A movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.

Children

Children at Beargrass

At Beargrass, we love Children of all ages.

People

Rev Steven Straub (Minister to Children) and Meg Blackwell (Director of Children’s Music) lead outstanding faith development and music programs on Sunday and Wednesday evenings during the school year. Compassionate and committed church members teach Sunday classes (10am) for older children. Dodi Hance (Young Children’s Coordinator) directs excellent nursery and child care in The ARK during all worship services and major church events.

Summer highlights include Vacation Bible School, church camps, and special outings. Throughout the year we seek to minister to the whole family–and provide “family friendly” scheduling.

children celebrate pentecost

Children celebrate Pentecost at Beargrass

Our Approach

We look forward to your children participating in one or more of our exciting programs. Beargrass believes children play a vital role in the life of the church; thus, the church strives to offer a variety of educational, faith-building, and fun activities to meet the needs of all children. All programs are designed to help children grow in faith wherever they find themselves on their spiritual journey. In addition, we offer opportunities for kids to just be kids and to get to know each other outside the traditional worship setting.

Primary Adventures (grades 1-2)

The Primary Adventures group consists of the 1st and 2nd graders of the church. This group meets four or five times during the school year for various social outings on Sunday afternoons. These events enable  children to interact with their church friends outside of the traditional worship settings. Primary Adventures events include bowling, roller skating, Gattiland, movies, and other in-town adventures.

JYF (grades 3-5)

Junior Youth Fellowship (JYF) is composed of children in grades 3-5. During the school year, JYF meets on Sunday evenings from 5:00-6:30 pm as part of the church’s Space for Grace programming. JYF Sunday night activities include game-playing, Bible study, crafts, service projects, and many other cool activities.

JYF also takes days trips to places like the Cincinnati Zoo, Beach Waterpark, and Cincinnati Museum Center. It has also visited Mammoth Cave, Kentucky Down Under, and other exciting places. JYF has a lock-in at the church each year and usually visits Holiday World in the summer.

Discipleship Class (for 5th graders)

Beargrass offers a Discipleship Class for 5th grade children who are interested in baptism. The class meets during the Lenten season (February or March) for four weeks on Sunday afternoon. Led by Dr. John Hull and Rev. Steven Straub, the class covers the Bible, communion, baptism, and church history. At the end of the class, children have the opportunity to decide if they want to make their confession of faith and be baptized.