Children have a special place here at Lynnewood. Diana, our Minister with Youth and Children, is an inspiration. She knows each child by name and invites the little ones up front during the Children’s Moment, plans creative Sunday school programs, Vacation Bible School, and special events.
Children attend Sunday school during the 10:30 am service (9:30 am in the summer) with small classes and lots of attention. They may also join a children’s choir that meets after worship during the school year. Children mingle with their families after worship or play on the playground during coffee time.
The nursery, located in the education building across the courtyard from the church, is staffed with 2 caregivers (see Staff – Child Care). There is a curriculum for toddlers and twos in our nursery every Sunday. During the 9:00 am service, preschool and kindergarten children may also be brought to the nursery.
Lemonade Fundraiser for Sunflower Hill
In June 2016, the children made lemonade and sold it to thirsty passers-by to benefit Sunflower Hill, creating a sustainable residential community for individuals with special needs . Their efforts raised $50!
“Cheza Nami” is Swahili for “Come play with me”
Since September 2014, the children of the church gave over $225 toward “Raising the Roof” on new schools in Uganda. On January 11, 2015, children and youth had the delight during 10:30 worship of joining in a celebration of African drumming and dancing as we closed our giving efforts for “Raise The Roof.” A Cheza Nami dancer and drummer called us to worship and then led the youth and children to their drumming workshop during the Sunday School hour.
Cheza Nami is a Pleasanton-based non-profit organization that is dedicated to preserving and encouraging the appreciation of African culture by inspiring and educating the American public about Africa’s extensive and unique attributes, regardless of their heritage of origin.
All photos of children and youth printed by permission of parents.
Our Safe Sanctuary Guidelines are strictly enforced. Everyone who works with children and youth has all been cleared through the United Methodist Trak 1 system of background checks.