Whoever Welcomes a Little Child, Welcomes Me.
Joining in Worship
We know kids are in worship and make noise. That’s great! It's the kind of noise we like to hear. Our praise-band led worship service has fun music and a special time and message for our younger friends (aka "children’s sermon"). A nursery is also available for young children.
Each week during the praise band-led worship service, kids are invited to the steps leading to the altar for a special message geared just to them. It's a fun way for kids to learn and feel involved in the worship service.
Each Spring we celebrate our kids by dedicating a Sunday just to them, with a kid-friendly worship service where the kids sing songs accompanied by the praise band. This year the theme was "Calling All Superheroes" and the service was on May 19 at 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School is a fun and engaing program held on most Sundays in between worship services starting at 9:45 am. Younger children learn about God through songs, prayer, Bible stories, crafts, and games, and begin to hear about the many parts in a spirtitual environment. Older kids discover how to make their faith active in love through serving others and building relationships, discussing current issues and becoming empowered to apply their Biblical knowledge in practical ways to live out the Christian faith, through acts of kindness and purposeful service.
Vacation Bible School
Loads of fun learning about God - what's better than that?! Held for one week each summer, all kids in the community ages 4 to 10 are welcome, whether or not they regularly attend Temple Lutheran Church. This year's theme was "Roar! Life is Wild, God is Good" and the kids learned songs, made crafts, heard and told stories, played games, ate delicious snacks and had lots of fun! Dates for VBS 2020 are August 3-7 Send us an email if you are interested in volunteering.
Learning About God
Helping our kids learn and grow, starting them on a lifelong journey of faith, Temple Lutheran Church has lots of great programs that teach kids and helps them form relationships with God.
Important events in the lives of kids are celebrated at Temple Lutheran Church, including baptism, first communion, and confirmation.
Baptism sets us out on a lifelong journey that is characterized by our relationship to God, our relationship to our faith community, our relationships in our community and the wider world. We believe in infant baptism as God's gift, drawing our children into the church.
The sacrament of Holy Communion represents the gift Christ gave us for the forgiveness of our sins. In conversation between Pastor, a child and their parents, it is determined when a child understands the meaning of the sacrament and is ready for their first commuion to be celebrated.
Our Kids Club holds lots of events throughout the year, from Moviie Nights, to Christmas cookie making, to tree plantings, to pizza parties, to Phillies games, to... well, you get the idea. Letting kids have fun helps them feel comfortable and at home in and with their church.
Getting kids involved with helping others at an early age develops empathy, builds self-confidence, and lays a foundation for a lifetime of serving. Temple Lutheran church has lots of activities to help kids help others.
Teddy Bear Picnic
A Teddy Bear Picnic is held in conjunction with Kids' Sunday each year, in which new teddy bears are collected to be distributed to kids in the area who would otherwise go without.
Alex's Lemonade Stand
Curing childhood cancer, one cup at a time... The kids of Temple Lutheran Church are proud to host an Alex's Lemonade Stand each spring to raise money and awareness. Learn more about the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.
SEPA Youth Ministries
SEPA Youth Ministries provides networking opportunities, training, resources, and support for those who work with youth and adults, with a goal to foster faith and fellowship in the youth of Southeast Pennsylvania (SEPA) Synod. SEPA Youth Ministry also organizes events for youth both in the SEPA Synod and beyond. Annual events include the Junior Youth Gatherin, Senior High Youth Gathering, Helping Hands Day, Wonderfully Made Camp, and both domestic and international summer servant trips. Learn more about SEPA Youth Ministries.
Tuscarora Lutheran Youth Retreat
Held this year in April, 6th through 12th graders from our congregation gathered with others throughout the Synod for a weekend youth retreat at the Tuscarora Inn and Conference Center, Mt Bethel, PA. This terrific retreat center offers a huge gym, game room, and a wonderful facility for worship, small group discussion, and recreation.
Temple Lutheran Church is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), affording many opportunities for youth to come together as a larger faith community.
Any With Special Needs Welcomed
The community of Temple Lutheran welcomes children with special needs, particularly any kids on the autism spectrum. We hold an annual autism awareness Sunday with a spectrum-friendly music-led worship service. Autism-friendly play bags are available every Sunday, which includes tactile toys, board books, and a laminated social story for parents to prep their children on social norms of worship. Our building is handicap accessible.