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 get to know God and connect with others in a setting that nurtures fun, challenge, and spiritual growth.
6th-12th grade students are invited to gather each Sunday after the main church service from 11:45am-1:00pm. We start youth group with a game or an activity. There are donuts or some type of treat followed by a quick lesson and faith based discussion. We typically end by sharing prayer requests.
Due to Covid, we aim to meet outside as much as possible near the gaga ball pit weather permitting. If the weather is rainy or cold we will meet indoors in the youth room with masks required.
Mission Trips, Retreats, & Special Events
Throughout the year we host special events such as beach trips, sledding, ice-skating, laser tag, game nights, corn mazes, bonfires, etc. We also seek service opportunities like helping out with our homeless ministry or supporting non-profit organizations.. We seek to do a yearly service trip each summer in various locations around the U.S.