Faith Quest Children's Education
Childcare is available in the Faith Mission Room located in the Christian Education Wing. Trained assistants lend a hand with childcare.
Children up to their 5th birthday are welcome in the nursery/toddler room each Sunday and during Wednesday night activities and special events. The nursery is open a ½ hour before the church service begins and closes at noon.
Faith Quest Sunday
Children’s Church meets in the Faith First Steps Room when children are dismissed from the church service. Trained leaders guide children age 3-2nd grade in a special time geared towards their level of understanding God’s teachings. Snacks, activities and faith lessons are part of this special time together.
Sunday Faith education for Kids from Preschool (age 3 before September 1st) to 5th grade begins at 10:55 with a large group introduction to the lesson in the Faith Praises room. Westminster uses the “rotational method” of learning as children go to a unique workshop each Sunday that focuses on the Bible lesson using different learning modes. The various stations are based on a theme and include:
arts and crafts
Bible study games
Caring, faith-minded leaders equip our children. These leaders teach with enthusiasm and energy, wanting to guide the children in their Christian walk with Jesus!
Sunday Faith Education meets September through May.
Children in 3rd grade are presented a beautifully inscribed Bible to cherish and read as they grow in faith.
Children receive the Spark Magazine quarterly.
Faith Quest Wednesday Gathering
Gathering Time is held during the school year most Wednesday evenings beginning at 5:30 with a delicious meal together as a church family. We break into small groups until 7:00 pm with the children going into the Christian Education Wing to have a blast learning about Jesus’ love using Hands-On-Worship! The children have a high energy time together singing and dancing to praise Him while learning scripture memory and Christian values through hands on activities.
Fall fest is held in late October as a family fun night which includes dressing up in friendly costumes, games, a meal and fellowship.
Wednesday Night Lent also has a special time for a church meal and children’s programs. We continue learning about our glorious God with unique lessons through video and activities.
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School is held mid-summer.
Day Camp with “Inspiration Point Christian Camp” is for those who have completed Kindergarten through 5th grade. Camp runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with a host of activities to help children learn more about God’s love for us and Salvation. Activities include singing, crafts, games, small group Bible studies and scripture memory all done in a high energy, loving, safe environment. We conclude the week with a short program and water game day! Leaders are highly trained young adult leaders who love the Lord! Small registration fee.
Mini Camp is held for those age 3 and independently toilet trained though age 5 and not yet in Kindergarten. Camp runs from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Children will sing, play games, make crafts learn about Christian values and scripture. Trained, energetic young adults and assistants will lead our youngest little Christians! Small registration fee.
Scholarships are available for either camp.
Bells Camp is held during the week of VBS for those who have completed 2nd grade through 5th grade. Camp runs from 8:30-9:00 a.m. Children will learn how to play handbells with the leadership of Ann Flisrand. This is a free camp.
Please register for camps early!
Clearwater Forest Camp and Retreat Center, located near beautiful Deerwood Minnesota, is the Presbyterian Camp that Westminster is affiliated with. Westminster travels to Clearwater typically the third week in June with children and youth. Please look at their website online or visit with the CE Director.
Registration for Clearwater Forest summer programs can be done on their website. Go to www.clearwaterforest.org today to check out the lineup and register online! There are fun and meaningful themes each year where campers will explore the many ways that our relationship with Christ can connect us with individuals and communities for the rest of our lives. Clearwater Forest offers programs for anyone grade 3 through recent graduates, and with all the fantastic options available this summer there is sure to be something for everyone!
Campfires, kayaking, high ropes, sailing, worship, hiking, archery, swimming, giant games on the Playfield, and s’mores are only part of what Clearwater Forest is all about. Living in a community, learning independence and cooperation simultaneously, developing new friendships in a safe environment, experiencing outdoor ministry, and developing a deeper relationship with Christ makes a week at Clearwater Forest a truly life-changing experience.
For more information please check out www.clearwaterforest.org or give Clearwater office a call at 218-678-2325.
Children’s Missions, Outreach and Events
Our Faith Quest children participate in many missions, outreach opportunities and events.
In the spring, our children help collect money for our local Salvation Army Food Shelf as part of the Minnesota Food-Share program.
Palm Sunday waving of the palms to celebrate the Easter season. Children sing Hosanna waving palms through the church sanctuary during the service opening.
Easter Event is an outreach to the community to share the Easter Story. Children enjoy carnival games, crafts, snacks and a fun professional puppet show by Jim Jayes. We end the morning with an egg hunt. The Easter Event is held on the Saturday before Easter from 9:00-10:30 a.m. This is a free event. Adult must accompany children.
Faith in Action allows our children to help in the community by doing local cleanup work, assembling food bags, writing letters to our troops and activities with their families in the early summer months.
Advent and Christmas Season is a time for our children to become active in our church services. Children take part in the tradition of lighting the Advent Candle with their families. They also rehearse for and perform with love the Christmas Pageant. This act of love is a beautiful way to sing praises to God and touch someone’s life through the storytelling of the birth of Christ.
Christmas Mission is a church wide collection that children help with by purchasing toys and clothes for other children in the community receive a nice Christmas gift in partnership with the Austin Salvation Army.
Westminster has a busy children’s ministry and volunteers are always welcome to help in the following areas:
Sunday Education Leader
Wednesday Program Assistant Leader
Special Event Assistant (Easter Event, Fall Fest etc.)
Christmas Pageant Assistant
Children’s Outings Assistant
Nurture and Discipleship Committee Member
Please contact the Christian Education Director if you wish to help or have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
At Westminster your children’s safety is a top priority. All of our volunteers and leaders have been screened and background checked.
Westminster Presbyterian Church Sunday Education Policy for Families are included in the Sunday Education Registration packets available above.
Westminster Presbyterian Church Policy for Education Leaders.