Festivals and Fellowship
Each year, we gather for fellowship opportunities that connect families and their children together through activity. Celebrations like A Fall Day at the Farm and our Easter Festival help us ring in the seasons of Autumn and Spring with energy and joy. In the past, we have also gathered pool-side for an afternoon of fun, celebrated the Back to School season, organized picnics on our church playground, and enjoyed movie nights together.
Life Markers & Transitions
At various points during a child’s development, we honor the ways in which children are growing and changing and what that means for families who are growing and changing with them. Often, this takes place in a worship service, but it also takes place in other ways. We honor the gift of a child entering a family’s life by birth or adoption through dedication in our worship service. We honor Kindergarteners embarking on the journey of elementary school in the days leading up to the school year’s beginning. And, we celebrate with 5th graders as they graduate from elementary school and move into middle school and the youth group. Various activities for children, classes for parents, and conversations around these important life markers take place at appropriate times throughout the year.
Each fall, Highland participates in the national observance of the Children’s Sabbath sponsored by the Children’s Defense Fund, a day set aside for faith communities around the country to honor children as God’s incredible gifts to us, whether in our community, our city, our country or around the globe. It also allows us to set aside a time to remember that there are children struggling in all these same places – living in poverty, living in hunger, living in turmoil of war, living as refugees. Typically on the third Sunday of October, we observe this Sabbath on Sunday morning during our worship services through hearing children lead through singing, praying and reading Scripture, as well as through bringing a Godly Play story to life that embodies the theme for the day. Together on this day, we remember and seek wisdom on how to be advocates not only for our own children or children in our community of faith, but also especially for those without access to adequate resources and care for their beautiful lives.
Vacation Bible School Camp
Vacation Bible School Camp has become a treasured hallmark of childhood here at Highland. Children who have completed Kindergarten thru 3rd grade are invited to join us for a three-day, two-night retreat at a nearby retreat center for our annual summer Vacation Bible School experience. Parents, grandparents and other volunteers join us at camp to teach and cook and chaperone. Children experience a full 5 sessions of VBS, along with a trip to a nearby community pool and an evening of water games. We spend time creating crafts, playing games, engaging with Bible stories, learning how we can make a difference in the world, and having fun – all of which helps us understand what God’s love is all about.
Also during the summer months, children who have completed 4th-5th grades are invited to travel with us to PASSPORTkids! Held at various locations (no more than 3-4 hours from Louisville), we travel to join with other churches as we encounter Christ in new ways, experience community, and learn more about participating in loving the world as God does. It is one of the central formation experiences of the summer and the entire year for older elementary school children, and we have fun while learning! More information about PASSPORTkids! can be found at www.passportcamps.org.
For more information on children’s ministry, contact Renee Purtlebaugh.