Children and Youth
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):
You may download 2015-16 Church School registration forms HERE.
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.
This is a weekly “mini-sermon” during Sunday worship at the 10:30am service, in which children (3rd-8th grade) are invited to come up the Chancel and hear a special children’s message that ties into the worship and Scripture of that day. They are then dismissed for Church School.
About Baptism and Communion Classes (or “ABC,” for 3rd Graders)
Taught by Cari Pattison, 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)
Led by Cari Pattison, the confirmation year provides an experiential eight-month period of classes, mentoring, mission, retreat, field trips, and fun, all in the service of discovering Christian faith lived out. Students lead Sunday worship, take three weekend 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 al 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.
Girls’ Friday and Guys’ Friday (5th & 6th Graders)
A fun monthly program for boys and girls who meet separately from 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m., usually on the second Friday of the month. This is a chance for 10-12-year-olds to get involved in the church and get to know one another. We welcome friends and visitors, as well as church families. The program includes a variety of games, dinner, crafts, dance, and discussion.
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.