"Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these."
- Luke 18:16
Children are born with an innate sense of wonder and faith that is real and authentic. As teachers and leaders our role is to provide a foundation of experiences on which children build a life of learning and growth toward a mature and vital faith.
John Wesley was also committed to the education and formation of children, and traditionally, the United Methodist Church has provided a space for children to not only learn and grow, but to be an active part of the cmmunity.
In his sermons and actions, Wesley took up the cause of children’s issues, especially their intellectual and spiritual development. The Wesleyan movement inspired the development of health clinics and schools that accommodated children from all walks of life. Wesley personally visited children in workhouses and poor houses, and established Sunday schools, going against the popular writings of the time and actively participating in social justice issues that directly impacted children.http://www.cosumc.org/clientimages/52258/childrens%20ministries.pdf
All children ages 3 thru sixth grade are invited to Sunday School where crafts and other experiences reinforce the attributes of the Christian journey and Calvary's family of faith. Children are invited to attend Sunday School following the Children's Sermon during the 11:00am worship hour.Sunday School Photo Gallery
At Calvary we understand that at a very early age children need to be a part of God's family! Every Sunday our children are provided time during the worship service to interact with the pastor and hear first hand one of the faith lessons of the day.
Each Fall, Calvary hosts a Fall Festival, a time of family fun and fellowship for our church family and the community. There is face-painting, fall-themed games, snacks, and a turkey dinner with all the trimmings.2014 Fall Festival Photo Gallery 2015 Fall Festival Photo Gallery
Every summer, we host our annual Vacation Bible School for all the children in our community from ages 3 thru 11. For one week, our church is transformed into a different world to tell the story of Jesus through music, games, art, storytelling, and snacks. The church is alive and bursting forth with enthusiasm like no other week in the entire year! We involve many, many adult and youth volunteers who have as much fun as the children.2014 VBS Photo Gallery 2015 VBS Photo Gallery
The children of Calvary and our community enjoy a Sunday afternoon full of fun activities that celebrate Christmas. Also, even though he's very busy, each year we always manage to book Santa as a special visitor for the children.2014 Christmas Party Photo Gallery 2015 Christmas Party Photo Gallery