Children & Youth
Faith and fun are cornerstones of our children’s program, which fosters life-long friendships with each other and with God.
Sundays, around 10:15 am
Parish House & Fellowship Hall
Children join parents in the sanctuary at the beginning of the Sunday worship service for a “children’s message” which explains the weekly sermon in language easily understood by the children. The “children’s message” is presented by our Church School Director, the minister, or a layperson and may take many different forms including puppet shows and dramatic skits.
After the children’s message, the children attend Church School in the Parish House or Fellowship Hall, where volunteer teachers offer creative and engaging curriculum, under the guidance of our Church School Director, Amanda Spagnolia. All of our volunteers – some of whom are professional teachers – are dedicated to providing children meaningful and fun experiences to grow in their faith.
We teach basic Bible knowledge and Christian traditions, along with creative lessons in ethics, sacraments, church history, and helping others. We are not a fundamentalist church. We teach respect for people and differences while covenanting to walk together on the pathways leading to God. Our motto is “that they all may be one,” looking toward a time when all of God’s people can live in peace and justice.
Joining is easy: just show up on a Sunday morning with your child. There is no fee, although we do encourage regular attendance. Questions or concerns? Please call Amanda @ 732-845-5142 or Rev. Rusty @ 732-946-8821.
Sundays, 9:45 – 11:15am
Nursery care is provided for infants and toddlers with Tonie Holder, a registered pre-school teacher. Beginning at age four, children attend church school. Childcare is also provided during scheduled second-hour discussion groups. To arrange childcare at other scheduled events, speak with either the pastor or the event coordinator.
Children’s Day Service
Sunday in early June
Children’s Day service with songs, skits, readings and presentations done by the children followed by a BBQ with mandatory water balloons!
Sunday in mid-December
During the Christmas Season, we have a children’s pageant during worship. The pageants are always memorable, with music that gets booties shaking.
Evening Vacation Bible School
The whole family – parents and children – are invited to a fun-filled and educational Vacation Bible School for a week in July. It is in the evening so that parents can come with their children, and ends with a campfire sing-along on Friday night.
Other Fun Activities
Don’t miss our Halloween “Trunk or Treat” Party, with haunted house, bonfire and ghost stories, or Mardi Gras, or the Easter Egg Hunt.
Sundays, 6:00– 7:30 pm for 6th grade through High School youth
Meetings are held almost every Sunday evening from 6pm to 7:30pm for teens from 6th to 12th grade. Rev. Rusty & Caity Conklin share their enthusiasm, wisdom and fun-loving spirit to lead the group. Evening events include discussion, crazy games, and time to share experiences and visions; and occasionally a meal is shared. Friends are welcome!
Youth Mission Trip: Summers Rev. Rusty & Caity Conklin lead a youth mission trip for a week during the summertime. Last year – and this coming summer – they have worked with “The Pittsburgh Project”, rebuilding homes for low-income seniors in Pittsburgh PA.
Special Events include: Trips, retreats, and mission projects to help teens deepen their faith, nurture their relationships, serve Christ and have fun!
Youth Group Events 2014-2015
September 14: Obstacle Course Relay & Burglar in new building; Painting and calligraphy
Practice of Faith = Artistic expression
September 21: Bonfire & Stories; Faith Walk through cemetery and stalking games
Practice of Faith = Community
September 26 (Friday evening and overnight): Cardboard Box City- fundraiser for Family Promise homeless shelter at Monmouth Church of Christ. Make our own cardboard house to camp in.
September 28: Rain barrel making after church
October 5: Music video night (bring in favorite); make our own music video with instruments
Practice of Faith = Music & singing
October 12: Explore new building & plan haunted house
Practice of Faith = Compassion & Caring for others
October 19: CROP walk after church, 1:30pm at Red Bank High School
October 25: 6:00pm-8:30pm Halloween Party, set up hauted house tours for children, help set up and monitor bonfire in cemetery
November 2: Drama games and role plays. Plan worship skit
November 9: Mission speaker and planning for giving and volunteering
November 16: Dream Workshop with Rev. Marth Eidmann-Hicks
November 23: IRON CHEF competition
November 30: No Youth Group, but come to the Advent Workshop 4:00-6:00pm!
December 7: Electric Fence, Chairball and Ninja
December 14: Hawaiian Christmas Party and gift exchange and blanket surfing
January 4: Make a snow village and huge snow globe. If no snow, collage to creat predictions of the New Year
January 11: Art projects to post in our “gallery” for next Sunday, possible cooking project
January 18: Bowling or iPlay America 6:00pm
January 25: Guest speaker: Fitness and Dance person to talk about exercise, health, nutrition and lead us in dance
February 1: Create Youth Sunday celebration
February 7-9: NJA Youth Retreat at Camp Bernie
February 15: (President’s weekend) No meeting
February 22: Youth Sunday (rehearse Sat. Feb 21 at 5:00pm)
March 1: Sit down soccer and sardines in new building, cooking
March 8: Talent Show
March 15: Burglar and ping pong race
March 22: Minute to Win It
March 29: School Vacation (no meeting)
April 5: Easter Sunday (no meeting)
April 12: Project on truth and faith
April 19: Focus on dealing with stuff we own
April 26: Activity TBD, focus on worship
May 3: Activity TBD, focus on friends
May 10: Activity TBD, focus on beauty
May 17: Hiking in Hartshorn Woods 5:00-7:30pm
May 24: Memorial Day Weekend (no meeting)
May 31: Super Soaker and water balloon wars
June 7: End of season pot-luck picnic in Thompson Park
June 14: Church pot-luck picnic 11:30am
June 26-28: Anyone interested in a camping trip to PA?
Stay tuned for a possible MISSION TRIP Summer of 2015!
This class for 7th and 8th grade students is taught by Reverend Rusty every other year. The class provides a year-long overview of essential themes in the Christian tradition and our own church. It also includes activities such as visiting congregations of other traditions, community service, trips, and retreats. At the successful completion of the program, the young adults choose whether to affirm their baptismal vows and to become members of the congregation. The next Confirmation Class will be taught beginning fall of 2015.
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