CHILDREN'S MINISTRY


OUR MISSION

Assisting parents in developing children who genuinely love God (WORSHIP),

love each other (CONNECT), and love the world (IMPACT).

What to Expect

New to North Park?

Our Children's Ministry wing is located on the second floor, down the hallway to your left. The rooms are clearly marked, but if you have any questions, look for Jill Benson, our Director of Children's Ministries.


Secure Check In

During nursery and children and worship check-in, each child will receive a numbered security badge with a matching parent badge; the parent badge must be returned when picking up your child.


Staff and Volunteers

Anyone over the age of 18 that is working with children at North Park Church is required to submit up to date clearances. Volunteers are required to fill out an application each year. Paid nursery workers are interviewed and submit at least three references that are checked before hiring.


The safety of our children is extremely important to us. We are constantly evaluating our procedures and updating our security policy to protect our children.

OUR PROGRAMS

Nursery

Nursery care for children ages 0-3 years is provided during our 9:00 Sunday school hour as well as during worship. We have a safety policy in place to protect your children. We have paid nursery staff with clearances, who work in the same room each week to provide consistent, loving care to your child. We also have a team of volunteers, who assist the paid staff each week. Please ask the nursery workers if you have any questions about the procedures, and also let them know if your child has any allergies or other special needs. The nursery is located just off the lobby on the second floor.


Sunday School

Children ages 3 through 5th grade are invited!  This ministry runs Sunday mornings from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. from September through May.  Classes are held on the second & third floor. Click here to read more about our Children's Sunday School classes.


Children & Worship

This ministry is offered during the 10:15 a.m. service from September through May, and an amended version is offered during the summer. Children ages 4 through 2nd grade attend worship with their parents and then are dismissed before the offering.  Children are led in worship in a way that models the adult worship service, including songs, prayers, offering and Bible stories. We encourage children to worship God through hands-on techniques and invite them to experience the wonder and mystery of God through storytelling and multi-sensory materials.


Trekkers

Trekkers is a youth group-type program for 3rd-5th graders held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. the third Sunday of each month (except December) from September-May. It includes a time of fun, food, small groups and a Bible lesson. This year they are studying the Ephesians 6:10-18, The Armor of God. The dates for this year are as follows: September 17, October 15, November 19, January 21, February 18, March 18, April 15, May 20.

CHILDREN'S BAPTISM & MEMBERSHIP

Covenant Baptism

As Presbyterians we view our children as essentially being part of the church family until such time as they may opt out by their own choices. Therefore, we apply to our children the covenant sign of water baptism. This is preferably done as soon as possible.

Click here for more information on covenant baptism.

Once baptized, a child is regarded as a “baptized member.” Note that we only baptize children who have at least one parent who is an active member of our church.

Audio about covenant baptism:   Track 1 (Introduction)    Track 2 (Sermon)

Sermon: The Scriptural Case for Infant Baptism

Sermon: The Mode of Baptism


Confirmed Membership/Communion

It is our longing to see our covenant children come to a place where they are able to personally confess faith in Jesus. When a parent feels a child has reached this point and is able to make a credible profession before the elders, this is the time for an interview to be admitted to the Lord’s Table and to the confirmed membership of the church. Parents may call the office, contact the Sr. Pastor or approach any elder about this.


Children's Membership Manual

For parents who desire to assist their children in preparing for confirmed membership, a children’s membership manual has been developed. This is a home-study version of a communicants class, covering the basics of the gospel, what baptism and the Lord’s Supper are about, and what church membership involves. The use of this material is offered at no-charge and is entirely optional. 

Click here to access the Children's Manual and here to access the Parent Guide.


Adult Membership

Young people at NPC, once they turn 16, will be encouraged to attend either the regular adult membership courses or special teen membership classes, if offered. Upon completion of the class requirements, a teen who desires to become a full adult member will be interviewed by at least two elders. If the teen has already been approved for communion and membership this will simply be a teen shepherding checkup, otherwise it is a regular membership interview.


More Information

Click here to download more information. If you still have questions, please feel free to contact the senior pastor or an elder.