Children’s Ministry

Our Mission

Jesus said to the disciples, “Let the children come to me.”  Here at Fairmont, we still hold firm to his invitation. Our youngest worshippers are very important to us, and so we offer a variety of opportunities for the children and their families!  From Sunday school to Vacation Bible School and all of the family events in between, our goal is to make every child feel welcomed at Fairmont and encouraged in their faith journey.

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Sunday Morning Christian Education Opportunities for Children at Fairmont

Birth-2 years

For the convenience of our loving parents, we have a nursery/toddler room for our littlest blessings, newborns through 2-year-olds.  It runs from 8:00am–12:00pm each Sunday.

Jayne Stone, our childcare provider, and her son, Elwood.

3-5 years

Children’s Choir (school year only): 9:30AM
Each Sunday September through May, children age 4 and up are invited to participate in the Children’s Choir in the Sunday school wing.  The choir is directed by Loralei Harding, a member of our chancel choir, and sings about four times a year in worship. We welcome all voices and abilities!

10:00 Sunday School (school year only)
Children age 3-5 are invited to participate in this class at 10am each Sunday, September through May, in Room A.  The class uses a variety of stories and activity pages and is taught by Julie Boden.  This class is a perfect introduction to Sunday School!

10:30 Sunday School (year round)
During the traditional worship service at Fairmont, children are invited to join their age appropriate Sunday school class after the children’s talk in worship. A preschool class is offered for children ages 3-5 and uses Growing in Grace and Gratitude curriculum.
*** Please note: 10:30am Sunday School classes are not offered on the first Sunday of each month or on special Sundays (Easter, etc.) in an effort to teach all children the value of worshiping with their families.

5 years-5th grade

Children’s Choir (school year only): 9:30AM
Each Sunday September through May, children age 4 and up are invited to participate in the Children’s Choir in the Sunday school wing.  The choir is directed by Loralei Harding, a member of our chancel choir, and sings about four times a year in worship. We welcome all voices and abilities!

10:00 Sunday School (school year only) Children in grades 1-5 are invited to this Sunday school class in Room B at 10am each Sunday, September through May. The class uses the Feasting on the Word curriculum and is taught by Carol Bussey. This curriculum follows the lectionary, making it easy for families to talk about the lesson together!

10:30 Sunday School (year round)
During the traditional worship service at Fairmont, children are invited to join their age appropriate Sunday school class after the children’s talk in worship.  An elementary class is offered for children in grades K-2 and uses Growing in Grace and Gratitude curriculum. Children in grades 3-5 remain in worship and have the option of sitting in the front pew with Rachel or sitting with their families.
*** Please note: 10:30am Sunday School classes are not offered on the first Sunday of each month or on special Sundays (Easter, etc.) in an effort to teach all children the value of worshiping with their families.

Other Christian Education Opportunities

Kirkmont Camp

Each summer, children and youth from Fairmont attend Kirkmont Summer Camps where they participate in fun and faith formation with others their age in a beautiful and spiritually enriching environment. Fairmont offers partial scholarships to help our children and youth attend these camps. Check out this brief description from Kirkmont’s website, and visit http://kirkmontcenter.com/ or contact the church office for more information.

Kirkmont Center summer campers can expect:

  • To be surrounded by God’s creation in a place set apart from the distractions of everyday life. We offer 278 acres of woods, streams and fields. Kirkmont’s beautiful campus includes an outdoor worship area and a labyrinth to provide places for meditation, singing and worship.
  • To have the opportunity to engage in a wide range of activities. Recreational facilities include a canoeing pond, swimming pool, climbing wall & zip line, giant swing, archery range and miles of hiking trails to provide opportunities for exploration and fun.
  • To actively engage in a Christian community, surrounded by those who continue to grow in faith every time they enter the Kirkmont grounds.
  • To make new friends and grow closer to old friends. Laughter, listening, conversation and prayer are part of every week of camp.

Vacation Bible School

One of our largest ministry outreach programs for children, Vacation Bible School at Fairmont is an “all-hands-on-deck” undertaking. We go all out to reach and teach the children about God’s love for them using songs, games, stories, and more. Trust us – you don’t want to miss out! CLICK HERE for information about VBS at Fairmont, including photos and online registration.

About the Children’s Sunday School Curriculum

Feasting on the Word
The new Feasting on the Word Curriculum: Teaching the Revised Common Lectionary is an ecumenical, downloadable resource that incorporates the uniqueness of the award–winning Feasting on the Word commentaries.  This innovative resource incorporates the Feasting on the Word commentary style to explore one of the lectionary passages in ways suitable for all participants.  This curriculum begins with a solid scriptural and theological base for leaders and invites leaders and learners deeper into the rhythm of the church year.  It utilizes a common Bible passage for all learners, making it easy for families to learn and live out their faith together.  For more information, go to www.feastingontheword.net/curriculum/.

Growing in Grace and Gratitude 
Growing in Grace & Gratitude
is rooted in the foundation of Presbyterian identity where God’s grace and our gratitude are the heartbeat of our faith, life, and worship; extends an invitation to discipleship that inspires children to learn and practice hospitality, generosity, and love; and reaches beyond Sunday morning, encouraging children to live their lives as an expression of God’s grace. For more information, visit http://www.growinggracegratitude.org/