Children, Youth & Family Ministries

Children, Youth & Family Ministries

Children’s Ministries

Faith Formation: Taking the place of a traditional Sunday School, Faith Formation acts as the primary class, teaching and learning times for students in pre-k through 5th grade! Students gather on the 3rd floor classrooms on Wednesdays from 6:00-6:30pm (6:30pm-7:00pm during Lent) to grow in their faith and share in community with students their age. The curriculum revolves around the yearly lectionary & ties into the pastor’s sermons from each week, connecting the ministries of all ages at WHLC! Students are encouraged to invite friends; there’s room for everyone!

After Hours: Our “Ministry of Fun” acts as a supplemental ministry on Wednesday nights, giving kids stuff to do following the various activities that occur during the evening. Students gather in the gym around 7:20pm, and can hang around until about 8pm, when we wrap up! After Hours doesn’t meet during Lent.

Liftoff: Once a month, we gather on a Friday (or sometimes Saturday) evening for our Liftoff Event! Liftoff usually runs from 6-7:30pm, and is a night of games & community for kids in Pre-K through 5th grade, and their families. This event is themed around our younger students, and always includes a meal provided by the church. Parents are welcome to hang around and chat with each other as the students play games, or can drop them off & pick them up when we finish up! Regardless, we always have several adult volunteers around to help throughout the evening, and we always have enough food for everyone. All are welcome!

Youth Ministries

Confirmation: Begins at WHLC when students enter 7th grade and concludes the beginning of their 9th grade year. Lead by Pastor Chris, students meet every Wednesday from 6:00-7:00pm, following our community meal. Confirmation acs the next steps in the student’s journey, as they prepare to affirm their baptism. If you would like more information on Confirmation or are curious about getting your child involved, please contact Pastor Chris! Confirmation does meet during Lent or over the summer.

C.H.A.O.S.: Our teenage youth group, CHAOS (Christians Hanging Around on Sundays), meets Sunday evenings during the school year from 6:00-8:00pm.  CHAOS is open to anyone in 7th – 12th grade! Every meeting starts out with a group meal, followed by a time of discussion & Scripture; we close every night with a big group game! Topics for CHAOS rotate throughout the year, usually on a monthly or church-season basis. Students are welcome to invite friends!

Silver Cord Volunteer Opportunities: We love to help out students who are looking for volunteer opportunities! Many of middle & high school students assist with events for younger students, serving in VBS, Liftoff or helping with Wednesday evening Faith Formation classes. In addition, students have assisted in cleanup and building projects at the church as well. Contact Zach if you are interested in volunteering with any of our ministries here at WHLC. We are happy to sign off on any forms or slips students need completed after they finish their volunteer hours!

Children’s Music Ministries

Our music groups allow students to share their musical gifts. No prior musical instruction is needed! Groups share music in worship once a month.

Joyful Noise: Is our vocal ensemble for children in Kindergarten through 5th Grade, led by our student choir director, Amanda Lauritsen. Joyful noise meets every Wednesday during the school year from 6:30pm-7:00pm (different hours during Lent).

Grace Notes: Is our vocal ensemble for students in 6th Grade through 9th Grade, led by our student choir director, Amanda Lauritsen. Grace Notes meets every Wednesday during the school year from 7:00pm-7:30pm (different hours during Lent).

Cherub Chimes: Is our handbell group for children ages three through 3rd Grade, lead by our director of Cherub Chimes, Megan Siefert. Cherub Chimes meets every Wednesday from 7:00pm-7:30pm (doesn’t meet during Lent).