Children

Kids at our church grow with God together through fellowship, music, education and mission opportunities. Activities throughout the year introduce children to God’s word and how they can participate and grow His wonderful work...all while having fun with friends in faith.

For more information on PCW Kids and family opportunities, please contact Christine Treger, Director of Faith Formation, at 908-233-0301 ext. 38.

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“Start young when training up your children. Trust that God will bless that training even when they are old.”

Proverbs 22:6

Sundays

Nursery

Childcare

Newborn - Age 3

Located in the Christian Education Building, families can drop children off in room 104 for childcare during the Sunday services. Children play with each other and with age appropriate toys and games. The childcare classroom is run by qualified and vetted staff.

Hours: 8am-11am (effective 9/15/19)

Sunday School

Ages 3 - 5th Grade

At Sunday School, the children’s ministry team engages kids with Bible lessons, multi-media activities and play. They learn how to apply the lessons of the Bible to their own daily lives. Children are excused from each of the 10AM services to the Sunday School classrooms in the Christian Education Building. Parents pick up children after the service from the classrooms. Sunday School teachers are vetted and supported by the church.

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Children's Mission

Ages 3 - 5th Grade

PCW kids are given opportunities throughout the year to better serve their community with their friends. During selected times at Sunday School, children organize and assist in outreach activities such as making care kits for children in foster care, collecting items for troops overseas and making lunches for those in need of a meal. PCW kids have fun while working together on a mission.

Baptism

Baptism is the sign and seal of our incorporation into Jesus Christ. It is God’s gift of grace and calls us to respond to that grace. It marks the new beginning of new life in Christ. It unites us with Christ and one another. Baptisms are open to children of PCW members.

Mid Week

COW

Church on Wednesdays (COW)

Ages 3 – 5th grade

5PM - 6:30PM • Robinson Room/Christian Lounge • Cherub Choir – Ages 3 - Kindergarten

Joyful Sound – 1st grade - 5th grade (Choir and Bell Choir)

At COW children enjoy dinner and grow in faith through music, Bible story, fellowship, mission and crafts! The children’s choirs sing regularly in Sunday services.

Parent Study Time

While your children are participating in C.O.W. on Wednesday nights, join our study group. We meet for approximately 30 minutes for reflection and discussion designed to help parents raising younger children.

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Children - TOPS

Time Out for Parents (TOPS)

Time Out for Parents (TOPS) offers parents time to recharge for a few hours one to three mornings per week. Families feel secure that their children (ages six months to two years) are in a caring and safe environment where children develop basic social skills and confidence.  Similar to the Presbyterian Nursery School & Kindergarten (PNSK) program, children engage with peers in a fun, play-based learning environment. Operated by The Presbyterian Church in Westfield (PCW) since 1982, TOPS is fully licensed by the State of New Jersey.

Nursery School

AGES 2.5 - KINDERGARTEN

The Presbyterian Nursery School and Kindergarten (PNS&K) is a play-based program (ages 2.5-kindergarten) where children discover the world around them by hands-on experiences guided by highly qualified staff (two teachers per classroom).

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4th & 5th Grade Agape Preview Nights

Our Fourth and Fifth grade students get a first-hand look at the Agape Community Kitchen Program that serves dinner on Wednesdays in Elizabeth to those in need. It’s a popular way our youth give back to the community. These preview nights occur a few times a year. This is a great opportunity for your son or daughter to see what goes on at Agape and what they will be a part of when they enter Middle School!

Family Events

September

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Community Day

Each year our church  kicks off the program year with Community Day. Held on the same day as FestiFall in downtown Westfield, this day is filled with community and fellowship starting with one service at 10am for everyone in the Sanctuary.  At 11am, we take the fun outside to the front lawn with games, friends and food. We invite friends, family and neighbors to stop by and enjoy the day.

November

Camp

Camp Johnsonburg Retreat

During this retreat, Fourth and Fifth grade students and their parents have a chance to get to know friends from church better, to meet other children from around the tri-state area and to draw closer to God in this beautiful environment. One night away is a great way to help transition from elementary to middle school.

December

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Live Nativity

Every December, we invite family, friends and neighbors to attend our live nativity on the church’s  front lawn.  Church members portray those who gathered for the original nativity. This event includes singing Christmas carols, a petting zoo, hot chocolate and fellowship.

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Christmas Eve Family Service

Children of all ages participate in this service as shepherds, angels, wise men, and other nativity characters, while singing traditional Christmas hymns at the 5pm Christmas Eve Family Service in the Sanctuary.