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Children & Youth

Children and youth are an essential part of the life of the church. Our goal is to nurture our children and youth into mature, faithful followers of Christ. As adults, we strive to live out the vows we make each time a new baby is joyfully baptized.

children's sunday school

Children & Youth Sunday School Classes:

We believe in life long learning and believe it begins as a child. Please bring your child to worship and Sunday School, so they can participate in all the church has to offer.

Nursery care for infants and toddlers is available on the second floor of the Education Building from 9:00 – 11:45 a.m. during Sunday School and worship.

Children and Youth Sunday School Classes are held on the third floor of the Education Building from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. each Sunday. Classes are available for:

Elementary School.

Middle School Youth.

Senior High School Youth.

Youth Scrabble Game

Youth Scrabble Game

Youth Groups:

Youth ages 6th through 8th grade participate in our Middle School Youth Group led by Alice Fortunato and assisted by parents.

Youth ages 9th through 12th grade participate in our Senior High School Youth Group led by Erin Cook, assisted by Elizabeth and Justin Ingram, and parents.

Youth connect each week:

  • on Sundays for Sunday School and worship.
  • on Wednesdays from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in Struble Hall of the Education Building. Dinner at 6:00 p.m. Fun and fellowship from 6:45 – 7:30 p.m. All are welcome!
We have so much great stuff happening! Hope you’ll plan to come to as much as you can!
 

Please complete the Children and Youth Consent Form for event participation. This form will cover everything for one year from signature date. Please update with a new form for any changes that occur during the year. The Form will need to be notarized.

Poster for Road Trip to Montreat Poster for Road Trip to Montreat

Youth Mission Work:

Each summer, the Middle and Senior High School Youth Groups participate in separate summer trips. The Senior High Youth have been attending the Youth Conference at the Montreat Conference Center in Montreat, NC. The Middle School Youth have been attending a camp at Cedarkirk Camp & Conference Center in Lithia, FL.

Three main fundraisers for their trips are:

  • Hosting an Easter Morning Breakfast after the Easter Sunrise Service.
  • Hosting a Spaghetti Dinner on a Wednesday after school begins where the youth reflect on their summer trips.
  • Hosting a Thanksgiving Lunch after worship on a Sunday in November.

Dr. Dan with girls                      Thanksgiving lunch prep

The Youth also participate in various mission activities throughout the year including gleaning with Society of St. Andrew and collecting canned goods and monetary donations which go to support local food banks during the Souper Bowl of Caring which occurs every Super Bowl Sunday.

Canned goods on chancel steps

Canned goods on chancel steps

 vbs group photo 2015

   Vacation Bible School 2015

 

Vacation Bible School (VBS):

Mark your calendar – next year’s VBS will be held July 11-15, 2016 for children ages 4 through 5th grade. Please check back in the spring of 2016 for the theme and registration information. Hope you can join us!

Chaulking at family picnic

Chaulking at family picnic

Family Events:

Park Lake loves families and strives to provide inter-generational gatherings throughout the year outside of worship. The Youth host a church wide picnic each year in the spring.

Family Picnic

The Youth host a toddler friendly Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Saturday for our church family, friends and the community.

The Youth also host a Harvest Party or a Trunk-or-Treat before Halloween where church family and friends can come in costume, play games and trick-or-treat.

Trunk-or-Treat