Children & Youth
Faith and fun are cornerstones of our children’s program, which fosters life-long friendships with each other and with God.
Here’s some videos from our latest youth group project.
Sundays, around 10:15 am
Classrooms in 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 various classrooms in 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 7th 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!
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.
Sunday School Colts Neck
Sunday School Marlboro
Sunday School Lincroft
Sunday School Tinton Falls
Sunday School Middletown