Children and Young Family Ministry is where families and staff come together to raise faith‐filled children by bringing Bible stories to life through music, activities, and time in small groups.

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This Week at a Glance

Theme: Initiative| Don’t wait for someone else to do what needs to be done.

What keeps you from doing what needs to be done? Sometimes we are unaware a need exists. Other times we actually see the need, but for whatever reason, never get to it. This week we want families to think about the things that get in the way of taking initiative and figure out a plan for how we can get the job done.

Sunday Morning Families!
Pre-preschool, Small groups and CM Worship at 9:45 am; Praise Choir and Parenting Tools at 10:50 am.

We’re looking forward to kicking off Sunday ministry this week! Watch your inbox for an email with your child’s small group leader and room information prior to Sunday morning.

Wednesday Night Families!
Pizza for sale in Atrium starting at 4:30 pm; Praise Choir at 5:15; WOW at 6; Small groups and Parenting Tools immediately following.

It’s going to be another great week! Looking forward to continuing our series on Initiative with you!

Looking Ahead

  • 9/16 + 9/19 | CM Week 2
  • 9/23 + 9/26 CM Week 3
  • 9/30 + 10/03 | CM Week 4; KTP Grade 3

Parenting Tools
Sunday 10:50-11:30 am; Wednesday 6:45-7:15 pm

A place where parents can come together and have “me too” and “how to” conversations about raising kids.

Grade 3 KTP
Sunday, September 30, 9:45 am; Wednesday, October 3, 6:00 pm

Attend Sunday CM Worship/Wednesday WOW Family Worship with your third grader and then gather with other third grade families to crack the binding and explore the Bible they have recently received during their regularly scheduled small group time.

Registrations

See our Registration Page for all open registrations.

If you have questions about registration, contact Dawn Ridgway by email or at 952-898-9337.

Children’s Ministry Weekly Schedule

September through April | Wednesdays unless otherwise noted

Praise Choir | 5:15 - 5:40 pm

Children K – 5th Grade are invited to join Praise Choir in the Chapel.

Freestyle | 5:40 - 6:00 pm (early) or 7:15 - 8 pm (late)

Freestyle is available for all children pre-K to Grade 5 and meets in the Media Room of the Christian Life Center. There are snacks, games, and spaces for students to connect. This is also a great volunteer opportunity for parents.

WOW Family Worship | 6:00 - 6:45 pm

Families are invited to join us for fun music and an all-age worship service led by the Family Ministry team in the Family Room of the Christian Life Center.

Small Groups | 6:45 - 7:15

Small group content includes age- appropriate lessons and fun activities.  Handouts for parents are included each week.

Parenting Tools | 6:45-7:15 pm

This year’s theme is “A People Called Parent.” Parents will explore the different ways children call us into being a parent. A variety of people will cover a range of challenges and issues that parents face.

Parenting Tools meets in Room 200.

Sunday Praise Choir | 10:50 - 11:30 am

Children K – 5th Grade are invited to join Praise Choir in the Chapel.

Sunday Children's Ministry Worship and Small Groups | 9:45 - 10:50 am

A fun-filled all-age worship service led by the Family Ministry team in the Family Room of the Christian Life Center.

Small group content includes age- appropriate lessons and fun activities.  Handouts for parents are included each week.

Leader Information

Things to Do This Week
  • Follow-up with kids that were not here last week by using the contact info on your group list.
  • Touch base with all families on your group list. Let them know what you talked about…keep them in the loop so conversations can continue at home!
  • Download and get comfortable with next week’s study so that you can adapt it as needed for your group.
  • Make sure you come on time to attend the leader meeting in room 142-144 (just off the back entrance to the Family Room). Sundays 9:15-9:30 am; Wednesdays 5:40-6:00 pm
This Week's Note From Jess

The first couple weeks can feel a little bit discombobulated as kids and families get used to the routine. These first few weeks can be all about getting to know each other. Absolutely don’t stress about getting through the whole curriculum packet. There is way more there than you will ever use! Pick and choose the activities that will work best for your group. Oh, and make sure to review the Small Group Covenant with your group and have everyone sign it. Keep it in your small bin to pull out as needed.

As always, if you have questions, concerns or need help in any way, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me!

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Volunteer Opportunities

Small Group Leader | Adults and high schoolers are invited to meet with a small group once a week (either 9:45 Sunday mornings or 6:00 Wednesday nights) from September-May. You’ll have the opportunity to worship together, explore faith through hands on curriculum prepared and supplied for you each week, and discover how our faith impacts our everyday lives. Contact Jess Olson for more info!

Children’s Ministry Leadership Team | Adults and high schoolers who have a passion for working with kids and would like to be part of the planning and implementing of weekly ministry and special events throughout the year. Contact Jess for more info!

Children’s Ministry Worship Team | Kids in grades 4 + 5, high schoolers or adults who are interested in being part of the worship team, sound and tech crew, hospitality team, drama team should contact either Swen or Jess for more info!

Visit our Volunteer Page for more opportunities for you and your family.

Upcoming Children’s Ministry Events

Wed 19

Children’s Ministry

September 19 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wed 19

Student Ministry

September 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sun 23

Children’s Ministry

September 23 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Wed 26

Children’s Ministry

September 26 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wed 26

Student Ministry

September 26 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Opportunities for Young Families

Childcare (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 (age 3-5)

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.

MOPS and Mom Next (Moms of newborns to kindergartners)

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.

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

MOPS and Mom Next (Moms of newborns to kindergartners)

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.

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

Like MOPS at POP on Facebook.
Follow MOPS at POP on Twitter.

Register for MOPS/Moms Next

Moms@POP

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.

Social Media

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