Children’s Ministry

       Create Smiles ≈ Make Memories ≈ Build Friendships ≈ Love Jesus


New Baby Ministry


Our New Baby Ministry helps and encourages families with new additions to “train up a child in the way that he should go” (Proverbs 22:6).

A gift baby basket is presented to the family.



A staffed Nursery is available each Sunday morning from 8:30 am until 12:00 noon to care for children age 5 and younger.  Nursery workers interact with children in a variety of activities: play, crafts, snacks are provided in a loving environment. 

Child care is also made available for other church events, such as: Lenten Dinners, special services, Wednesday evenings for Choir and Bell practices.


Sonshine School



This is the story of Sonshine School . 
It all began with a simple phone call “Let’s start a program for our kids oh so small!”

Of course that’s not how the conversation went exactly,
Nevertheless, let’s all give our thanks to Crystal Hemby.

We sought God’s direction with our thoughts and our prayers
And people gathered together to plan with such care

To begin such an undertaking, we might lose our cool
But ideas came quickly…Brenda Rendleman said “Let’s call it Sonshine School!”

God did indeed put together such a team…
Kellie said “We’ll call them Son Beams!”

God’s plan unfolded to our satisfaction
And gave the design team, led by Angel and Liza, a plan of action!

So with paint, plaster and much time given,
Came color, a tree and glimpses of heaven.

How awesome it is to see God at work
Through people imperfect and often with quirks

But this is God’s plan, His will and His Way
When He calls you to join Him, what will you say?

I hope you say yes! You’ll surely be blessed!
Just ask these people, just give them the test.

With our coats hung up on our new coat rack
On to Sonshine School for our story, games, and oh yes, a snack.

Playtime is fun as we’re learning to share
Graeson and Ellen, Ian and Justin, Mason, Jacob and Annie are there.
On to Story time now to hear Jesus cares.

More play time follows with J.J., Eli, Mason, Johnny, Gracie, Madison,
Annalyn, Henry, Josie and Keegan,
And for the smiles you see…Can you guess the reason?

Snack time is next and oh so delicious,
So tasty and fun and yes, quite nutritious!

A visit from Whiskers tells us again of Jesus’ life, love and care.
This is only a sample of the great times we share.

We pray seeds are planted as we tell them His story,
To God be all honor – to Him be all glory.

The smiles, the memories, the good times we share
To grow up knowing Jesus cares

Father, you’ve helped us so with all of our needs
Help us all to shine, make us your Son Beams!

Classes are held Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to Noon in our Children’s Area. For information on registration and payment options, call the church office at (618) 242-1030.

Children's Time


During each service, a special lesson is delivered to our children. Following the lesson, children are invited to travel downstairs to our new renovated children’s ministry wing for Children’s Church, a time for engaging lessons and exciting activities.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School is the highlight of each summer, involving children from both our church and the community. In addition to the important spiritual impact VBS has our children, it’s tons of fun, too!

Summer camping programs offered through the Illinois Great Rivers Conference area also available to any interested children, with partial scholarships provided by the church.

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