Here at Mount Vernon, children participate in every aspect of our church community. Through Christian education, service projects, outreach opportunities, and fellowship, children learn to love God and love others as God loves them. By working together with their family, we strive to encourage children to:
- Grow in faith
- Know they are loved as children of God and important to this congregation
- Identify their own gifts as we grow in relationship with each other and with God.
Activities for the summer are not offered at this time.
10:00 – Sunday for Kids
Nursery – Birth to Age 4 – Our infant, toddler classes hear Bible stories, sing and play. We strive to provide two childcare workers in each room. Our youngest children receive loving care in the nursery and toddler rooms in the lower level of the North wing of the sanctuary building.
Elementary Education – Preschool to Grade 5 – These lessons are designed to enrich your child’s faith as each session builds upon what we experience in worship. Each Sunday children explore the weekly Bible story through interactive activities. Children also participate in service opportunities encouraging them to reach out to others in their community.
Summer Schedule – May 26 – September 1
The nursery is available for our summer worship, however, we do not offer any activities for children at this time.
Vacation Bible School
Every Summer MVPC opens its doors and hosts Vacation Bible School for children Pre-K to 5th grade. It is always a wonderful 4 days of fun with Bible stories, games, projects and snacks.
**Check back in 2020 for VBS dates as we will not be hosting this year**
The MVPC Youth program is designed to give all 6th-12th grade students a chance to explore, deepen, and express their faith. Friends are always welcome as we figure out together what it means to follow God in today’s world through Sunday morning age-appropriate Bible study. Confirmation Class is offered for those who wish to know more about membership in the Presbyterian Church and what exactly that means.
Activities are not offered during the summer at this time.
SUMMER ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
Need a spiritual tune-up? Why not join our Feasting On the Word class that meets from 11-12 each Sunday morning in the Chapel! It’s a good way to strengthen flabby spiritual muscles.
Each Sunday we explore the lectionary passage of the week using the following four-fold approach to perk class discussion.
WHAT? Basic information about backgrounds and meanings of Scripture is essential to understanding. This section asks “What?” are the important things to know about the contexts, language, and settings of the biblical passage.
WHERE? To understand the meanings of passages, we also need to ask “Where?” Where is God in this passage? Where are God’s will and activities being expressed? These theological questions about where God’s word comes to us in the passage are significant.
SO WHAT? The implications of the passage for our Christian lives make the biblical passage come alive. We ask, “So what?” What does this passage mean to me? What does it mean for my relationship with God and other people?
NOW WHAT? Biblical passages shape our understanding of the church and how we live in the world, connecting us to the needs of others and to God’s will for us. So, we ask, “Now what?” This prompts us to reflect on how we—and the church—can live out what the passage is saying.
Teachers rotating leadership this summer include David Hill, Sam McClurg, Pat Davis, Pearl Attaway, and Mike Gillespie.
QUEST CLASS REVIEW
QUEST, our newest Sunday morning adult class finished up its studies in May. Every week found the group generating energetic discussion and conversation around a variety of spiritually empowering topics.
Quest will return September 8 and plunge into a lively discussion of Antonin Scalia’s book, ON FAITH. Pick yourself up a copy this summer and read it. This book will definitely get your juices flowing as we delve into this giant man of faith who left a lasting legacy on the Supreme Court. Conversations around this book will help us clarify and define our own faith positions when it comes to what the framers of the constitution wanted us to understand about “the separation of church and state.”
Your Stephen Ministers have completed fifty hours of initial training and are being commissioned for service on July 7. They add another layer to our congregational care plan. Stephen Ministers are equipped to meet with people suffering from all kinds of losses (grief, illness, job change, moving, transitional issues) and long-term illness, dying, loneliness, and spiritual questioning.
Training does not end at commissioning. Your Stephen Ministers will continue learning new ways to care for specific issues over the year and will be participating in a supervision group every month to insure quality care for each referral. All information is confidential, and Stephen Ministers will not know names or details of each other’s care receivers, only the nature of the care being offered.
To maintain confidentiality, all referrals go to the pastors, then the Stephen Leader, who meets with the care receiver to explain the program and matches the care receiver with a Stephen Minister. The one-on-one relationship begins quickly thereafter and lasts until the issues lighten with weekly contact.
No one at MVPC should ever feel they walk alone. Stephen Ministers are trained to help share those burdens.