Kids are central to the life of Parkville Presbyterian. Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3), and we take that seriously (and humorously). We not only strive to contribute to the faith formation of our kids, but to let them contribute to ours, as they teach us to be more like them.
Opportunities for kids at PPC abound. During Sunday morning worship, they are front and center during the Time for Young Disciples. We also have Sunday School for all ages from 9:00 am to 9:40 am, which begins with the kids gathering in one place to sing and praise God together.
Kids are essential to other parts of our community life, as well, whether it’s during a special event where their fun and formation is central— like the Easter Egg Hunt and Trunk-or-Treat — or in the many mission and service activities where they play key roles. In recent months, PPC kids have participated in the work of the Heifer Project, Fuller Center Global Builders, Church World Service, and our own SPEAC Food Pantry. At PPC, your kids will give, serve, and learn; grow, teach, and love.
Middle Schoolers are invited to join Pastor Steve for a spiritual adventure every other Sunday afternoon from 4:30 to 6:00 pm. Our gatherings begin with the question, “Where have you seen God at work in the world this week?” and continue as we pray together, dig into Scripture, and play.
In recent years, our Middle Schoolers have done big things for the Kingdom of God, raising almost $1500 to help build homes in earthquake-ravaged Nepal, participating in the Heart of America CROP Walk for Church World Service, volunteering at Vacation Bible School, and preparing to assist foster care kids and others in need at the upcoming Festival of Sharing in Sedalia, MO.
Through the youth group, our kids are learning to love God with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength, and to love their neighbors as themselves.
For younger kids (grades three through five), we’re forming a Rising Youth Group, to help them learn how to pray for each other, grow with each other, and be formed as a community of God’s people. This new offering is slated to begin on Sunday, September 17th.
Plans are also underway for forming a High School youth group. In the meantime, our high school youth are well served by an active Sunday School class and a strong choral internship program.
To learn more about youth ministries at PPC, or to get involved, contact Pastor Steve.
Vacation Bible School
During one week each summer, PPC puts on Vacation Bible School. It meets for five days, usually from 9 am to 12 pm, and then Sunday during our 11 am service, when the kids showcase all they’ve learned. VBS is a great opportunity to discover the stories of the Bible through drama, songs, themed snacks, service projects, creative activities—and, most importantly, through the love of people who care for kids and their faith formation.
Heartland Summer Camp
Founded in 1958, Heartland Presbyterian Center is a mission of the Presbyteries of Heartland and Northern Kansas, the Synod of Mid-America, and the Presbyterian Church (USA), dedicated to providing shelter, nurture and spiritual fellowship for the children of God.
PPC is blessed that this great resource just a few miles away up Highway 45. Each year, special events for the church are held at the camp, and many of our members serve on its board. Most importantly, every summer, we try to send as many of our kids to Heartland as we can, to experience a week of powerful worship, high-energy activities, and meaningful relationships.
For more information, check out the Heartland Center’s website.
Loving, professional nursery care is available on Sunday mornings. The nursery is open during worship services and Sunday School for children through age 5; for older kids, we’d like them to experience as much of the worship service as they can and to absorb the rhythms of worship, even if it’s just seeping in below the surface.
The nursery is led by at least two attendants at all times, sometimes by church staff and sometimes by trusted volunteers. We hold our nursery to high standards of hygiene and cleanliness, and we always work to provide a fun, healthy, and safe environment for your kids.
Nursery care is sometimes available for special events outside of Sunday morning. At those times, the nursery is open to all kids, regardless of age. If you have questions about whether child care will be available, contact the church office by phone at (816) 741-1641 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.