Getaway, our intergenerational weekend beach retreat in October, has activities for children as well as free time to relax and interact with other families. Children may join special Easter and Christmas choirs and participate in the Christmas Pageant.
Programs for Mothers
MOPS – MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers. This includes moms from their time of pregnancy until their child graduates from kindergarten. The Moreland chapter of MOPS meets from 9:15–11:15 on 1st and 3rd Fridays from September-May. You don’t have to be a member of the church to attend and childcare is provided if you register in advance. Give yourself a little “me” time, get refreshed and recharged, learn something, make a craft and share your joys and concerns with other moms who understand.
What does a meeting look like?
- You’re met at the door by a greeter who will escort you to your child’s MOPPET classroom where your child will be with other children of the same age, in a room equipped for fun and learning.
- You enter the Fellowship Hall, get a cup of coffee and a treat (that you don’t have to share) and enjoy uninterrupted conversation with your table group and with all the moms present.
- The volunteer MOPS leadership always has something planned for the day, perhaps a guest speaker on a topic of interest to moms like applying loving discipline, getting organized or balancing family, work and other commitments.
- Often there is a craft planned and moms can make something beautiful to take home. Sometimes the best conversations take place when our hands are busy.
Women and Mothers of Moreland
Get-togethers for all women (and friends) of the church take place 6 or 7 times a year, typically meeting in the evening in Fellowship Hall at the church or in a home. Food and fellowship are always present and the focus of the meeting changes with the season. Programs for 2015-2016 include book discussion groups and Advent Wreath-making. Contact Sarah Gibson, email@example.com for more information or to get on the email list of upcoming events.
Summer programs for Children
Vacation Bible School
With our partner Holy Family Catholic Parish, we present a Vacation Bible School the first full week after the 4th of July. VBS runs Monday through Friday from 9:00-12:00 for children ages 4 through 6th grade. Youth who have completed 6th grade are welcome as teen helpers. Worship Night occurs at Moreland on Thursday evening. Children perform the songs they have learned and everyone is invited to enjoy root beer floats.
Summer Sunday School
On most summer Sundays we will have a one room Sunday School for ages preschool-3rd grade. Since our teachers and groups of kids tend to be different each week our special focus will be building community with games and activities designed to help us learn each other’s names and work together. Children sit with their families at the beginning of the worship service at 9:30 and then are dismissed to Sunday School after the Children’s Message. Parents proceed downstairs to the classroom at the conclusion of the worship service around 10:30 to pick up their student.
Summer Reading For Children
“WHEREVER YOU GO, TAKE ALONG A BOOK”
Each summer the Moreland Library Committee presents a reading program to help children stay connected to books over the summer. There are opportunities for children to have books read to them during Sunday School and children can check out books from among the many available in the church library. Prizes are awarded when children reach their goals.
During the school year, the regular year-round reading program will resume with children able to select a prize from the prize buckets for every book read.
Books may be checked out and returned in the library annex or in the main library upstairs.