Children’s Worship and Wonder (WOW) and “Mega-Wow” offer a unique worship experience for children during the regular church hour. After the children’s message, children leave for a hands-on and playful worship experience. Greeters and storytellers join the children for a multi-sensory learning experience that reaches children on their level. WoW includes children ages 3 through the 1st grade and Mega-Wow those in the 2nd-5th grades. WoW meets every Sunday, while Mega-Wow meets the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month.
For more on Children’s Worship and Wonder, visit their site at Disciples Home Missions.
Children in grades 3rd through 5th grade participate in musical Hand-Chimes, are introduced to stories from scripture from costumed actors, and share in a lesson-based activity. JYF seeks to build upon other Children’s ministries for faith development and Christian nurture.
Children participate in a rotation-style Christian education setting, focusing on two developmental areas each week, and centered on a semester-long theme.
Children gather for a week of exciting games, activities, crafts, music and stories each summer during Vacation Bible School. Usually held in mid-July, VBS brings in children from Pre-K through 5th grade, welcomed by a staff of loving volunteers from within the church family.
Each Lenten season, the Senior Minister offers a four week church membership class for CHILDREN/YOUTH. This class focuses on the basics of the Christian faith, an introduction to the history of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Biblical understandings of practices in worship and what it means to live as a Christian. A class is also available during the Lenten Season for ADULTS and new members who joined earlier in the year. The adult class studies This class focuses on the basics of the Christian faith, an introduction to the history of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Biblical understandings of practices in worship and how to connect in our local congregation.
Disciples of Christ summer camps for grades 2-12 are held in June at Central Christian Camp and Conference Center and other campgrounds around the state. Fall & Winter weekend retreats are planned by the Regional Youth Council and Area youth leaders for Middle School and High School students.
During the school year we have youth meetings on Sunday and Wednesday evenings. Sunday nights we start with a snack supper at 5:00 and meet from 5:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Wednesday evenings our groups meet from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Christian Women’s Fellowship:
The purpose of our CWF is to provide opportunities for spiritual growth, enrichment, education and creative ministries to enable women to develop a sense of personal responsibility for the whole mission of the church of Jesus Christ.”
In doing this we have meetings of the individual groups (4) once a month. (One group meets in the evening for women who work.)
Once a month our ladies gather for a Service Day where we work on sewing projects, coupon clipping for military service members serving overseas, making prayer cards to be delivered with mobile meals and other projects. CWF is in charge of the kitchen, purchasing needed items, cleaning refrigerator, freezer and cabinets and other projects as needed.
Christian Men’s Fellowship:
Our men meet at the church on the second Saturday of each month except for May and August we meet on the first Saturday. We do not meet in June or July, mostly because of vacations unless there is an issue that we need to help with and a special meeting is called.
One of our important goals is to help with things needed within the church and within the community as well as the Christian Camp. We hold three fundraisers a year starting in January with our annual chili luncheon. Next we host a Sweetheart Dinner in February around Valentine’s Day. And third, we host an Ice Cream Social in August. The funds that we raise are shared with local organizations, ministries and our regional summer camping program.
We have an additional men’s group which targets men between the ages of 22-50. These men gather for social events approximately four times a year. Several young men and their families have joined the church in recent years, but may not see each other outside of worship. Disciple Men hope to offer a way for our younger men to become better acquainted and build Christian friendship. Disciple Men also works with CMF for special projects.