Children

SPL KIDS – Children’s Ministry

The SPL Kids Team is led by Kristin Harman, Director of Children’s Ministry, along with Jennifer Suckow, Assistant Director. Our team has a goal of creating disciples through the building up of families and the equipping of children to grow in Christ throughout their lives through study, worship, serving, the building of supportive community, and through other spiritual disciplines following the example of Jesus Christ.

Nothing is more precious than the gift of our children. Their unconditional love and trust are remarkable. Jesus reminds us, “the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these”. Pouring into the faith life of the next generation is an important and worthwhile investment. Here is a list of the programs, classes, and other venues specifically designed with that in mind.


Get Connected with SPL KIDS

The SPL Kids children’s ministry area is located on the second floor of the building. It is a structured learning environment in which children have the opportunity to explore, create, sing, and discover God’s great love for them. All children from ages 3 years old through 6th grade are welcome to attend the education classes that are designed just for their age level! Most classes meet in the SPL Kids area (second floor) or as designated.

SPL Kids Time is structured to communicate value to children. Children are so much more than the future of the church – they are the church today. They have experiences of God that are real, full, and vibrant. They wrestle with the same struggles of worth, freedom, being alone, and death as the rest of us. We are here to meet children where they are, communicate value, and give them the language they need to navigate the joys and challenges of life while building relationships with Jesus and others.


The following are our offerings in a “normal” season. We arec currently unable to offer in-person times/experiences due to COVID restrictions.

SPL KIDS: Worship

Saturday 6:00pm Worship (released at offering time – 3 years through 4th grade)
Sunday 10:30am Worship (released at offering time – 3 years through 4th grade)
Children who plan to participate in SPL Kids: Worship should be checked in by a parent/guardian prior to the start of worship at the SPL Kids Check-In Station located in the Fellowship Area

6 weeks – 3 years (Nursery): Bible Time. The nursery is open for the duration of all our weekend services, but during the latter portion of each service, the children engage in a time of praise, Bible story time, and prayer.

During SPL Kids Worship, children engage in a condensed time together guided by the Orange curriculum, experiencing a story, song, and participating in time of creativity. Children will also connect in prayers and discussion.

SPL KIDS: Sunday Education Time

Meets weekly on Sundays from 9:15-10:15 am

Building Blocks (Room 203): This special class is for caretakers and children (birth-3 years) to attend together. Experience the love of a supporting, multi-generational community of families and teachers (who are experts in childhood development). The focus of this class is the spiritual formation of families and young children. Parents/Caretakers can come in with their children at any time while the class is meeting.

3 Years – Kindergarten (Room 212): Children explore the Bible through story, songs, and age appropriate activities. This class includes free play, story time, and snack. Children often experience the story for the day by reenacting the story themselves. They are currently working through the New Testament stories found in the Beginner’s Bible.

1st-4th Grade (Great Room): Children engage in a time together guided by the Orange curriculum, experiencing a story, song, and participating in time of creativity. Children will also connect in prayers and discussion.

5th-6th Grade (Family Room): This interactive, Bible-based class includes age appropriate activities and discussion opportunities. Doughnuts and juice are offered.


SPL KIDS: F3

F3: Family-Faith-Formation meets Wednesdays during designated sessions (Fall, Winter). Opportunities are available for children of all ages – SPL Kids provides classes for our youngest children in our nursery area, all the way to 6th grade.

SPL KIDS: Parent Tips

When you pick up your children, please wait for them outside the door of the room. Dismissing the children one at a time allows them to receive a personalized blessing and supports them as they cross the threshold of the room to leave. Please have your pick up label/ticket ready.

SPL KIDS: Web Resources

Join our SPL Kids Facebook Group to stay up-to-date with what’s happening with SPL Kids!

Visit and subscribe to our SPL Kids YouTube Channel to view our latest video content.


ST. PAUL’S EARLY LEARNING CENTER

SPL ELCThe purpose of St. Paul’s Early Learning Center is to serve families of the church and community who desire a Christ-centered care and learning experience for children ages 6 weeks – 12 years. The Early Learning Center features daily care options for ages 6 weeks – 5 years (Monday-Friday, 6:30am-5:30pm), preschool classes (ages 3 and 4), and a before/after school and days out program for school-aged youth.

We are blessed to note that among our qualified and caring teaching staff, there is a total of 88 years of teaching experience among them at our Early Learning Center alone (not counting the other years of experience they had prior to coming to the ELC). Five of our teachers have been with the ELC for five years each and three of our teachers have been with the ELC for over ten years each. We value our teaching staff and their dedication, and they are passionate about providing this Christ-centered care day after day for your child.

St. Paul’s Early Learning Center is located at 1 Bachrach Court (corner of West Mound Road and Taylor Avenue), within St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

Contact the Early Learning Center for more information about classroom availability, preschool or school-aged programs, or schedule a tour today at 217-424-9183.
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LUTHERAN SCHOOL ASSOCIATION

LSALionSt. Paul’s Lutheran Church is one of five member churches forming the Lutheran School Association (St. Paul’s, St. John’s, Trinity, Concordia, and Mt. Calvary) and a proud supporter of the school as an extension of our ministry. The school was organized in 1959. In addition to Kindergarten – 8th grade, the LSA established a High School in the fall of 2000. Families have access to a Christian-centered education for their students in Kindergarten through 12th grade right here in Decatur.
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