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.
Kelly grew up as a pastor’s kid, grateful to experience the love of God through her parents as well as her church family. She began to sense a call to ministry during her teenage years through leadership experiences in church as well as school. As a sophomore studying philosophy and Bible & Theology at Wheaton College, that call became clear. She went on to earn her M.Div at North Park Theological Seminary and served for 4.5 years as a lead pastor in northeast Nebraska. She is ordained in the Evangelical Covenant Church and has also served churches in Tucson and Chicago. Kelly and her husband Greg have been married for 14 years and have three sons, 6 year old twins and a 4 year old. She loves to cook, read, create, and spend time outside – either exploring with her kids, working in the garden, or if she’s really lucky, on a backpacking trip with her husband. She is a cancer survivor thankful to God for every moment of life.
VBS @ Home 2020
This summer we are spending 4 weeks doing VBS @ Home. VBS (Vacation Bible School) is an opportunity to learn more about God and have some fun. While we can’t be together physically, we are doing what we can to remember who we are as friends of God. Starting Monday, July 13, each week we are posting a teaching and music video to our YouTube channel. If you are interested in signing up and participating, visit our registration page or reach out to Pastor Kelly.
VBS Memory Verse Coloring Pages
Week 1 – Genesis 1:27
Week 2 – 1 Timothy 1:9
Week 3 – Ephesians 2:19
Week 4 – Joshua 1:9
For additional resources and downloads, contact Kelly Johnston.
Sunday Mornings (10:30 am) – In-person children’s ministry is currently on hold. Check back for updates.
Nursery – Infant care is provided by our loving volunteers.
Pre-School (3 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 remain 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 September-May. 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.
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, 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.