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.

Fall in Children’s Ministry


Family Ministry Volunteer Commissioning and Leadership Launch Training

September 10 | 9:45 am – 12:30 pm
As we prepare to kick off fall in Family Ministry, we’re excited to have the opportunity to commission and bless the ministry of our volunteers. Time will be set aside during the 9:45 a.m. service for all family ministry leaders (small group, hospitality, worship) to be recognized, commissioned and prayed for as together we embark on ministry with God’s kids and their families. Immediately following the 9:45 service, Family Ministry staff and volunteers (small group leaders, hospitality, worship) will gather in Fellowship Hall for a time of inspiration and training to equip us for the year that lies ahead. If you have not yet registered to be a Family Ministry leader, please do so at We have opportunities for you to journey alongside families with kids in preschool through grade 12!

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.

Bible Distribution and Family Blessing
Sunday, September 10 | 9:45 am worship
In response to the baptismal promise of placing in the hands of your child the Holy Scriptures, time during the 9:45 am worship service on Sunday, September 10 will be set aside for first year preschoolers, third and sixth graders to receive a Bible specifically chosen for their age group. You will be invited to come forward together as a family, place the Holy Scriptures into the hands of your child, and join together with the greater Prince of Peace community as we bless your family, your child, and the Bible they have received.

Third Grade Families | Holy Scriptures KTP
Sunday, September 24 | 9:45 am or Wednesday, September 27 | 6:00 pm
Parents of third graders are invited to attend Sunday morning children’s ministry worship/WOW worship on September 24/27 and then gather with other third grade families to crack the bindings and explore the Bible they have just received. If you child does not currently participate in a small group, you can choose to attend any one of the sessions above.

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 See below for fun theme mornings and nights for your kiddo!

September 6 | 9:00 am – Noon
Theme: Learning with Legos

September 9 | 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Theme: Free Play

October 4 | 9:00 am – Noon
Theme: Free Play

October 14 | 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Theme:  Nocturnal Animals


September 25 | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Want to make sense of your God-given qualities? Want to learn what they are? There are many implications to identifying your areas of giftedness that range from the home and how you raise your children, to the work place in understanding and motivating co-workers. Join Bethany VonSteinbergs, our speaker from family camp this past spring) and Joseph Dworak from Leadership Vision as they facilitate a “Making Sense of Strengths” workshop. This will be an informational session designed to provide an introductory experience to your personal StrengthsFinderTM themes. Bethany and Joseph will establish a Strengths-based foundation through the development of a common language, shared experience and collective conversations. Each participant will receive a personalized ThemePrintTM, a visual representation of their unique behaviors of Strengths. Registration Requirement: Must have taken the Clifton StrengthsFinderTM  in order to submit top 5 Themes with registration. Cost $25 per person for customized materials. For more information/questions contact Swen.

Family Ministry 2017-18

Children’s Ministry Special Events

Sep 09

Parent’s Night Out

September 9 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sep 10

KTP: Bible Distribution and Family Blessing

September 10 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 pm
Sep 13

Family Ministry

September 13 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sep 20

Family Ministry

September 20 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sep 24

KTP Third Grade

September 24 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

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

Kari Anderson
Children’s Worship Arts

Parenting Tools (parents of age 3 to grade 5)
Wednesday 6:45 pm (September – April)

Immediately following WOW (Worship on Wednesdays), parents are invited to gather in the Christian Life Center Family Room for Parenting Tools led by Pastor Paul Gauche. Parents will gather around the valued life virtue introduced at WOW while their child attends their Children’s Ministry small group. Parents will grow as the primary source of their child’s faith development while addressing common parenting challenges and learning from other parents.

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.

Paul Gauche
Pastor of Life Transitions

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!

Swen Swenson
Cross+Generational Director

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.

Jeanne Kalsow
Child Care Director


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.

Julie Klein
Executive Assistant

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.

Dawn Ridgway
Family Ministry Project Manager

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

Marie Strain
CDLC Director

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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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 or contact Ann Zenner at

Jessica Olson
Children’s Ministry Director