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.

FIG (Families in the Garden)
Tuesdays & Wednesdays

FIG (Families in the Garden)

Families and Friends Service and Devotional Time


Start your summer early! Beginning in May, you will have an opportunity to reach for balance with your family. These Wednesday nights be a FIG and gather your Family In the Garden. Volunteers will be available to help your family work together to provide fruits and vegetables for the Northside Ministries Food Pantry.

Gather in the Community Garden of Second Presbyterian Church Tuesday mornings or after work or school on Wednesdays, from 4:00 pm until dark. Rest in the comfortable seating and know that “you’ve got mail.” The mail box holds a scripture and family devotion. There is also a list of tasks for smalls to talls. Here’s a fun fact: it is a wasp that makes the fig tree bear fruit; it is a teeny tiny wasp. For that reason, you KNOW everyone is welcome in the Garden!

Your family will have a chance to DIG:

Devotion time
I Wonder Questions
Good works

In case of rain, the Food Pantry will welcome your family to restock shelves and help clients shop for necessities.

Sundays, 10:30 a.m.

Sunday Intermission!
Meet us on the playground.

SUNDAYS, 10:30-10:55 AM

Fresh Fruit Munching.  New Friend Finding.  Old Friend Giggles.  Running, Jumping, Climbing, Growing!

Everyone is invited to meet during “Intermission” on the east playground. Parents, grandparents, children and faith family friends find food and fellowship within the fenced playground. Meet old friends and make new ones! Enter the east playground near the Multipurpose room on the second level. If it is raining, please join us in McFarland Hall on level three.

Please join us!

VBS 2019
Monday-Friday, June 24-28
Opening Worship: Sunday, June 23

Vacation Bible School - 2019

Sunday, June 23 - Friday, June 28

Vacation Bible School is about making friends, playing games, singing songs, painting pictures, sharing snacks, helping others and sealing God's story in our hearts. What a joyful way to add our own stories to the faith family tree!

"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. You are precious in my sight, and honored, and I love you." (Isaiah 43:1-4)

Join us for a week-long summer adventure as we experience the powerful love of God and the joy of being a child of the promise!

45D VBS - Our oldest VBS kids, rising 5th and 6th graders, deepen friendships and faith as they engage in side-by-side mission activities. Projects include building a ramp with SAWs ministry, sewing puppy pillows for Riley hospital with our Monday Sew-ers, creating art alongside our special friends from Nobel, and running a lemonade stand to benefit students in Kenya.

Questions: contact Rev. Caroline Dennis, at (317) 253-6461 or

VBS Opening Worship & Ice Cream Social

Everyone is invited to join us for worship in McFarland Hall at 4 p.m. followed by a visit to your VBS class and a time of fellowship on the playground.

Vacation Bible School
JUNE 24 - JUNE 28

Register VBS Participants

for children Age 4 (by 9/1/2019) – (rising into) Grade 6

Cost: $30 per person
Early bird discount is available. Pay $25 when you register before May 31.

Registration closes June 9, 2019

For families needing a longer day of enriching experiences …
VBSXtended Day
7:30 AM - 9 AM and NOON – 5 PM

Cost: $30 for AM; $150 for PM per person
Early bird discount for VBSXtended Day is available. Pay $25 for AM; $125 for PM per person when you register before May 31.

Registration closes June 9, 2019

Extend your VBS day by adding on VBSXtended Day. Children and Family Ministries offers an early morning and/or afternoon of loving care for VBS Particpants. Children have lunch time with a meal brought from home, take a rest, enjoy arts and crafts, quiet and active games, and outdoor play.

Volunteer for VBS

Register to Volunteer

VBS volunteers range from rising 7th grade to mid-nineties! There is a job for everyone, from classroom teachers to technology assistants, snack preparers to craft creators. We hope you can volunteer with us all five days but we welcome your help on as many days as you may be available. The gift of your time and creative energy will plant seeds of faith that will grow though the life of a child (and your own!).

VBS Volunteers are asked to commit to attend one VBS Volunteer Orientation & Teacher Training Session (6/13 or 6/20), spend 2 hours on Classroom Setup and Decorating (6/22), and stay for Clean-up Friday afternoon (6/28). 

PLEASE NOTE: In addition to registration, all NEW Volunteers need to complete the Second Presbyterian Church Volunteer Application Form and Background Check. Find a link to this form in your registration confirmation email. Previous volunteers will be notified if a new background check is needed.

After registering to volunteer, you will be sent a link to Sign-Up Genius to request your specific assignments.

A VBS experience for young children of VBS volunteers...
VBS Jr - Childcare

Register for Childcare 

While you volunteer, your children who are under 4 years old may participate in age appropriate VBS activities while receiving tender care (& a t-shirt) in our nursery.

Please note: VBS Jr Childcare is available to volunteers, for their children under 4 years old, only on days when they are volunteering.

Questions: contact Rev. Caroline Dennis, at (317) 253-6461 or

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.

Books for Families
May Recommendations

Books for Families

May Recommendations


MAY 2019 Books that celebrate how we are different. God made us all special and different and our differences make the world a better place.

  • Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
  • Not All Princesses Dress in Pink  by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple
  • My Travelin’ Eye by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
  • It’s OK to be Different by Todd Parr Elmer
  • The Patchwork Elephant by David McKee

Children's Choir School

Children's Choir School

Sundays, 11:15 a.m.


Register Now

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.