Preschoolers & Elementary Kids
For our younger children, PHLC provides many opportunities to learn more about Christ’s word through education and social activities.
Regular children’s sermons allow even the youngest ones to hear the Good News of the Gospel. The Youth Director gives the sermon during the late Sunday Morning Worship Service. Children from toddler through those enrolled in 5th grade may come to the altar to participate in the Children’s sermon.
During the late service, children aged 3 through those enrolled in 2nd grade are invited to attend Children’s Church. This gives the children an opportunity to learn more about the Bible and Christ through interactive lessons and game playing. Children’s church occurs from September through May.
Kid’s Klub: Cherub Choir
The Cherub Choir is for children in Kindergarten through Grade 2 and sings at various liturgies throughout the Church Year. It meets on select Thursday evenings from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m., from September through May. Emphasis is placed on beginning vocal production, music reading, and solfeggio. Church members and non-church members are welcome to participate. For a schedule of rehearsals, see our Church calendar.
Kid’s Klub: Joyful Noise Choir
The Joyful Noise Choir is open to children in Grades 3 through 5 and sings at various liturgies throughout the Church Year. The choir rehearses on select Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m., September through May. Emphasis is placed on vocal production, music reading, and ear training. Church members and non-church members are welcome to participate. For a schedule of rehearsals, see our Church calendar.
We strive to bring the teachings of the Bible and of Jesus Christ to all children (and visitors) through regularly scheduled Sunday School classes, as well as planned seasonal activities throughout the year.
Our curriculum has been structured in such a way that children will receive age-appropriate elements important in Christian Education throughout the Sunday School Program at PHLC. We begin with the basic Bible Stories in the Pre-K/Kindergarten class and continue adding more detail and stories in the first/second grade class. The third/fourth grade class lessons are designed to help children become familiar with and learn to use their Bible. Many of their lessons also deal with character themes, similar to the Fruit of the Spirit. The fifth/sixth grade class lessons are lectionary-based in conjunction with the weekly scriptures and the church calendar.
Sunday School meets between the two worship services on Sundays, starting at 9:45 a.m., and occur from September through May.
First Communion classes are offered each year during the 2 weeks preceding Holy Week. At Perry Highway Lutheran, we leave the decision on when to receive First Holy Communion to a discernment between the pastor, the young person and the family. Most of our kids are about 5-7 years old when they first take communion, some are still younger and some older. Pastor usually meets with the young person and the family and goes over age-appropriate material, emphasizing life-long learning and growing in understanding of the Sacraments’ role in our lives. If your are interested, click here to read more about celebrating First Communion at PHLC.
During the season of Lent, First Communion classes are held for the children and they then receive their First Holy Communion on Maundy Thursday, the day Christ instituted the Sacrament with his disciples in the upper room.
Vacation Bible School (VBS)
Each summer, the church is transformed as we prepare for a week of Vacation Bible School (VBS) fun! Our VBS is for children 3 years old through rising 5th graders. Each year a theme-based week of lessons, crafts, games, service, snack, music and fun is offered. Not only do children hear Bible Stories, they participate in them through interactive activities that allow them the opportunities to bond with current friends and make new friends as well.
Above all, children learn about the love and grace of God and are encouraged to share this important message with family and friends! Typically our program is held during a week in late July, Monday through Friday mornings. To wrap up our week of learning and fun, a closing program is held on Friday evening. A small fee is charged for each child in the family, however scholarships to attend VBS are always available in the case of financial hardship.