A rich Sunday morning educational program that explores the Christian faith for all ages is presented every Sunday morning. This program year, Lewinsville is instituting the Messy Church program – a worshiping community of all ages, centered on Christ, showing Christian hospitality, giving people a chance to express their creativity, to sit down together to eat a meal, and have fun within a church context.
Messy Church is a once-monthly time when families come together to enjoy being together, making things together, eating together, and celebrating God together through his word, through music, and through prayer. The once-monthly events are bolstered by break-out sessions for all other Sundays, providing a forum for parents.
Nursery and Childcare:
Child care is available on the lower Heritage Hall for infants and toddlers through age 3. Two certified child-care attendants staff the nursery along with parent volunteers. A safe and attractive outdoor play area for preschool/kindergarten aged children. Maria Bravo is our nursery care provider along with Ana Alfaro. If you have any questions about the nursery and child care providers at Lewinsville please don’t hesitate to be in touch with nursery care volunteer, Alison Stager at Tmoge@yahoo.com.
Pre-School children will participate in Messy Church. On Celebration Sundays, they will participate in the intergenerational activities and follow the schedule for Celebration Sundays. On Break-Out Sundays, the per-schoolers will begin in room L-17 at 8:45am for Joyful Noise. At 9:30am – 10:30am children will focus on the Godly play Bible stories, in room L-04.
During the first half hour, the children will learn to sing songs with our Children’s Choir Specialist. The second half hour will focus on the Godly Play Bible stories. Godly Plan is a term coined by Jerome Berryman to describe an approach to children’s spiritual formation that is based on creating a sacred space in which to present the stories of our faith, wonder about them together, and then allow the children open-ended opportunities, usually with art supplies, to engage the story on their own terms. The stories are told very simply, with simple props and without interpretation or moral instruction. After a story is presented, the children and the storyteller wonder together about aspects of the story that draw their interest.
Elementary age children will participate in Messy Church. On Celebration Sundays, they will participate in the intergenerational activities and follow the schedule for Celebration Sundays. On alternate Sundays, the children will continue activities from the Messy Church themes in MiniMess held in Room L-02.
In addition to our Christian Education program, children ages 4 through Grade 2 are invited to participate in Sermon Stories during the 11:00 am worship service.