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Children's Ministries


Raising Kids is Hard...God Can Help!

The Presbyterian Church at Pluckemin has an active and vibrant ministry to children! We are interested in helping them grow in faith, explore their world in positive and faith-filling ways, and learn what it means to be part of God's family! We want your first worship experience to be a great one for both you and your child.  We want to help parents as well!  Feel free to call ahead to tell us that you're coming and we'll have someone ready to welcome you and show you and your child around. To find out more about any of these great programs, please contact Karen Eastlund at (908) 526-7784 or  karen.eastlund@gmail.com.

NURSERY CARE   

Infant - 3 yrs old
We offer a professionally staffed nursery every Sunday morning from 9am - 11:15am so parents can attend both Adult Education and Worship. We have both an infant and toddler room and we would love to care for your infant - 3 year old. You never have to feel far away because we use a beeper system to reach you if there is any need at all.

SUNDAY SCHOOL  

Sundays, Sept - June  (9:00-9:45am)
We believe that church should be a safe and fun place for your children to learn about God's love. Classes are provided for students beginning at age 3 through sixth grade. Enrolling your children in Pluckemin Church's Sunday School Program gives them an opportunity to experience our dedicated and creative Sunday School teachers who can't wait to share God's love with your children. 

LITTLE SHEPHERDS  

4 yr olds - 2nd Graders
We believe that children learn and worship differently than adults, and it is our responsibility to address their needs as well as the parent's needs.  While you are worshiping with us at 10:00am, all children from 4 years old - 2nd grade are welcome to join us after the Children's Message for a fun-filled worship experience geared specifically for their age level. This worship service includes a story time, music and other activities.

YOUNG DISCIPLES  

3rd - 6th Graders
As our children grow it is important our programs do as well. Our Young Disciples program is a worship program for students 3rd - 6th grades. This group meets on Sundays during our worship service following the Children's Message. Like Little Shepherds, this is a worship experience geared specifically for the needs and interests of this age group.

FAMILY WORSHIP SUNDAYS 

The 1st Sunday of the month has traditionally been known as “Communion Sunday” here at Pluckemin Church.  And now, if you worship as a family with young children, it is also “Family Worship Sunday.”

It is such a blessing to share The Lord’s Supper and Worship together as a family.  Therefore, on Communion Sundays, children will remain in Worship for the entire service to experience all of the blessings and treasures Communion Sunday has to offer.

LIGHTING THE WAY:  ACOLYTING

Is your child in third grade or older? Does he or she want a way to feel like a part of the Sunday morning church service? They can be an acolyte! An acolyte lights the chancel altar's candles which symbolize the Holy Spirit's presence during worship.  Please contact Karen Eastlund at (908) 526-7784 or  karen.eastlund@gmail.com for more info.

MIDDLE GROUND

4th - 6th Graders
Middle Ground is a children's fellowship program that meets once a month on a Sunday afternoon. We're all about building relationships, being ourselves and having fun in a loving, Christian environment at Middle Ground!  We've been known
to go ice skating, bake apples pies, play really fun games, work on service projects, be challenged in "Bible Jeopardy" and more.  We hope that you will come join us!

LITTLE LAMBS

Newborn - 2nd grade (families)
This is a new social group for our youngest members and their families which meets monthly for fun “Family Outings”!  Each month, we will find new places to play and explore as children and parents grow closer to God through growing relationships with other families!

Whether you are a new parent, or a seasoned family, come join our group for some family fun and fellowship!!

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

4 yrs old - 6th Graders
We offer a one-week program for children four years of age up to 6th grade that is filled with fun, faith-building experiences for your children! Each year there is a different theme where our kids can get fired up about God. The week promises to be loads of fun with daily give-aways, crafts, songs and much more! VBS is held for one week in July, 9:00am to 12:00pm each day. Firm dates are posted as VBS begins registration.

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY COMMITTEE  

Our Children's Ministry Committee is comprised of our designated Elder, our Director of Children & Family Ministries, and a variety of volunteers who meet once a month to make program and content recommendations to the session and implement them as approved. This is an exciting team who are dedicated to pursuing excellence in ministering to children! Volunteers are always welcome to help us in a variety of ways!

CHILD PROTECTION POLICY

We take the protection of children seriously! All of our staff who work with children have been trained and thoroughly screened through reference checks as well as federal and state fingerprinting background checks. We put children's safety first!