Children+Youth

Children and Youth often search for a spiritual identity all their own. At Middle Collegiate Church, we create a safe space where they can question, express, and explore their concerns about identity, responsibility, friendship, peer pressure, and how God fits into their lives.

Our classes use Biblical narratives and faith-based stories to teach values such as kindness, love, service, self-control, caring for others, community, ecological awareness, acceptance, excellence, responsibility, and integrity. We encourage discussions on topics ranging from prayer, worship, morality, ethics, and faith to peer pressure, discrimination, bullying, schoolwork, parents, and loneliness. We use the arts extensively to enhance how children and youth learn.

EDUCATION & YOUTH GROUPS
Wee Care (Birth to 4 years old)
Sundays 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM, 3rd Floor Nursery
Wee Care is our educational/child care space for children 4 years old and under, held in the third floor nursery from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Caregivers provide a safe space for the youngest members of our congregation to begin learning about the Bible through music, creative activities, and games.

KIDS in the Middle (Grades K – 5)
Sundays 10:50 AM – 11:40 AM, 3rd & 4th Floor Studios (K - 2nd Grade), 4th Floor Classroom (3rd - 5th Grade)
Elementary students explore the Bible with our instructors, engaging with lessons, art projects, and games to connect faith and justice. Families are invited to worship together at either 9:30 AM or 11:45 AM. Parents/guardians must pick-up their child(ren) promptly at 11:40am.

YOUTH in the Middle (Grades 6 – 12)
Sundays 10:50 AM – 11:00 AM, 4th Floor classroom
Middle and high school students are invited to enjoy brunch together and talk about the Bible with Marte. Teens are also invited to other youth events and retreats throughout the year; check in with Marte for more information.

To learn more about any of these programs for your children, or for a chance to volunteer with these groups, please contact Marte Samuelstuen at msamuelstuen@middlechurch.org or 212-477-0666 x 321

ARTS
Village Chorus for Children and Youth

Sundays, 1:00 – 2:30 pm, 3rd Floor Studio
 (Returns October, 2017)
Our Village Chorus brings together young people from all walks of life and unites them in a musical message of hope, peace, love, and radical welcome. The chorus explores repertoire from many cultures as they learn the basic elements of vocal production—breath technique, tone, posture—ensuring success for every participant. Children and youth experience fun as they learn and create amazing moments of soul-satisfying music. All participants must be able to read and have a strong interest in singing. For more information on the Chorus, including how to join, click here.

VOLUNTEER*
Wee Care (Birth to 4 years)
Sundays 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM, 3rd Floor Nursery
Registration help: Assist caregivers by running the registration table for new children, ages birth–4 years old.

KIDS in the Middle (Grades K - 5) 
Sundays 10:50 AM – 11:40 AM, 3rd & 4th Floor Studios, 4th Floor Classroom
Assistant teachers: Support lead instructors with teaching Bible stories and conducting activities for children, grades K-6.

YOUTH in the Middle (Grades 6 - 12) 
Sundays 10:50 AM – 11:40 AM, 4th Floor Classroom
Assistant facilitators: Help lead conversation and enjoy breakfast with our teens, grades 6 -12. There will also be opportunities to volunteer for retreats and special events with teens throughout the year.

*All volunteers for the Children & Youth ministry must complete a customary background check.