children's

On Sunday mornings, we have classes for all ages of children for both Sunday School and our worship service. 


Children ages 3 and under are welcome in our nursery, which, when necessary, is separated into infants and toddlers. 


Those children 4 and up have their own classrooms for Sunday School. We'll gladly help you get your child to the appropriate class for him or her. 


During our worship service, we invite all kids into the service until the Children's Sermon. At that time they are called forward, and receive a short sermon and prayer. They are then dismissed to go back to Uehlin Hall to their own worship experience. If you are new, please feel free to slip out and take them down if you'd like to know where they are!


Children's Church always begins with prayer requests. This is followed by a Bible story that expounds on the Sunday School lesson from earlier that day. (We are currently studying the Old Testament.) Puppets are usually incorporated and we end with worship songs. 



Nursery (Including Toddlers)


The nursery and toddler department (birth through age 3) at Payette Church of the Nazarene is intentional; we are not just babysitters. We want to express the love of Jesus to all children while providing the best of care. 


We recognize the importance of the early years when first impressions of the Church are being formed, and we want to make this a positive experience for both parent and child. We will do everything within our means to provide for the child's physical, emotiional, social, intellectual, and spiritual needs, so that your entire family will find coming to Church a pleasant experience and time of renewal.


Nursery

The nursery and toddler department (birth through age 3) at Payette Church of the Nazarene is intentional; we are not just babysitters. We want to express the love of Jesus to all children while providing the best of care.



We recognize the importance of the early years when first impressions of the Church are being formed, and we want to make this a positive experience for both parent and child. We will do everything within our means to provide for the child's physical, emotional, social, intellectual, and spiritual needs, so that your entire family will find coming to Church a pleasant experience and time of renewal.


Our nursery/toddler ministry is three-fold:


1. It enables parents to participate freely in Sunday School and all Church services.


2. It exposes even the youngest babies to loving attitudes, actions, and a Christian atmosphere, which in turn gives shape to their early spiritual development.


3. Families are offered the opportunity to serve in this important ministry.


Family members will be encouraged to volunteer in the nursery at least once a quarter.

 


For the safety of our children, and in accordance with our Denominational, State, and insurance requirements, background checks are required for all those who work with children and/or teens in any capacity.

 


There is no charge for the background check required of all volunteers and all results are kept confidential.

 


If you have any questions about this process, please email Pat Stutzman, the head of the nursery

Caravan

Caravan will be starting for kids, up through 6th grade, on September 5th at 6:30pm.  


WHAT IS CARAVAN?

Caravan is a scouting, or kids’ club, type of program that typically meets once a week, usually on Wednesday night.

Children are assigned to one of the three major groups – Searchers (first and second graders), Explorers (third and fourth graders), or Adventurers (fifth and sixth graders) – according to their grade in school.

Each group is under the direction of one or more adult leaders who are called “guides.” The awarding of badges is an optional part of this program.

CARAVAN HISTORY

LeRoy Haynes wanted boys and girls to learn the beliefs and doctrines of the Church of the Nazarene. He planned and organized the first Nazarene club program for use in his local church in the 1930s. Word of this successful new approach spread quickly.

In 1934, the Southern California district actively launched "Boy's Work" under the direction of LeRoy Haynes. In 1935, the district program expanded to include "Girl's Work" with Jeanne Haynes as the director.

As the program grew, people from across the United States and the British Isles began contacting LeRoy and Jeanne Haynes for help in setting up local Nazarene club programs.

At about the same time, Rev. W. W. Clay was concerned about creating a program that would teach Christian principles to kids. He developed two programs, "Bluebirds" for young children and "Pioneers" for older children.

Rev. Clay invited Rev. Milton Bunker to work with him to develop and promote these club programs.

Interest in Nazarene children's club programs grew, but a problem occurred as the number of club programs increased. The local churches and districts were handicapped by the lack of a unified program and inadequate materials.

Therefore, the 1940 General Assembly called for a "Commission on Boys' and Girls' Work" to find a solution.

On November 17-18 in Santa Cruz, California, representatives from six western districts, three members of the commission on Boys' and Girls' Work, and two members of the Department of Church Schools attended an historic meeting.

The decision was made for the Church of the Nazarene to develop its own children's club program.

A committee was appointed to prepare the manuscripts for the Nazarene Caravan program. The newly–created club program was presented to and approved by the Board of General Superintendents.

In 2005, a Children’s Ministries team, led by the Caravan Editor, Suzanne Cook, completely revised the Caravan program.

The program was re-structured to adapt easily to the scouting aspect of Caravan into the evangelistic, visitor-friendly kids’ club type of ministry that it is today.

Among the many changes, Core Values badges were added to the Caravan curriculum.

Core Values are designed to teach children the Articles of Faith of the Church of the Nazarene.