Children are central to Old Pine life. They are welcomed as full participants in every aspect of our life as a community of faith. As a congregation, we take seriously the promises we make to children at their baptism and strongly support the nurture and education of the children of our church family.
Old Pine offers professionally staffed infant and nursery care during Sunday morning worship and activities. Professional child care staff attends to the needs of our youngest members so parents can worship with complete peace of mind.
Sunday School classes are open to children of all ages. Children aged 10 and younger accompany their parents to worship at 10:30 a.m. and then are dismissed after the "Lesson for Young Christians." Classes meet in the Old Pine Community Center and include music, bible stories, arts and crafts.
Youth in grades 5-8 gather Sunday mornings at 9am for discussion and activities. They meet at the Old Pine Community Center for about an hour and then walk the few steps through the historic cemetery to the Church sanctuary for worship at 10:30am. They have talked about homelessness and visited with a former homeless person and his brother; they have shared their favorite Bible verses and why they are important to each one; they have experienced what it feels like to make a decision that is different from what their friends may do. Co-leaders for each session help these young people find answers, ask new (and old) questions, and walk with the faith each day. Friends are always welcome to attend.
Confirmation/Commissioning Classes are held as needed. The class, designed for young people, grade 9 and older, will meet on Sunday mornings. The class explores the fundamentals of Christian faith. The young people are matched with a "shepherd", a member of the congregation who walks with and mentors the young person through this particular part of their journey of faith. The Confirmation/Commissioning Class participates in the Inquirers Way, with adults who are also exploring basic Christian belief.