For Kids and Youth
Worship. Wonder. Play.
Find yourself in God’s story. Our church believes in the power that stories have to connect us with God, and no one is more in tune with stories than kids. From babies to young adults, our Kids Church program is centered on sharing stories from the Bible as we worship, wonder, and play together in community.
Throughout the childhood years we focus on three strands: the Bible, spiritual practices, and community. As they progress from preschool through high school our children experience all three in increasingly complex and nuanced forms.
All our Sunday programs for children and youth happen during the 9:30 a.m, service with check-in beginning at 9:15 a.m. Volunteers are around on Sundays to help you check in your children and locate their classrooms. Be assured that we are committed to being a safe church for families, and we run background checks on all staff and volunteers who work with children. While we welcome walk-ins, we would love it if families could preregister each week using the link you can find on the events calendar.
Preschool and Kindergarten
Children are welcomed into rooms in our ministry center with about 12 children and at least two adults. After a time of free play, the children are invited into a story circle to hear a telling of a bible story. Storytellers use beautiful materials to appeal to a variety of learning styles and spark the imagination. We use Godly Play, a Montessori-inspired method of telling and interacting with stories as the basis for our program. The children get to play with the stories, make art, and enjoy lots of free play while connecting with other kids in their age groups. Note: We are currently only offering programs to kids two years and older who will wear a mask for the whole of in-person kids church.
Our Pre-K pastor, Angel Jackson is available to answer to any questions or to help you learn ways to get connected with our community email@example.com.
The elementary kids share a large group prayer, worship, and the story for the week, and then split up into smaller groups to ask and answer questions about the story. The last part of our morning is “work time,” where kids get to process what they’ve heard and shared through art and play.
Our elemetary school pastor, Dan Archibald, leads our Sunday programming for elementary kids (1st – 5th grade). If you’d like to connect with him, you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Group – Middle and High School
Youth Group is a safe place where youth learn how to integrate God’s story into their understanding of the world and their own lives. Each person is celebrated for who they are as an individual and as an integral part of our diverse community. Youth are equipped with a variety of exploratory and meditative tools to engage with Jesus and tell their own stories, as they work to make earth more like heaven.
Youth programs (teens from 6th – 12th grades) are led by our youth and kids program coordinator, Jake Kim. If you’d like to connect with Jake, you can reach him at email@example.com.
Godly Play At Home
Are you looking for an online, interactive, way for you or your child to engage in stories from the bible? Join us monthly for Godly Play at Home. We offer a story and time of wondering together. We use Godly Play primarily with our youngest children but this powerful method of telling the stories of our faith is accessible and meaningful to people of any age. All ages are welcome to join this time. These events happen one Wednesday evening per month at 5:30pm for 20 minutes on Zoom. For more information or to get the links to join, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health & Safety
Here are the Covid precautions we’re taking at Reservoir:
Vaccinations – Fully vaccinated team and volunteers for kids and youth
Programming – Programs offered only to kids 2 years of age and older who can willingly wear a mask for the entire program
Masks – Mask wearing required campuswide for everyone 2 years old and older
Singing – No singing (yet) in the kids church rooms
Sanitization – Hand sanitizer offered at check-in and as kids enter their spaces, attention paid to wiping down shared tables and sanitizing shared toys
Food – Food not offered; please save snacks till after Kids Church
Air Circulation – Open windows for good air circulation and air purifiers running in all rooms (please dress kids accordingly as weather cools).
- Timing – Shorter sessions of Kids Church lasting for just an hour
Groups- Mixed-aged groups so preK siblings can stay together in the same classroom and limited group sizes
If you plan on accompanying your child to Kids Church, we kindly ask you to complete an attestation that you have been fully vaccinated (the same requirement we are asking of our Kids Church and Youth leaders). Along with mask wearing, this is a crucial way we are keeping our children safe.
Our Jesus-Centered Faith and Anti-Racism
In this season we’re devoting ourselves to encouraging and doing work of antiracism and justice together. We want to help our preschoolers, elementary kids and youth confront racism from the perspective of a Jesus-centered faith, and to make church a safe place for them to talk about how they are affected by racism. One way we’re doing that is through our Guest Reader Program, which invites guest readers and storytellers who are people of color or parents raising children of color to share stories with the children during Kids Church on Sundays. If you’d like to be a Guest Reader some time, please contact Angel or Dan.