Families

 

Sunday School and Spiritual formation at SH Kids/Youth: A Letter to Families - hear from our Directors of Children and Youth about the new initiative for Fall 2020.

Join a pod! Great way to connect to other families and discuss the Bible with your kids. Available online and in person.

Download discussion questions and sermon related activities for your family (also available in print at both Sunday services).

 Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date with our ministries events and news. 

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Our children's programs are designed to work alongside you, to guide your children into a life-long relationship with Jesus Christ and his church. We are keenly aware that spiritual life is a heart-transforming work only by God's Spirit. Every ministry is centered in that truth and we look to God to use us to call a new generation of disciples to come and follow Him. We understand that children are disciples-in-the-making and parents are their primary disciplers! 

We are not just interested in your children. We want to help you lovingly and confidently model God's parenting. If you are feeling overwhelmed in your responsibilities, underequipped to teach and disciple, or just want to connect with other parents for help, advice and fellowship, get in touch with us. 

 

Children's Ministry

Sunday School

Although we are meeting in person as a church, Sunday School will not be resuming in person in 2020. Families are encouraged to worship together in the service, in-person and at home, with activities available to help your kids connect and comprehend the sermon. A short video lesson will be posted every Saturday on Facebook and Youtube for our preschoolers. We encourage you to download our Home Connection, where you will find tips and guidance to continue the conversation at home with your kids.  

Family Discipleship pods are currently being formed to facilitate community and help you develop or strengthen your discipleship skills. If you are interest in joining or hosting a pod, please register here. The discussion questions will be posted weekly, beginning September 13th, 2020.

What is my child learning in Sunday School

Early Childhood

During the services, although our Sunday school is suspended, the nursery facility is open to be used by parents, as well as the Family Restroom and the Family Room. 

Preschoolers can follow along with our Ephesians series through short videos published on Facebook and Youtube. Download this Sunday's coloring page or pick it up at the Main Desk.

Please, be aware we are a nut-free facility. If you bring edibles, we ask you to refrain from items that may cointain ANY type of nuts. Gluten-free snacks are available.

Download: Preschool

Elementary

Want to help your child focus during the service and comprehend the sermon? Download our activity page or pick it up at the Main Desk.

Download: Young Readers /  Advanced Readers 

Children's Church

We are currently not meeting at 11:10am. Our services are 9:30am and 6:30pm. Families are encouraged to worship together in the sanctuary.                                                                    

 

For Parents

There is no easy "how to" to walking in faith with your kids, so we have several staff dedicated to encouraging and counseling parents, who regularly send out announcements about classes and events. Please contact kids@stonehillprinceton.org to get connected. Check our Facebook page for current reviews of books for children and parents.

If you want to do some reading, below are some books that have been recommended over the years:

 

Awana

AWANA is an international organization with over 8,000 clubs around the world, serving more than one million children. "AWANA" is an acronym for Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed, based on 2 Timothy 2:15: "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth." Designed to reach children for Christ and train them to know, love and serve Him, an Awana evening offers exciting games, age-appropriate Bible messages, and one-on-one help with scripture memorization.

REGISTER HERE for the 2020/21 year. Our first date is September 16th, 2020.  

  • What's new for Fall 2020/21 (.pdf) - see what safety and healthy protocols are in place for our in-person option as well as changes in our schedule and place to accomodate our virtual clubbers
  • Calendar 2020/21 (.pdf)
  •  If you're new to our club or want to know more about our program, check out the Awana Parent Guide(.pdf) 

Our AWANA Clubs

Cubbies: Ages 3&4 - First steps in following Jesus. The evening includes storytime, songs, puppet show, activities and beginning Bible verses.

Sparks: Kindergarten through 2nd Grade - Exciting game time & meaningful talks about God. Small group Bible memorization. Caring leaders. 

T&T: Grades 3-6 - Help your child develop a love for God and His Word through age-appropriate talks, relationships with loving adults, and game time that's full of surprises.

                             

If your child is older than 6th grade, we offer LiT, a combined class for our Trek and Journey clubbers! They have their own study time, handbook time and serve as Leaders-in-Training (LiTs) helping our Cubbies, Sparks & TnTers. 

Awana and the Awana logo are Registered Trademarks of Awana Clubs International

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate?

Children as young as 3 and as old as 11 (or in sixth grade) can participate in AWANA Clubs. Middle and High Schoolers can join our Trek/LiTs team. 

How much does it cost?

AWANA collect dues of $35 per child. These dues help us to offset the cost of awards, contests and other special events we have during the year. Books and uniforms are purchased separately. Those who sign up on January pay $20.

How do I register?

You can register your child by filling out a form online or at our Welcome Desk. Registration is open now.

Can I visit without registering?

Visitors are always welcomed, but please check in with us at the Welcome Desk.

Who leads the club?

Lindsei Lansky Luciano, our Director of Children’s Ministry (email) is our commander. Each club also has its own director. You will meet them at club time.

Don't forget to check in!

For security reasons, every child and leader must be checked-in before going to their class. Please arrive at least 10-15 min before club starts to allow time for it. 

 


 

Volunteering

Due to the size of our club, around 110 kids, we need at least 20-30 adults (age 18+) to serve in a variety of roles every evening!  Come join our team!

If you would like to volunteer, please contact us at awana@stonehillprinceton.org 

 

SUNDAY—10:45-11:05 a.m. - temporarily suspended!

For children ages 4 to 11 years old.

Led by Ms. Amelia Ray.

Choir meets in Harris Hall

Let the learning and fun begin!

Email or call the church for more information.

 

Children's Ministry Events

 

 Impact the next generation of disciples of Jesus!

Stone Hill Kids is always looking for people to serve with us. If you would love to make an eternal impact in a child's life, please consider serving. There are many different opportunities with various levels of commitment. No experience needed. No Bible degree required. Only a willingness to invest your time and energy in a fun and exciting way! 

Everyone who serves within Children's Ministry goes through an application and background check process. We want to be sure every child is safe in our care and parents feel safe when leaving their children with us.

If you are interested in serving, please fill out this form. You will be contacted by our Kids Director, Lindsei Lansky. You can also email her at kids@stonehillprinceton.org

 

Next Trainings: 

Trainings have been suspended for now. 

ALL volunteers, both new and experienced, are required to attend one training session before joining our Children's Ministry Team.

Please RSVP to kids@stonehillprinceton.org so we may prepare materials for you!

 

 

Youth Ministry

Sunday Mornings

Although we have resume our in person services, Sunday School will not be resuming in 2020. Families are encouraged to worship together, in-person and at home.We encourage you to download our Home Connection, where you will find discussion questions to continue the conversation at home with your kids.  

Family Discipleship pods are currently being formed to facilitate community and help you develop or strengthen your discipleship skills. If you are interest in joining or hosting a pod, please register here. The discussion questions will be posted weekly, beginning September 13th, 2020.

  • Sign up for the youth ministry email list to get regular newsletters and other updates! 
  • Keep up to date with us via Facebook.

Friday Nights

Youth Group is held on Friday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Both Middle School and High School meet at the same time, but they follow different schedules and study different subjects.

After we start with a time of worship all together at 6:30, middle school then has a time of fellowship & games from 6:45-7:30. After that, they get a snack and then engage in an interactive teaching and discussion session until 8pm. They are going through the Bible, learning about the key individuals, stories and moments in the narrative, and learning what God may be saying to us through those today.

High School students on the other hand, have their teaching and discussion at 6:45, right after worship. At 7:30, they get their snack and then have social time until 8pm.

At 8pm, we move into our small groups for prayer and to share what is happening in one another’s lives. We have 4 small groups: MS girls, HS girls, MS boys, and HS boys.

 

Books for Parents

If you want to do some reading, below are some books that have been recommended over the years. And students? Feel free to read these too and tell us what you think...

 

Here at Stone Hill we believe that PARENTS are the primary disciplemakers of their kids. We do so because God said so.

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6: 4-9

God chose the home to be the heart of discipleship and the church community to be its supporting system. For this reason, we strive to support you in the magnificent task of raising the next generation of Jesus followers. Our goal is to:

  • Support families in discipleship;
  • Provide foundational biblical knowledge;
  • Be an authentic Christian community;
  • Welcome questions and doubts;
  • Offer opportunities for families to serve.

We chose D6 (which stands for Deuteronomy 6) as a curriculum because it was developed to be parent-focused and it's biblically solid, while inviting honesty and inspiring service in the lives of our children. It works because:

  1. CHURCH is the primary equipper of parents. PARENTS are the primary disciplers in the home. D6 connects the church to home and families to one another. D6 Curriculum is one of the most effective small group and Sunday School curriculums you can find. D6 is based on the principles of Deuteronomy 6:5-9 - love God, love His Word, and teach your children to do the same.
  2. Every age group using D6 Curriculum in the church will be studying the same biblical theme at the same time. This creates a comprehensive discipleship plan for the entire church and encourages discipleship to continue throughout the week in a family or community setting. 
  3. Every lesson contains an “Explore” and “Connect” section. The Explore section provides important historical and contextual information about the biblical passage, while the Connect section provides an opprtunity for students to respond honestly in a variety of ways.
  4. Every lesson contains an “Apply” section that helps students make the connection between what they’re learning and how it impacts them personally. This helps contemporize the lesson and encourages them to leave with relevant ways to put what they have learned into practice. 

You can read more at https://d6family.com/d6curriculum/about/

Lindsei Luciano, Kids Director & Michael Sentance, Youth Director