Children and Youth
Jesus had a special love for children. He said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs” (Matthew 19:14). At The Reformed Church, children of all ages are invited and encouraged to learn and grow in their faith in a variety of classes and Sunday morning worship.
Typical Sunday schedule, September through June:
10:15am: Nursery open for infants and toddlers
10:30am: Kindergartners and younger report directly to classrooms
10:30am: First-graders through eighth-graders begin in worship, then go to classrooms after the Chancel Talk (children’s sermon)—approximately 10:45am
11:30am: Church School ends; children picked up by parents and/or invited to coffee hour
On communion Sundays (first Sunday of the month), children are invited to remain in 10:30am worship for a full hour for “We Worship Together” Sundays.
Infant & Toddlers
Professionally staffed childcare is available for infants and toddlers from 10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m. on Sundays and special days throughout the year.
Church School (K - 8th Grade)
Church School meets most Sunday mornings at 10:30am from the Sunday after Labor Day until mid-June. Children in grades one through eight attend church and are dismissed to their classes after the Chancel Talk (children’s sermon). Children in kindergarten or younger go directly to their classrooms. The goal of the Church School is for children to experience God’s love through the amazing and dedicatedteam of volunteer teachers while also learning about God. We offer a Christ-centered, Bible-based curriculum that focuses on the overall story of Scripture from the Reformed tradition, and emphasizes the major themes of the Bible and salvation.
New children and visitors are welcome any time throughout the year. For more information, contact Alexis Mastromarino, Church School Director, at 914-337-6776, ext. 118, or , or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Baptism and Communion Classes (or “ABC,” for 3rd Graders)
Taught by clergy, this month-long program, held in the spring, invites third graders to explore in an engaging, hands-on way the meaning of our two sacraments: baptism and communion. It's a memorable rite of passage that enriches the connection of children to the church, and culminates with a special breakfast, pin, and third-graders' participation in communion.
Confirmation Class (8th and 9th Graders)
The confirmation year provides an experiential eight-month period of classes, mentoring, mission, field trips, and fun, all in the service of discovering Christian faith lived out. Students lead Sunday worship, take trips, and explore questions of faith and practice--namely, what does it mean to follow Jesus? At the end they write faith statements and have the opportunity to join the church as full members. Students of all backgrounds are welcome to join this ministry that change lives through service, spirituality, critical thinking, and community.
Summer Story Hour
A special enrichment program for children, running from the close of Church School classes in mid-June through the beginning of Church School on the Sunday after Labor Day.
The Reformed Church Nursery School (2-year-olds through Pre-K):
Weekday classes for children two-years-old through pre-kindergarten. For more information, see the special link to RCNS. On Thursdays, a short service of worship and learning is held for nursery school students in the sanctuary, led by a member of our church staff.
The Donald B. Whittemore Children's Library
Open for browsing and borrowing on weekdays from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., The Reformed Church Children¹s Library was dedicated in 1986 in honor of Donald B. Whittemore, an elder and member of the Consistory. In 2005, Karen Cross, former Church Educator, and Marjorie Mir, children¹s librarian, added new furnishings and refreshed the collection.
Ranging in interest from nursery school through the sixth grade, the collection contains books on religious themes, picture books and poetry for family sharing, fiction, science and biography for older readers. Books may be signed out and borrowed for two weeks.