WE LOVE KIDS! Mt. Tam Church strives to be a place that nurtures your spirit and supports your family. Our vision is that each and every person –all ages –find a place to grow in faith and joy. Children are the heart of our ministry and mission, and forming families of deep values, generous hearts and strong bonds are the foundation of what we do. Children, Youth and Families Minister Tricia Wiig brings joy and passion to her work with our children and their families.
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Bagel Breakfast Sunday School Kickoff Party
Our annual Bagel Breakfast is open to all families with children 0-18 years old and kicks off the start of our Sunday School program every September. The program runs September through May and our summer program runs June through August). We meet in the courtyard outside Room 1 before church at 9:30AM on Bagel Breakfast Sunday (September 8th, 2019). Enjoy bagels, fresh fruit, juice and coffee. You and your children will have a chance to meet their teachers and make some new friends. After the children’s lesson during worship, children may go with their teacher to Sunday School. Children may, of course, join our Sunday School program anytime throughout the year.
Children age 4 through Grade 3 will meet in Room 1. Grades 4-6 will meet in Room 2. Youth grades 7-12 will meet in the lounge. As always, the nursery is open from the start of worship for children under age 4. Hope to see you there!
Children begin the morning in worship with their families, with joyful music and bringing in the light of Christ. Each Sunday, they gather for the children’s sermon with Pastor Kim and afterwards are invited to remain with their families in worship or participate in Sunday School. We offer 2 Sunday School classes: Age 4 – Grade 3 using the Godly Play curriculum, and Grades 4 – 6 using the Seasons of the Spirit Encore curriculum.
On first Sundays of the month, children return to worship near the end of the service to have communion with their families. On fifth Sundays of the month and during special celebrations, all children and youth remain in the service for a fun, interactive, inter-generational worship. During the summer months, children, ages 4 and up, meet together for our One Room Sunday School using the Seasons of the Spirit multi-age curriculum.
Babies and Toddlers
For families with very young children, there is loving, nursery care available from 10:15-11:45am. If children would like to remain in worship, there are 2 toy boxes in the back of the sanctuary on each side and a rocker and toy box in the narthex, where the service can be heard over the loudspeakers.
Parents’ Night Out/Kids’ Night In
The children of the church gather for crafts, games and movie nights throughout the year and parents get the night off! Proceeds benefit our youth programs and mission trips.
Each December, the children gather for pizza and gift making. Children make gifts for their parents and loved ones for the Holiday season and leave with their presents wrapped, ready to put under the tree.
Peace Camp – June 22-26, 2020
For one week in the summer, Mt. Tam Church transforms into a fun and spirit-filled summer camp for kids ages 5-12. Campers will be immersed in peacemaking activities as experienced through spiritual practices, the arts, cooperative outdoor games, yoga, music and more. Our mission is to equip and empower children, through God’s love and grace, to be peacemakers in the world. All faiths and spiritual traditions are welcome to learn, grow and play with us!
UPDATE: Peace Camp will go virtual June 22-26, 2020. Camp hours on Zoom will be 9:30-11:30 am and include an afternoon challenge to keep the kids engaged beyond the morning hours. Each student registered will receive a box with craft supplies for the week and a prepackaged, non-perishable snack for the morning. See the links below for the flyer and online registration.