Families

 

Our children's programs are designed to work alongside you, to guide your children into a life-long relationship with Jesus Christ and his church. We are keenly aware that spiritual life is a heart-transforming work only by God's Spirit. Every ministry is centered in that truth and we look to God to use us to call a new generation of disciples to come and follow Him. We understand that children are disciples-in-the-making.

We are not just interested in your children. We want to help you lovingly and confidently model God's parenting. If you are feeling overwhelmed in your responsibilities, underequipped to teach and disciple, or just want to connect with other parents for help, advice and fellowship, get in touch with us. 

 

Sunday School

We believe that even young children can understand and participate in worship. Children's Sunday School meets during the 9:30 service. During the 11:10 service, children aged 4 through Grade 3 sit with their parents until the offering; those that do not wish to stay for the sermon then proceed to Children's Church. Here, in a child-friendly environment, children meet and worship God through songs, prayer and Bible stories. They are encouraged to have their own experience where faith can be nurtured and where they are prepared to join in the full life of the Stone Hill Church of Princeton congregation.


Nursery - 3rd Grade 

Vroom - New Spring

In this eight-week series with a racing theme, kids will "vrooooom" through God’s Word to learn what He says about how we love others! A “victory” would be for kids to know and understand how God defines love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. Kids learn all the ways that God loves them and that they can love others in the same way. 

 

4th - 5th Grade

The Peacemaker's Guide for Teenagers - Corelette Sand

The Young Peacemaker is a curriculum that parents, teachers and youth workers can use to teach children how to prevent and resolve conflict in a constructive and biblically faithful manner. The curriculum emphasizes principles of confession, forgiveness, communication and character development, and uses realistic stories, practical applications, role plays and stimulating activities.

 

During the 11:10am service, young children sit with their parents to worship together. At the offering, children ages 4 through Grade 3 are invited to Children's Church that meets in our 1st Grade classroom. Music, interactive storytelling, crafts, prayer. Parents pick up their children in the 1st Grade classroom when the service is ended.

This summer, Children's Church is using the Foundations Lordship program. This summer-long course about lordship will help kids understand the nature of lordship, provide biblical examples of the authority Jesus has over everyone and everything--including sin--and guide kids in ways to be trusting, obedient servants every day. This book includes small group and large group discussions and activities, and reproducible games and patterns.

 

For Parents

There is no easy "how to" to walking in faith with your kids, so we have several staff dedicated to encouraging and counseling parents, who regularly send out announcements about classes and events. Please contact kids@stonehillprinceton.org to get connected.

If you want to do some reading, below are some books that have been recommended over the years:

 

AWANA is an international organization with over 8,000 clubs around the world, serving more than one million children. "AWANA" is an acronym for Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed, based on 2 Timothy 2:15: "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth." Designed to reach children for Christ and train them to know, love and serve Him, an Awana evening offers exciting games, age-appropriate Bible messages, and one-on-one help with scripture memorization.

  • If you're new to our club or want to know more about our program, check out the Awana Parent Guide(.pdf) 

  • Dues/Gear Form (This is NOT the Registration Form). For descriptions and pictures of the uniforms, handbooks, etc., please see the Lookbook.
  • 2019/2020 Awana Calendar(.pdf)
  • Need the Sparks Audiobook? Download it here by book (HangGlider, WingRunner or SkyStormer). We use the ESV version.

Our AWANA Clubs

Cubbies: Ages 3&4 - First steps in following Jesus. The evening includes storytime, songs, puppet show, activities and beginning Bible verses.

Sparks: Kindergarten through 2nd Grade - Exciting game time & meaningful talks about God. Small group Bible memorization. Caring leaders. 

T&T: Grades 3-6 - Help your child develop a love for God and His Word through age-appropriate talks, relationships with loving adults, and game time that's full of surprises.

                             

If your child is older than 6th grade, we offer LiT, a combined class for our Trek and Journey clubbers! They have their own study time, handbook time and serve as Leaders-in-Training (LiTs) helping our Cubbies, Sparks & TnTers. 

Awana and the Awana logo are Registered Trademarks of Awana Clubs International

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate?

Children as young as 3 and as old as 11 (or in sixth grade) can participate in AWANA Clubs. Middle and High Schoolers can join our Trek/LiTs team. 

How much does it cost?

AWANA collect dues of $35 per child. These dues help us to offset the cost of awards, contests and other special events we have during the year. Books and uniforms are purchased separately.

How do I register?

You can register your child by filling out this form or at our Welcome Desk.

When does Awana start? Can I visit without registering?

AWANA Parent's Night is September 18th. It is a great opportunity to hear from our leaders on what Awana is, how it works and how you can help your child make the most of it. Visitors are always welcomed, but please check in with us at the Welcome Desk.

Who leads the club?

Lindsei Lansky, our Director of Children’s Ministry (email) is our commander. Each club also has its own director. You will meet them at club time.

What is new?

Starting this year, every child must be checked-in before going to their class. Please arrive at least 10-15 min before club starts to allow time for it. 

 


 

Volunteering

We need at least 20 adults age 18+ to serve in a variety of roles!  Come join our team!

 

Awana Volunteer Trainings: 

Wednesday, September 4 | 6:30–8:00 PM

Wednesday, September 11 |  6:30–8:00 PM

ALL volunteers, both new and experienced, are required to attend one training session before joining our 2019-20 Children's Ministry Team.

Please RSVP to awana@stonehillprinceton.org so we may prepare materials for you!

 

Awana Ministry Conference 2019

October 5th, from 8:30am-3:30pm

Valley View Chapel

115 E Mill Rd, Long Valley, NJ 07583

Join me on our Regional Conference. It will be a great opportunity to connect with other leaders and refresh (or develop) our skills.

More info on the event, registrations fees and breakout sessions will be given on our trainings.

 

 

Roar Camp 2019

This year's bible camp was a huge success. With over 200 children in attendance, students of all ages from the Princeton community heard the Gospel, participated in mission work, and made memories that will last a lifetime. Camp Leadership would like to thank the 100+ volunteers who gave their time and energy to make this possible. Thank you!

Summer School Supplies Drive

As a part of our annual bible camp, Stone Hill gathers school supplies for the upcoming school year for the purpose of distributing it to students in need within the Princeton area. These students will be blessed with new supplies collected from church members, as well as a new backpack. Collection ends August 4th.

Fall Church Picnic

It is time to kick off the new church year! Mark your calendar for September 15, 2019 from 12:30 - 2:30. Directly after the second service, there will be an all-church picnic on the lawn. This event will include free food, games, and rich fellowship. You are encouraged to invite friends and family to visit during this time.

 

 

Sunday School Series:

The Gospel according to... We will be looking at gospel themes in popular culture.

Summer Small Group:

We have games night up in the youth room every second and forth Wednesday. The dates are July 17th, 31st and August 14th and 28th.

Sunday Mornings

 

Starting at 9:30 AM, all 6th-12th grade aged students begin Sunday School together in the upstairs Youth Room for a time of Worship, Prayer, Scripture Reading, and Fellowship over a pancake breakfast. Classes break for their time of study around 10 AM.

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Friday Nights

Youth Group is held on Friday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Both Middle School and High School meet at the same time, but they follow different schedules and study different subjects.

After we start with a time of worship all together at 6:30, middle school then has a time of fellowship & games from 6:45-7:30. After that, they get a snack and then engage in an interactive teaching and discussion session until 8pm. They are going through the Old Testament, learning about the key individuals, stories and moments in the narrative, and learning what God may be saying to us through those today.

High School students on the other hand, have their teaching and discussion at 6:45, right after worship. They are studying a series on who God is, and why it should matter in our everyday lives. At 7:30, they get their snack and then have social time until 8pm.

At 8pm, we move into our small groups for prayer and to share what is happening in one another’s lives. We have 4 small groups: MS girls, HS girls, MS boys, and HS boys.

If you want to do some reading, below are some books that have been recommended over the years. And students? Feel free to read these too and tell us what you think...