Children’s Ministry at Pines
You will experience dedicated and loving Christian adults who volunteer their time, energy and talent every week to teach children about God’s great love. Our volunteers have been screened and trained.
Pines Kids exists…
To make God’s great love for His children known to the youngest members of our community.
To come alongside and assist parents in the privilege of loving, caring for, teaching and training our children
to come to know and follow Jesus.
To encourage the entire congregation to be involved in the life of our children in numerous ways including prayer,
baptism, volunteering and developing genuine relationships.
To help our children flourish in their discipleship by engaging in the life of their church and in weekly worship service.
To prepare and equip our children to love and serve the world around them.
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9:15 AM – Sunday School classes are held in our children’s wing for 4-year-old’s through 5th graders.
10:45 AM – Kid’s Worship! Children start the 10:45 hour in service with the rest of our Pines congregation.
After the Children’s Moment, they follow our Children’s Director and volunteers out of the sanctuary to the children’s
wing for their own worship time.
* Childcare is available in our nursery from 9:15 AM – 12:00 PM for birth-through-3-year-old’s. Our nursery is staffed with professional caregivers who are screened and trained.
What Else to Expect on Sundays
Children’s Moment and Kid's Worship – This special time occurs every Sunday during the 10:45 a.m. worship service and includes a short Children’s Sermon based on Bible scripture from the church worship service, that's broken down into simple lessons or highlights important events and days in the Christian calendar. The children are led by the Children’s Director well as some trained youth and adult Kids’ Worship leaders and spend the remainder of the service participating in children's worship based activities.
Worship Bags – Age and grade appropriate worship bags are available every Sunday for the children to use and enjoy during worship services and are updated with new items regularly. They are located on a coat rack tree in the Narthexl/Lobby just outside the Sanctuary. Parents, please remind children to use their gentle hands with the contents of the bags and to return them to the coat rack before leaving church each week.
Acolytes – Children in 2nd through 5th grade are welcomed and encouraged to participate in the Children’s Acolyte Program. The Acolyte’s job is to light and extinguish the two candles on the Communion Table at the beginning and end of the 10:45 AM worship service. The light helps remind people that God is with us here and now and that Jesus is the light of the world. This program is a wonderful way for the children to be involved in the life of the whole church.
Prayer Pals – All children 2 years old and up are matched with an adult Pines member and they become each other’s Prayer Pals. A relationship forms over the years that mirrors Jesus’ love for us as the matched adults and children learn to pray for one another and celebrate each other’s successes and achievements as well as be there for one another in times of need. Every fall, these special relationships are celebrated with a Sunday Prayer Pal Breakfast feast complete with engaging and fun activities.
Parents Night Out (PNO) – One Friday every other month (from 6:00-8:30 PM) children ages 4 through 5th grade are invited to the Pines Gym for an evening of gym games, pizza, snacks, and movie. We make a point at each PNO to have a time where we talk about who Jesus is and how much He loves us.
Seasonal & Annual Activities
Third Grade Bibles – Every fall, the 3rd grade children receive a New Living Translation Bible written especially for kids, presented during a special worship service dedication. The children’s Prayer Pals are invited to be part of the day and offer a chosen scripture verse that is meaningful to both giver and recipient.
Family Advent Night – This is always a warm and wonderful, intergenerational event! The children and youth practice an Advent Play on Sundays for several weeks leading up to Thanksgiving week. On the Sunday after Thanksgiving, all are invited to have a delicious meal and watch a meaningful and fun play unfold to celebrate the birth of Jesus and the beginning of the Advent Season. We finish the evening with an outdoor Christmas Tree lighting while singing carols and eating cookies.
Christmas Gift Workshop – In December, children ages 4 through 5th grade are invited to participate in this annual Pines tradition that families love! Adult volunteers guide and assist children in making homemade gifts for their parents and grandparents at a variety of stations. All supplies are provided and the children always leave feeling excited about having something to give to their loved ones on Christmas Day.
Go Texan Day – In March, we have one Sunday where everyone is invited to come to church in their Texan finest! After the 10:45 service, our whole community is invited to a tasty lunch. Pony rides, a petting zoo, and a bounce house are available for our children to enjoy!
Easter Egg Hunt – On Easter Sunday, children bring an empty Easter basket to church and participate in an egg hunt between worship services on our two beautiful and spacious playgrounds. With simple rules that encourage the active use of Christian values such as helping others and doing what is right, the children enjoy fun and fellowship with one another. The eggs are filled with candy and Easter-themed treats!
Vacation Bible School – Every summer, usually in June, Pines is transformed into a vibrant and joy-filled environment to match the theme of that year’s chosen Vacation Bible School program. Running for one week, children are taught a Bible point each day and learn about God and Jesus in a warm and loving environment from the many amazing youth and adult volunteers who give of their time to serve our children. Registration takes place a few months before the event and all children ages 4 (and potty-trained) through the end of 5th grade are invited to participate.
Pastor Cindy goes live every Wednesday on the Pines Presbyterian Church Facebook page for Fun Family Fellowship! All ages are encouraged to participate in the singing, dancing, story and fun!
Children's Moment Online
This special time occurs every Sunday during the 10:45 a.m. worship service and includes a short Children’s Sermon based on Bible scripture from the church worship service, that's broken down into simple lessons or highlights important events and days in the Christian calendar. Archived Children's Moments can be viewed on our
> Pines YouTube Collection.