Children and Family Ministry
The nursery is staffed by professional childcare workers in a safe, caring environment. Children ages 5 and younger are welcome each Sunday throughout the morning, starting at 8:00 am. We invite you to call or contact Karen, the Church Administrator, with any questions at email@example.com during regular office hours.
Sunday School In-Person and Outdoors this FALL 2020
Smiles, stories from the Bible, interaction with friends and caring adults, praying with others, drawing and games: All these things are important to the faith and life of young people and can be experienced this fall 2020 as the weather holds at Shepherd of the Hills! Students and adult leaders are required to wear masks and 6 feet social distance. Children are asked to bring blankets on which to sit.
Parents, please fill out the Sunday school registration, drop it off at church, and/or send it to SOTH’s church administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org.During “normal” times, Sunday school takes place from 9:15 am – 10:15 am throughout the school year and is a wonderful way to build friendships with peers and caring, trusted adults. In addition, children experience God’s love through reading the Bible, hearing stories, and making connections between faith and life.
Special for Parents
You are invited to stay and get to know other parents as you relax and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and other treats in the “Parent Zone”, in the “The Oasis”, at the back of SOTH’s sanctuary.
Youth Choir: Kids for Christ (KFC)
All young people are invited to participate in the Youth Choir (KFC) which sings once a month during worship services. Choir practice is coordinated around family and church schedules. Contact Pastor Darcy for more information. This is a wonderful way for young people to share their gifts.
Affiliated with Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of America, P.R.A.Y. (Programs of Religious Activities with Youth) is a Bible-based religious emblems program designed to bring children, youth, and families to Christ.
The P.R.A.Y. program meets the requirements for religious awards in Scouting programs for those of the Protestant or Independent Christian faith. Classes are normally held in the winter for various age groups. For more information, please contact Brian Behlke at Troop2018haymarket@gmail.com.
Volunteer Ministry Opportunities
Acolytes light candles, hand out and collect offering plates, and participate with other lay leaders during worship; training is provided. Contact the Church Administrator at admin@sothva to sign-up or Pastor Darcy at email@example.com for ways to get connected to service and ministry opportunities.
Summer Camp at Caroline Furnace 2021
Visit the Caroline Furnace website at www.carolinefurnace.org for more information.
Vacation Bible School 2020
Thanks to all who participated in VBS ToGo this summer, a 5-week ministry where families picked up kits full of crafts and games and received emails with videos, songs, and Bible lessons to do at home. Every Friday, students were invited to gather on Zoom to share their craft creations, a devotional by Pastor Darcy, and pray together.
Children were welcomed for a week of fun, fellowship and learning in July. Each year a new, exciting topic for the curriculum is presented and experienced through activities. We learned Jesus is the one who lights our way and gives us hope for each new day. We challenged, taught, and led 30 children throughout four stations of learning in storytelling, recreation, KidVid, and crafts. A fun filled week in our faith journey together!
Summer Camp at Caroline Furnace 2019
Summer 2019, SOTH students and campers from all over, experienced a week packed with fun! Open to those in first grade to 18, campers swam, canoed, fished, creek walked, and played small and large group games, worshiped, prayed, and grew in faith and relationship with God. In addition they were challenged on low ropes courses, hiked, cooked over a campfire, created crafts, learned archery, gained culinary skills, and explored the furnace ruins on camp property. Pastor Darcy was present for the week serving as chaplain. Visit the Caroline Furnace website at www.carolinefurnace.org for more information.