But when Jesus saw this, he … said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.’ -Mark 10:14
The Christian education of our children and youth is vital to faith formation at Carmel. We value children in our Carmel family and welcome their participation in the life of our church. There are a number of different ways in which we nurture the faith development of our children and youth.
Nursery care is offered during worship for infants to age 3 and also includes an age-appropriate lesson. Nursery care is also available during adult classes of the Sunday Education Hour from 9:00-9:45 AM by advance notice to the church office.
The “sermon” is a craft which focuses on the reading. We talk about kinds of prayer and practice talking to God. We also talk about what our “offering” will be during the week. Our “hymns” are simple well-loved songs, and of course we love to move and dance! We endeavor to share love and lessons of Jesus. Sometimes we share our love and creations with the congregation. The children also return to worship in the sanctuary for baptisms and Communion.
CARMEL NURSERY SCHOOL
Visit our Carmel Nursery School page for more information and registration
CARMEL YOUTH MINISTRY GRADES 3-8
Our Carmel Youth Ministry (CYM) program is designed for grades 3-8. We welcome all children and youth from the church and community.
CYM meets from 6:30-7:30 pm, in person, in Carmel Hall and welcomes all in grades 3-8. Safety protocols will be followed. The schedule includes dinner and a rotating activity each week: service or craft project, Bible lesson, gym or game room activity. In addition, there will be monthly special activities. Join in the Fellowship and, as always, friends are welcome.
For information contact: Church Office at 215-887-1074 or email email@example.com
CHILDREN & YOUTH CHOIRS
Visit our Music Ministry page for more information on childrens and youth choir
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Carmel’s Vacation Bible School welcomes children from the church and community from age 4 through grade 5. Junior and Senior Highs are welcome as volunteer assistants. VBS is usually held during the last full week of July from 6:30-8:30 PM. Activities include a Bible theme, music, games, and crafts. Advance registration is encouraged and timely information provided on the website and Courier newsletter.
OASIS YOUTH GROUP 9-12
OASIS is currently being reorganized following members departing for college and the retirement of the group advisor. If you have an interest in this senior high group, contact the Church Office at 215-887-1074 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyone in grades 9-12 is welcome on Sunday nights at OASIS, whether you have a lifelong relationship with the Church or have never been to worship. The group has typically gathered every few weeks for faith and fellowship. Meetings have included discussion, devotion and prayer. Additional activities have included volunteer programs, worship experiences, and mentoring the younger kids in our CYM program.