Growing in faith

Children's ministries

At St. Stephen’s, children are welcomed into a safe, healthy environment filled with enriching activities prepared to help them learn and grow in faith, with a sense of belonging. We want each child to recognize God in the faces and voices of all those who work with them.

Included are many hands-on experiences crafted to enhance the learning of biblical stories and faith concepts, including art, science, music, math, reading, movement, cooking, to name a few! St. Stephen’s has established a developmentally appropriate setting for the children in our care from Nursery through fifth grade.

  • CHILDREN'S moment

    Children’s Moment is presented during both worship services when children are presented a message in an age appropriate, interactive, and fun way. 


    Childcare is available from 8:15 a.m. until after the 2nd worship worship service on Sunday mornings. Also available upon request during other church events.


    Children from kindergarten through fifth grade have Sunday School classes from 9:40 to 10:40 a.m. Our curriculum is Sparkhouse Whirl for elementary children. Preschool/Pre-K children will explore a simplified theme of the week with coloring, crafts, storytime and freeplay arranged for their age and group size.


    After Children’s Moment, children in preschool through second grade may return to their parents or go to Celebration. During this time, preschoolers engage in play, music, art, interactive play and stories. 

  • M&M Club

    A program for third through fifth graders, M&M Club meets during the second service on the first Sunday of the month, after Children's Moment. This is an opportunity for upper elementary students to explore ways to be of service to our church and community.

  • aCOLYTEs

    Children in third through fifth grades are given the opportunity to assist in worship by being an acolyte. The training will be offered a few times per year, as needed.

  • SNL - Sunday night live

    SNL (Sunday Night Live) is a fellowship group of kindergarten thru fifth grade that meets Sunday afternoons from 4:00-6:00 pm. There are various activities, including games, outdoor rec, gardening, arts and crafts, and bell choir.

  • children's choir

    Children’s Choir meets during Sunday school with our director of Music Ministries, Marci Corey. The director leads our children in fun learning games and music, both choral and instrumental. The Children’s Choir prepares special music for worship throughout the year. They also prepare musical and dramatic programs during Advent and in the spring.

  • annual events

    Annual events for children and families of St. Stephen’s include the Epiphany Star Journey (including King’s Cake), the all-church Valentine’s Party, an Easter Egg Hunt, Blessing of the Animals, VBS (Vacation Bible School), the Back-to-School Ice Cream Social,  Children’s Sabbath (where the children lead in worship), the CROP Hunger Walk, the all-church Fall Carnival, Advent Workshop, and the Advent Nativity Story Drama.

Staffing and safety

Our Childcare team includes paid staff and volunteers. All adults who interact with our children complete a Background Check and Safe Sanctuary training every 2 years. All paid staff are CPR/First Aid certified. Various other trainings are offered on an as needed basis.