The spiritual formation and education of our children are of highest importance.  We are a church with many young families and offer programs that support family values and nurture our children. Following are some of our programs. If you feel called to assist with some of these programs, please contact our Children's Ministry Coordinator. Our volunteers go through Child Protection Policy training and are background checked for the safety of your children.

CHILDREN'S SUNDAY SCHOOL - SUNDAYS 10:45-11:45 a.m.

Children under two are welcome in the Nursery
Toddlers (ages 2-3):  Room #4
Preschool (ages 3-4):  Room #5
Pre-Kdg (ages 4-5):  Room #3

Rotation Sunday School:

Children in kindergarten through 5th grade participate in Rotation Sunday School.  The children are divided into classes by age, and each week the classes “rotate” or ‘travel” with their Travel Guides to a different workshop to experience the Bible story in a different learning environment.

These workshops include Cornergate Cinema (movie), Canaan Café (cooking), Input Inn (computers), Athens’ Arena (games), Noah’s Art Studio (art) and Mystery Workshop (what will it be this month?).

Please see this Sunday's bulletin for the locations of the rotation Sunday School classes or click here.

We also have a class for our SIXTH graders and they meet in the Gray Parlor.

Frequently Asked Question

When does Sunday School begin? And end?
Children ages 2-5 can be taken directly to their classroom and signed in at 10:45.
Older children (Kdg-5th grade) meet their Travel Guides outside the sanctuary at approximately 10:45, following the 9:30 worship service. The Travel Guides lead the children to the Old Sanctuary for opening time, and then on to their scheduled workshop for that week.
Sixth graders also meet their teacher outside the sanctuary at 10:45.
All children are encouraged to attend the 9.30 worship service with their parents. Age appropriate activity bags are provided by the doors to the Sanctuary, please ask an usher for assistance.
All Sunday School classes end at 11:45.


Where do I pick up my child?
The monthly rotation schedule can be found on the bulletin board in the CE wing.  The schedule and room assignments for all ages and classes are also printed in the worship bulletin each week.

What’s the difference between a travel guide and a workshop teacher?
Each class in Rotation Sunday School is assigned two Travel Guides, two adults who alternate “traveling” with that class to a different workshop each week.  The Travel Guides do not prepare or teach the lessons, but develop relationships with the children in their class.
Workshop teachers teach in one workshop for the duration of each Bible story, which usually lasts one month. They teach the same lesson each week to a different age group, adapting the lesson as necessary.

This sounds like fun!  Can I help?
Absolutely!  Our Sunday School program can always use volunteers in all the classes.  It takes many people to make our program successful.  If you would like more information, contact our Children’s Ministry Coordinator, Julie Bodenheimer via email.

LOGOS PROGRAM

LOGOS is an exciting mid-week gathering for children in first through sixth grades! Each Wednesday evening your child can experience living the Christian faith through family-style dinner, fun activities, exciting music + drama, and engaging Bible study.  The best part of LOGOS is the quality friendships formed with other kids and the meaningful relationships developed with the many great adult leaders we have. Parents participate too and become a part of LOGOS so the experience can be carried home and shared together.

If you have any questions or would like to help with the program please contact the church office, 816-741-5118 ext. 101.

Visit our LOGOS program page for more information.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

VBS is held at Pine Ridge for one week each summer for those children age 3 years old through Kindergarten. Our 2017 VBS event, "Hero Central: Discover Your Strength in God!" will be June 26-30 from 9:00-11:30 a.m. You may register your child by downloading the VBS Registration Form, completing it and returning your completed form along with the registration fee to the Church Office. Registration forms are also available on the Christian Education rack in the church foyer. If you register before May 1, the fee is $20; May 1-May 31 is $25; June 1-June 18 is $30. Registration deadline is June 11. For more information, please contact Michelle Miller at vbs@pineridge.org.

DAY CAMP

Due to popular demand we are currently placing names on a wait list for our 2017 Day Camp event as described below until such time additional volunteers are secured.

Our Kindergarten through 6th grade children meet at the Heartland Presbyterian Center for a week of Day Camp during the same week as VBS, June 26-30. Kindergarteners may participate in either Day Camp, or VBS if that better suits your child's needs. Drop off for Day Camp at the Heartland location begins at 8:30 a.m. and the program ends at 3:00 p.m. Day Camp includes the Bible story, crafts, recreation, horseback riding, swimming, and good friends. You may register your child for our 2017 Day Camp event, "Hero Central: Discover Your Strength in God!" by downloading the Day Camp Registration Form, completing it and returning your completed form along with the registration fee to the Church Office. Registration forms are also available on the Christian Education rack in the Church foyer. If you register before May 1, the fee is $55, May 1-May 31 is $65 and June 1-June 11 is $75. Registration deadline is June 11.

This year, for an additional $35 fee, we will offer optional before (8-8:30 a.m.) and after (3-5 p.m.) care that will be held at Pine Ridge. This will include transportation between Pine Ridge and the Heartland location. For more information, please click on the link to our Day Camp Flyer or contact Kerri Bunge at daycamp@pineridge.org.