Fall 2020: In-Person Children’s Worship ReLaunch Plan
Dear parents and friends,
We are excited that Covenant will be resuming in-person Children’s Worship and opening the nursery beginning Sunday, October 18! Our staff and volunteers have missed the children, and we are looking forward to worshipping with them soon. For the safety of all our children and volunteers and in accordance with CDC guidelines, we will be implementing new health and safety measures and protocols in addition to our current child protection policies and procedures. You can read our detailed reopening guide here. As a brief overview, these are things that will look different than they have in the past:
- We will have Children’s Worship during the service: children will be dropped off between 9:45 and 10:00 am in the Children’s Wing and picked up following the service at 11:00am. The nursery will also be open beginning at 9:45 to 11:15am for child drop off.
- All children 3yo and over, staff, and volunteers must wear a mask at all times.
- We will have a special time of worship and learning together in each classroom age group: 3-4 year olds; K-1st grade; 2nd-3rd grade; 4th and 5th grade.
- We will suspend online Children’s Worship beginning October 18. To watch pervious lessons go here.
More about Covenant Kids Ministry: The Presbyterian Church has a rich tradition of reformed theology that shapes our worship and our church vision. Rooted in our tradition is a history of children’s education that is transformative and full of grace.
|Nursery||Children’s Church||Sunday School|
|Ages 0 to 3 years|
8:15am – 12:00pm
|3yrs – 5th grade|
Following Children’s message during 8:30am and 11:00am services
|3yrs – 5th grade|
10:00-10:45am Sunday School
“At Covenant we believe that every page of scripture shows how people are broken, but loved and how God is in control. As a congregation, our theological vision is one that emphasizes this principle teaching of salvation: that even when we were bad, we received the good reward of salvation through Jesus Christ. God does not require us to first behave and then receive this reward. Rather, Christ behaved on our behalf when we were still broken, so that we could receive eternal life and live lives of freedom and love in response to this promise.”
Sundays for Covenant Kids: ***Please note that we are currently not having in-person Children’s Church or Sunday School as of September 2020.
Nursery: Birth – 2yrs, open 8:15am – 12:15pm
Our Nursery Director, Beth Vest, and her wonderful team of caregivers, provide a loving and safe environment for children ages 0-2.
Ms. Beth, who previously directed Covenant Preschool, makes sure that the nursery is a place where children can play and explore on Sunday morning. During the Sunday School hour (10:00-10:45) our 1 and 2 years olds engage in a bible lesson and craft led by Debbie Johnson. Each week, Ms. Debbie helps the children know that they are loved by a God who created them and knows them.
Our Children’s Church is a place for children to learn about God and form faith-filled friendships with each other. Children’s church is offered during both the 8:30am and 11:00am service (and during our combined 10:00am summer service)
Children’s Church: 3yrs – 5th grade, during the 8:30am and 11:00am services
- When you arrive, sign your child into our program and go sit together as a family in the pews
- Children will worship alongside their parents for the first part of the service before being called up for a children’s message.
- Following the Children’s message your child will exit the sanctuary with a team of equipped and loving teachers.
- Following both the 8:30am and 11:00am service (or 10:00am during the summer), our children will have a time of fellowship with games, snack and activities. We encourage families to get coffee, meet new people and come pick up your child in the fellowship hall when you are ready to go home as a family.
Children’s Choir (9:45am – 10:00am during the school year)
3 years – K Choir Children’s Choir: Our 3 years-K choir is led by Sheridan Schafer, a UAH Music student who also sings in our 11am choir. Sheridan loves teaching this age groups to love rhythm and music!
First-Fifth Grade Children’s Choir: Our upper elementary children’s choir, led by Albert Herrington, is a time for children to sing and praise God together each Sunday morning. Children’s choir is each week at 9:45 in room 8.
Sunday School (9:45am – 10:00am during the school year)
Sunday school is a chance for our children to dive deep into God’s word. Following choir, children break into age-groups learn more about Jesus’ love for them and God’s redemptive plan for his people. We use the Gospel Story curriculum that will ensure that each child will learn about God’s grace throughout the arc of scripture, from Genesis to Revelation, over a three year period through fun engaging lessons.
Pick up your child in the children’s wing. Following Sunday School at 10:45.
Service and Outreach
Our children have opportunities to engage throughout the year in outreach and service projects in our community and beyond. Check out our upcoming events (link to serve the city page) to find an opportunity for you and your family to serve together.
Covenant Children’s Director, Alison Kling
Alison grew up on the west coast of the United States and Canada and grew up with a love of fishing, hiking and kayaking. During college at Trinity Western University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies, Alison traveled extensively serving abroad in refugee camps in Kenya as well as in small communities in the Baja peninsula of Mexico. Following college, Alison moved to New York City to join Teach for America and served on the board of Healing Hands of Joy, an Ethiopian non-profit that works with women who have experienced Fistula. During this time Alison taught for four years at an elementary school in Brooklyn, as well as attended Oxford University during her off time where she earned a certificate in Refugee Studies and Forced Migration. Alison and her husband David attended before attending Princeton Theological Seminary with her husband David. Alison served as the Director of Children’s Ministry at Central Presbyterian church in New York City both while teaching and while attending seminary. She loves working with children and teaching them that the entire biblical narrative points to God’s incredible grace and love for His people. Alison and David have one son, George who is three.
Q&A about Covenant Kids
What safety protocols are in place at Covenant Kids?
Your child’s safety is a priority for our entire team. Team leaders have all completed teacher trainings and background checks and are volunteers who love kids. Our nursery team are a team hired and trained by our Nursery Director, Beth Vest, who previously ran our Covenant Weekday Preschool and who leads our littlest children with love and integrity.
When you arrive at Covenant, easily sign your child into our KidCheck Kids Desk (http://go.kidcheck.com), our church-wide child safety sign in system. You can pick your child up using the tag that is printed for you each morning to help our team ensure your child is safe and delivered back to you after a wonderful morning experience.
Is there childcare at Covenant events?
Is there childcare at Covenant events?
We often have childcare at covenant events. Check our event calendar or email Beth Vest (email@example.com) or Alison Kling (Alison.firstname.lastname@example.org).
Are there any schools at Covenant?
Covenant Weekday Preschool is a wonderful school full of rich heritage that has been operating for over 50 years. For questions email our Preschool Director Miranda Wilkinson (email@example.com).
Can I serve in Covenant Kids?
We would love to have you partner with us in ministry! Email Alison Kling (firstname.lastname@example.org) to express your interest and learn about next steps.
Find out more about Covenant’s Safety policies here.