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Children and Families

The Children and Family Ministry of Second Presbyterian Church seeks through worship, study, fellowship and service to support families as they grow in faith. Here our children are claimed in baptism, wrapped in love, grounded in the stories of our faith and called by Jesus to lives of faithful discipleship.

Children and Families Opportunities:

Sundays for Families
Welcome Home!

Sundays for Families

Welcome Home!

We look forward to welcoming your children and helping them to feel at home at Second Church. The “Home Owner’s Guide” below should help you to make God’s house your home on Sundays at Second.

8:15 a.m.  Worship in Milner Chapel
Child Care for Infants – 5th Grade in 240

9:10 a.m. Sunday School Teachers Pray Together
Outside the Elevators on the Second Floor

9:30 a.m. Worship in the Sanctuary
Sunday School 
for Infants, Preschoolers, Elementary, Middle and High School Students, as well as Adults.

10:30 a.m. Intermission
Fellowship time on the playground, runs through October 7.  Wintermission, a time for fellowship and mission in McFarland Hall, begins October 14 and runs through May.

11 a.m.  Worship in the Sanctuary
Includes a Time for Children with the Pastor on the Chancel Steps. After the Time for Children many children ages 4 – grade 5 enjoy singing in Choir School. Three-year-olds participate in Children’s Chapel.  Some children prefer to remain in worship with their families. Child Care is available for the whole hour for children ages 2 and under.

11:15 a.m. Choir School
Nurtures the spiritual and musical growth of children for a lifetime enjoyment of praising God through music. (for age 4 through Grade 5)

9:30 a.m. Sunday School Rooms

Infants – Room 240
Toddlers – Room 233
Twos – Room 209
Threes – Room 235
Fours – Room 234
Fives – Room 205
Early Elementary (1st – 3rd) Classes marked by grades rotate between Drama, Art, Mission, Maker’s Space, and Games in rooms 304, 305, 307 and 309.
45 Degrees (4th – 5th) 354 and 355
Sixth Graders - Youth Suite.

Children's Sunday School

Children's Sunday School


The Children and Family Ministry of Second Presbyterian Church seeks through worship, study, fellowship and service to support families as they grow in faith.

Bring your children to Second on Sunday!

Register your children here.

Infant and Toddler Nursery

Infant and Toddler Nursery

Loving child care is offered for infants and toddlers during all worship services. Nurseries are located on the second floor near the atrium.

Register your children here.

Twos, Threes, Fours, and Fives

Twos, Threes, Fours & Fives

Child care is available during 8:15 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. worship services.

Children in this age group enjoy their first introduction to Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.  

Classrooms are located on the second floor near the elevators.

Register your children here.

Children's Rotation Workshop
1st, 2nd and 3rd Grade

Rotation Workshop

Child care is available during the 8:15 a.m. worship service. Children in this age group enjoy the Rotation Workshop Sunday School class at 9:30 a.m. or 6 p.m. Classrooms are located on the third floor near the elevators.

The Bible story is experienced through the Art, Drama, Games, Mission, Mystery, and Video workshops.

1st, 2nd and 3rd graders participate in the Carol Choir following the Time with Children at the 11 a.m. worship service.

Register your children here.


Children's Choir School

Children's Choir School

Sundays, 11:15 a.m.


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For children, ages 4 to grade 5

Choir School participation leads to lifetime enjoyment of praising God through music. Meeting Sundays during the 11 a.m. worship service, Choir School nurtures the spiritual and artistic growth of children ages four through grade five. Children periodically sing in worship services throughout the year.
For more information please visit or contact Carol Baker at (317) 253-6461 Ext. 356.

Volunteer with Children
Opportunities to work with all age levels, nursery to 5th grade.

Volunteer to work with children at Second

We are currently seeking folks to play a part in the following areas of Children’s ministry. If you would like more information, please contact Pastor Dennis. Thank you for your prayerful consideration of these opportunities.

Family Opportunities

Element Bearers – Carry in Bread and Cup during the Worship Procession at 11:00 a.m.

Sunday Morning Greeters – Help to welcome families to Sunday School and Worship. (9:20-9:40 or 10:30–11)

Wintermission/Intermission Host Families – Engage families in this mission/fellowship time and help with clean up. (10:30– 11 a.m.)

Families@Five Host Families – Welcome worshippers, bring in the light and the water, read the scripture, collect the offering. One time per month. 4:30–5:45 Sunday evenings.

Grown-Up/Teen Opportunities

Nursery and Toddler Caregivers – Assist paid staff in our infant or toddler nurseries from 9:10–10:40 a.m. or 10:40–12:15 p.m.

2018 Summer Sunday School – Volunteers must be 18 or over and have completed Sunday School Volunteer Process

2018-19 Sunday School Teachers and Shepherds – Nurture children in faith from August to May, 9:30–10:30 a.m. Minimum commitment is two (2) Sundays per month. See details below.

VBS Volunteer – Opportunities range from classroom leader to snack assistant, craft assistant to greeter. Be a child at VBS again!

Sunday School Volunteer Recruitment 
Opportunities exist in church school classes during the 8:15, 9:30 and 11:00 services. We are currently recruiting volunteers for all age-levels - from nursery to 5th grade!

Volunteer Process

Job Descriptions

  • commits to one year of service (August - July)
  • commits to volunteering 2 Sundays each month
  • created a team environment by recruiting church school teachers and shepherds for the year; shows appreciation for volunteers
  • assists in coordination of volunteer scheduling
  • attends the semi-annual training events in August and January


  • commits to one year of service (August - July)
  • commits to volunteering 2 Sundays each month
  • loves God's Word
  • welcomes children & shares the story
  • attends the semi-annual training events in August and January


  • commits to one year of service (August - July)
  • commits to volunteering 2 Sundays each month
  • knows each child, engages parents
  • prays for children
  • assists the classroom teacher
  • attends the semi-annual training events in August and January

Family Greeter

  • commits to one year of service (August - July)
  • greets and assists families at the check-in kiosks
  • welcomes visitors and assists with introductions to teachers and classrooms

To find out how you might share your gifts and live into your baptismal promise, please contact Rev. Caroline Dennis.

Volunteer Resources
Lesson plans, schedules and procedures

Volunteer Resources

Sunday School Volunteer Recruitment Opportunities exist in church school classes during the 8:15, 9:30 and 11:00 services. We are currently recruiting volunteers for all age-levels - from nursery to 5th grade! See the Volunteer Process.

Download the Policy for the Protection of Children, Youth and Vulnerable Adults.

Procedures and Classroom Management:

















Element Bearers
9:30 & 11:00 a.m. Worship

Element Bearers

11:00 a.m. Worship
Families are encouraged to volunteer at the 11:00 a.m. service. Please contact Connie Price with any questions.

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9:30 a.m. Worship
Please contact Gretchen Brown with questions about volunteering at the 9:30 a.m. service.

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What is 45 Degrees?
More than a Sunday school class!

What is 45 Degrees?

Vision: 45 Degrees is a welcoming and joy-filled Christian community where fourth and fifth grade students build a foundation for faith through Bible study, fellowship, prayer and service, supported by a team of dedicated (and sometimes wacky) mentors, we call "coaches."

45 Degrees is a Sunday School class... and so much more!

  • Sunday Mornings: (Rooms 354 and 355) Members of the 45 Degrees community gather weekly on Sunday mornings for Bible study, discussion and prayer.
  • 45 Degrees Mission Club: Meets throughout the year to engage students and often their families in service. Some of our mission activities include hosting IHN families, working with Northside Ministries in the food pantry and garden, holding a shopping night with Christmas Benevolence, leading a worship service for families.
  • Friday Night Live: Twice each year, the 45 Degrees Community gathers for an evening of zany fun.
  • 45 Degrees VBS: A week of intensive fun, learning and service.

We Believe:
• Coming to church should be fun.
• Faithful mentors are important in the growing faith life of children.
• The biblical story is our story...for life.
• Children are ...
the church of tomorrow and TODAY!  
eager to know and share God's love
at the very heart of God's kingdom
asking important faith questions

In 45 Degrees, we hope:
• Your child will make and be a friend. 
• Your child will come to know God's stories and apply them to life. 
• Your child will grow in familiarity with the Bible, understanding biblical themes and timeline, increased ability to find books of the Bible, chapters and verses, and sealing particular scriptures in their hearts.
• Your child will find a safe space to ask questions and explore ideas.
• Your child will know themselves to be a beloved child of God and a member of a faith community sharing God's love through service to and with others.

45 Degrees Leadership Team:

Teachers: Bob McElroy, Steve Johnson, Dave Arnold
Greeters/Shepherds: Ron Snow, Erik Young, Verlyn Wilson, Karen Cummings, Jonathan Elliot, Cassy Malson
Mission Club Leader: Jennifer Shirk
FNL: Any and all members of the 45 Degrees Leadership Team
45 Degrees VBS: Alicia Buckley, Ellen Gullet, Krista Stubbs, Robert Warhurst, Hilary Barrett

Stay Informed Through:
• Facebook Page - 45 Degrees Community
• Weekly E-News to Parents (Subscribe by logging in to your account at the top of the page.)

Register your children here.

The Temple Project
Early Elementary Sunday School
Workshop Rotation 2018-2019

The Temple Project

Early Elementary Workshop Rotation 2018-2019


The Temple, like Rome, was not built in a day.

Early Elementary Sunday School’s Workshop Rotation 2018-2019 will include a special year-long project. Our Maker’s Space will walk where King Solomon walked and build a replica of the Temple in Jerusalem. We will use our best Bible research skills, online resources, and a variety of creative tools to fashion our model. Whether it is clay, stones, fabrics, or our 3D printer, we will work across the grades.

The Bible is rich with stories about and in and referencing the Temple. Whether it is the Ark of the Covenant in the Holy of Holies, young Jesus questioning the elders in his father’s house, or the curtain being torn when “it is finished” on Golgotha--the children of Second Church’s first, second and third grades will see and feel and know the word of God in a unique way this year. Plan to join us as we look at God’s people who followed God’s ways and put down a place for regular worship of the One True God. We hope you will make our Sunday School a regular place of learning and Second Church a regular place for your worship this year.

Sundays, 5 p.m.
McFarland Hall


Let's get Together@5!

Together@5 provides an engaging worship experience in McFarland Hall that includes space for interaction during and after the service, a diverse variety of sacred music, a meaningful message, and time for reflection. The relaxed style of the service offers a worship opportunity for families and individuals of all ages who are not able to attend our morning services or are looking for something different. We also continue and renew the traditions of weekly communion, consistent worship leadership, and a time of food and fellowship following the service. Join us on January 6, 2019!

Dear Friends,

Worship is at the heart of everything we do at Second Presbyterian Church—the place where we gather in community, offer our praise and thanks to God, hear and share the gospel message, and receive nourishment and strength for the journey of faith. I am grateful for the gift of worship that equips, inspires, and sends us as disciples of Jesus Christ.

It is a joy for me to share plans for a new Sunday evening worship experience at Second Presbyterian Church. Beginning on Epiphany, January 6, 2019, you are invited to "Together@5", a new worship service held in McFarland Hall on Sundays at 5:00 p.m.

Together@5 will be relaxed in style, lively in spirit, and relational from start to finish. I look forward to sharing more details about Together@5 as January draws nearer.

As we build enthusiasm and make plans for this new worship experience, we want to be good and faithful stewards of our resources. The discernment process which resulted in a vision for Together@5 also led us to decide to bring our other Sunday evening worships services to a close. Families@Five will hold its final service in the chapel on November 25th. Second@Six will hold its final service in the Sanctuary on November 11th. Both have provided wonderfully meaningful worship for many years, and in the weeks ahead we will give thanks and celebrate the good gifts received and shared through the communities built in those services.

Together@5 will, in many ways, highlight the best parts of Second's past Sunday evening services. The space of McFarland Hall will also give us freedom to worship in completely new ways. I hope you will join me at 5:00 on January 6 when we, as a community of faith, begin this new thing together.

With peace and grace,

Chris Henry

45 Degrees
4th and 5th Graders
Sunday mornings 9:30 a.m. on the third floor

45 Degrees

Sunday mornings 9:30 a.m. on the third floor

This Sunday morning program for 4th and 5th graders explores Christian concepts and Bible passages. Students often work together in small groups to get to know each other as they grow in faith.

Register your children here.

45 Degrees Mission Club

45 Degrees Mission Club

Link to SignUpGenius to search service opportunities and sign up to join us!

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Open Arms Special Needs Ministry

Open Arms Special Needs Ministry

The Open Arms Ministry is actively reaching out and extending the love of Jesus Christ to all persons and families with special needs to be incorporated fully into the life of the church. If you would like more information or are interested in volunteering, please contact Caroline Dennis.