Children's Ministry

Our goal is that all children will know and experience the love of God, and then extend that love to others.

Follow: We want those who are teaching and spending time with children at Pender to be followers of Jesus, who then teach children how to also be followers.

Reach: Our desire is for God to reach your child in a unique and meaningful way. This may come through some of our various Children’s Ministry events and activities, or through the loving community of Pender.

Transform: Ultimately, a relationship with Jesus changes lives. Living in the love that God has for us is a true gift and often times transforms the way in which we live.


Current Activities for Children

Every Sunday: Sunday School

Welcome back to Sunday School!

The children's Sunday School is meeting again face-to-face at Pender and over Zoom.  (Contact the Children's Ministry for the link)

Please note, teachers and children need to wear a mask during class.  All children will get their own bag of materials to avoid sharing. 

We are excited to get started again!  We hope to see you soon!

Contact the Children's Ministry

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Sunday Morning Nursery– Babies up to 2 years old are welcome in the nursery during the 9:00 and the 11:15 am service. The nursery provides a warm and loving environment for the children. We also have a pager system to ensure safety and communication with parents. The nursery is also open during other worship services and some events that Pender offers.

Every weekday: Pender Hill School

The Pender Hill School is open!

More information here:

https://www.penderumc.org/pender-hill-school/

Every Thursday: Preschool Music Club

Preschool Music Club for ages 3-5 on Thursday afternoons from 1:15-2:00 pm starting October 7, 2021.  Sign up at pender.church/signup

Every Friday: Fun with Music

Fun with Music is on hiatus for the summer. Music and fellowship for children (ages 0-5) and their parents and/or guardians. Contact the webmaster for more information.


In case you missed it:

Our second “Pender Talk” webinar was February 24, 2021.  Dr. K. Drew Baker told us about the difficulties children are facing during this pandemic.

He shared how to help children now, as well as how to help them get ready to go back to school face to face.


Pender offers numerous activities for children of all ages:

Sunday worship (All ages!) – At Pender children are encouraged and invited to participate in worship at church.

Sunday School (newborn- 6th grade) – on Sunday morning, at 10:00, we offer Sunday school for children 2 years old through 6th grade. They are in classes with friends that are around the same age as them so they can learn more about God’s love together.  Their goal is to connect the church and family together to deepen the faith of children!  

Children’s Church– During the 9 :00 service we have a children’s message within the service specifically for kids! After this time of learning, children 2 years old through second grade are welcome to go downstairs for Children’s church.

Jesus Loves You (JLU) (4th - 6th graders) – On the second Sunday of every month JLU meets and has a time of fellowship, learning, and fun together! They meet from 5-7pm and learn more about God together.

Other Children’s Ministry experiences at Pender:
Children's Choirs and Bell groups
Scouting at Pender
Summer camps info

Pender offers various camps throughout the summer for children.of varying ages.

Vacation Bible School (VBS)

(2 years old -6thgrade)

Pender Hill Preschool

(18 months – 5 years)

 

Family Events:

Pender is dedicated to having family events throughout the year where the whole family can come and experience God’s love and fellowship with others together.

Some of our annual events include:

Movie Nights – Throughout the Year

Pender Hikers - Throughout the Year

Cabin Fever Party – February

Easter Event - April

Pender Rocks the Block – September

A Night in Bethlehem – December

Safety

All teachers are required to submit to a thorough background check and complete Child Protection Training. In addition, all teacher helpers must attend training.