About Children and Families at Kenilworth Union Church
Children and Family Ministry serves young people birth through sixth grades and their families. Through learning, play, and service we inspire children to explore and grow in their Christian faith. Learn about our philosophy.
Here your child will be part of a community which teaches God’s unconditional love and practices serving others.
Sunday School meets on Sunday mornings during 10 a.m. Worship for preschool sixth grade. During 8:30 and 10 a.m. worship, childcare is available in classroom 12 for children ages six months through age three. The children begin in chapel together before moving to grade-level classrooms. Visitors and newcomers are always welcome. Check out our groups and classes, including the midweek youth groups Faith234 and MSYG.
Classes and Groups
God calls us to make our church a safe and secure place, and to create communities of faith where Children can grow safe and strong. The purpose of this Child Abuse Prevention Policy is to state our commitment to the physical safety and emotional safety of our Children. As a Christian community of faith, we pledge to conduct our ministry in ways that provide this safety for our Children as well as those who work with our Children.
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The Purpose of Faith Formation
In Christian life, knowledge, experiences, and behaviors are all part of a lifelong dynamic interaction that transforms the way we live.
Based upon research and best practices about how faith is formed, Children and Family Ministry at Kenilworth Union Church has adopted the following statement of purpose which forms the framework of our teaching and learning across all ages:
Grounded in the congregation’s baptismal promises, we nurture and guide faithful Christians who know, love, and serve God and neighbor. Faithful Christians:
God who is active in the world and in each of our lives whose power and love creates, and sustains us and all life.
God with our whole heart, mind, and soul, and our neighbors as ourselves in response to God’s call on our life to live by the great commandment.
In response to the gift of God’s loving kindness, we have a responsibility to live out what we say we believe…in our homes, in our workplaces, in how we treat others, in sharing what we have, in the ethics we practice, and in the priorities we hold and live by. The same Holy Spirit that empowered and guided Jesus in his ministry and teaching, continues to be present among us, encouraging us to work for peace, justice and reconciliation in our broken world.
The statements above derive from Kenilworth Union Church What We Believe statement.
Guiding Principles and Philosophy of Children’s Ministry
During the 2018–2019 school year, the Children and Family Ministry Committee drafted a set of seven value statements, grounded in the Kenilworth Union Church belief statement and current research on faith formation.
In the community of the church, we share both our understandings and our questions as we seek to grow deeper in faith. We create an environment of safety and community which nurtures essential, caring, faith-forming relationships. We engage children, youth, and families in learning together.
All of us are on a faith journey that continues throughout our lives. Children are innately spiritual, possessing the capacity to experience God here and now. We attend to learning styles and child development. We nurture curiosity, wonder, play, and joy while honoring children’s voice and choice.
In the person of Jesus Christ we know what God is like and who we are to be like. The same Holy Spirit that empowered and guided Jesus in his ministry and teaching, continues to be present among us. We encourage, equip and empower children and youth to participate in the life of the church, the body of Christ.
The Bible is a record of faith, a source of values, a witness to the person and power of Jesus Christ. It contains enduring truths that remain relevant today. We develop opportunities to experience and imagine how each person’s story intertwined with God’s story held within the Bible and Christian tradition. We equip older children and youth with the tools needed to read the Bible and to listen to how God’s word speaks to our lives today.
Worship is formational. Story and ritual shape our identity as the people of God, inspire us to imagine the world as God envisions it, and orient us to a life of service in the world. We order our children’s worship services using the traditional pattern and seek to fully include children in the worshiping community.·
We value both innovation and tradition. We discern meaningful changes that communicate the gospel in this time and place, while remaining grounded in the rich history of Kenilworth Union Church.
Home is the primary place where faith is formed. We equip parents to model faith at home. We engage children, youth, and families in learning together.
Some of those pictured here will have lead roles in this year’s Christmas Pageant! The entire congregation is invited to celebrate the return of the 78th Christmas Pageant, Sunday, December 3, 4 p.m. and by livestream. Hear the story of Jesus' birth retold in the sanctuary with traditional Christmas songs, angels and shepherds, and live animals. After, enjoy refreshments in the Culbertson Room and a petting zoo on the front lawn.