Children and youth can be found in worship, serving others with acts of kindness, and reaching out to others with welcome and openness. Children are involved in learning, in and out of the classroom, with adult mentors and role models leading the way. Our programs are designed to nurture children in their faith, to help them have a relationship with God, and to provide a safe and celebratory environment in which to learn the faith stories. We strive to help children experience the presence of God, embrace a larger world and act with peace and justice, cultivate creativity and imagination, be generous with time and talents, seek the good, celebrate, and simplify their lives. In addition to the weekly Sunday School, children also have the opportunity to attend a week-long Summer Bible Camp, Camp BeeTree. Click here to learn more about Camp BeeTree.
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Towson Presbyterian provides a safe and nurturing environment for each child, birth through high school. Cribbery care for infants and toddlers is provided during all education events and most worship services. Volunteer church members assist our Childcare Coordinator, who is on site each Sunday morning for the 10:00 a.m. service and who will register your child and answer any questions you may have. Childcare is provided in Noah's Nursery for infants and young todders and Room 101 on the lower level is the classroom for two and three year olds. The goal of TPC's Childcare is to make our children feel safe, nurtured, and cared for from the time they are infants into adulthood. All of TPC staff and church school teachers sign a Child Protection Covenant. Click here for a sample provided by the Baltimore Presbytery.
Please look for signs to direct you to the proper rooms. Parents of children in Noah's Nursery are given a pager for use during the worship service. Our two and three year-olds use a printed curriculum that includes a craft, participate in free play, and experience a classroom music component each Sunday morning.
Godly Play is a new way of Christian education that involves Biblical storytelling and art expression for young children. Godly Play encourages children to enter into the story using "wondering" questions. Each class session uses a pattern similar to a worship service. Children participate in a story circle, experience a feast (snack), and receive a blessing. Godly Play is held in Room 201 and 203.
Our Christian Education program is as engaging, challenging, and nurturing as possible. We use Seasons of the Spirit curriculum, published by Logos, Inc. It is a lectionary-based curriculum dedicated to challenging children, using all of the multiple intelligences. Our church school is designed to use a printed curriculum (Seasons of the Spirit) for two months, and then we use the Rotation Model of instruction for one month. In this way, two exciting methods of learning. A variety of activities are planned in four workshop rotations each year so the children study a story in a different medium each week. Children in Grades 2 through 5 experience programs in specially designed classrooms that promote experiential learning. Recently renovated rooms include a media/game room, a drama room, and an art room to make learning fun.
Our children will experience several education programs to help them understand our worship service and the shared meal of remembrance of the church- Communion. Grade 3 students will have the opportunity to participate in a worship education program, which culminates in students receiving a Bible for their personal use at home and in the worship service. We conduct a Baptism/Communion education program every two years for our elementary children.
Worship bags are available for all children through Grade 5 and can be picked up as children enter the sanctuary before Sunday worship. These bags are designed to aid children in preparing for and participating in worship. The worship bag should be returned to the basket at all doorways when the worship service ends. A worship sheet will always be in each bag and can be taken home. Children learn about each part of the worship service and have the opportunity to mark hymns and scripture lessons.
Mission and social justice are important components of our church school program. The Church School participates in several mission projects during the year, including collecting supplies or books for needy children (in conjunction with the Children's Sabbath observance), a McKim Center Angel Tree Project at Christmas, the Guatemala Education Scholarship Soda Can Project, and the One Great Hour of Sharing Lenten Offering in the spring. Children also make Meals on Wheels favors throughout the church year and participate in a quaterly 100 bagged lunch project for Sarah's Hope Shelter. Children may also participate with their families in intergenerational mission projects such as the Intergenerational Garden and Project Clean Stream.
Children and youth are encouraged to feel that their gifts of service, talent, and money are important in the work of Christ's church. All children are provided with their own set of offering envelopes to use throughout the year. There is a special Treasure Chest in the second floor hallway for children age 3 through middle school. Children should place their offering in the Treasure Chest each week. Various students are selected to bring the church school offering forward during the worship service. In addition to participation in Church School wide mission projects, children have the opportunityto give gifts of talent and service by participating in worship as members of the Cherub and Children's Choir or assisting with the Children's Message and other parts of the worship service.