"Parenting is a team sport." This is a phrase often repeated at Denver Pres, and for good reason. We want to raise our children to be wise, compassionate, and fair in the way they live their lives. We believe that following Jesus is integral to our children growing in this way. We believe that it takes a church to raise a child who follows Jesus - that they should have developmentally appropriate ways to learn about their faith, that they should have relationships with both peers and adults that encourage their faith, and that they should have a growing sense of their agency in the life of the church and in their skills as students of the Bible and prayer.
Our goal is to assist parents in raising their children to become lifelong followers of Jesus who are able to relate their faith to every part of life.
HOW DO CHILDREN GROW?
Parents are most crucial in the spiritual formation of their children. Children love the things their parents love. If parents are actively engaged in loving Jesus, kids are drawn to that. We help parents actively grow in their own faith and provide support as they seek to be faithful spiritual guides for their children. We focus on providing resources and counsel for marriages, believing that the strength of a child's formation is deeply impacted by the strength of their parents' marriage
The church also has an indispensable role to play in the lives of children. Our approach to the spiritual formation of children is holistic: children grow spiritually through a variety of means, including teaching, relationships, and experiences. We want children and youth to know that Denver Pres is their church, not just their parents’ church. Their questions are important and their contributions invaluable. We create casual environments for children and youth to interact with adults, forming friendships of all ages.
Nursery Care (0-47 months)
Children are a precious gift to our church body, and we provide fun, safe, and loving care for each child. Children are always welcome in the Sunday worship service, but nursery is available for children ages 0-47 months.
Skilled childcare workers serve in our nursery each week. In addition, several Denver Pres members serve on a rotating basis as weekly Nursery Coordinators. The Nursery Coordinator will assisst you with checking in your child.
Children's Worship (PreK-3rd Grade)
During the sermon, age-appropriate teaching helps younger children personally understand and worship and the message God has for us in His Word. We offer the following groupings:
- PreK - Kindergarten
- 1st-3rd Grades
Seasonal Sunday School (1st - 12th Grade)
For a 12-week season in the Fall, and a 18-week season in the Spring, we offer Sunday School before the worship service at 9:00 AM. The time is devoted to building skillful reading of the Bible and growing capacity to memorize, understand, and apply the scriptures to life.
The Fall 2017 season begins September 10 and runs through December 3; the Spring 2018 season begins January 7 and runs through May 20.
- 1st - 5th grade meets together for a 20 - minute large group lesson, then has a time of discussion and activity for 25 minutes in age/grade sections: 1st grade, 2nd-3rd grade, 4th-5th grade.
- 6th-8th grade gathers for a group lesson and breakout discussion groups.
- 9th-12th grade gathers for a group lesson and breakout discussion and discipleship groups.