It is a joy and privilege to share God’s love with children. Throughout the year, Cross View provides learning opportunities for children of all ages and their families to grow in their relationships with Jesus and to use their gifts in service. Our programming for children is age-appropriate learning focused on the Bible, prayer, worship, fellowship, and service. (Click here to see Children’s Ministry Overview.)
Celebrating faith “Stepping Stones” is our major focus on how to equip and encourage parents to be the primary faith-shapers for their children. (Click here to see a detailed description of “Stepping Stones".) General questions about our Children's Ministries can be directed to Barb Coffin, the Director of Children's Ministry.
God loves all people, no matter what age, and our relationship with God is based on grace. Baptism is the beginning of God’s action in our life. To schedule a baptism or learn more about what we believe about the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, please contact Pastor Steve Wheeler or Barb Coffin.
The Cradle roll ministry acknowledges when a child is baptized. In the next three years, on the baptism anniversary, materials are sent for the child and parent to help guide them in their Christian life.
A staffed nursery providing quality care is available during worship, the education hour, and special events for children ages birth to age 3.
Sunday School classes meet Sunday mornings from 9:30 – 10:30 AM. Children gather to study God’s Word with volunteer teachers from our congregation. Little Lambs, a class for 2-year-olds and parents, is self-contained. For students age 3 through 6th grade, each week begins with an opening of devotion and song. Students then gather in smaller, age-level classes. Our curriculum, FaithWeaver NOW, focuses on the Old Testament in the fall and on the life of Christ during winter and spring months.
Introduction to The Bible (2nd graders and their parents)
Second graders and their parents are invited to join us during the Sunday education hour for three weeks to learn more about the Bible and how to develop some basic skills to study it.
Welcome To The Lord's Table (5th graders and their parents)
This special class prepares 5th graders and their parents to understand and accept the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Different staff members lead this class on Sunday mornings, with lessons, prayers, and fun games that students and parents enjoy together.
During the summer (starting June 4, 2023), families with children in 6th grade or younger are invited to fellowship time on the playground (or in the gym if it is raining) during the Sunday School hour.
Midweek Kidstitute and Jubilate Choir
Kidstitute is our Wednesday midweek program for children in kindergarten through 6th grade and meets from 6:30-7:30 PM during the school year, engaging in fun games, visual arts, Bible stories, snacks, and so much more.
Preschool Kidstitute is for children 2 years old through kindergarten and meets from 5:30-6:30 PM on the first Wednesday of the month starting in October.
Our 2nd-5th grade children's choir, Jubilate, performs at church services 4-5 times during the year. They practice before Kidstitute on most Wednesday evenings from 6:10-6:30 PM.
Vacation Bible School
This week-long extravaganza takes place the week after Father’s Day every summer. During this week in June, our sanctuary and hallways are transformed by eager children who have fun learning about Jesus at work in their lives. The event is supported by many talented volunteers with a passion for raising our children in God’s Word. Students in grades 6 and up are invited to serve on our VBS staff.
Singing, dancing, laughter, creativity, hard work, and fun—it can all be found at our popular Summer Music Camp! Elementary-age children (entering grades 1-5) may join us for a week in July for music and fun! Our music campers learn songs, dialogue, and choreography during the week of camp and then share what they learn by performing a short musical for friends and family on the final morning of music camp. Please note: We do not plan to offer Music Camp in the summer of 2023.