Children in Worship
At Pleasant Hill, we welcome the presence of children in worship as a vital part of the body of Christ.
Nursery: is available for infants ages 0-2 in room A-114.
Children’s Sermons: A special time in worship where children of all ages are invited to come to the chancel steps to hear a story from one of the pastors.
Play and Praise: Following the Children’s Sermon, you may walk your children ages 3 (potty trained)-K to Play and Praise in the Fellowship Hall, where they will play and praise their way through the remainder of the service.
PHPC’s Sanctuary Prayground: A worship space within the sanctuary designed to help elementary school children and their families engage in worship. Age-appropriate activities are provided following the children’s sermon that connect this group of worshipers with the day’s scripture and sermon.
Worship Journals and Bags: Will be available to all children. Worship Journals can be picked up in the narthex before you enter the sanctuary, and Worship Bags will be distributed following the children’s sermon. These bags contain items which help kids engage with parts of the service.
Acolytes: 3rd-5th graders help begin worship by lighting the candles on the communion table. Each fall, they participate in a half-hour training session following the 11 am worship service.
Church School for Children
Church School, held at 11:15 am during the school year, seeks to ground our children in a firm biblical foundation and build relationships between one another and God. All will meet inside after worship. Masks are required. Childcare for infants ages 0-2 is available in the nursery from 9:00-12:15.
Preschool (Room B107):
–ages 2, 3, and 4 by September 1.
–Even the youngest children can learn about loving and serving God through the stories of scripture. Explore through art activities, games and drama using the Frolic Preschool Little Steps Big Faith Curriculum.
K-2nd Grade-in B108
3rd-5th Grade- in B105
Music Gathering-in B106
Children will discover, relate, connect and create as they encounter stories from the Bible. Using the Holy Moly Curriculum.
Youth Ministry (Youth Room)
Explore and discuss the morning’s scripture, then stay for lunch and a mix of games, service, fellowship, and spirituality.
Special Programs for Children
Children’s Choirs: Elementary age children learn music during the Church School hour and occasionally sing in worship. The children’s chimes choir meets after the 11 am worship service and plays during worship throughout the year. Visit our Music page for more information.
Mission Opportunities: Elementary children learn about God’s calling to be a good neighbor and practice this calling through various projects including coin collections, canned food drives, and special VBS and summer mission projects.
Vacation Bible School: Each summer, we invite children from the community to join us for a week of Bible stories, music, storytelling, arts and crafts, games and mission projects. Stay tuned for details about our next VBS!
PHPC’s Family Milestone Ministry is a framework for faith development for our children and youth. We invite families to participate in our “milestone” events, marking significant ages and stages of a child’s spiritual journey.
Milestones Ministry flyer
Child Protection Policy
We treasure the children in our church. We want visitors and members to know their children are safe when left in our protective care in the nursery, Sunday School class, and during Extended Care.
In order to protect our children, teachers, staff and church family, Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church (PHPC) has instituted a list of policies and procedures to be followed at all times. Download our Child Protection Policy to read more about how we protect your children during activities including:
- Extended Session (childcare during worship)
- Worship Bags during service (materials for children remaining in service)
- Children’s Church School
- Youth Groups (Middle School and High School)
- Preschool (ages 1-4)