Ministry with Children and Youth at Southminster Southminster has experienced a baby boom over the past few years, and our ministry to children and youth is a growing and vibrant part of our church ministry. Our expanding group of pre-school, kindergarten, elementary, and teenage kids engage weekly in the ministry of our church through worship, mission, music, and growing in their faith through learning and prayer.
Children and youth are a vital part of our church community, and we are excited about the gifts they bring us. Here are some of the activities of special interest to them:
Sing and Shout! – is a fun and interactive time of music and games for kids in pre-school through first grade. Led by Pastor Jeff Clayton with his guitar, a typical Sing and Shout session features fun and wacky games and a time for learning and singing songs that help our kids express their faith. We gather for about a half-hour on Tuesday evenings and our Sing and Shout kids sing in worship about once a month.
Joyful Noise Singers and Ringers – is led by accomplished musical educator, Marilyn Lake. Marilyn offers instruction for second to sixth grade kids in choral music and learning how to ring bells and chimes. Occasional opportunities to explore percussion are also a part of this experience. Beginning September 13th this group rehearses on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am and enhances our worship service on a regular basis.
Sunday Morning Church School – Engaging, age-appropriate, and challenging classes are offered every Sunday morning to our children and youth, helping them explore their Christian faith and encouraging them to explore how to serve others in love and gratitude. With classes for preschoolers, K-2, and 3-6th we have a dedicated group of teachers and a growing number of children and youth who are taking advantage of this opportunity for Christian Education. About once a quarter, our Christian Education committee designs an intergenerational church school activity, which allows participants of all ages to interact with and learn from one another. More information about our curriculum may be found here.
Southminster Youth Group – One of Southminster’s strongest programs is our Youth Group. The Youth Group gathers each Sunday at 6:00 PM to enjoy a meal together followed by an activity from 6:30 – 7:30. These activities rotate between learning, fun and frivolity, and service to the community. The youth group year begins with a kick-off party, the parent/sponsor verses youth kickball extravaganza, and a fall planning retreat. Service projects, fundraisers, and lock-ins combine to build strong relationships among our youth and connect them with God’s movement in our lives. An annual highlight is the summer Youth Work trip to various sites in the US for mission and service.
Check out the Southminster Youth Blog. Youth Newsletters and Youth blogging from the mission trip.
Vacation Church School and our annual Summer Music Camp offer two weeks of concentrated, kid-focused, summer fun to elementary aged kids in our community. Vacation Church School explores a biblical theme through music, drama, crafts, and play. Music Camp exposes children to the joys and wonders of music (vocal and instrumental) culminating in a musical performance. Many children from the community join Southminster kids for these exciting programs.
Nursery – Our baby boom has reinvigorated our nursery, a safe and caring space for infants through age three during worship services and at other special activities as requested.
Worship and Godly Play – Children are welcome at all worship services at Southminster. Many families encourage their children to grow into the rhythms of the church year through participating in our worship opportunities. Kids worship bags, children’s bulletins, and activities are available at the entryway to our sanctuary, and a time for children is offered at each 11am worship service. Following our time for children, we offer Godly Play for kids in Preschool and Kindergarten, a time for play and activities during the sermon and conclusion of the service.