SPL KIDS – Children’s Ministry

We have 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 our 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.

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SPLKids2017-v3_200x75The SPL Kids children’s ministry area is located on the second floor of our building. It is a playful 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: 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 latter portion of each service, the children engage in a time of praise, Bible story time, and prayer.

3 years – Kindergarten (Room 206): Life with God for Kids: Worship. A condensed version of our Sunday education and F3 lessons with a corresponding extension activity. Children who attend both Sunday education and Kids Time Worship will receive a more complete lesson, but attending just one will be a meaningful experience as well.

1st-4th Grade (Great Room): Life with God for Kids: Worship. Includes prayer stations, an imaginative prayer exercise, and an extension activity which corresponds to Sunday education and F3 lessons.

Junior Leadership Program: 5th-6th graders who are participating in the SPL Kids Junior Leadership program are eligible to serve in one of the above three rooms during SPL Kids: Worship. 5th-6th graders must have completed the training and be on the schedule to serve. Click HERE for more information on the SPL Kids Junior Leadership Program.

SPL KIDS: Sunday Education Time

Meets weekly on Sundays from 9:20-10:20am

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.

3 Years – Kindergarten (Room 206): Life with God for Children. Even the youngest children can receive God’s Spirit and experience His presence. This class is designed to draw children into a loving and active relationship with their Heavenly Father in an age-appropriate way. Children experience God through interaction with one another and their teachers, prayer, an introduction to the storyline of the Bible, memory verse activities, and interactive learning activities.

1st-4th Grade (Room 213): Life with God for Children. In this class, the rhythm of the class is similar to the 3 Years – Kindergarten class but with activities, verses, discussions, and teaching geared toward middle-elementary children.

5th-6th Grade (Room 211): Life with God for Children. The same rhythm continues in this upper elementary class – that is part of the beauty of Life with God for Children. The material is age-appropriate for upper elementary children. In this class, the children will engage in a weekly imaginative prayer exercise designed to center their minds on the presence of God and help them enter the pages of the Bible for themselves.


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. Here is a listing of what is available for each age and stage during F3 times:

Our safe, loving and nurturing Nursery is also available for children ages 6 weeks to 3 years old for any parents who may need this service. This group is also exposed to learning through play and singing.

6 weeks – 3 years (Nursery): Young children are invited to come and play with our loving nursery crew during F3 class times.

3 yrs – Kindergarten (Room 206): Bible App for Kids: Bible Adventure. “On your mark, get set go on a Bible adventure!” Join us for play, prayer, awesome age-appropriate teaching videos, singing, dancing, and Bible time!

1st-4th Grade (Room 213): Life with God for Kids. Similar to our 1st-4th Sunday education class, this class will feature a similar Bible story but with different activities and discussion questions.

5th-6th Grade (Room 211): Similar to our 5th-6th Sunday education class, this class will include times of journaling and personal reflection and an alternate extension activity. Children who attend both the Sunday morning and Wednesday evening classes will receive a more complete lesson for the week.


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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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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