CHILDRENS MINISTRIES

Faith starts in childhood.  Getting involved can bring families together to grow in faith, and give your child a foundation for life.

2019 Participation Form

2019 Field Trip Form

Sign-up for Children's Weekend Update


Contact:

Rev. Becca Bateman, Associate Pastor for Family Ministries

Natalie MacMillan, Children's Ministries Director

Allison Allyn, Assistant for Family Ministries.



GET THE SCOOP on Sunday August 19, for our Back to Sundae School Showcase. We can't wait to begin this new school year! Family Ministries is going into the Fall of 2018 stronger than ever. Since our Listening Session in November of 2017 the staff and the Education and Spiritual Development Sub Committee have worked to make ministry at SMCC more suitable for your needs as a family. Let's keep the conversation going, and enjoy a sundae!


TAKE THE FAMILY MINISTRIES SURVEY!

CHILDREN's Upcoming events

  • Third grade bible presentation celebration

    September 30, 9:00, Traditional worship, Sanctuary

    On this special day, we invite all the families of our third grade students to join us for breakfast at 8:00 am in the Community Room, and to stay for 9:00 am worship. We will be celebrating the receiving of their Bibles in both the Contemporary and Traditional worship services.


    We present Bibles so that children may cultivate a desire to read the Scriptures on their own, with parents, and with teachers and friends in Sunday School. It is also the hope that the Bible your child receives becomes a tangible reminder of his/her growing years at San Marino Community Church.


    Each year, we also give the children an opportunity to not only receive Bibles but also to send Bibles to people in different parts of the world who are waiting to receive copies of God’s Word in their own languages. As in years past, we are partnering with Ministry of Hope to purchase and distribute a Children’s Bible in Chichewan (Malawi’s primary language) for $8.50 or three Bibles for $25. We invite you to participate by making a check payable to SMCC and indicating “Ministry of Hope” in the memo. As your family makes a contribution to Ministry of Hope in your child’s name, we hope that your child will learn to value his/her own Bible while being a part of what God is doing in places beyond our faith community. What a great opportunity it is to open our children’s eyes to God’s world and to deepen their hearts of compassion!


    If you would like your third grader to participate, please let us know by Tuesday, September 4 so that we may order the appropriate number of Bibles and have them inscribed. Please note that Bibles will only be given out to those children whose parents have indicated that they would like their child to receive one.


    Contact Family Ministries


  • BecomING an acolyte

    Once a month in the 9:00 am traditional Worship Service

    Fourth and Fifth graders serve as acolytes assisting once a month in the 9:00 am Sunday worship service as candle lighters in the Sanctuary. All interested children are encouraged to sign up. This is a great opportunity for your child to be a leader in their faith community and to begin to discover how they are called and gifted for Christian service. Please fill out a Participation Form.

     

    Contact Bong Bringas for fall schedule

  • Family Picnic - Get on board!

    Sunday, September 23, 5:00 pm - 6:30 PM, South Green

    Join SMCC's fall kick off with a fun evening of free In-N-Out Burgers, live music by Virginia Road Band, train rides for the kids, and lots more! Meet at the south green next to the parking lot. RSVP by Thursday, September 13. There's a seat for everyone, so Get On Board!

  • Music & Discovery  - Resumes September  5

    Wednesdays, 2:30 pm to 4:15 PM, Upstairs Class Rooms

    Music & Discovery is a spiritually-based choral music & creative arts ministry for ages Pre-K thru 5th grade, held during the school year.  Children will learn fundamentals of singing and music; have regular art and discovery portion, enjoy snack and getting to know one another. Participants sing in worship throughout the year and present faith-based musicals.  Semester fees apply. Please fill out a Participation Form


    Contact Elizabeth Kerstein for fall schedule  

  • American girls - Resumes September 12

    2ND & 4TH WEDNESDAYS 4:30 - 6:00 PM

    American Girls is an experience for 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade girls, meet every other Wednesday in the Treehouse. It's just girls getting together to have fun while doing some arts and crafts, and talking about things we all have in common Church going American girls might think a little differently about jealousy, making friends, our feelings, and the challenges of being a girl. Because we know God loves us, we face these challenges in a healthy way!  


    2018-2019 Participation Form

    Contact Family Ministries for fall schedule

  • Tree climbers - resumes September 12

    2ND & 4TH wEDNESDAYS 4:30 - 6:00 PM

    3rd, 4th, 5th grade boys meet every other Wednesday, 4:30-6:00 pm at the Boardwalk (formerly the Art Room). This age group create their own adventures and develop an their interest in the Creator and their own spirituality. This age group might think a little differently about competition, making friends, grief, making time for church, what to say when your tongue tied, how to stand up for oneself.Let's go on an adventure and climb higher!  


    2018-2019 Participation Form

    Contact Family Ministries for fall schedule

  • Christmas Eve nativity pageant

    Sunday, December 24th at 4:00 PM

    At the 4:00 pm Nativity Pageant/Christmas Eve Service, kids Pre-School age and older can participate in telling the story of Christmas. During the month of December 5th grade children are cast and rehearse for the re-enactment of Jesus' birth. Younger kids can play the part of angels and shepherds with no prior rehearsal. Participants go to the Multipurpose Room upstairs at 3:30 to receive costumes and instructions prior to service. For more information please Contact Family Ministries

  • SMCC Nursery School

    Go to SMCC Nursery School Website or Contact Jane Walker, Director


sunday SCHOOL, 9:00 am - 10:00 am

(10:00 - 11:00, during the summer schedule, memorial day through labor day weekend)

At San Marino Community Church we love children! On Sundays, and everyday, we seek to provide high quality care and to encourage children in their faith. We nurture a love for God's Word and a delight in worship. Interactive, engaging Sunday school classes are at the heart of our ministry. Ages Kindergarten-5th Grade will attend worship with their parents then are dismissed to Sunday School. To register please fill out a 2018-2019 Participation Form.  (Note: If you are attending for the first time, feel free to pick up a form on Sunday at the information booth.)


Preschool

Drop-Off 9:00 am in the Lower Courtyard where ages 3 to 5 years learn the stories of their faith through interactive storytelling. (10:00 am during summer schedule, Memorial through Labor Day)


After "Time with Children" in the Traditional 9:00 am worship service, kids are released to the following locations:

  • Kindergartners meet upstairs at the Boardwalk where they learn Bible stories through multi-sensory activities
  • 1st & 2nd Graders meet in the Tree House where they learn scripture through Godly Play and theme-related activities
  • 3rd Graders meet in the Headquarters where they will dig into their very own Bible and notebook
  • 4th & 5th Graders meet in the Clubhouse where they will challenge themselves with the meaning of faith in and out of church


Childcare available @ 7:30 am - Noon in the Lower Courtyard (8:30 during summer schedule)

Infant-18 months are cared for by our loving and dedicated nursery staff.Toddlers up to 3-years-old enjoy interactive nursery childcare, learning about their faith through song and story.  It is here that we begin to live our our baptismal promises to these infants to raise them in the faith.


Special Children's Program Sundays, 10:00 am - Noon (11:00 am during summer schedule)

A special children’s program for all ages is also offered in the Lower Courtyard during Fellowship Time and adult classes.