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.

Building Leaders Today

BLT Teams are an all-new way for children to have the opportunity to serve in leadership positions in, around, and through the children’s ministry of Shades Crest. Children in grades 3 – 6 are encouraged to learn about each team and then sign up for one team. These BLT teams will serve through the end of summer. New BLT teams will be developed and created at the beginning of the new church year. BLT teams are designed for 3rd – 6th grades.

Children will have the opportunity to sign up for a BLT Team Sunday, March 18 through Wednesday, April 4 in the Children’s Hall. Parents are encouraged to talk with their child to determine which team might be the best fit for their child. In addition, each BLT Team will need at least two adults to serve as guides for the team. Adults can sign up as well.
Adult Guides will be responsible for meeting with their team at least once per month or more if needed.

Activities for Preschoolers and Children

Wednesday Evening Schedule
4:45 – 5:55 Supper
5:55 – 6:35 Choir
6:35 – 7:15  Mission Friends, RAs & GAs

Enroll your children in these activities by clicking here. Please turn in this form to your Leader for your convenience.  For a detailed calendar of events, click on link below.

Children’s Music & Missions Calendar

What is Girls in Action?

An organization that teaches girls about missions, develops leadership skills & how they can share God’s love with others.  It is also a group that has a ton of FUN, does crafts, and laughs A LOT! Come and join in!!

What is Royal Ambassadors?

An organization that teaches boys about missions, develops leadership skills & how they can share God’s love with others.  It is also a group that has a ton of FUN, does lots of different activities! Come and join in!!

We are committed to providing your children with spiritual, musical, and missional concepts throughout the year.  Our leaders are also well prepared and intentional about sharing the love of God with your children.

Mission Friends is for
children ages 2 through 5.
Preschoolers learn about sharing God’s Love and being missional.


30 Days with Jesus

A Children’s Guide to Reading the Bible Daily

Turn in devotions by May 13.

Children Events