People of all ages are welcome in worship! During the school year children typically join us for the beginning of the worship service and then head to Godly Play Sunday School during the passing of the peace. Godly Play has ended for the summer and will resume in the fall.
We have worship bags for children filled with coloring books, crayons, notebooks, and pencils for drawing. The worship bags are hung up outside the sanctuary below the name tags.
Nursery care is available during the service for infants and toddlers.
Godly Play Sunday School
Godly Play has ended for the summer and will resume in the fall.
Sundays at 10:45 am with Michelle King, children's minister
Children have an innate sense of the presence of God. The Godly Play approach helps them to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language, and to enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play. Based on Montessori principles and developed using a spiral curriculum, the Godly Play method serves children through early, middle and late childhood and beyond.
Children are always welcome to join the Berry Worship Celebration before Godly Play begins at 10:45 am. They are also welcome in worship to partake of Communion on first and third Sundays.
Inter-Generational First Sundays
People of all ages are always welcome in worship, but the first Sunday of every month we offer an intentionally inter-generational service. On these Sundays, there will be no Godly Play, but nursery care will still be available.
Our tween program is for children between grades 3 and 7, and is a place for preteens to join in fun and fellowship, and grow in their faith in God. We meet every other Thursday from 7 to 8 pm in the Adult Sunday School Room. Check the Building Calendar to find when we meet next!
Special needs ministry
Berry has received a partial Creative Ministries Grant in the amount of $1,000 from the Northern Illinois Conference to start a new ministry for children with special needs. This grant will be used to provide training for leaders who will be involved in the ministry, and to purchase items that will help children participate more fully in the life of the church. Because this is a partial grant, we are looking into other funding sources to make sure this ministry is fully funded. If you would like to contribute to this fund, or if you would like to be involved in the special needs ministry, please contact Michelle King.
We look forward to being able to be fully inclusive of everyone who walks through our doors!