Birth – Grade 5

Families, volunteers and staff partner together to help raise faith‐filled children by bringing Bible stories to life through music, hands on activities, and time in small groups.

Family Ministry 2017-18

This Week at a Glance

Bottom Line: Don’t Miss Your Chance to Give

In this season that’s often so focused on what we want, it’s often hard to think about being generous to others. But when we get so consumed with what we want, we miss out! This week, as we dig into one of Jesus’ parables, we’ll explore how our lives can be transformed when we don’t miss our chance to give.

Things to Know This Week:

  • Upcoming Calendar

12/10 | Children’s Ministry Week 12

12/13 | Children’s Ministry Week 12

12/17 | Children’s Ministry Week 13

12/20 | Children’s Ministry Week 13

12/24 | Family Ministry Christmas Worship; 3:00, 4:00, 5:00 pm

12/24 | No Children’s Ministry

12/27 | No Children’s Ministry

12/31 | No Children’s Ministry

01/03 | No Children’s Ministry

01/07 | Called to Connect; worship as a family

01/10 | Children’s Ministry Week 14

  • We are really excited for a new family-friendly giving option

You can now make a contribution to Prince of Peace with a quick text message!

Text giving is a quick and easy way to give an offering for those of us who don’t carry cash or checkbooks – and you can include the kiddos, too! It’s also a great way for students to begin practicing personal stewardship.

You can find more information including step-by-step directions here.

If you have questions about registration or your small group details, check with Dawn Ridgway at dridgway@popmn.org.

Keeping the Promise

Prince of Peace has dedicated one day each year in the life of your child to celebrate baptism. Keeping the Promise [KTP] family experiences are designed to equip families to live out the important promises made during baptism.

First Grade | The Lord’s Prayer
Sunday, January 14 | 9:45 am + Wednesday, January 17| 6:00 pm NEW DATE

In response to the promise to teach our children the Lord’s Prayer, this KTP will give us the opportunity to learn about the significance of prayer. During station rotations, first graders and their families will experience many different ways to pray and receive ideas of ways to pray as a family. Come to Sunday morning Children’s Ministry Worship or Wednesday night WOW with your first grader and plan to stay for some intentional family fun!

Parent’s Morning + Parent’s Night Out

Looking for some fun for your kiddo while you enjoy some adult time? Need a couple hours to run some errands? In need of a kid-free date night? Parent’s Morning Out and Parent’s Night Out offer opportunities for parents to connect with each other, hang out with friends, or relax on their own! Parent’s Morning Out is offered the first Wednesday of the month from 9:00 a.m. – noon. Parent’s Night Out is offered on the second Saturday of the month from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Cost is $15 per child or $25 family cap. RSVP to Jeanne Kalsow at 952-898-9378 or jkalsow@popmn.org. See below for fun theme mornings and nights for your kiddo!

Saturday, December 9 | 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Theme: Christmas Around the World! Experience customs of Christmas in other countries

Wednesday, January 3 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Theme: Winter Campout: Weather might be cold outside, but we are camping inside.

Saturday, January 13 | 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Theme: Free Play

Children’s Ministry Special Events

Wed 13

Family Ministry

December 13 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed 20

Family Ministry

December 20 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jan 06

Called to Connect Weekend

January 6, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Jan 07

Called to Connect Weekend

January 7, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Jan 10

Family Ministry

January 10, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Additional Information

Children’s Ministry Schedule (age 2 to grade 5)
Sundays (September – April)

Children (age 2 to grade 5) gather in age appropriate groups to learn about God through music, stories, and fun activities. We meet in the Christian Life Center Family Room for Large Group Worship and then children move to small group spaces.

  • Option 1: Sunday 9:45 am Large Group Worship and Small Groups
  • Children’s Choir: Schedules listed below
Wednesdays (September – April)

Families begin in the Christian Life Center Family Room for WOW Worship at 6:00 pm. From 6:45-7:15 pm, children (preschool to grade 5) gather in age-appropriate small groups to learn about God through stories, and fun activities while parents remain in the Family Room for Parenting Tools.

  • Option 2: Wednesday 6:00 pm WOW Worship, 6:45 pm Small Groups & Parenting Tools
  • Children’s Choir: Schedules listed below
Children’s Choirs (age 3 to grade 5)

Discover, develop and nurture the artistic gifts of God’s children through singing and participating in worship. POP Joy Choir meets on Sundays in the Christian Life Center Chapel and Mondays and Tuesdays in the Worship Center Community Room. POP Praise choirs meet in the Christian Life Center Chapel.

  • POP Joy Choir [Age 3-5] (Register) Sunday 9:00 – 9:40 am; Monday or Tuesday, 11:35 am – 12:15 pm
  • POP Praise Choir [Grade K-5] (Register) Wednesdays at 5:15 – 5:55 pm and Sundays at 10:50 – 11:30 am

CONTACT
Kari Anderson
Children’s Worship Arts
kanderson@popmn.org
952-898-9314

Parenting Tools (parents of age 3 to grade 12)
Wednesday 6:45 pm (Preschool – Grade 5) | Christian Life Center Family Room
Wednesday 7:15 pm (Grade 6-12) | Christian Life Center Chapel
Sunday 10:50 pm (Preschool – Grade 5) | Christian Life Center Room 200

Parents are invited to gather for Parenting Tools (September – April) to hear two of the best phrases parents can hear: “me too” and “how to.” Connect with other parents and grow as the primary source of your child’s faith development while we address common parenting challenges and learn from one another.

Family & Parenting Resources

Downloads: Family Connect handout & Faith Five Family Tools handout
POP Podcast: Subscribe to listen to the Sermon, Engage Bible Study, and Paul Gauche’s podcast.

CONTACT
Paul Gauche
Pastor of Life Transitions
pgauche@popmn.org
952-898-9333

Children's Leadership Team (grades 4-5)

Do you want to be part of the Student Leadership team? To help kids use their gifts and grow in ownership of the ministry, the Children’s Ministry Leadership Team offers the opportunity for kids in grade 4-5 to lead worship by using their gifts in technology, drama, music and hospitality. Training is provided and all are welcome!

CONTACT
Swen Swenson
Cross+Generational Director
cswenson@popmn.org
952-898-9372

Opportunities for Young Families

Child Care (newborn to preschool)

Our experienced child care staff is here to support parents during worship services and many Prince of Peace events. All staff are certified in CPR/First Aid. Child care staff and volunteers undergo a background check. There is no fee. Drop ins are always welcome.

All Children’s Ministry on Wednesday nights will all take place in the Christian Life Center, including child care, located in the Mission Outpost intake area on the first level of the Christian Life Center. All other child care hours are located in the Worship Center.

Weekend Worship Child Care Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday 5:15 – 6:45 pm

Other Child Care Hours (September-May):
Monday 9:00 – 11:30 am & 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm & 4:30 – 8:30 pm
1st & 3rd Thursday 9:00 – 11:30 am & 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Parent’s Morning/Night Out (September-May):
Parent’s Morning Out: 1st Wednesday 9:00 am – noon, $10 per child, $20 family cap (Contact Jeanne to RSVP)
Parent’s Night Out: 2nd Saturday 5:00 – 8:00 pm, $10 per child, $20 family cap (Contact Jeanne to RSVP)

Child care is also open for special events like Marriage Course, Family Ministry KTP’s, Baptism Class, CDLC parent teacher conferences, and Mega Sale donation time.

CONTACT
Jeanne Kalsow
Child Care Director
jkalsow@popmn.org
952-898-9378

Baptism

In Baptism God grabs hold of us and promises to never let go. Baptism is also a time for friends, family and the Prince of Peace community to promise to help those who are getting baptized to grow in their love for God, each other and the world.

CONTACT
Julie Klein
Executive Assistant
jklein@popmn.org
952-898-9308

Keeping The Promise Family Experiences

Prince of Peace has dedicated one day each year in the life of your child to celebrate baptism. Keeping the Promise Family Experiences (KTP) are designed to remind us of the important promises you made during your child’s baptism.

CONTACT
Dawn Ridgway
Family Ministry Project Manager
dridgway@popmn.org
952-898-9337

CDLC Preschool (age 3 to 5)

The Child Development and Learning Center (CDLC) offers a safe, loving Christian environment with respect and support for all children and families. We provide opportunities for each child to define self, understand who they are and discover their role within the community.

CDLC of Prince of Peace, founded in 1971, is a Christian preschool for children ages 3 to 5. It began with 30 students and currently serves over 150 children each week. We welcome children of any cultural background or religious affiliation.

At CDLC we strive to provide and develop strong self-esteem in our children allowing them to grow spiritually, socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively. The curriculum is carefully designed to provide hands-on activities for children in the areas of large motor, cooking, music, creative arts, science, story and Spanish.

Visit the CDLC website

CONTACT
Marie Strain
CDLC Director
mstrain@popmn.org
952-898-9346

MOPS & Moms Next (moms of newborn - kindergarten+)

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) invites moms to come just as they are to build friendships, be encouraged by one another, and gain practical parenting strategies. You can expect food, inspiring speakers, crafts, service projects, and social outings. MOPS is about meeting the needs of every mom.

Moms Next helps encourage, equip and develop moms with school-aged children in this next phase of mothering. Moms Next is part of our Thursday evening group.

Three groups meet September – May:
2nd & 4th Wednesday AM, 9:30 – 11:30 am
1st & 3rd Thursday AM, 9:30 – 11:30 am
1st & 3rd Thursday PM, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

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REGISTER FOR MOPS/MOMS NEXT

Moms@Peace (moms of grades K-12)

Moms@Peace is a service-oriented small group for women with children of all ages who want to enrich the lives of others while enjoying fellowship, relationships, and a support group of women who share common beliefs and values. Moms@Peace volunteers at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and beyond. In addition to serving the community, we enjoy fellowship with each other through social events.

We meet twice monthly, typically on Wednesday mornings. There are no fees to join and you can attend as your schedule allows. For more information and our schedule please visit https://momspeace.shutterfly.com or contact Ann Zenner at jzenner@yahoo.com.

CONTACT
Jessica Olson
Children’s Ministry Director
jolson@popmn.org
952-898-9375