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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:

Turning From Shadow to Light
2019 Lenten Family Devotion

Turning From Shadow to Light

2019 Lenten Family Devotion

From Reverend Chris Henry, Senior Pastor, Second Presbyterian Church:
“On Sunday mornings throughout Lent, we are contemplating some of the shadows of our faith and our lives, asking ourselves what it means to be Living in the Shadows. Our hope is that in facing these shadows together we might grow deeper in faith and trust in God.”

From Reverend Caroline Dennis, Associate Pastor for Children and Family:
We offer this Lenten Family Devotion for families to use Lent as a daily practice of conversation, Bible study, prayer and blessing to support our congregational intention to face the shadows together, growing deeper in faith and trust in God.  

Forty Daily Devotions:
Daily family devotions from Ash Wednesday to the Saturday before Easter are based on a family practice called Faith Five, from Faith Incubators (www.faith5.org).  The five steps are:

  1. Share:  Each family member shares their highs and lows for the day.  
  2. Read:  Read the daily Bible verse or story.
  3. Talk: Talk about how the Bible verse or story relates to the highs and lows of the day.
  4. Pray: Pray for one another’s highs and lows.
  5. Bless: Each member of the family is blessed by another member of the family.  Here are two blessings you might use:

You are a beloved child of God.  Live your life in the sure knowledge that you have been claimed by God’s grace and wrapped in God’s love.
From the Baptism liturgy at Second Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis

The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

Numbers 6:24-26

Little Easters
Each Sunday is a little Easter, a day to celebrate the amazing light of the Resurrection!  Devotions on this day invite families to spend time with the stories shared in worship as they face shadows illuminated by the light of Christ.  Families add decorations to the shadow cross until on Easter Sunday a glorious bright Easter Cross is revealed.

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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.


Protection of Children, Youth and Vulnerable Adults

Protection of Children, Youth and Vulnerable Adults

Jesus said, "Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me." (Matthew 18:5)

At Second Church, we believe God calls us to create a safe and welcoming place for all children, youth and adults. To that end, our staff and volunteers adhere to a robust policy for the protection of children, youth and vulnerable adults, which provides for the following practices:

  • Staff and volunteers who work with children, youth and vulnerable adults must undergo a background check before entering into service and every five years thereafter.
  • Those working with children, youth and vulnerable adults must complete Safe Child training and receive regular training in emergency procedures.
  • Two adult caregivers (employees or volunteers) are present at all times.
  • Written and online communications with children, youth and vulnerable adults must be transparent to other adults.
  • Safe ratios are maintained.
  • Spaces and equipment are maintained in safe order.
  • Injuries and suspected abuse are reported to the proper authorities.

For more detailed information, please review the Policy for the Protection of Children, Youth and Vulnerable Adults.


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 SecondChurch.org/ChildrensMusic 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.)


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
Anchors

  • 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

Teacher

  • 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

Shepherd

  • 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.

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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

SUNDAY MORNINGS, 9:30 AM

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.


Children's Circle Preschool Registration
2019-2020 School Year

Children's Circle Preschool Registration

2019-2020 School Year

The Mission of Children's Circle Preschool is to extend the Second Presbyterian Church family of faith and its Christian traditions to a weekday program for young children in our congregation and in the community. This ministry embraces excellence in education by nurturing the whole child- physically, emotionally, spiritually, socially, and intellectually.

CCP has been serving the community since 1967, offering a nurturing, Christian setting where children can develop the skills and confidence necessary to live in today's world. Our experienced staff guides children toward discovery of who they are and what they can do.

Enrollment is open at Children's Circle Preschool for the 2019-2020 school year. To learn more about the exciting learning taking place at CCP, contact our office at 317-252-5517 or cpaul@secondchurch.org, or check out our website at childrenscircle.org.


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!

New to SignUpGenius? Learn the basics by reading How to Use SignUpGenius.


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.


Children's Circle Preschool
Registration for 2019-20 School Year

Children's Circle Preschool

Space may be available for our current school year. Contact our Director, Cara Paul (cpaul@secondchurch.org), for information about availability and the registration process.

Registration has begun for the 2019-20 school year. We recommend that new families interested in enrolling complete the online Family Information Form.

CCP collects prepaid fees at registration time: $25 registration fee per child, supply fee (varies by class; covers all supplies for entire school year), May 2020 tuition. All prepaid fees are non-refundable.