Every summer, the children and youth at EPC work in the garden during church. Their mission is to weed, water, and harvest. The entire yield goes to Elmhurst-Yorkfield Food Pantry. Ruth Schroeter, Master Gardener, oversees the gardening and teaches the children about what it means to be stewards of God’s earth.
The Elmhurst Presbyterian Children’s Garden is entirely organic and tended only by volunteers and young people. The children and youth learn about plants and their vegetables while also learning about insects and their activities.
The summer mission of gardening and harvesting allows young people to explore nature, tending what we’ve been given, and then giving it away for the benefit of others.
For most Sundays, children leave adult-church and engage with each other in age-appropriate lessons from the Bible. We pray together, learn a story from scripture, do a craft together, laugh together, and then return to adult-church. For the last three Sundays of the month, children go to their own special church. For details about curriculum, accommodations, lessons, contact Emily Culella.
New Busy Boxes
The first Sunday of every month, kids participate in the entire worship service. Other Sundays, they leave during the sermon for special activities. Check out the new Busy Boxes located in pews throughout the sanctuary full of activities, prayer sheets and children's bibles if kids (or adults!) need something to keep their hands and minds occupied during the service.
The EPC nursery is available Sunday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon. The nursery is staff by Allison Thoms, who is originally from Chicago and grew up on the northside near the Lincoln Square neighborhood. She moved to Elmhurst three years ago to pursue a bachelor's degree in Music Education with focus on choir and vocal performance. She has worked as a camp counselor, nanny and resident advisor at her college in the past and loves opportunities to work with young children. Allison is very excited to work in the nursery!
We Believe in Accommodations
At EPC, we are dedicated to exploring faith with all people of all needs and abilities. Each one of our pews contains a bin for young worshipers filled with age-appropriate tools to help them worship with us, even if they can’t read, talk, or sing yet!
Because we know that all children don’t worship in the same way, we also have bins for children who have special sensory needs or children who are neuro-diverse. For one of these specialized pew bins, see Emily Culella, Director of Christian Education and Youth Ministry.
How can we best accompany your child on their faith journey? Let us know if we can help with any learning accommodations or needs.