Children & Youth

As the congregation sings “This Is Where Children Belong”, the children gather at the front of the church for the Children’s Message (listen).

Pastor Tom talks with the children about scripture readings and how the message relates to all of us. He may show the children something that helps to make a point, or he may give an item to each child to represent a concept. The children are encouraged to respond and share from their own experiences which illustrates how the Bible teachings speak to everyone, no matter our age.  What happens is often unpredictable, but always meaningful.

After the Children’s Message at the 9AM service, children are dismissed to Worship Enrichment where they learn even more about the components of worship before heading off to their Sunday School classes.

Our Youth Program challenges junior and senior high students to develop socially, emotionally, and spiritually. Discipleship opportunities are a balance of Fellowship, Service and Spirituality. The Youth Group gathers on Sunday mornings at 10:15 AM to discuss current event topics and faith.  Favorite fellowship activities include overnight lock-ins at the church, laser tag, cosmic bowling, days at Camp Allegheny, hiking to the cross at Jumonville, or just grabbing a snack a local restaurant.  The youth participate in the Appalachia Service Project mission trip each summer when they travel to central Appalachia to make homes warmer, safer and drier. Spiritual growth continues well beyond confirmation as the youth build relationships with adult mentors and each other while they make decisions and navigate the journey to adulthood.