Sunday school is offered for children in kindergarten through 6th grade on Sunday mornings during the worship service. Children and their families begin worship together at 10am in the sanctuary. After initial prayers and hymns, children gather with the Pastor on the chancel steps for a meaningful children’s sermon specifically tailored to their age. Children especially look forward to this time as Pastor Nicki begins by “passing the Pez”, sharing candy with the children and talking with them, not at them.
The children are dismissed to the Sunday school room to learn, laugh and explore their faith together in a safe, secure environment. Children are released to their parents or caregivers after the service at the door to the Sunday school room.
Our Sunday school teachers include experienced educators from the congregation, and education students from East Stroudsburg University all of which have background checks completed. We use curriculum that is approved by the Presbyterian Church USA, which includes instruction in Bible skills, the importance of prayer and how to make good choices in a complicated world.
On Sunday mornings, ESPC provides a staffed nursery for infants through age 5 from 8:30am to 11:30am The nursery houses a wide variety of age-appropriate toys, books and puzzles for your child to enjoy. In addition, our experienced staff will occasionally work on special art projects and are always ready to actively play with any little ones who come in for play time!
Preparation for Confirmation is usually offered when children are in the 6th or 7th grades (age 11 to 13). Confirmation is an opportunity of real spiritual growth as the youth begins to form his or her spiritual self. Starting this year to focus on the unity of the church we are offering a new program that allows these youth to meet with nearby youth from our sister church.
Beginning on September 15th we will meet weekly until December 15th. During this time they study not only The Apostles Creed, The Lord’s Prayer, the Old and New Testaments, and learn about the basic Christian doctrine and the history and practice of the Presbyterian Church, but they also seek to find their own understanding of who God is to them. Upon completion they will have formulated their views into their own statement of faith.
Upon completion of the program, Confirmands are received into the active membership of the Church and celebrated with a grand reception after worship. This will occur on January 12, 2020.
Our youth group meets once a month on Sunday after church. We do many things together including trips, games, open discussions, mission projects, retreats and more… When we aren’t out an about having fun, we enjoy getting into deep discussions about pressing topics for youth today. We love being with one another, sharing Christ love with each other, building lasting relationships and having lots of fun! We invite any youth in 7th grade and up to join us. We try our best to accommodate all the youths’ schedules.