Children & Worship
During our morning worship service, immediately following the children’s message, children ages three through second grade are invited to attend Children and Worship, which meets in the worship center adjoining the southeast corner of the sanctuary. Children experience worship in the same order as in the sanctuary: we approach God in reverence, hear His Word proclaimed, respond in praise, and go forth in peace and love to serve in God’s name. Their worship includes songs, prayers, Bible stories presented using wooden figures and felt pieces, and an offering of creative response. Children and Worship is a program for children learning to worship God, rather than a time to socialize or play. In a culture that competes for our attention and consumption, this is an opportunity for young children to learn to offer their attention and love to God.
Each Children and Worship service builds on previous stories brought into the worship center throughout the year. Children are encouraged to begin this age-specialized program at the start of the school season after they turn 3 years old. Visitors are welcome to attend. Children and Worship will run from September 8, 2019 – June 7, 2020.
As a board, we have decided to step forward in faith and continue to plan camp for July 20-24, 2020. However, please know that those plans could change depending on the COVID-19 situation, decisions of Pine Lake Camp, and the ability for us to find enough counselors and staff to make camp as safe as possible for all involved.
We also want you to be aware that the “scenarios” we posed in our survey are some of the protocols that Pine Lake has put in place for camp this summer. These new procedures include:
- Daily temperature checks. If someone comes down with the fever, he or she will need to be picked up by a parent and asked to leave camp. If a camper has driven himself or herself to camp, a parent will still be contacted to see if that student can drive home alone.
- All meals will have to be dished out and served by camp staff—no buffet line. In addition, each cabin will be assigned a table and all members of that cabin will sit together for each meal.
- Cabins will consist of 5 campers and 1 counselor. While we will do our best to honor friend request, please know that due to the number restrictions, we may not be able to put you with everyone you want to be with.
- All activities (sports, crafts, chapel, service projects, gaga ball, 9-square, etc.) will have to be done as your cabin group. You will not have the ability to freely socialize and choose where you go at random. Social distancing of 6 feet will have to be observed between cabins.
- There may be some activities that are not available such as the pool.
- Due to changes in Pine Lake staffing, there may not be bussing available for off-site service projects. We are looking into alternatives.
- You will be asked to wash your hands more often and there will be increased sanitation procedures, so we ask that you please exercise patience and good hygiene.
We recognize that camp is going to look and feel different than it has in past years, but we also believe that we can still have fun, still grow in our faith, still participate in service projects, and still build great friendships. Yet, we want to be honest with you about these new rules and expectations so that each family can make the best decision for them. We ask that you sincerely pray about the decision. We understand that some of you may not feel comfortable coming to camp and we completely respect your position given the current circumstances. For those of you who choose to come to camp, we ask that you come with an open mind and heart to try new things, maintain a positive, encouraging attitude, and recognize that the rules being enacted are meant to help keep everyone healthy and safe.
Online registration is now available. The address to send in registration fees is listed on the form, however, due to the changes that could still happen, we will not be cashing any registration checks at this time. If camp is cancelled for any reason, or you choose not to attend, checks will be returned.
We ask for your continued prayers as we continue to make plans, adapt our schedule to the new procedures, and think of new activities. We look forward to hopefully seeing many of you in July.
Midwest B.A.S.I.C. Youth Bible Camp is at Pine Lake Christian Camp in Eldora, Iowa. All graduates of grades 6 -12 are encouraged to attend. This is a great time of growing and serving in Jesus. Check out our pictures and videos from past camps and share memories at “Midwest B.A.S.I.C. Youth Bible Camp” on Facebook. You can register online
Midwest BASIC is sponsored by Classis Northcentral Iowa, of the Christian Reformed Church and also cooperates with churches of other denominations.
Roots Youth Group
This program is for students in 6th-12th grade. They meet on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:00 for fun activities and Bible study. All questions can be sent to Christina Helfers at email@example.com.
Young Builder’s Club
Young Builders Club is for children Kindergarten thru 5th grade. During our Young Builders Club we will begin with a Bible lesson, then an activity, and end with a snack. Meeting dates to be determined. If you have any questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Sunday School Classes
Fall Semester 2019
September 8, 2019 – Classes begin
December 1, 2019 – No Classes due to Thanksgiving weekend
December 8 & 15, 2019 – Christmas program practice for preschool- 8th grades
December 21, 2019 – Christmas Program
December 15, 2019 – No classes until January 5, 2020
Spring Semester 2020
January 5, 2020 – Classes resume
March 15- 22, 2020 – No Sunday School classes due to Spring Break
April 12, 2020 – No Sunday School classes due to Easter
May 3, 2020 – Last day of Sunday School classes
Students ages 4 years thru 8th grade gather for music for the first 15 minutes of the session then break into individual class rooms. We have a Christmas program, and sing during Palm Sunday service.
High School Students -The topic of the high school Sunday school class for 2019-2020 is “What We Believe and How We Live”. In addition to the Bible, we’ll be reading from sections of two of our church confessions: the Heidelberg Catechism and Our World Belongs to God. These documents will guide us in our study of God’s ownership and care over all creation. The high school Sunday school class has a four-year curriculum. Future topics will be: “The Old Testament” (2020-21), and “Jesus in the Gospels” (2021-22).