Elementary Activities Sundays at Westminster
Sunday Elementary Schedule:
- 9:15 a.m. Gather for worship in the Sanctuary with family.
- 9:30 a.m. Optional Kids’ Worship in the Chapel – released during Worship.
- 10:15 a.m. Fellowship in The Commons with friends and family.
- 10:30-11:15 a.m. WPC Sunday School
All are welcome in Worship. Children are an essential part of the worshiping community at Westminster. They lead our worship service on the first Sunday of each month by reading liturgy, assisting the usher team in greeting congregants and collecting the morning offering.
During the worship service, before the sermon, elementary-age children are invited to come to Kids’ Worship in the Chapel. Kids’ Worship is a kid-centered service that follows a traditional Worship style with a variety of contemporary Christian music. Here kid will learn about Bible stories through song, Scripture and dramatization. They will return to their families after Worship, in The Commons. The first Sunday of the month kids will lead our traditional worship, allowing families to celebrate Communion together.
Children are encouraged to join us Sunday mornings to delve into Bible stories during Sunday School. Children will meet their “Shepherd” in The Commons at 10:30 a.m. Our volunteers will engage children in various workshops throughout the year, including technology, theatre, crafts, science, cooking, and more. During the year there will be opportunities for the kids to participate in small groups for music, including Bitty Bells and choir led by by our choir director, Aaron Schultz. Practices will occur during our Sunday School program and the groups will participate in selected Worship services throughout the year.
During worship, the Narthex-the space just outside of the Sanctuary-becomes the Wiggle Room. It is a space where families can continue to enjoy the service while providing their children with a bit of “wiggle room” to explore and play quietly. The Wiggle Room opens during the first hymn of worship and closes during the last hymn, and is open to all ages.
Elementary Activities Wednesdays at Westminster
Wednesday WPC Kids’ Club
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
WPC Kids club is like VBS all year long! We have a high-energy, engaging program your kids will want to be part of. “We want kids to pull their parents to church.”
- Kid-Friendly, Catered Dinners
- High-Energy Games, like Gaga Ball
- Learning and Serving, while earning Bible bucks to use in our Westminster store
Wednesday Kids’ Club + Sunday Worship & Sunday School
= Our whole program to raise kids to be 21st Century Disciples of Jesus Christ.
Don’t miss Wednesday Kids Club if you want your kids to:
- Build church friendships
- Be comfortable with and confident in their knowledge of the Bible
- Learn to serve others in Jesus’ name
- Feel knit into our church family
There are no fees for WPC Kids’ Club. We don’t want cost to be a barrier for growing as a disciple of Jesus Christ. We would love to have voluntary contributions to cover the costs of dinner, at about $5 a plate. Feel free to contribute weekly, or for a whole semester or year. If you are so moved, we welcome donations toward our Kids’ Club Dinner, to cover the costs of kids who wouldn’t otherwise attend.
Other Elementary Activities
Cherub Bitty Bell Choir
The Cherub Bitty Bell Choir, directed by Nancy Hartsock, is a ringing ensemble for children, from preschool-1st grade. They use bells that coordinate with different colored cards to provide accompaniment.
This “pop-up” group is great for busy families because it only requires 2 rehearsals prior to their leadership in worship, and is an accessible and fun way for the young children to be involved in music!
Fall Bitty Bells Choir
- Rehearsals: Sunday, September 22 and 29, from 10:30 - 11:00 a.m., following worship.
- Play in Worship: Sunday, October 6, at 9:15 a.m.
Spring Bitty Bells Choir
- Rehearsals: Sunday, March 15 and 29, from 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. following worship
- Play in Worship: Sunday, April 5, at 9:15 a.m.
Children’s Choir for 2nd - 5th graders
Our Children’s Choir features 2nd-5th grade children and focuses on singing music that highlights the child’s voice and connects to the worship service. This “pop-up” group is great for busy families because it only requires 3 rehearsals prior to their leadership in worship. All children within this age group are welcome to be a part of the ensemble!
Fall Children’s Choir
- Rehearsals: Sunday, October 13, 20, and 27 after worship, from 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
- Sing in Worship: Sunday, November 3, at 9:15 a.m.
Winter Children’s Choir
- Rehearsals: Sunday, January 12, 19, and 26 after worship, from 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
- Sing in Worship: Sunday, February 2 at 9:15 a.m.
As a child enters third grade, we know they begin to understand important concepts differently. We use the entrance into third grade as a milestone to transition into reading the Bible by giving them a Spark Bible. If your child has not received a Spark Bible, and would like one, please contact Tiffany Hays at .
Vacation Bible School (VBS)
Every summer we gather for one week to explore the promises of God’s love with fun, thematic programming for preschool and elementary age children. Learn more about next summer’s VBS at westpres.org/vbs.