At Peace UCC, kids are meant to be seen and heard, especially in worship and Biblical study. We encourage our youngest members to think, engage, pray, and to know that they belong.
Our Children’s Church
Every Sunday during the school year, we hold Children’s Church immediately after Children’s Message. Children’s Message is a mini-sermon geared toward our youngest members. When the message concludes, children grades kindergarten through 5th grade are welcome to come with our volunteer teachers, under the guidance of our Christian Education Director, to attend our Children’s Church classes. Our classes feature the Whirl Lectionary curriculum, and end when service ends.
During the summer months, June through August, children will still be invited to leave the sanctuary after Children's Message for fellowship and special summer programs that focus on scripture, prayer, and good Christian citizenship.
We love to have children in worship, yes, even the giggly, restless, sometimes-roaming-about-the-sanctuary kind. Especially that kind, in fact. So please, never wonder if your children of any age are welcome in worship: they are! However, for the adults who would like to worship without having to mind their wiggly charges, we have a free nursery available during worship. You are welcome to bring your babies, toddlers, and pre-schoolers to our nursery. Simply sign them in immediately following Children's Message, and pick them up and sign them back out within 10 minutes of the conclusion of service. Our volunteers will take good care of them in our fully-equipped nursery room.
Every second Sunday during the school year, our middle and high school youth meet at the church for fellowship, Scripture study, theology, and mutual suport--we even manage to have fun! The UCC is a church that encourages questions, no matter how challenging they may be. In youth group, we might discuss issues like:
Our youth also work together to serve the community both through our long-running support of Crossroad Child and Family Services, Inc. by collecting and wrapping Christmas gifts for the children housed at that facility, but also through youth-inspired service initiatives that vary throughout the year.
Though we take a break from monthly meetings, we plan get togethers for service and fun during the summer, including youth and family outings to local sporting events, community service, and a summer youth lock-in where our tweens and teens spend an overnight at the church after a day of fun and volunteering.
Our Arts and Music Program
TEAM Peace stands for "Together Everyone in Arts and Music at Peace Church." Peace UCC is blessed to have an active arts and music initiative. The youth choir meets after worship for approximately 30 minutes on the first through third Sundays during the school year. On fourth Sundays, they have a special craft or arts project. Our children are encouraged and supported by the Children’s Music Director, Lorie Krouse, and the Assistant Director, Bekki Vail.
Here's the choir in the fall 2016 performance of Donkey Tales, a fun production that taught the kids (and the adults watching) about various Bible stories and the donkeys that starred in them!
Children’s Music and Arts Director, Lorie Krouse, has been involved in music activities since she began piano lessons in the first grade. She’s active in both of Peace UCC’s adult choirs and accompanies Homestead High School’s choirs. Lorie is passionate about making children feel like they are an important part of music and worship.
Assistant Children's Music and Arts Director, Bekki Vail, is a teacher/administrator in the SACS district. She has long been the assistant on our children's choir activities, and is deeply involved in the adult and handbell choirs. Bekki is a bright, smiling presence for the children who laughs easily and makes all kids feel at home.
Our Vacation Bible School
Peace UCC typically hosts Vacation Bible School (VBS) in the last full week of June. During our VBS program, which is an evening program, children are introduced to Bible themes and passages, songs, and team activities that include everything from crafts to service to story time to small group sessions.
Below is a short compilation video of our 2016 VBS program, Egypt: Joseph's Journey from Prison to Palace.