Children's Faith Formation
To the very young child, words mean less than actions. God is experienced through a loving nurturing parent or caregiver. The church nursery (Crib - 1 year) provides a safe and happy place for the young child to explore his world with a consistent caregiver and volunteers who can provide safety, love and support. The nursery staff is available each Sunday from 9:15 - 11:30 A.M. on Sunday mornings.
Preschool Children (2-3 years) can begin to interpret life lessons through Biblical stories in an active learning environment, applying the lessons and values of the faith in a variety of ways. Centers for exploration related to the lessons are still a part of the active learning experience, however shared learning can occur during group time.
K-4 through Elementary:
Children in K-4 through 5th grade, with the help of their teachers, are capable of learning in a more structured way. The lessons and stories in scripture from which faith can grow must be combined with feelings and experiences. We currently use a Lectionary based curriculum, enabling children to hear, study and discuss the same scripture lessons their parents are receiving in church that day. Sunday School begins at the same time as the church service, with the children returning to the service right after the sermon. They then participate in the Affirmation of Faith, Offering, Prayers, Communion and Baptisms.
- Church Nursery/Toddler Room
- Sunday School
- Vacation Bible School
- Children's Christmas Program
- Children's Faith and Fun Events (movie night, berry picking, pumpkin patch/picnic, SkyZone and many others)
- Children's Chimes Choir (see Music page)
- Questions or comments? Contact Sara Randall
The goal of the Youth Ministry Team is to nurture the youth of EPC by providing a diverse program that includes education, service, recreation and fun . Some months may have more of one activity or the other. Questions or comments? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Sunday School (Grades 6-12)
Every Sunday from 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM
Youth are figuring out who they are as they search for whose they are. Curriculum materials provide opportunities for this age group to explore their personal and communal identity in Christ through meaningful community-building experiences, engaging Bible study, and relevant learning activities.
Sunday Evening Youth Fellowship as scheduled:
This is a time for the combined Youth Group (6th - 12th Grades) to come together for more than a classroom experience. This time allows the youth to form relationships within a Christian community while building a mature faith. Activities vary based on our model for youth ministry as stated in our mission statement (above).
Youth Ministry Includes...
Outreach and Service Projects:
- Visitation of nursing home & home bound members
- Walk for the Homeless
- Mission Trips
Conferences and Retreats:
- Montreat Youth Conference (one week)
- Montreat Mid High Conference
- Youth/Sr. Sunday
- Vacation Bible School
- Youth Rummage Sale
- EPC Bistro
Recreation and Fun:
- Football Games
- Pool Parties
Education and Growth:
- Sunday School/Bible Study
- Youth Group Discussions
- Montreat Conferences
- Confirmation Class
- Friendship & Fellowship with one another
- Conversations about "Issues of the World"
- Personal Growth