Early Childhood Ministry Contact

Gatha Schleicher

Early Childhood Ministry


Age 3, 4 and young 5-year-olds (Sundays 9 AM)

The Barnyard Friends Sunday School will introduce preschool children to basic concepts of faith through intentional shepherding and uniquely designed teaching. If your child's third or fourth birthday was prior to August 31, he or she belongs in our Barnyard Ministry!

The Barnyard Ministry is a "large group/small group" approach to teaching. The children hear a Bible story, sing worship songs, have a missions moment and learn a Scripture memory verse in the context of a large group. A small group leader focuses on having a relationship with the children and brings discussion and application to the Bible lesson. The curriculum is a two-year cycle. One year focuses on seeing God through the Old Testament accounts and the second year, we learn who Jesus is through the New Testament.


Age 3, 4 and young 5-year-olds (Sundays 10:45 AM)

Children’s Bible Time enhances covenant family worship by providing a vehicle for the ministry of the Word to children that is biblically sound, relevant, and child-targeted.

Children from 3-5 years old (in the Barnyard program or kindergarten) are welcome to attend Children’s Bible Time. The curriculum for this ministry is biblically-based character-building media curriculum that is engaging to our children. They will be shepherded by adults and youth who will guide them through activities and discussion/application of the story they learn each week. Children are dismissed from worship prior to the sermon and must be accompanied by a parent.

For children remaining in worship, there are both child-friendly worship bulletins and children’s sermon notes for kids that are designed to enhance the worship experience.


Age 4 (Sundays 6 PM)

Come learn a Bible verse for every letter of the alphabet with us in this fun and life-changing class! Each week the children are introduced to a new letter of the alphabet and a corresponding verse. The teacher uses various methods to begin the memorization process with the class. Additionally, a short story is shared which exemplifies the truth stressed in the verse. The children bring home a coloring picture each week of the letter and verse learned for their notebook. Children come to the service through the offering, are then dismissed, and are picked up by their parents following the service.