Children are a vital part of our congregation; indeed they are the next generation upon which the church's future depends. This understanding, and the vision that fuels our ministry programs for children, grows out of the words of Jesus in Matthew 18:5: "and whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me." Jesus calls us to regularly minister to children, to see them as equal partners in the community of faith whom the Holy Spirit can and does work through.
With this understanding and vision in mind, we seek to provide a safe space in which children and young people, from infants to teens, can encounter caring adults and a nurturing environment to explore their gifts and their world and connect to God. Our mission is to inspire children of all ages to uncover and utilize their spiritual, intellectual and creative gifts while embracing diversity and advancing an open and inclusive world.
We believe God compels us, by word and deed, to proclaim the good news that there is new life in Christ; that God's love is unconditional; and that young people are equal partners in the community of faith whom the Holy Spirit can and does work through.
Our church school and program volunteers are nurturing, committed and spiritually mature adults who are required to have a background check and go through training before interacting with our children. We meet regularly to assess and review curriculum. Fort Washington Collegiate Church members who are interested are welcome to call for information about volunteer opportunities in the children ministries. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Troy Schremmer, Director of Christian Education and Church Life at 212-568-4014 ext. 224 or email@example.com.
We offer programs designed to encourage inquiry into Christian identity, an openness to diversity, a sense of self and the discovery of what they have to offer.