(Sunday School has resumed during our 10am service)
Children join our service for the first fifteen minutes and are then dismissed after the Children's Sermon. We have a rich curriculum for all age.
The Nursery offers a variety of activities as well as a robust curriculum for this age group. Music and conversation are at the heart of this curriculum.
Bible Life curriculum communicates the gospel with life-changing clarity, motivating students to apply what they've learned at every stage of spiritual growth.
Our Gospel Light Sunday school curriculum guides children to develop their own personal relationship with Jesus.
Digging Into the Heart of God brings a fresh approach to growing a lifelong relationship with God. As kids explore God’s character throughout the Bible, God transforms them from the inside out. Kids discover what it means to reflect God's Heart in everyday life.
We seek to teach children to understand and seek wisdom from the Scriptures in a safe and fun learning environment; support families so they may grow in relationship with one another and Christ; encourage youth to model their lives after Christ, and through the power of the Holy Spirit share their faith by serving the world.
Seekers is back!! Register now HERE! Seekers is a program for kids from birth through 5th grade. We help kids develop their own personal relationship with Jesus through music, bible study, games, and a family style meal. Seekers is a safe place where kids can be kids. They can be who God made them to be. Not to become, just to be. We accept them with open arms as God does us. And it makes a difference. For them and for us.
VBS is each June, this week-long camp is a wonderful opportunity for pre-school through elementary age kids to make new friends and learn more about God in a relaxed setting. Each year’s theme combines fun with learning: Bible stories, songs, games, arts and crafts, skits, and snack times. In 2020 our Vacation Bible School took a giant leap of faith by creating our first ever “virtual” VBS experience. Our YouTube version of Rocky Railway, combined with special activity kits, allowed the children to safely participate in VBS from home. We continued in 2021 doing a Virtual VBS. We hope to welcome everyone back to in-person VBS in 2022!
EPIC 2020, virtual weekly videos! We will study the Fruits of the Spirit and the Sermon on the Mount in a VBS like program featuring our puppet friends and David Harmon on the ukulele. The program is free, everyone is invited! Click HERE to watch!
The go-to place to get weekly updates on our children’s programs. Members can view current and past children’s sermons, Seeker worship videos and sing-alongs with David Harmon, and other fun things. Be sure to follow us so that you can receive regular updates.
Each Fall, PCN hosts a Youth and Children’s Ministry Open House. In 2019 this featured guest speaker Andrew Weiher, a Behaviorist for Novato Union School District. Parents, staff, and teaching volunteers attended both the main speaker session and a follow-up discussion session. This year it was a little different, we had our Open House on Zoom!
Available during Sunday morning worship services.
Children join our service for the first fifteen minutes and are then dismissed after the Children's Sermon. We have a rich curriculum for all ages.
Upon nursery drop-off of your child, we will ask you to fill out a Nursery Potty Form. This will best helps us meet the needs of your child.
At the Presbyterian Church of Novato, we take our responsibility to care for children very seriously. These policies are intended to facilitate a safe and nurturing environment for our children. While providing accountability for all staff and volunteers, and to eliminate as many opportunities for abuse or misconduct as possible.
We have created the Safe Church Misconduct and Abuse Prevention Policy. Its procedures have been adopted and will be strictly enforced. To view a copy of the policy click the button below.
We have Disciplinary, Bullying, Bathroom and Sickness Policies. These policies should be adhered to at all times during our programs and events. To view a copy of the policy click the button below.
PCN will ensure that all mandatory reporters, Sunday School teachers, employees and volunteers working with children are trained on this policy within six months of its adoption and every three years thereafter, as a minimum. Newly ordained mandatory reporters, new Sunday School teachers, employees and volunteers working with children will be trained within 6 months of their ordination, employment, or their volunteer work.
Every year we have a volunteer training in the fall where we go over our policies, procedure, and requirements.
Everyone working or assisting with children and/or youth must complete the following application forms:
F. Children and Youth Ministries Application Form – Adults Page 19
G. Children and Youth Ministries Volunteer Application Form – Minors Page 20
H. Pre-employment Screening Certification Questionnaire Page 21
I. Consent to Background Screening Page 22
Reference checks will be routinely done, and background checks (including fingerprinting) are required for all paid staff (including ministers) and all regular volunteers. A regular volunteer means a volunteer who is 18 years of age or older and who has direct contact with or supervision of, children for more than 16 hours per month or 32 hours per year. (Ch. 2.9, Sec. 18975, Business and Prof. Code, January 1, 2022).
In cooperation with California laws, PCN prohibits registered sex offenders from working with children or youth or being in close proximity to ministries with children or youth. This church also prohibits the following persons from working with children or youth or being in their close proximity (except for church intergenerational activities): anyone who has been convicted of a violent crime, any sexual offense (even if not registered as a sex offender) or has consented to entry of a court order involving the same.
Any volunteer who works with or supervises youth regularly shall:
1. Be a member or active attendee of PCN for at least six months prior to starting such activities. Volunteers who are not members of PCN may qualify by submitting a statement of faith for review/approval by the Christian Education Committee.
2. Be at least 14 years of age. Adult supervision of minor volunteers is required.
3. Complete online mandated reporter training provided by the Office of Child Abuse Prevention in the State Department of Social Services. (https://mandatedreporterca.com/)
4. Complete an online training course provided by PCN on recognizing the common grooming processes and behaviors of sexual offenders. ( We are using Ministry Safe’s Sexual Abuse Awareness Training)
If you have questions or concerns about these policies, please talk with Sydney Fletcher our Safe Church Coordinator, as we want to hear from you and value all input.