Children’s Ministry

14(Jesus said,) “Let the children come to me; do not stop them, for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. 15Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” 16And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.

Mark 10:13-16

As a community of faith, Epiphany offers various ministries to help nurture family relationships through the different stages of life. We focus on how we can help foster a child’s faith journey through worship, learning, service, and fellowship. We strive to support parents and caregivers in living out their baptismal promise to help their children grow in the Christian faith and life. Programming includes first communion classes, Sunday morning education opportunities and children’s choirs that perform in worship, as well as events such as Tween Nights, Movie Nights, and Late-Night Lock-In.

 

Fall Sunday School dates:

  • September 18
  • September 25
  • October 9
  • October 16
  • October 23
  • October 30
  • November 6
  • November 20

SUNDAY SCHOOL @ FAR HILLS

 
Begins Sunday, September 18
Far Hills Campus
Flag Room Sign-In: 9:45 a.m.
 

Kids ages three years old through fifth grade enjoy learning and fellowship with a focus on Biblical literacy. Each class time will include a Bible story and a craft or game. Two background-checked adults will lead each of three age groups: preschool, kindergarten-second grade, and third-fifth grades. 

  • Sign-in takes place upstairs in the Gathering Space, after communion, around 9:45 a.m. 
  • Kids grouped by age are led to classroom areas on the lower level. 
  • Sign-out takes place in Paradise Park on the lower level at 10:30 a.m., in time for families to arrive for the 10:30 a.m. service with their kids in time for the children’s message.
 
On Sundays when classes do not meet, families are encouraged to attend a full worship service where children and youth are serving as ushers, communion helpers, and readers.
 
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PLAY & LEARN SUNDAYS @ AUSTIN

 
11:30 AM-12:15 PM
Select Sundays at Austin Campus
 
After 10:30 a.m. worship at Austin, families can gather for a light lunch, playground time, and Bible stories and discussion with Ms. Sarah. Parents/caregivers can actively participate, listen and learn along with the kids, or have their own adult fellowship nearby. Play & Learn Sundays are scheduled as follows:
 
  • September 11
  • October 2
  • October 23
  • November 13
  • December 4
 
Let Sarah know if you’re interested in learning more or helping with planning!

 

MOMS OF YOUNG ONES

 
9-10 AM Saturdays – Sept. 10, Sept. 24, Oct. 8, Oct. 22
Far Hills Nursery
 
6-7 PM Sundays – Sept. 18, Oct. 2, Oct. 16, Oct. 30
Austin Campus Nursery
 
Moms (and dads and other caregivers!) can meet up for this play group and fellowship opportunity. Nursery toys and equipment appropriate for infants through preschool available. Parents must stay with their children. If there is enough interest, we may pursue times for adults to have fellowship while youth watch over the young ones. Contact Sarah Richter with any questions. 

BIBLE SUNDAY September 25 

Both Campuses, All Worship Services
Preschool, Third Grade, & Sixth Grade
Sign up by Friday, September 16
 
We want to help parents and caregivers to fulfill their baptismal promise to foster their children’s faith formation by placing the Scriptures in their children’s hands. Children age three will receive a picture story Bible and third graders will receive an NRSV Spark Bible.
 

Bible Walk-Through with Pastor Julie will take place at Austin Campus starting at noon for kids and caregivers who would like to help guide their children in navigating the Bible.

  • 4:00-4:30 PM Bible Walk-Through for Preschool
  • 4:30-5:15 PM Bible Walk-Through for Grade 3

CHILDREN’S CHOIRS  begin September 28

 
Choir gives kids an opportunity for fellowship with peers, faith education, and musical learning through play, games, movement, and Orff and rhythm instruments. Epiphany offers two age-based choirs for children ages three through twelve.
 
Each choir rehearses once a week and sings a few times a quarter in worship at both campuses during the school year.
 
Participate in any or all sessions. Suggested donation is $5 per child for music and supplies.
 
 
Youngest Choir
  • Preschool Ages 3-5
  • Wednesdays 6-6:30 PM
Elementary Choir
  • Grades 1-5 
  • Wednesdays 6:30-7 PM
 
 

YOUNG SERVERS SUNDAYS

 

Not only does Epiphany believe children belong in worship, we believe children belong in worship serving roles! On three Sundays this fall, we extend a special invitation to children and youth to help in worship. Possible roles include: 

  • Ushers (young children with caregiver; youth) – hand out bulletins, pass offering baskets, dismiss rows for communion 
  • Communion servers (young children with caregiver; older children; youth) 
  • Assisting minister roles – scripture readings, prayer readings (older children; youth) 

 

Serving in worship does NOT require a long-term commitment. Our campus coordinators are always looking for willing worship helpers to participate when they are able! While children and youth are encouraged to serve in worship on any given Sunday, these Sundays have a special focus on our young people: 

  • October 2 
  • November 13 
  • December 4 
If a child/youth under your care is able to take a role in one or more of these Sundays, please contact a campus coordinator! For Far Hills, email Jennifer Henderson for more information. Jennifer gladly trains young people in their duties and would be thrilled to hear from you! For Austin Campus, email Brittany Albert – she is always looking for helpers of all ages. 

TWEEN NIGHT

 
Friday, October 7
7-9 PM
Austin Campus
 
 
Kids ages 9-12 can hang out and choose what they want to do: stream a movie, play games, make art or bracelets, or just talk.
 
No signup needed.
 
A current parental consent form must be on file for each child.

Resources

 
Early Childhood Newsletters

If you’d like guidance in applying the Bible’s teachings to your daily experience of raising and interacting with your very young child, these newsletters are for you! Part of the Sparkhouse digital educational resources, Frolic monthly newsletters share key developmental and faith milestones with families. Caregivers of children ages birth to four receive an automated monthly email based on the age and development stage of the child. Emails are sent on the first of each month through the month of a child’s fifth birthday. Contact Sarah Richter with questions. Sign up here!

 
Parental Consent and Adult Volunteer Forms >> New online form coming soon!

Director of Children & Family Ministries

 
Sarah Richter

(937)433-1449 Ext. 104 

Please contact Sarah if you have any questions about Children & Family Ministries!