Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know a little about the children’s programs that we offer. Our mission is to create a place where kids can feel loved and cared for by our church family and understand how much God loves them. We want to provide an atmosphere where your family can learn about who God is and the amazing love He has for all of us. This information should give you a glimpse of the programs we provide here at Naperville Covenant.
Larry and his family have been attending Naperville Covenant Church since 2005. He and his wife have 2 children in our youth program.
Sunday Mornings (10:30 am)
Nursery – Infant care is provided by our loving volunteers.
Pre-School (2 years old – 5 years old) – The children gather in our pre-school room for the entire service. They will experience play time, a Bible lesson, an activity, and a healthy snack.
Kingdom Kids (Kindergarten – 5th grade) – This is a worship and learning experience, where we equip our children to make a Kingdom difference. The children leave the regular 10:30 worship service some time before the sermon and go to their Kingdom Kids classroom. The children will learn in a large group setting and will also divide up into small groups, based on their age. One Sunday a month we have an Intergenerational service where the children stay in the worship service with the adults for a service suitable for both.
Sunday Mornings (9:00-10:00 am) – Since we have classes for the youth and adults during this hour, we make every effort to provide childcare during this hour.
Communion Sunday – We generally serve communion on the 1st Sunday of the month. We practice “Intergenerational Sunday” on the first Sunday of the month, and children are invited to reamin with us for the entirety of the worship service, including communion. It is the parents’ and child’s choice when they are ready to celebrate Communion.
Wednesday Night OASIS Program
(Kindergarten – 5th grade) – We meet at 6:30 for dinner with the youth and adults. At 7:00 we head to the Kingdom Kids room for our program. Wednesday nights are a lot of fun as we learn about the Bible. The program ends at 7:45, but childcare is available until 8:15 when other programs end. Oasis runs for 8-12 weeks in the fall and in the winter. Childcare is also provided for our littlest ones.
This year we are did not offer our regular one week vacation Bible school. We did something totally different. We worked on building relationships with our local community in ways we have not done before. Through this program, we were able to link elements of VBS, with our Alden Nursing Home ministry, while engaging a local school, then pulling everyone together for the 2nd annual NaperCov Garage Sale that took place on August 27th! Our last event of the summer was a big “Celebration” on Sunday, September 11th with our worship outside, a picnic and lots of FUN! Stay tuned for next summer’s plan!
We want to teach our children to go out and make a Kingdom difference, so it is important to teach our children about missions. Some of the missions that we participate in are: Feed My Starving Children, singing at Alden Nursing Home for their Sunday service, and projects or letters for our Covenant Congo Kids. Some of our kids have also participated in the Windy City Mission Project with their families.
Children’s Ministry Team
- We have a team of volunteers that run the children’s ministry program.
- The four volunteers each coordinate an area and work together to choose curriculum and plan events like VBS.
- Parents will be greeted by one of the following volunteers every Sunday morning.
- This team includes:
- Larry Birks- Team Leader and Oasis Coordinator
- Edith Sawall – Pre-School Coordinator
- Barb Snyder – Nursery Coordinator
- Diana Shiflett – Wednesday Night Oasis Coordinator