preschool and children

Suzanne Reece, Minister to Children & Families.


Birth – Kindergarten
Sundays at 9:15 am

Preschoolers at Shades Crest participate in classes where active, hands-on learning takes place.  Our youngest children feel safe and secure in an environment where they are lovingly cared for, quietly talked to and sung to about God’s love for them.  As preschoolers grow and develop, Bible thoughts and stories are reinforced through activities such as Dramatic Play, Creative Art, Blocks, Nature and Puzzles or Manipulatives.

For preschoolers to face a changing and complex world, they will need a foundation of Biblical truths on which they can build their knowledge of God, Jesus and the Bible.  A strong, Biblical foundation will enable them to begin to build their view of the world from a Biblical perspective.  A building is only as strong as its foundation.  Therefore, we believe a strong foundation is essential to the ability to make a decision regarding Christ in later years.


Grades 1 – 6
Sundays at 9:15 am

The childhood years are foundational years.  Children should not be rushed but allowed to grow and develop as they are ready.  Foundations in structures cannot be rushed and require time to get firm.  Because children are in the process of becoming, our desire is to meet them where they are and challenge them to become all that God has designed them to be.  It is our hope that each child will ultimately choose to accept and have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

We strive to help children embark on the journey to becoming spiritually transformed into the image of God.  As children become more curious and grow in their faith, learning opportunities are provided for our 1st through 6thgraders in weekly Bible study activities as well as month-long projects.

Child Care

Childcare is provided for all church functions involving the general membership.

Children Events

Children's_Sunday scrollBelow is a list of of activities and events for the week. Adult and youth volunteers are needed to help in several places. Please contact Suzanne Reece if you are available to help.

Monday, February 20 — Getting to Know Your Church  9:00–12:30
Children will have the opportunity to take a field trip all around the church to learn more about the space we use, the ministries we have at Shades Crest, what our staff and ministers do on a daily basis, and how we conduct the life, ministry, and business of the church. Adults are needed to serve as guides for this day. Lunch will be provided for all.

Wednesday, February 22 — Regular choir and missions programming
Families are invited to join us for Wednesday night dinner in the Fellowship Hall beginning at 4:45 pm. Children will attend choir and missions beginning at 5:55 pm

Thursday, February 23 — Trip to Sky Zone   4:00–5:30
We will gather at Sky Zone on this day to soar to new heights. Come and jump, and bring a friend. Cost for this evening is $11. Once we’re finished jumping, we’ll go to Chic-Fil-A on Hwy 31 for dinner together. All children will be given a gift card for a free kid’s meal. (Sky Zone is located on Hwy. 31 in the old Staples building.)       Parents need to complete this online waiver from Sky Zone before their child can attend.

Saturday, February 25 — Children’s Ministry Day (LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR) Begins at 9:00 am
Children will gather and be divided into ministry teams before going out to love and serve our neighbors by participating in various mission projects. Parents are needed to help drive children to various ministry sites. Children will need to sign up in order to ensure an adequate number of mission projects and drivers. Contact the office at 822-1360. A permission Form is needed. Print one HERE.

Sunday, February 26 — Children’s Day in Worship
Our worship on this day will be primarily led by the children of the church. Children will fill many leadership roles including praying, reading scripture, leading music, singing, and much more. Be sure to get involved and plan to be present on this wonderful day of worship as our children lead us. Following worship, we will have a family lunch together for all children and their families. Reservations are required. Families can register and pay online ahead of time by clicking on the link below. Cost for the lunch meal is $5.00 per person or a maximum of $20.00 per family.
Lunch Reservations