Can faith be made real to a child? Can a four-year-old minister to others? Can a third grader understand scripture? At the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, the answer is a resounding yes! Here our ministry to our children and their families focuses on creating a place of belonging, a place where children are called by name, and a place where discipleship and a love of God and neighbor are nurtured. As church and family, we take seriously the baptismal covenant, which partners parents and congregation to help each child understand God’s purpose for his or her life.
During the program year (September through May), we offer a full range of Church School classes to teach our children from preschool through young adult ages important stories of the Bible, lessons of faith, and our life together using the PCUSA curriculum “Feasting on the Word” and “Growing in Grace and Gratitude.” Each Sunday, children and youth are encouraged to attend the 9:15 a.m. worship service with their families and then go to their classes after the Time with Children in the service.
Several times during the program year and during the summer, third graders and up worship with our church family to celebrate communion and to experience worship with their church family. Parents are asked to complete a new Sunday School Registration Form each year either in person or online so that we have updated information on all our children. Parents pick up their children in their classrooms at 10:15 a.m. or alert their child’s teacher in writing on the registration form if they are to meet their family in Chadsey Hall for brunch.
Special events throughout the year (Deck the Halls, the Easter Festival, and other inter-generational events) give younger children and families a chance to experience their faith in fun, spirit-filled ways, and contribute to our life together as a congregation.
For more information, contact the Rev Eric Peltz