Care is provided for children birth through eighteen months in our Baby Nursery on Sunday mornings from 8:30 to 12:15, staffed by a consistent experienced caregiver who is assisted by volunteers.
Children eighteen months through three years, the WalkAbouts, begin the worship service in the pew with their families at each worship service. Prior to the sermon, children are dismissed to their class. During our Christian Ed hour at 10:00 AM the WalkAbouts children have their Bible lesson and activities with Faith Alive “God Loves Me” curriculum.
Children three years through pre-kindergarten, the RunAbouts, begin the worship service in the pew with their families at each worship service. Prior to the sermon, children are dismissed to their class. At 10:00 AM during the Christian Ed hour, RunAbouts will use the Jesus Storybook Bible curriculum for their Sunday School class.
Children kindergarten through third grade begin worship in the sanctuary with their families and are dismissed prior to the service for Kingdom Korner with weekly volunteers.
Children fourth grade and up remain in the sanctuary with their parents for worship. They are invited to make use of the children’s bags located at the entrances of our sanctuary or the response sheets available beside the bulletins.
At 10:00a.m. during our Christian Ed hour, children kindergarten through 5th grade attend age appropriate FaithWalk Sunday School classes on the B- and C-levels where we use Faith Alive “Dwell” Sunday School curriculum.
“DWELL Sunday school curriculum encourages kids to pause and wonder, imagine, and interact with different parts of God’s Story. And as they do, they’ll discover that God is still at work in the world and in their lives. DWELL can awaken kids to God’s invitation to find their own place in his story, to live into and out of it for the rest of their lives.”
First Song : ages 4 – Kindergarten, Wednesday, 4:15-4:45 PM
New Song: Grades 1-6, Wednesday 4:45 -5:15 PM
Tone Chimes: Grades 3- Grade 8, Wednesday 4:14-4:45 PM
First Song Choir is a training choir for children ages 4 and 5, through the Kindergarten year. This choir prepares children for advancement into the New Song Choir. It gives the young child the opportunity to experiment with music in a safe environment where singing, movement, finger play, and beginning reading of notation is introduced. The emphasis is on training with this group. Singing with a clear pure sound is encouraged which is introduced through solfege, appealing children’s songs, folk songs, story songs, traditional, and contemporary Christian children’s repertoire. Thresholds to Music Charts are used for instruction in music reading. They perform one or two times a year, one of which is on Christmas Eve at the children’s service.
New Song Choir is a choir trained to lead in worship through anthems, hymns, carols and contemporary Christian music. Learning to read music is emphasized as well as producing pleasing choral sound, singing in tune, and pitch matching. An emphasis in this choir is familiarity with the traditional hymns of the church the composers, and backgrounds. Children learn age appropriate anthems as well as contemporary pieces which are offered in the worship services approximately every six weeks. Instruction is given in the parts of the worship service and how they as a choir can aid the congregation in worship.
Tone Chimes is offered to children Grade 3- Grade 8. The emphasis in this group is music reading, learning to follow the musical line, playing in an ensemble and becoming a good team member loyal to the tone chime group. Commitment for the entire year is important as each player is responsible for their two chimes. Students play at various times but usually during Advent to accompany the candle lighting music.
All children of Beverly Heights Church and friends are invited to participate in these programs. Parents are encouraged to enroll their children for the entire choir year so that the child may have the full benefit of singing the music of each season. Children who wish to sing on Christmas Eve must enroll in September and be regular in attendance leading up to Christmas.
For 10 to 12 weeks each fall and spring, children ages 4 through 6th grade are invited to attend activities as part of our Wednesday Night Heights program. From 4:00p.m. until 5:30, children enjoy snacks, games, fellowship, outdoor play (weather permitting), children’s choir, books, crafts, puppets and more to learn about the Bible truth presented for that day. At 5:30, parents pick up their children from their various activity sites and are then invited to join the rest of the Beverly height’s church family in the church Social Room where dinner is served for a nominal fee.
While children enjoy their programming, adults may choose to volunteer in the kitchen or dining room to help with dinner prep, to assist with the various children’s programs, or for women, a Bible study meets during that time period. For those attending the Bible study or volunteering in the kitchen or children’s programs, childcare is available upon request.
Mom's Day Out Mission Statement
The MDO mission is to provide a safe environment of care and Christian love to children ages 18 months to 5 years while offering a break as a service, an outreach, and a fellowship opportunity to the mothers involved; both from the church family and the wider community.
Our MDO program began as a ministry to the young mamas in our church, to give them a few hours a week just for themselves, and has since been opened up to provide service for families within our community. The program runs from 9AM-12PM, most Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the year. (We break up the sessions into 8-12 weeks).
In the Fall, Winter and Spring sessions, we take children ages 18 months - preschool (4-5). In the Summer session, we open our doors to children from 18 months all the way up to big kids finishing up 5th grade! The cost of the program is $20 per 3 hour session (1 child), $35 for 2 children, and we cap it at $40 for a family. We also collect a $5/family snack fee each quarter, to cover a peanut/tree nut free snack that we provide. While your child is with us, they will enjoy playtime, books, songs, a snack, outside/large space gross motor time, and a craft, all within a loving, Christ-centered atmosphere. All of our teachers have all clearances, many years of experience, and plenty of love for the little ones in their care. Contact Breanne Makatche at MDO@beverlyheights.org to learn more.
Several Fridays per year, in conjunction with the Family Ministry team, adult and teen volunteers provide dinner, care & programming for children birth through 5th grade while parents enjoy a free evening out. This program is provided to our Beverly Heights members free of charge in the hope that it blesses and strengthens families.
Ice Skating Party-hosted each winter by the Children’s Ministry team at the Mount Lebanon Skating Rink for our entire church family and friends.
Resurrection Egg Hunt-takes place annually at 10:30 on the Saturday morning preceding Palm Sunday for children birth through kindergarten.
Lenten Dinner and program-takes place at the beginning of Lent for our grade school children. After dinner, we talk about the Lenten season and it’s purpose and prepare a project that we’ll use as a devotional through Lent.
Summer Story Times-children birth through kindergarten are invited to join us for two or three summer story times each summer where children hear age appropriate stories, play on the playground, use the water tables, enjoy a snack, make a craft and blow bubbles while their grown ups enjoy fellowship with others attending this event.
Beverly Heights All Church Picnic– fun for the whole church family with face painting by teens for the children.
Birthday Party for Jesus-held the first or second Saturday of December at 10:30. Children birth through kindergarten celebrate the birth of Jesus through the telling of the Christmas story, crafts, music, games and refreshments.
Maranatha Celebration-an Advent themed dinner and celebration for grade school children as we prepare our hearts and once again for the celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Children also enjoy both our Advent Vespers and Advent Family Celebration in December. Our choir children sometimes participate in our Vespers Service and take great delight in the program and live Nativity at our Family Advent Celebration.
Vacation Bible School– Our VBS program usually takes place the last full week of June from 9:00 to 12:00 PM for children entering kindergarten through fifth grade. Through songs, lessons crafts, games and relationships, it is our hope that children grow in their faith during this program written here at Beverly Heights.
We are thankful to have an extensive number of books, videos and games available in our Children’s Library and we are happy to share them with our Beverly height’s families and friends. We trust that you will fill out a library card, leave the book card on the desk for any material you borrow, and return the books as soon as you are finished with them for the enjoyment of others. We do ask that the games provided in the library remain there for your use in the building.
Additionally, in both the children and adult libraries, you’ll find some wonderful parenting books and materials. You are welcome to sign those out as well.
We are happy to make our playground space available to our friends and community members when it is not in use for Beverly height’s Children’s programming. A smaller playground is available for younger children, too. Please do not allow your pets on the playground.