We believe from the Scriptures that God has chosen to work in families. We covenant (or solemnly promise) at the baptism of each child born into the covenant community to assist the parents in the Christian nurture and admonition of their children. At Second Presbyterian Church we take this vow seriously as evidenced by our many ministries that come alongside parents. The following are some of the ways through which we discharge this responsibility:
Cat Kids (short for “Catechism kids”) meets throughout the year on Wednesdays from 6:55 p.m. to 8 p.m. coordinated by our Christian Education Committee and involving many members and parents. Catechisms have been used for almost two millennia in the church to teach both children and adults the basics of the Bible and Christian Theology. We use the Children’s and Westminster Shorter Catechism as a core curriculum but also include missions, music and other activities.
A loving and safe nursery is provided, allowing parents to participate in the work and worship of the church.
Second Presbyterian Church utilizes our denomination’s teaching curriculum for K2 through 6th grade (Great Commission Publications).
Children whose parents believe their child is ready to make a credible public profession of faith in Jesus Christ may enroll their child/children in the Communicants Class. The class will instruct each child in the basics of the Christian faith and the meaning of the membership vows to be taken. Parents are welcome to attend with their child/children.
The Senior minister or ministry staff leader interacts with children about the morning sermon, after which they are dismissed for Sunday School. Children’s Chapel is for K4 through 5th grade on Sunday morning at 9:50 a.m. in the Sanctuary.
Sports promote friendship and fellowship for youth as the church participates in church league basketball (during the late fall and winter).
Vacation Bible School
VBS is for students K4-4th grade. VBS is held each June providing teaching and outreach to hundreds of children (members and non-members). This week-long program centers on Bible instruction and missions and involves activities and crafts.
Our annual Reformation Party is an alternative to secular Halloween. The church offers a safe and fun-filled evening of games, activities, and treats centered on God’s wonderful work in reforming the Church and is usually held the last Wednesday night in October.
For questions about our children’s ministry or how your child can get involved, please contact the church office.