Children’s Ministry

Our Children’s Ministry Program partners with parents to help children grow in faith and character. It is based on the church’s vision of helping everyone live a life of love centered in faith, fellowship and service.
Faith: Children have the opportunity to deepen their faith through our Sunday School curriculum, the Time for Young Christians, and Vacation Bible School.
Fellowship:  We provide children and families with many opportunities for fellowship throughout the year. Some of these opportunities include the all-church picnic, the annual Halloween party, the Children’s Gift Workshop, Shrove Tuesday celebration, family game night, the annual talent show, quarterly family dinners, and many more.
Service:  The Children and Family Ministries have a strong focus on providing opportunities for children and families to participate in service projects that benefit people both locally and globally. This year, our service projects have supported the efforts of Laundry Love, The Backdoor Cafe, Imagine No Malaria, the Coat Closet, MountainStar Family Relief Nursery, City Thrift, and the Environmental Center’s Learning Garden.

 

Pastor Dave and Miss Beth with the children

Pastor Dave and Miss Beth with the children

Children’s Sunday School is available during the 9 am worship service. Children begin in the sanctuary for opening music and the Time for Young Christians, and then they are invited to gather down front for a special lesson and prayer with our pastor or other staff. After that, teachers lead the children to their classrooms for Sunday School. The first Sunday of each month, all the classes will meet in the Fellowship Hall for a children and youth worship time including singing songs, listening to Bible stories, and making arts and crafts. Children return to their families in the sanctuary to take part in the communion service. This is a wonderful opportunity for children of all ages to get to know each other and to worship together! For the remaining Sundays of the month, parents pick up their children from the Sunday School class after the worship service.

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Our Sunday School curriculum from September through June is Whirl.  Learn more about it here.

Preschool – Kindergarten: Downstairs in Room 102. 
1st – 3rd Grade: Upstairs in Room 401. 
4th – 6th Grade: Upstairs in Room 402. 

Summer Classes: Sunday School in the Garden is held for children ages 4 to12 during the 9 am service at the Environmental Center’s Learning Garden located right next door to our church. Children learn about God’s creation and how they can become good stewards of it, while helping our neighbors at the Environmental Center tend their garden. This program starts the end of June and runs through the end of August.

Nursery-smChildcare is available during both services for children from newborn to 5 years old. The nursery is staffed by one adult worker and one youth worker, and the kids have the opportunity to get to know the people who care for them each week. Parents can be assured that the nursery is a safe environment for their young children and that their kids will be provided with age-appropriate toys and books and experienced, caring nursery workers.

Children-Vacation-Bible-smOur 2017 Vacation Bible School will be August 7-11. Our theme is Hero Central – Discover Your Strength in God!  It is always a super fun week filled with music, games in the gym, Bible stories, science experiments, arts and crafts, snacks and more!

Our VBS is staffed with caring volunteers who love to make this the best week of the summer!  We hope you will join us for another fun-filled VBS this year. To get more information, please contact our Director of Children and Family Ministries, Julie Hanney.  julie.bendchurch@gmail.com or 541-382-1672.

 

Children-Church Camps for Kids2-smChurch-Camps-for-youthBend Church participates in the “Go Camping” camping and retreat ministries of Oregon and Idaho. Several camps are offered at Suttle Lake near Sisters, Oregon.

For information on dates, locations, and registration, please visit the Go Camping website here.