For Children

Welcome to the Children’s Ministry program at Lancaster Church of the Brethren! We hope that your visit to this part of the Website is inspiring, insightful and enticing.

Our Vision: Lancaster Church of the Brethren’s Children’s Ministry is dedicated to keeping Christ’s love as the focal point in all plans and actions. This ministry seeks to provide a foundation for spiritual growth that teaches and inspires children to follow Christ in their own unique way, encouraging healthy spiritual relationships with each other and the community.

Children’s Sunday Morning

Guided Child Care

Time: 8:45 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
During Sunday morning worship, child care for children from birth through three years of age is available. Trained adults provide loving care in both a crib and toddler nursery program.

Faith Kingdom—Explore the Bible!

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Time: 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Age Groups: Infant to Age 2, Age 3 and 4, Kindergarten to Grade 3, Grades 4 and 5

Photo of a group of kids with sunday school teacher in a classroom settingFaith Kingdom is a place where children have the opportunity to grow closer to Jesus through exploring God’s Word and applying it to their daily lives. The children will develop relationships with their teachers and peers and will learn to see how God works through everything they do. This Sunday School program includes many different activities such as drama, singing, games, crafts and storytelling.

Praise Kidz—Praise God!

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Time: Dismissal during 10:15 a.m. worship services
Age Group: Age 4 to 4th Grade

Group of kids dancingEvery Sunday morning, children ages four through 4th grade gather together in the Praise Zone for a time of worship and teaching. Our mission is to provide children the atmosphere in which they can worship God with overwhelming excitement as well as teach them about what it means to worship God and understand what He can do in their lives.

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Energetic Music

We use children’s versions of worship music & hymns.

Engaging Lessons

Lessons are taught through dramatic story telling, visual aids, video, music and much more! Our Praise Palz (puppet ministry) arrive every morning to help share their wisdom and excitement.

Exciting Activities

Crafts or games recap the lesson or theme of the day.

Kids attending Praise Kidz are dismissed during all three 10:15 a.m. worship services: Sanctuary Worship, Morning Psalm Contemporary Worship and Maranatha Multicultural Worship.

Children’s Music

Ages 0–2

Tuesday evenings—This class is for newborns through age 2. In this class, our youngest friends experience music, with a parent or caregiver, in a variety of ways. It is a beautiful way to introduce your child to music and to experience community with other parents/caregivers.

Ages 3 and older

Wednesday afternoons/evenings—Four music class options are available. For preschoolers (ages 3, 4, and 5s who have not yet entered Kindergarten), we offer two class times: 4:30–5:00 p.m. and 5:45–6:15 p.m.  Choose the one that suits your family’s needs.  The preschool classes enjoy singing, movement, musical games and stories, and instrument play. They are a perfect all-inclusive musical experience! From 6:15–6:45 p.m. we offer a music class for children in grades K‑2 and from 6:45–7:15 p.m. we offer a music class for children in grades 3–5.  In both of these classes, we focus on singing, movement, and instrument play (primarily on Orff instruments, Boomwhackers, and assorted unpitched percussion instruments). Please contact Jamie Nace to register your child for any of the music classes.

All music classes will be held in room 221 which is located on the second level of the church. Classes are typically held in the Fall, Winter, and early Spring. Check the events page for scheduled classes.

Please note: There is a staffed children’s activity room and parent room available for your use while your child(ren) attend music class.

Children’s Seasonal

Kids Night

Kids Night is all about fun! It happens twice a year and is a big hit for the children and their parents! The fun includes games, moon bounces, crafts, food and so much more, all while parents enjoy a night to themselves.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School is five days of summer fun packed with Bible lessons, snacks, games, music and crafts all on a rotating schedule in the evening. We choose high energy curriculum. This program gives us great joy as we see the children learn about Jesus while having lots of fun! Check out the Events page to find more information. Typically VBS is held in July.

Family Holiday Celebrations

We offer several family activities during the Christmas and Easter seasons. At our Christmas Family Breakfast, we enjoy a great pancake meal, decorate cookies, create a craft and sing carols. On Christmas Eve, we have a special family service featuring the children! And, in the Spring, we search for prize-filled eggs while celebrating Jesus’ resurrection at our Family Easter Egg Hunt.

Lancaster Brethren Preschool

Lancaster Brethren Preschool (LBP) is housed at the Lancaster Church of the Brethren. It serves ages 2 to 5 with a dedicated staff.  For more information regarding LBP, click here.