Christian EducationA Community of Learners - Heart and Mind
Wheat Ridge Presbyterian Church (WRPC) seeks to nurture each child of God—infant through nonagenarian—in the strong love Christ shows to all. This nurture includes the mind but also the whole person so that each of us is supported by the community of faith as we seek to be Christ’s disciples in a world longing for justice and peace. Children and youth are precious gifts in the life of WRPC. Yes, little ones can be noisy and messy—WRPC loves to share God’s amazing love with each and every one of them! Behind all the programs listed below is a heart that values education of the heart and mind for all who seek to experience God’s love in a community of faith.
Lots of Programs. Lots of Love.
Intergenerational Church Events
Adults: A long-standing adult education meets during Fall through Spring. This class uses a variety of resources: looking at a curriculum (Seasons of the Spirit) based on the scripture for that day’s worship service (often the lectionary); a topic-and-issue-based curriculum called The Thoughtful Christian; sometimes the class reads a short book and discusses it over several Sundays. Fresh perspectives are very welcome!
Children: Children ages pre-K-6th grade learn of God’s abundant love through Bible stories which are presented in a method that makes learning about God easy and fun.
The nursery is a warm, loving, and safe environment where infants and toddlers can play, learn, and grow in God’s love together.
Children through 6th grade start in the worship service at 10:00 a.m. (9:30 a.m. in the summer). Children’s bulletins, crayons, and activity packs for children aged 3-6 or 7-12 are available year-round. The first twenty minutes is spent worshiping with the congregation. Children have an opportunity to participate in The Call to Worship, Prayer for Renewal, the opening hymn, hearing the scripture readings, and other aspects of worship. There is a special Time with Children and Youth where the scripture the pastor is focusing on is shared with the children through a story. Children are always welcome stay in worship for the rest of the service, however, after Time with Children and Youth, they are invited to move with two adult leaders to a church classroom and enjoy a brief lesson and craft. Lessons, crafts, and activities in Kids Kingdom are based on the Sunday’s scripture readings so that the children and their families hear the same message. Children are also given handouts to take home that they and their family can do throughout the week. The leaders will bring the children back into worship during the final hymn so they can rejoin their families before the service ends.
On the first Sunday of each month, when communion is offered, the children remain the sanctuary for the whole service. After Time with Children and Youth the children are invited to join our Director of Christian Education sitting in the Kid’s Corner located in the side aisle. Here, there are tables with coloring pages and materials for them to use during worship. The children return to sit with their families before communion is served so they can partake with family.
All the children and youth programs are age-appropriate with curriculum and activities designed to help the children expand their understanding of God’s love and develop an excitement about being at church, while also reinforcing essential Biblical messages.
Our youth group meets once a month, middle and high school age youth typically gather after Sunday worship for lunch then off to do mission and seasonal activities which may include: bowling, miniature golf, Zoo Lights, an Avalanche game, or purchasing and packing hygiene disaster assistance kits for people who have experience a natural disaster.
The youth also participate once a year in Youth Sunday. We value the many talents that our youth have to offer. We strive to encourage them to share the gifts God has given them. By participating in worship, they develop skills that they will use to serve the church as they grow in their faith journeys.
Intergenerational Church Events
WRPC hosts at least two intergeneration events each year. Our Spring event is presented for two evenings and starts with a delicious dinner, then includes a performance of a play, concert, or talent show, which showcases the remarkable talents of our congregation.
The Advent Festival is a wonderful way to prepare to celebrate of the birth of Jesus. The church overflows with the sights and sounds of Christmas. The morning starts with a breakfast buffet, then everyone can create handmade crafts, decorate the children’s tree, sing age-old carols, and then enjoy the annual Christmas play presented by children and adults of our congregation or any member of the community who wishes to share their gifts.
Vacation Bible School
Each summer, the halls of Wheat Ridge Presbyterian Church come alive with the sights and sounds of excited children and youth ages 5-14. From Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm the children enjoy learning about God’s love by playing games inside and outdoors, attending fun activities, doing crafts and discovery workshops, listening to Bible stories, drama camp (ages 10-14), and yummy food. The week concludes on Friday afternoon with Water Day, which includes pools of water and water toys, slip and slides, ice blocks to slide on down the hill, and 500 water balloons. Not to mention the cookie buffet. Come join the fun!
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WRPC is easy to find between Wadsworth and Kipling, a little over half a mile west of Lutheran Medical Center. The building, grounds, and programs are all wonderful, but the most important aspect of Wheat Ridge Presbyterian Church is the people who make up this faith community. Come see for yourself!