children's ministry

At St. Barnabas, your child is important to us. We take seriously our responsibility to partner with parents in guiding the spiritual formation of each child. It's about engaging and sharing the Good News at an age-appropriate level, providing a safe environment where children are encouraged to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through worship, Bible-based learning and activities, Questions? Contact Alyssa Lawther, Director of Children's Discipleship.

All of our volunteers working with our children and youth have undergone background checks and are MinistrySafe approved.

Nursery and preschool

birth to age 4

Our nursery provides loving care to babies and toddlers who are under 3 years old, while our preschool classes are for children who are 3 and 4 years old.

In the nursery, babies and toddlers are encouraged to play and interact with other children while being closely supervised by our Childcare Staff. They also enjoy Bible stories and song time. During Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., they also have a lesson and a craft. Nursery is available during all our worship services. 

Our preschool classes at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays bring the Bible to life with games, songs, crafts and activities that help children learn and remember the Bible stories each week. Children's Church is also offered at 10:50 and 11:00 a.m. on Sundays (except Communion Sunday) for our preschool children. 

early elementary

Kindergarten to 4th grade

Our Kindergarten through 4th grade classes on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. provide age-appropriate Bible study to take children deeper into their knowledge of and relationship with God. Our Sunday morning classes focus primarily on:

  • Reading Bible stories;
  • Understanding what those stories teach us about God;
  • And determining how those stories apply to us today.

Children's Church is also offered at 10:50 and 11:00 a.m. on Sundays (except Communion Sunday for our Kindergarten and 1st grade children.

Our Wednesday Midweek classes during the school year provide extension activities to the Bible stories to take the children deeper into each story in fun, active ways through music, art and other engaging activities.

5th and 6th grade

Our 5th and 6th grade ministry is called Route 56 and is specifically designed to help our preteen children transition into the youth group. The Sunday morning Route 56 Bible study features in-depth discussions and deeper questioning to help the children begin to take responsibility for their own faith journey. In this study, they really begin to own their personal walk with God.

Our Wednesday Midweek program for 5th and 6th grade children during the school year more closely mimics our youth Midweek class. It begins with a quick Bible lesson and devotional, followed by a time for homework, reading, writing, drawing or other activities needed to be completed for their school.

To register your 6th grader for Confirmation 2019 (or an older child who has not gone through Confirmation yet), complete the Confirmation Registration Form.