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.
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.
Our Pre-K pastor, Aubrie Hills is available to answer to any questions or to help you learn ways to get connected with our community: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 elementary 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 email@example.com.
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 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
- Masks – Masks are welcome campuswide.
- Sanitization – Hand sanitizer offered at check-in and as kids enter their spaces, attention paid to wiping down shared tables and sanitizing shared toys.
- 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
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 Aubrie or Dan.