Children & Youth Ministries
Our approach to coming generations is shaped by the perspective of Robert Coles, professor of Psychiatry at Harvard, who maintains that children have profound spiritual concerns and benefit from a spiritual framework. (see The Spiritual Life of Children by Robert Coles.) The church is a place for parents and children to build that framework drawing on the resources of Christian faith.
Children’s Ministry partners with parents to lay a spiritual framework for children from infancy through fifth grade. We seek to create a safe and loving environment so that children can grow in their relationship with Jesus and other children their own age. Young people learn to experience God at their level, become equipped to pray, and learn to trust in God for themselves. All of our staff and volunteers working with minors go through a background check and screening process, and are supervised to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for children.
Throughout the year we have various events for children and families including our annual Fall Festival, Easter Egg Hunt, and Camp Create, a week-long arts based summer day camp.
Nursing Moms Room: For moms who prefer to care for their infants themselves, we have a quiet and comfortable nursery located just off the auditorium that is perfect for you and your nursing baby. It’s outfitted with comfortable recliners, dim lights, and you can watch and listen to the Celebration through a one-way window.
Vineyard Kids (Birth-5th grade): Check in children at the Check In table in the north corridor, just down the hall from our cafe. Age-appropriate classrooms are open ten minutes before each service. Every Sunday kids explore a Bible story, try new ways to pray, and enjoy a snack together. A sticker-based registration process ensures that parents and guardians are matched with their children for pick up.
Nursery: A clean, comfortable nursery for birth through 23 months is staffed with caring volunteers.
Vineyard Toddler and Pre/K classes: Age appropriate classes for the young ones provide a safe and caring environment and simple Bible-based stories and activities.
Vineyard Elementary: Teaching methods and worship styles are specifically designed for this age group! With the help of our committed volunteers, we provide a safe environment where children can enjoy great learning and loving relationships from 1st through 5th grade.
Vineyard Tweens: During the 11:15 service, 3-5th grade students worship in the main celebration before being dismissed to their class.
We aim to provide an environment where our students have a chance to relax and get to know God in a setting that nurtures fun, challenge, and spiritual growth.
Our Jr. High (6th-8th grades) and High School (9th-12th grades) Youth Group meet each Sunday during the 11:15 am celebration in the youth room. We welcome our students to join the congregation in worship at the beginning of the service. After opening worship, Jr. High and High School students will be invited to meet in the youth room. There are some snacks and a few announcements. Then high school meets in a separate space for their own small hang out time and lesson while junior high youth hang out in the main youth area for a more activity based lesson.
Mission Trips, Retreats, & Special Events
Regular ministry events are available for Jr. High and High School students throughout the year. Financial assistance is available for participants. As youth mature we also make room for them to serve alongside adults in several ministry areas including but not limited to the multi-media and worship teams.
Events from this past year include: Trip to Cedar Point, Knockerball at County Farm Park, High Ropes Course, A Prayer Walk in Ann Arbor, Day at the Beach with Dune Rides, High Ropes Course, skating, laser tag, corn maze, mission trips, and serving the Homeless in Ann Arbor.
Please check us out on Facebook to get your up-to-date reports on youth ministry events or subscribe to our quarterly Youth Ministry Newsletter by emailing Sam Tidball at firstname.lastname@example.org.