Families & Children Ministry
The mission for Families and Children Ministry is to nurture the faith of the whole family through fellowship, outreach, and study opportunities.
While we are able to grow spiritually through worship and Christian Education classes at Second Presbyterian, this ministry gives families a chance to get to know other families and walk in faith together, as well as get to know one another on a social level. They say “it takes a village” to raise a child, so let’s work on building that village here together.
There is always something going on! Visit our Facebook or Instagram @SPLRFamiliesWithYoungChildren pages for current happenings, or opt to receive the eConnect, our bi-weekly email. You can also TEXT spclr to 84576 to receive text reminders when we have events. See below for a sampling of what we’ve usually got going on!
Connections Adult Sunday School Class
Sundays 9:50 a.m. in Room 62
Meeting Sundays at 9:50 a.m. in Room 62, Connections is a laid back, discussion based Sunday school class for adults to discuss life, family, parenting, current events, and everything in the middle. We discuss, learn, and grow together as we seek to live more faithfully. We all have stories to share as we discuss our lives in the larger narrative of God’s story.
You can expect family meetups, service projects, Sunday Dinners, preschool playdates, picnics, hikes, Bingo, craft and game nights (to name a few), and seemingly a new surprise every month.
Moms Night Out
We all need mom friends! Once a month, Moms meet up to hang out, vent our frustrations, share our struggles, or just catch up and enjoy some non-work, non-kid interaction. Location varies each month and includes grabbing a bite around town, craft and game nights, backyard campfires and more.
Dads Night Out
Dads need community, too! Once a month, guys meet up to catch up with each other and solve the world’s problems. They’ve historically met at Mellow Mushroom for Trivia. Venues may change and include backyards and restaurants depending on current conditions and comfort levels. To be added to the list for current plans, contact Dania Edwards.
‘Family helps Family’ Offerings
This group of offerings may consist of parenting workshops, book clubs, bible studies, prayer group, Zoom calls throughout the pandemic and other means of ongoing support that we give parents and families as they seek to grow in faith together and as we grow together as a community of faith.
Each spring we host our annual Family Retreat at Ferncliff Camp & Conference Center where we get to spend some time in nature and grow in God’s love as a family.
Children at Second Presbyterian
Our children are welcomed in all aspects of the life of the church. At Sunday School, children are invited to explore their faith and learn about the Bible with an age-specific curriculum taught by our dedicated staff and volunteers. During worship, children may use our Worship Engagement Packets to keep them learning. And throughout the year, we have many special programs for children of all ages. However old you are, you are welcome at Second Presbyterian!
For more information on children’s programming for children in the 5th Grade or younger, see below. For 6th-12th grade programs, see our youth programs. For musical programs with children, see Children’s Music.
Sunday School classes will resume August 21.
Sunday School classes for 3-year-olds through 5th graders help children to creatively wonder about God’s story and explore ways to share God’s love as they continue to grow in faith. Our programs rest on a wonderful core of staff and volunteers.
Beginners Sunday School
Twos & Threes, Kindergarten
Our youngest children meet together for Beginners Sunday School from 9:50-10:50am in the nursery. This program focuses on fun, belonging, and encountering the key stories of the Bible through storytelling, crafts, and music.
1st through 3rd Grade
Bible Village Sunday School is held from 9:50-10:50am in the Bible Village wing. This program focuses on exploring Bible stories and practices of worship through interactive activities such as drama, art, and music.
SPY Kids Sunday School
4th and 5th Grade
SPY Kids Sunday School is held from 9:50-10:50am in the Bible Village wing. This program offers a deeper exploration of scripture and traditions, as well as helping kids prepare for the transition to our Second Presbyterian Youth (SPY) Ministry. SPY Kids also has monthly events just for 4th and 5th graders! Contact Grant Wright to sign up for information.
Online Sunday School
Since Fall 2020, we have been offering an Online Sunday School option for 3-year-olds through 5th graders. Can’t make it to church in the morning? Sign in and join us virtually! Online Sunday School is held from 9:50-10:50am on Zoom. Contact Grant Wright to receive the link and password.
Vacation Bible School
Second Presbyterian Church’s 2022 Vacation Bible School (VBS) will be held June 13-17, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. This year’s VBS theme is God’s Big Garden and is an environmentally-focused VBS program. Full programming will be offered for rising Kindergarten through rising 5th Grade, with a Mini-VBS option for younger kids down to nursery age. Older kids (and adults of all ages!) are warmly encouraged to sign up to volunteer in a variety of roles!
VBS (9:00-3:00) is offered free to church families. In addition, we will be offering before care (8:00-9:00) and after care (3:00-5:30) for a fee of $50 per child ($25 for additional siblings) for the week.
We host popular midweek events at varying times several times per month. These events are generally outdoors, usually themed on a Bible story, and always a great time! Contact us to sign up for information about upcoming Pop-Up events.
Second Presbyterian Church is proud to partner with Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center, the Presbyterian camp in west Little Rock. We encourage families to check out the camp programs throughout the year at Ferncliff, as well as the Nature Preschool. Second Presbyterian often hosts events at Ferncliff, and works closely with Ferncliff on numerous projects. To learn more about Ferncliff, see their website.
Meet our Staff
Milestones of faith mark significant ages and stages of a child’s spiritual journey. For each milestone, parents and children can participate in an educational event and a family celebration. Parents will also be provided with written guides for use at home to support the learning that happens at church.
- Celebrating Baptism – Following a child’s baptism, the family will receive a special book and gift from the church.
- Learning Together – Three Year Olds – Parents and children join together for a special celebration with a presentation of a story-book Bible to each three year old child.
- Praying Together – Four Year Olds – Parents and children learn about different ways to pray.
- Worshiping Together – Rising First Grade – Parents and children participate together in special activities to learn about what happens in worship services.
- Exploring the Sacraments – First & Second Grades – Parents and children learn about the sacraments and children are especially welcomed to the Lord’s Table in worship.
- Discovering God’s Word – Third & Fourth Grades – Each 3rd and 4th grader will be presented with a Bible and will participate together in a “Get To Know Your Bible” event.
- Practicing Our Faith – Fourth & Fifth Grades – 4th and 5th graders will participate in an overnight retreat at Ferncliff, with parents joining in for opening and closing hands-on activities.
- Growing in God’s Plan – Sixth & Seventh Grades – 6th and 7th graders will participate in a Created by God workshop series around their growing bodies and building healthy relationships.
- Confirmation – Eighth Grade – A six-month program in which 8th graders engage with teachers, mentors, families, and peers to prepare to reaffirm their baptismal covenant, make a public profession of personal faith, and commit to live as disciples of Christ and responsible members of the community of faith.
Child Protection Policy
I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord!” Psalm 122:1
We believe that we are called by God to be the body of Christ in our community and that it is our responsibility to create safe and supportive environments for all children, youth, and at-risk adults participating in the activities and programs of Second Presbyterian Church. Our policies and guidelines for the protection of children, youth, and at-risk adults have been named “The Miriam Project” – in the spirit of Miriam, the sister of Moses, who is remembered for her protection of the baby Moses and her guidance as he grew to become one of God’s great leaders.
“Let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, so that those who love your name may exalt you.” Psalm 5:11
As a church, through the promises we make at each baptism, we have accepted responsibility to provide sage and nurturing environments for children of all ages. In the policies outlined in the Miriam Project we have taken positive steps to provide as safe an environment as possible for the physical, emotional, and spiritual health of our children, youth, and at-risk adults. View our: Miriam Project Policy.
All staff members and volunteers (18 years and older) who wish to minister with our children, youth, and at-risk adults on a regular basis must complete the following requirements:
- Be a member of Second Presbyterian Church
- Complete an Information Form and sign a Covenant
- Agree to a confidential criminal background check
- Agree to adhere to the conduct required in the Miriam Project
Access our: Leadership Application Packet.
FAQFind more FAQs
Absolutely! Our VBS will be held June 13-17, running from 9:00am-3:00pm. This year’s VBS theme is God’s Big Garden and is an environmentally-focused VBS program. Full programming will be offered for rising Kindergarten through rising 5th Grade, with a Mini-VBS option for younger kids down to nursery age, while older children may participate as volunteers.
Welcome! As a first step, reach out to Grant Wright and get on our mailing list. We can’t wait to get to know you better. Once you’re on the list, you’ll receive information about our various events and gatherings.
Absolutely! As a part of our milestones program, we provide storybook Bibles for 3 year olds and full Bibles with kid-friendly notes to 3rd graders. However, even if your child is not at those ages, we would be happy to provide you with an age-appropriate Bible if you ask!
At 9:50, we start Sunday School for children both virtually and in-person. We begin with music and prayers, and move into a lesson on a Bible story or faith topic. To explore this lesson, we will always include interactive elements such as crafts, drama, and games.
Every Pop-Up event is a little different. Most are held outdoors and are themed on a Bible story. Games, crafts, and music are common elements, but there’s always something a little out of the box!
Children 6th grade and older are served by our youth programs. Click here [link] to see what we offer for our youth!
We would love to have your help! No particular experience or knowledge is required, and we can always welcome more help in our programs. Volunteers for children’s ministry programs are required to be certified according to our Miriam Project standards, which include training, registration, and a background check.
We believe that all of us are made in the image of God, that God loves us and wants us to treat each other well, and that we can seek God at any time through prayer, worship, and service. As Presbyterians, our theology hews to the Reformed tradition, and as a congregation of the PC(USA), we have a special emphasis on God’s inclusive love.