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Church Council, Lib. Saturday, Feb 29 @ 10:00 AM
Worship Sunday, Mar 1 @ 8:00 AM
Worship Sunday, Mar 1 @ 10:00 AM
UMYF, JH, Youth Rm Sunday, Mar 1 @ 6:30 PM
Chinese Book Study, Lib. Monday, Mar 2 @ 1:00 PM

Children's Ministry

Children's Sunday School Classes 


Infants, Toddlers and Pre-School:

In this classroom, Sunday Schoolers color lesson pages, hear and read stories about Jesus, enjoy a snack, and have fun playing with toys and playground equipment. 


Early Elementary: 

The early elementary class for Kindergarten through 2nd grade is family-friendly and fun!  The teachers are kind and caring.  Children learn about The Bible in ways that are understandable for younger ages. 


Older Elementary:

3rd through 5th graders learn about how to find things in The Bible and read stories from it. They do crafts (like playing with clay), play games, cook food, and act out stories from The Bible.


Middle School:

6th through 8th graders learn about stories from The Bible and relate lessons to everyday life, learn Manners Moments, and play games like Apples to Apples and Scrabble (Bible versions!).


High School:

9th through 12th grades share highs and lows from the week, explore scripture lessons, and reasons for those concepts. They ask questions and discuss scenarios related to The Bible.


 Once a month during the Sunday School year, the various Sunday School classrooms gather together for Children's Church, a special service for children and designed by children.  Together, we explore God’s blessings through skits, Bible verses, songs and activities.  



Children's Music Programs

View our Children’s Music Programs 


The Carol Choir welcomes 2nd through 6th graders to share the gifts of their voices through songs of joy.   Practices are held after Sunday School in the Music Room under the direction of Diane Lucas.  The Carol Choir performs once a month at the beginning of worship service, as well as during the Christmas Eve Family Service.


The Youth Bell Choir for 6th grade and older musicians rings out classical and pop tunes during the worship service.  Practices are held after Sunday School in the Sanctuary under the direction of Carolyn Noonchester.   The Youth Bell Choir performs once a month during worship service with the Youth Choir, and during Christmas Eve services.


The Youth Choir recently performed "What?", a musical by Youth Choir Director Janice Clark about the whirlwind lives of work, chores, activities, and leaving time to hear God's voice through the Holy Spirit.  


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Youth Choir practices are held Sunday afternoons for 6th through 12th graders.  Singers perform monthly during worship service with the Youth Bell Choir and during special services through the year such as Easter Sunrise Service, Thanksgiving Eve and the Christmas Eve Family Service.  In addition, Youth Choir members learn to expand their repertoire with simple but rhythmic moves for their special Cabaret musical fundraiser for the Sierra Service Project in March.  The Youth Choir is under the direction of Janice Clark.


For all of these Children’s Music Programs, previous music experience is helpful but not required.



Volunteer Opportunities


Middle School and High School youth serve as acolytes during Communion Sunday, assist with monthly Children's Church classes, help with summer Sunday School, and get involved with other church and community opportunities such as Family Promise and the Sierra Service Project.



Special Events


Trunk or Treat: What would Halloween be without lots of treats?!  At CGS, lots of treats are handed out from lots of Halloween-decorated car trunks in the west church parking lot. “Trunk or Treat” is held Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and provides a fun and safe trick-or-treating environment for kids of all ages!


Advent: Children receive their very own Nativity scene crèche sets during the Advent season leading up to Christmas. Children in Kindergarten through 6th grades receive part of their crèche sets at a church-wide Adornment program.  Children receive additional figures during subsequent Advent seasons until they complete their crèche sets by 6th grade.


Christmas Eve Family Pageant: Children of all ages tell the story of the birth of baby Jesus through narration, pantomime and music.  The Pageant includes performances by the Carol Choir, Youth Bell Choir and Youth Choir.


Easter: The CGS Youth share about their own personal journeys with the risen Christ during an intimate 6:00 a.m. sunrise service in the church courtyard.  Later, after the 10:00 a.m. Sunday School program, children race to find Easter eggs in our amazing, ever-popular Easter Egg Hunt!



400 W. Duarte Rd Arcadia, CA 91007      (626) 447-2181
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