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 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! During our worship service, we offer two nurseries: one for ages 0-23 months and one for 2 & 3 year olds. The nurseries 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, and can be reached at email@example.com.
The Garden is a worship alternative for children ages 4 through 2nd grade. Children will be dismissed during the worship service. Interested parents can sign their children up in the foyer before the worship service.
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!
First Look (Ages 3-5):
May Theme: "Come to the Castle"
Bottom Line: "God's Got It"
Memory Verse: "He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God.”" - Deuteronomy 10:17
May Summary: It’s time to “Come to the Castle” and hear stories from the King. As we travel through the stories of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, Hagar, Gideon, and Daniel, your preschoolers will learn that:
God is always with me.
God hears me and gives me what I need.
God teaches me the way to go.
God protects me.
It’s a fantastic month that is sure to help your preschoolers know that God is with them all the time, and God’s got it.
Click Here to download May's "Small Talk" Parent Cue with ideas and questions to help you continue to talk to your preschooler about Jesus all week long!
252 (Kindergarten - 6th Grade)
May Theme: "Gizmos and Gadgets: Uniquely Wired, Wonderfully Made"
Bottom Line: Creativity is imagining what you could do because you're made in God's image
Memory Verse: "I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made." - Psalm 139:14a, NIV
May Summary: From the opening pages of Scripture, we encounter God’s creativity in action. With words, Let there be light, the poem of creation unfolds as light gives way to time, oceans and mountains form, galaxies are set in motion, and the earth is filled with birds, fish, and every creature imaginable. But God is not finished creating. God decided that He wanted His image to populate the earth. He created people in His image to take care and develop His magnificent creation. Humans are unique in that we reflect God in how we interact with each other and the world around us. That interaction includes God’s creativity. We may not form mountains and oceans, but we create art and music, build cities, solve problems, and innovate technology—all of which starts with our God-given creativity. Jesus showed us creativity in action. Jesus was the Word that spoke God’s creation into existence at the beginning of time. And when Jesus arrived on planet earth to fulfill God’s plan to rescue humanity, that same creativity was evident in every interaction we read throughout Scripture. Through stories, Jesus could explain something difficult or confusing about the Kingdom of God. With unconventional materials, Jesus healed the sick and hurting. With the right question, He could point to His disciples and the religious leaders what is most important to God. Throughout His earthly ministry, Jesus showed us the difference we can make in the world through creativity. We think it’s important for us to help our kids and families discover more about Creativity—imagining what you could do because you are made in God’s image. In Psalm 139:14, we read, I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Through this Psalm, David acknowledges God’s continued provision for his life. He worships God for His care and concern for even the smallest aspects of life. Being created in God’s image, means that we are special compared to the rest of creation. We reflect God in amazing and wonderful ways. As we help kids discover more about God’s creativity, we head to the beginning—Genesis—and learn more about God’s creativity in the creation of the world.
Click Here to download the Parent Cue for the month of May - a tool with questions and ideas to help you talk with your student about Jesus all week long!
And don't forget to download "God Time" - the weekly devotions for your students to help them continue to think about what they're learning on Sunday mornings throughout the week!