Children & Family Ministries
The children and family ministry program is committed to helping children and their families grow in faith together, and build on our foundation, Jesus Christ, in sharing God’s love with others. Programs are designed for children ages three years-fifth grade and include Sunday school, Faith Life in Progress (FL!P), Messiah’s highly-regarded preschool, Vacation Bible School (July 2020), parenting classes and support opportunities, and other special events.
Programs are also available that support the whole family. Quarterly family devotionals are available in the foyer and are also available to celebrate Advent and Lent. Throughout the year, small group Bible studies are organized that aid, guide, and support parents’ efforts to raise centered, well-rounded, and actively Christian children that share God’s love with others.
Children's Faith Formation
Godly Play® Sunday School
Children three years old to 5th grade begin Godly Play® at 9:30am while parents go to worship. Children are escorted to the sanctuary by teachers after the sermon to finish worship with their families. Children participate in the children's message followed by Communion and a closing hymn.
Godly Play® is a method of Christian education that recognizes that even our youngest children have an innate awareness of God’s presence; they simply lack our adult Christian language to express that awareness. Godly Play® uses a child’s natural desire to hear stories, play, and create to teach them our Christian language in a prepared and intentional environment created for them. This program is being used with the three-year-olds through fifth graders as their Sunday school class.
Godly Play® curriculum is also used during the school year at FL!P on Wednesdays for three year olds to first graders and second to fifth graders. Both groups meet from 3:45-4:35p.
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Regular Programming During the School Year
Midweek FL!P (Faith Life in Progress) programs on Wednesdays for 3-year-olds to 5th grades from 3:45 to 6:30p during the school year. Activities include Bible storytelling, games, crafts and music.
Three Years Old – First Grade
3:45-4:35p Godly Play® for 3 yrs-1st grade
4:40-5:15p Expressions of God for 3 yrs-1st grade (creative and expressive time)
5:15-6:00p Dinner, $2.00
6:00-6:30p Family Friendly Worship
Second – Fifth Grade
3:45-4:35p Godly Play® for 2nd-5th grades
4:45-5:30p Chaos for 2nd-5th graders (creative and expressive time)
5:30-6:00p Dinner, $2.00
6:00-6:30p Family Friendly Worship
Family Dinner Hour
A night off from cooking and a wonderful opportunity to eat and visit with Messiah families! Our volunteers prepare tasty home-cooked meals for all to enjoy! $2–$4 suggested donation. (Soup Suppers during Lent)
Time:5:00–6:00p, LL dining room
Other Opportunities to Get Connected and Build Faith
Messiah Breakfast Club and Ladies Night Out
Day & Time: Once-a-month breakfast group meeting the last Friday of every month at 9:00a with Ladies Night Out happening quarterly.
Location: Off site
Liz is leading a once-a-month group for moms that meets for breakfast at a variety of eateries in Vancouver. The group also plans regular Ladies Night Out events and retreats.
Permission Slips and Safety
A 2019-20 Liability and Release Form is needed for your child to participate in Sunday school, youth ministry activities, confirmation, and FL!P programming. These are available from the persons leading classes and activities and at the front office of the church at the Hazel Dell campus.
The safety of all children and youth is important to us. Washington State background checks on all people working with children and youth are required and are updated every two years. Forms are available in the church office or can be downloaded and printed from this website by scrolling to the bottom of the home page to Media and clicking on forms.