Children’s Ministry at ECCH

Our goals in children’s ministry are to: 

  • Encourage children to grow in the knowledge of Christ and help them recognize God’s love for them.
  • Actively engage children in God’s word.
  • See and acknowledge each child by name.
  • Create positive church experience through a fun and engaging environment. 

Safety Practices and Your First Visit: 

We also care deeply about the safety of every child in our church. Our Safe Church Policy requires that all staff and volunteers have a background check and are trained in safe practices. We have a two-adult policy, ensuring that at least two unrelated adults are always with children. A child protection consent form, outlining our safety policies, is required for every child participating in our children’s programs (one per family). Your first Sunday you will want to plan a few extra minutes to allow time for your children to be checked in in the Garden Court atrium outside the church sanctuary. To expedite check in, please fill out the online form above before Sunday.

Sunday Kids Camp is for older elementary kids in 1st through 4th grade with an age-appropriate Bible lesson and large group games and activities.

Begins in the Sanctuary

Sunday Kids’ Camp is each Sunday at 10:30 AM unless otherwise noted. Parents may register their children in the Garden Court atrium outside the church sanctuary before the service starts. Kids begin in the sanctuary, worshipping with their parents, and are dismissed about 12-15 minutes into the service. Children hear a Biblically based message each week, play games and/or craft. Parents may pick their children up in the children’s ministry area in the basement unless otherwise noted in the service.

Curriculum:

We use a variety of resources as well as original material. Recent topics have included: the Old Testament Judges, the 10 Commandments, and Names for Jesus. We emphasize in-person (not video) teaching times that include Scripture reading, Bible memory verses, and prayer.

Little Lambs is a quieter structure for preschoolers ages 3 and up through kindergarten with a Bible lesson, games, free play and art.

Begins in the Little Lambs room (basement).

Nursery: Birth-age 5

The Nursery is available for ages birth through age 5 with lots of free play, crafting and a Bible story.

Communion, 1st Sunday of each month: 

On the first Sunday of each month, children (K-4th) return to the sanctuary after the sermon so that they may participate in communion with their families. We practice open communion and believe any follower of Jesus is welcome to the table of our Lord. Children who have made a declaration of faith in Jesus are invited to participate, though we encourage parents and guardians to decide when their children are ready. Children who will not receive the bread and cup are invited to cross their arms over their chests to receive a blessing.  

The cup is grape juice. Gluten-free bread is available at the station to the left of the chancel.

This information from our denomination on communion and children may be helpful. Our pastors are also available for discussion and would love to discuss this further with you if you have any questions. 

Planning to send your kids? Please complete our consent form here (one needed per family each school year). Please sign-in your child outside the sanctuary before the service. Questions? Please contact Miriam Canfield. We look forward to seeing you!

Weekly/Monthly Gatherings

Nursery and SKC Safety Policies and Procedures

Sunday Kids Camp |  PreK - 4th grade

Sundays, 10:30am

Little Lambs | 2-3 yrs.

Sundays, 10:30am

Two-three year olds are invited for a bible lesson, singing and some play time! The Little Lambs program is specifically designed for children two to three years of age. There are three areas of teaching focus: Bible stories, Bible verses and hymns. We hope to introduce young children to the Bible and help them know the love of God.

Nursery | 0-4 yrs.

Sundays, 9 & 10:30am

For those too young for Little Lambs, there will be music and a Bible story. Nursery care is available for children, infants through five years of age, during both worship services. The nursery is located in the lower level, at the bottom of the south stairwell.

Communion with Kids | All ages

First Sunday of Each Month

We practice open communion and believe any follower of Jesus is welcome to the table of our Lord. Children who have made a declaration of faith in Jesus are invited to participate, though we encourage parents and guardians to decide when their children are ready. Children who will not receive the bread and cup are invited to cross their arms over their chests to receive a blessing.  

The cup is grape juice. Communion wafers ingredients: rice, maze, potato starch, olive oil, and water. When bread is used for communion, the bread is peanut/treenut/egg/dairy free. A gluten free station will be available.

Tips for talking with your kids about Communion

Boy Scouts | ages 10-14

Mondays at 7pm

Troop 8 meets most Mondays at Hinsdale Covenant during the school year and scouting activities during the summer. Visit troop website www.hinsdale8.mytroop.us fore more details. Meets in the lower level.