Children and Youth

At West Olive Church we strive to provide quality programs for all children and youth who participate.  This stress on quality includes the use of excellent materials, careful screening of all leaders, ongoing training for leaders, and providing a safe and pleasant physicial environment at the church.  If you would like more information on our policies for the safety of the children and youth who participate, please ask to see our Abuse Prevention and Child Protection Policy. For more information on any of these programs, please call the church office at 399-1684.


A safe, pleasant nursery is provided for babies and young children during our worship services.


Children’s Worship


     Childrens’ Worship begins about 25 minutes into the morning worship service year round for children three years of age through those in second grade. It is a worship environment in which young children can grow in their sense of worship as well as understand and participate in it. The childrens’ worship center is also a way to help prepare children to join the “adult” worship service. The outline of the childrens’ worship time is similar to that of the adults with greeting, singing, story (Bible message), response time, prayer, feast, and closing. The songs are simple and done with hand motions. The stories are told using simple physical objects which help the children imagine themselves into the action. During response time the children can work with various objects and activities (coloring, modeling compound, music, reading, or retelling one of the stories). Response time helps the children spend time with God and make the stories of God’s word their own.


Sunday School


     Our Sunday School for 3-year-olds through sixth grade meets from 11:15 to 12:15 P.M. on Sunday mornings, September through May.
Sunday School begins with group singing of Sunday School favorites and newer praise choruses.  As well, the children learn special songs and rehearse for various events in which they are involved in church worship services, especially Christmas. Groups then divide into classes grouped by age where the children learn about the Bible and how it applies to their lives.  The offering received each week goes for special causes which may include disaster relief and missionary support.

     Our youth (middle school & high school) Sunday School, called “Waffles and Catechism” meets from 6:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. on Thursday nights, September through May. It is a discussion based class.  Our discussions begin in the story of scripture and the Heidelberg Catechism. Often we send much of our time based on questions coming from the class. The Scriptures and the Heidelberg Catechism are relied upon to help us understand God’s answers and the Reformed interpretation. It is our hope that our youth will learn how to understand and articulate their faith through our discussion.


G.E.M.S. and Cadets


G.E.M.S. and Cadets meet every Wednesday at 6:30 P.M.  September – May.  You are invited to G.E.M.S.!!  G.E.M.S. is a fun and exciting club for girls in grades 1 through 8.  G.E.M.S. stands for Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior.  At G.E.M.S. club we sing, do crafts, do age appropriate Bible Study, play games, go on outings, but most of all, we have fun with the other girls. The girls also will earn merit badges, giving a sense of accomplishment for special things they do and learn.  G.E.M.S. club is a relationship-building club program offered through local churches throughout North America.  Our goal is to bring girls into a living relationship with Jesus Christ so that they will love and serve him always. You are invited to Cadets!! Cadets is a fun group for boys in grades 1 through 8. Cadets is a boys club founded on the motto: Living for Jesus. It is our hope that boys who attend will have fun and come to know Christ more every night. Every night we do short Bible lessons as well as crafts in everything from paper mache to camping. We hope to see you at our children’s clubs!




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