Children

Age 0 - 5th Graders

A Place for All God's Children
A Place for All God's Children

St. Stephen honors the lifelong faith formation and journey of all God’s children, including the newest and youngest. Regular programming includes Sunday morning nursery for the youngest kids and post-worship Sunday School for older kids. Throughout the year, we offer a variety of unique events and activities, including music programs, community service activities, a summer vacation Bible school, and activities for parents.

Regular Kids Programs

Nursery

We offer a nursery every Sunday morning for our guests and youngest members of St. Stephen so that their parent(s) are able to participate in worship without having to worry about their little ones. Our nursery opens at 9:15 and runs until the end of Sunday School (11:30am) for children ages 0-2. Children up to age 4 are welcome in the nursery during our 9:30am worship service. In our nursery we always have two adults, and offer pagers in case we need to contact you during the service. Click here to read our Child Protection policies and howe we keep kids safe at St. Stephen.

Sunday School

In addition to our nursery remaining open during Sunday School hour at 10am each Sunday, we also offer year-round Discipleship Classes for children. We have a class for 3s-TK, a class for K-2nd grade and a class for 3rd-5th graders. In their class students have age appropriate lessons where the Bible is made relevant to their lives, build relationships with their Sunday School Teachers and have fun! We currently utilize Orange Curriculum for our lessons. Have older children? Check out our youth ministry. And don’t forget discipleship opportunities for you!

ENCOUNTERkids

ENCOUNTERkids is our Sunday-morning program for children whose parents are attending our modern worship at 11am each Sunday. Children join their parents for a moment of praise, song, and prayer before departing the worship service for their own age-appropriate worship, crafts, and other activities. Learn more about ENCOUNTER, our modern worship service.

Music Opportunities

Music opportunities, during the school year, include Wednesday evening choirs for children from age three through 5th grade and a music explorers class for younger children. In the summer, St. Stephen’s children’s choir camp (for rising 1st-6th graders) includes art and recreation, singing and movement as we prepare and perform a musical to present in Sunday worship. Learn more about our music opportunities for children, youth, and adults.

Preschool

The St. Stephen Preschool is an independent non-profit program that originally established by the church. The school is one of the best in North Carolina and serves infants to transitional kindergarten (TK). This ministry cares for children in a loving yet challenging environment. Church members and non-members are welcome in the preschool program. Visit ststephenpreschool.net for more information.

Cub Scout Pack 118

Scouts are a vital part of our congregation, and our scout programs are among the strongest in Mecklenburg County. Boys in 1st through 5th grades are invited to join us the first three Tuesdays of each month during the school year at 6:30 p.m.

Scouting offers a rank path anchored to grade level that teaches the children simple skills, creativity, planning methods. Each year the Pinewood Derby and annual family camping trip are highlights. The Pack traditionally participates in Cub Scout Day Camp at our local premier grade scout camp, Belk Scout Camp.

More information.

Boy Scout Troop 118

Chartered at St. Stephen in December 1968 our approach to Scouting centers around a Scout-led troop. This teaches the boys both leadership skills and the importance of working together through Scout ranks to achieve a common goal.  Our adventures include a monthly camping trip with rappelling, water trips and High Adventure trips scattered throughout the year.  Boys have the opportunity to join a weeklong Summer Camp experience to get a jump start on merit badges.  We have more than 200 Eagle Scouts from this Scouting ministry.  The Troop meets on Monday evenings throughout the year.

Service Projects
Service Projects

Our children participate in a number of service projects throughout the year, such as collecting books and school supplies for Greenway Park Elementary, collecting food for the Matthews Help Center, helping with Room in the Inn, raising money for hunger and walking in a “Mini” Crop Walk, packaging food for Stop Hunger Now, visiting nursing homes, and making cards for homebound members.

Club 45
Club 45

Club 45 is designed for 4th and 5th graders, helping your kids grow in their own understanding of who God is and how that affects the life they live. Activities include volunteer and service projects, arts, crafts, games, and discipleship study. Meets during the school year (fall-winter-spring).

Parent's Night Outs
Parent's Night Outs

During the year we also occasionally offer Parent’s Night Outs where parents can drop off their children for pizza, games, movies and fun and have a date night!

Other Children's Opportunities
Other Children's Opportunities

Children’s programs occur throughout the year, including an Easter egg hunt, a family fall festival, Bingo night, bike day, Advent festival, and Christmas pageant.

Safe Sanctuary

Safe Sanctuary Policy

At St. Stephen we are devoted to protecting every child. We write and implement policies designed to reduce the risk of abuse of children and youth. All adults working with children and youth are required to be educated on child abuse prevention and safety procedures. Our heart is to love and protect each child and youth who enters our Church doors.

Click here to view our Child Protection Policy.

Other Safety Measures
In our Nursery we also have implemented pagers so that families will be notified to pick up their child while they are in church and Sunday school, preventing the issue of not being able to reach someone who has their phone off for church.
All our children have information sheets on file with information such as emergency contacts and medical history in the event of an emergency.

Belonging for Every Season

Check out other programs and ministries for older youth and adults.