Children and Family Ministries



The children and family ministry program is committed to helping children and their families grow in faith together, and build on our foundation, Jesus Christ, in sharing God’s love with others. Programs are designed for children of all ages and include Sunday school, Vacation Bible School and other special events. Seasonal devotionals are available in the foyer to celebrate Advent, Lent and Summer Vacation.

Children are encourgaged to participate in Sunday Worship as Acolytles or Crucifers. If you are interested in having your child(ren) Acolyte or be a Crucifer, contact the church office 910-347-2207.  

New volunteers are always welcome. A successful ministry is not run by one, but by the many and varied hands that help! You are invited to consider the many amazing and life-fulfilling opportunities to serve with the children and family ministries. Opportunities abound on Sunday mornings and with special events. Only a desire to share God’s love with Messiah’s children is required.

Contact Wendy Elder if God is calling you to serve.

Ms. Darlene (the organist) does an outstanding job with the children, encouraging them to use their voices in praising the Lord. Every Sunday, children show their enthusiasm by immediately jumping up after the scripture lessons and joining their friends to sing praises to the Lord. 

Children's choir practice begin at 9:00 am in the Sanctuary.

Sunday School meets 9:15 am to 10:15 am in the Godly Play Room during the academic school year. Children ages Kindergarten through Highschool are welcome to attend.

The Godly Play approach to Christian Education is based upon the recognition that children have an innate sense of the presence of God. All they lack is the appropriate language to help them identify and express it so it can be explored and strengthened. The Godly Play approach teaches classical Christian language in a way that enhances the child's authentic experience of God so it can contribute to the creative life of the child and the world.
The Godly Play approach helps children explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience through wonder and play. Based on Montessori principles and developed using a spiral curriculum, The Godly Play method serves children through early, middle, late childhood and beyond.