Christian Education for Children and Youth
The first four Sundays in December, all children's Sunday School classes will meet in Jetton Hall to make ornaments for their Jesse Trees. This project is based on the scripture from Isaiah 11 and traces the family of God from creation through the Hebrew scriptures culminating with the birth of Jesus. The children will complete ornaments for each week on the preceding Sunday. A booklet of family devotions and a tree will go home with each family on the first week. Teachers and shepherds scheduled for each Sunday should also meet in Jetton Hall. There will be no gathering in the sanctuary on those weeks.
“Faith Walk” is the theme for our elementary Sunday morning classes. We use the Rotation workshop model to experience a different Bible story or theme each month. The children learn by rotating among Marketplace Art, Bread of Life Café, Red Sea Cinema, From BC to PC computers, Journey of Life Temple, and Crossroads Drama. Elementary students meet for a short opening in the old Fellowship Hall, where an offering is taken before they are dismissed to their classes. Parents should check the Faith Walk bulletin boards to see weekly class assignments. Click here to learn more information about the rotation model.
Children are always welcome in worship. We provide ways for them to participate, such as the Word for Children, helping to greet, worship bags to enhance worship, serving as acolytes, and other leadership opportunities. Children in first grade participate in a special series on worship. Preschool children have the opportunity to participate in TIC TOC (Together in Christ, To Gather Our Children). TIC TOC is in the Lingle Chapel during worship from 11:15 to 11:35.
Summer Vacation Bible School is four mornings during the summer, often in July. The theme alternates between a Marketplace format and a service/mission format. With Marketplace, we recreate the time of Jesus in Jerusalem, complete with animals, drama and market crafts. With service/mission, we learn about such projects as Habitat for Humanity and medical missions.
Our Weekday Preschool is a half-day, developmental approach to preschool. We believe children learn through play. For more information about the preschool, click here.
We have a comprehensive program for youth, in grades 6-12. For more information about the youth program at DCPC, click here.
Our church has adopted a Safe Sanctuary policy. To read about our safety procedures, click here. On a related note, click here for a copy of our volunteer application to work with children and youth. Anyone working as a volunteer with these groups must fill out this form (in printable pdf format) and return it to the church office prior to beginning.