Here’s a phrase you will never hear at Rock Spring: Children (or youth) are the future of the church. We recognize children and youth as an integral part of the church at every age and stage of their lives. We meet each one where they are on their journey, nurturing their faith and spirit as they grow more fully into the person God has already made them to be. Rock Spring is an intentional safe space where each child and youth is affirmed, encouraged, and celebrated for exactly who they are.
Children and youth are always welcome in our worship services, as participants and leaders. They are often invited to read scripture, sing, and serve with their families as greeters or ushers. In our Sanctuary, we have a “Prayground” space for families, with quiet activities, books, and fidget toys, so that children can participate fully in worship.
We offer Sunday School for children age 3 through 5th grade on Sunday mornings during the worship service. In addition, a weekly Faith Formation email is sent to families with children Preschool-5th grade registered in our program. We have three classrooms: Seeds (a play-based class), Sprouts (an activity-based class), and Roots (a discussion-based class) and use the Shine Curriculum. At the heart of Shine is a commitment to nurturing children’s faith in creative and meaningful ways. Inspired by Jesus’ message to “let our light shine,” this curriculum emphasizes God’s transforming love and empowers kids to work for justice. Each lesson is filled with engaging stories, hands-on activities, and vibrant visuals that convey the good news in developmentally appropriate ways.
Youth of Rock Spring (YoRS), faith formation for Middlers (grades 6-8) and High School (grades 9-12), meets in person on alternate Sundays during the program year. Both groups engage in a wide variety of fun activities, impactful service projects, and insightful Bible studies. YoRS is a wonderful space to connect, explore, and make a difference!
Social justice and hands-on service are core components of all of our programs for children and youth. Examples include participating in stream cleanups, making bagged meals for the homeless, and joining the rest of the congregation for All Hands on Deck. Older youth give back to the church by cooking meals for congregational events, and offering activities for younger children such as Kids Day Out and an annual Haunted House.
Before your child or youth begins participating in any of our programs, please complete a registration form. Only one form is needed per family.
Want to know more about our ministries and programs? Contact our Minister of Faith Formation, Hannah Sachs.
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