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 and parents are their primary disciplers! 

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 congregation.

Where do I go on a Sunday morning?

Upon arrival at Stone Hill, please proceed to the Kids Welcome Desk. There you will be greeted by our Welcome Team, receive important information you may need and have the check-in process explained to you. After your first visit, you will be able to check in your children into their individual rooms at our self-check in stations. Secured check-in tickets will print out and must be place in your children's shirt. You should keep your security tag to claim your child at the end of the service. Our two-piece ticket system prints a name label and a claim ticket with matching codes designed to ensure your child's safe return to you. 

If it is your first time joining us, we will need to gather some information to properly check-in your child. We recommend coming 15 minutes before service starts to do so. You can fill out the registration form online to speed up the process prior to reaching our campus. 

 

Early Childhood

In the nursery, our team members spend time singing, playing and praying for your child. In the Toddlers classes, our team engages the children in directed play, stories and songs. Kids also receive a snack. Our preschoolers participate in children's worship and then are directed to their class by their teachers. Kids must be picked up by an adult (16+) and the security sticker must be presented at check-out.

Please, be aware we are a nut-free facility. If you bring edibles, we ask you to refrain from items that may cointain ANY type of nuts. Gluten-free snacks available in all classes.

Elementary

During our Sunday School, classes are available per grade level, from Kindergarten to 5th grade. Kids from Kindergarten to 3rd grade meet together at the 1st grade room for Worship, then are dismissed to their classes with their teachers. Kids 3rd grade and below must be picked up by an adult (16+) and the security sticker must be presented at check-out. Our 4-5th graders join the Youth upstairs for Worship before heading to their classes. At the end of class, they are dismissed on their own.

From Nursery to 5th grade, all kids focus on the same theme, one series at a time:

October/November - Ohana! - Newspring Network: Ohana means family in Hawaiian! During this series, kids will learn what God wants for their families and how to be a part of God's family!

 

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.

 

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:

 

ATTENTION: We have reached maximum capacity in our clubs. As of September 25th, registration has been close. Contact awana@stonehillprinceton.org if you desire to be added to our wait list.

 

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.


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 a form or at our Welcome Desk. 

ATTENTION: We have reached maximum capacity in our clubs. As of September 25th, registration has been close. Contact awana@stonehillprinceton.org if you desire to be added to our wait list.

Can I visit without registering?

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!

ATTENTION: We are in special need of 2 male leaders for our TnT club. If you would like to volunteer, please contact us at awana@stonehillprinceton.org 

 

SUNDAY—10:45-11:05 a.m.

For children ages 4 to 11 years old.

Led by Ms. Amelia Ray.

Started Sunday, September 8th, in Harris Hall

Let the learning and fun begin!

Email or call the church for more information.

 

Coming soon...

 

 Impact the next generation of disciples of Jesus!

Stone Hill Kids is always looking for people to serve with us. If you would love to make an eternal impact in a child's life, please consider serving. There are many different opportunities with various levels of commitment. No experience needed. No Bible degree required. Only a willingness to invest your time and energy in a fun and exciting way! 

Everyone who serves within Children's Ministry goes through an application and background check process. We want to be sure every child is safe in our care and parents feel safe when leaving their children with us.

If you are interested in serving, please fill out this form. You will be contacted by our Kids Director, Lindsei Lansky. You can also email her at kids@stonehillprinceton.org

 

Next Onboard Trainings: 

November 1st | 6–8:00 PM (childcare available)

November 2nd | 24 PM

ALL volunteers, both new and experienced, are required to attend one training session before joining our 2019-2020 Children's Ministry Team.

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

 

 

 

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 Bible, 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. 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...

 

Here at Stone Hill we believe that PARENTS are the primary disciplemakers of their kids. We do so because God said so.

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6: 4-9

God chose the home to be the heart of discipleship and the church community to be its supporting system. For this reason, we strive to support you in the magnificent task of raising the next generation of Jesus followers. Our goal is to:

  • Support families in discipleship;
  • Provide foundational biblical knowledge;
  • Be an authentic Christian community;
  • Welcome questions and doubts;
  • Offer opportunities for families to serve.

We chose D6 (which stands for Deuteronomy 6) as a curriculum because it was developed to be parent-focused and it's biblically solid, while inviting honesty and inspiring service in the lives of our children. It works because:

  1. CHURCH is the primary equipper of parents. PARENTS are the primary disciplers in the home. D6 connects the church to home and families to one another. D6 Curriculum is one of the most effective small group and Sunday School curriculums you can find. D6 is based on the principles of Deuteronomy 6:5-9 - love God, love His Word, and teach your children to do the same.
  2. Every age group using D6 Curriculum in the church will be studying the same biblical theme at the same time. This creates a comprehensive discipleship plan for the entire church and encourages discipleship to continue throughout the week in a family or community setting. 
  3. Every lesson contains an “Explore” and “Connect” section. The Explore section provides important historical and contextual information about the biblical passage, while the Connect section provides an opprtunity for students to respond honestly in a variety of ways.
  4. Every lesson contains an “Apply” section that helps students make the connection between what they’re learning and how it impacts them personally. This helps contemporize the lesson and encourages them to leave with relevant ways to put what they have learned into practice. 

We will be launching D6 by December 1st, 2019. You can read more at https://d6family.com/d6curriculum/about/

Lindsei Lansky, Kids Director & Michael Sentance, Youth Director