Our youth & family ministries vision is to grow and equip children and parents to see God for who He is, to see themselves how God sees them, and to love others as God loves them.

Sunday morning children's ministries

The Grove:

Sunday morning programming is held throughout the school year with classes for 3 year olds up to 6th grade. The Grove begins at 9:00 and ends at 10:15. The curriculum we use is from ReThink Group, and this curriculum helps us to equip children and parents in navigating the Bible; personalizing Scripture; dialoging with God (public and private prayer); sharing and defending their faith, and worshiping with their lives. 

Our time on Sunday mornings involves both large and small group facets, a time of worship together, and activites that will reinforce the solid biblical content we will be covering. We also provide take home assignments (Parent Cues and Kids "God Time" Devotionals) which give parents the opportunity to engage with their children throughout the week. These take home pages are available below.


With many young families in our congregation, our nurseries are very active! We provide nursery care to children aged infant through 3 years. The nursery also get used throughout the week by several different groups. All of the caretakers in our nurseries have completed child protection paperwork, ensuring that all children will be cared for in a safe, comfortable and loving environment. Contact person for the nursery is Mandy Hall, who can be reached at derekandmandy@hotmail.com.

The Garden:

The Garden is a worship alternative for children ages 4 through 2nd grade. Children will be dismissed during the worship service. If you would like your child to attend the Garden, please be sure to sign them up in the foyer before the worship service and receive a registration sticker.

Registration forms

If you are interested in signing your children up for any of our Children's Ministries, 

please fill out our registration form

We also have a media release form available. We won't take pictures of your children and post them without your permission.

If you are interested in volunteering to serve with any of our Children's Ministries, please do the following:

Download and read our protection plan policy and sign our statement of agreement

If you are a teen, fill out our Family Ministries teen application

If you are above 18, fill out our Family Ministries adult application

Sign our Background Check consent form

All registration forms can be returned to the church office. 

Thank you for making sure the children at CEFC are well taken care of!

The Grove Sunday morning focus (november)

First Look (Ages 3-5)

Theme: Recipe For Thanks

Memory Verse: "I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart" - Psalm 111:1, ESV

Bottom Line: I can thank God for everything

Summary: This month, we want to cook up a big Recipe For Thanks with our preschoolers! Thinking about the things we’re thankful for is the key to any recipe of thanks—and a thankful heart. We chose Recipe For Thanks as our theme because we want our preschoolers to learn how to have a thankful heart.

We will start the month learning about the Ten Commandments. Commandments are some of those ingredients that may not sound yummy but they are oh so good for you. Week one, we’ll get to hear all about the time God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. While we won’t delve deeply into all of them (Some of them are a little out of a preschooler’s realm of understanding.), we will shout out loud and clear God’s number one commandment, we should love God more than anything!

During week two, we’ll learn all about the Lord’s Prayer. Our preschoolers will hear how Jesus taught them how to pray and practice praying the way He modeled. Preschoolers will learn that they can pray anytime, anywhere, and about anything. That’s something to be thankful about!

We all need people to help us. We can be thankful for our family and friends and all the people in our community. Think about how many people help you each and every day. During week three, our preschoolers will hear the story of Naomi, Ruth and Boaz, and that story is full of people who help! Our preschool friends will also identify who the people are that help them each and every day.

Our final ingredient for thankfulness is not just one thing but THINGS! It’s all the things we need, like water, food, clothes, and a place to live. We will talk about being thankful for God giving us what we need with Psalm 23 during week four. Preschoolers will hear how God takes care of us like a shepherd takes care of his sheep.

First Look Parents: Click Here to download the "Parent Cue" - a helpful tool to help you continue to talk about Jesus with your Preschooler week long!

252 Kids (K-6th Grade)

Theme: Refocus - Know Where to Look

Memory Verse: “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.” - 1 Thessalonians 5:18, NIV

Bottom Line: Gratitude is celebrating what God has done, and letting others know you see how they've helped you

Summary: Have you ever paused to think about everything God has done for you? He created a planet that’s perfectly suited for otters and ostriches and you. Then, He sent His Son, Jesus, to that planet to die and be raised to life so He could have a forever relationship with you. Through the month, we’ll help kids refocus on all that God has done for them. Because when you know what God has done for you, YOU CAN BE THANKFUL—ALWAYS.

252 Parents: Make sure to download our "Parent Cue" - a helpful tool to help you continue to talk about Jesus with your student all week long! 

Click Here for the K-3rd grade Parent Cue

Click Here for the 4th-6th grade Parent Cue

K-3rd grade Parents: Download some "God Time" weekly devotionals for your students! Click on the links below for each week!

Week 1- Celebrate what God has done

Week 2 - Adjust Your Attitude

Week 3 - Say Thank You

Week 4 - Always Be Grateful

4th-6th grade Parents: Download some "God Time" weekly devotionals for your preteens! Click on the links below for each week!

Week 1- Celebrate what God has done

Week 2 - Adjust Your Attitude

Week 3 - Say Thank You

Week 4 - Always Be Grateful