We want all children and families who enter through our open doors to first wonder about and experience the love of Jesus Christ. Families here belong to a ministry that creates a place where children are welcomed, valued, and recognized as vital disciples of the whole community so that they may grow in the confidence and security necessary to live into their identity and their call to a life of discipleship. Our baptismal vows engraft us into a covenant community and call us to faithfulness with and for children. We are a place where children are called by name, and where discipleship and a love of God and neighbor are nurtured. As church and family, we focus on the baptismal covenant and partnering with parents to help each child understand God’s purpose for his or her life. We invite you to be a part of how God is moving us together as a response to God's great love.
We believe that children learn by regularly attending worship with their families. During the 11:00 service, all children are welcome to come to the chancel area for a Moment with Children. Children of all ages are welcome in all of our worship services. Children ages 3K-1st grade are also invited to participate in Children's Church located in our Fellowship Hall.
In a nurturing environment that includes singing, prayer, scripture, Bible stories, and play, children learn about God's faithfulness and the love of Jesus Christ. At South Aiken, children are invited to come to the Lord's table to taste and see that the Lord is good as often as the congregation participates in the feast. Communion is offered on the first Sundays in Feb, April, June, Aug., Oct., and Dec.
Kids can usher too! On the third Sunday of every month. A child or two can be seen greeting and ushering.
The radical hospitality of the Lord's Table compels us to welcome children in ways that transform the lives of children and the community. South Aiken has maintained a strong tradition of having an open communion table. All believers are invited to celebrate communion with us. As a Session, we recognize children as an important part of South Aiken’s worshiping community. We enthusiastically welcome children to the table through participation in educational opportunities and, when they are ready, participation in the sacrament itself.
Children learn to worship by worshiping with their families and are considered full participating members. If needed, "Worship Bags" are available for children to help older and younger children listen and participate in worship. Bags include a sermon related children's bulletin, Bible Story Books, Pockets Magazine, copies of the Lord's Prayer, Apostles Creed, Bendaroos, a wooden labyrinth, stuffed animals, book marks for marking hymns, crayons, pencils and scratch pads.
Worship Preparation Class for 1st-2nd graders and their parents is held each year in January and February.
During the year children have many ways of leading in worship through Palm Sunday procession, World Communion Sunday procession, children's ensemble, procession of the water for Baptisms and reaffirmation of Baptismal vows, and lead the communion litany.
On baptism days, we often sing, "I was there to hear your bourning cry, I'll be there when you are old; I rejoiced the day your were baptized, to see your life unfold." These words become real when the congregation promises to guide and nurture, by word and deed, with love and prayer, to know and follow Christ and be faithful disciples of Christ's church.
If you would like to be baptized or have your child baptized, please contact on of our Pastors.
For more information about infant and adult baptisms in the Presbyterian Church (USA) click here
Each July, VBS offers Bible-based learning that connects with a mission project through which children can share God's love with others. Each year VBS a different theme and practices designed for a variety of learning styles.
You may check back here in May 2019 for the theme and all details.
4 years old - 5th graders
Youth (rising 7th-12th) are encouraged to be helpers
If you would like to volunteer as a group guide (and we would love for you to help) please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferences.
We want to intentionally nurture families in our community by providing an opportunity for parents to enjoy an occasional night out. We do this through our First Fridays (Parents' Night Out) program. We offer this four times each year, normally on the first Friday in May, October, December and March.
During First Fridays, children are invited to come to the Family
Life Center gym from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Our First Fridays ministry normally includes dinner, games, playground time, Bible stories, seasonal crafts, music, special events, and a movie. We welcome children of any age to attend. Youth (6th grade and above) are welcome to help chaperone and can earn extra money for retreats and conferences.
We are now able to take online payments for First Fridays. You can also send checks to the church office (1711 Whiskey Rd., Aiken, SC 29803) Checks should be made payable to SAPC with First Fridays in the memo line. Payment is due no later than the Tuesday before the event.
Our Sunday School ministries enables children to make new discoveries from God's Word. Christian service and stewardship are also an important part of our children's ministry. Parents are welcome to observe and/or participate any time. Visitors are always welcome. Click here for a full list of Christian Education classes on Sundays at 9:45 am.
Children and Families are included as part of the fellowship, worship, service, and learning ministries at South Aiken. Through opportunities like talent shows, church wide-picnics, Wednesday night Food for Thought ministries, and Sunday evening multi-generational ministries, children are seen not just as the future of our congregation, but the congregation of today. Come and see how God is moving in our family of faith and in yours.
On Sunday evenings children and families gather for fellowship, fun, and service together. You may catch us at a backyard campfire, at the bowling alley, or the putt putt course. You may find us at the church playing game with parents and kids,making cookies for prison ministry, or at the local nursing facilities singing or playing bingo. We do all sorts of ministries together as we grow in fellowship and in faith.
We have a fantastic Parent's Day Out, Preschool, and Kindergarten Ministry at South Aiken Pres. Please click on the picture to find out more information and how you can register your child or click here for more info
The Church also provides a Morning Glory AM Bible Friends ministry from 7:30-8:15 AM so parents may get to work earlier and know their child is being well cared for at the church. We sing songs, have Bible time, and have a blessing each morning.
An afternoon Bible Friends extended care program is also offered for families who need a few more hours in the afternoon from 12:15 - 2:00 pm each day. Kids get extra time on the playground and participate in a short Bible story each day.
Ready to spend the night away from home for a whole week? This 5-night camp is for you! You will get take part in arts & crafts, canoeing, hiking, tubing. archery, rock climbing and many more! Since you're staying the whole week, you'll also get to cookout over a fire and participate in the Infamous Camp Fellowship Talent Show! You will also get a special opportunity to plan and complete a special project benefiting the camp community. You can click here for more information
Our children are often found preparing cookies for the prison ministry, putting together disaster kits, collecting books for the local elementary school, collecting food items for the local elementary school back program, writing prayers for public safety, creating cards for nursing facilities, wrapping toys for Secret Santa, or making hearts for All Saints day.
During each baptism of an infant, child, or adult into this covenant of faith, the members of this church pledge to uphold that person in the spirit of Christ and to teach, strengthen and support the individual’s relationship with the Church Family. We are especially called to be intolerant of abuse, exploitation or harassment in any form: physical, emotional, or sexual.
In our pledge to sustain one another in the Gospel of Christ, we shall also undertake to preserve the integrity of each person within our Church Family. SAPC is committed to the sanctity of children, youth, and adults whether members, guests or employees. A well-implemented “Kids First!” policy not only protects children and youth, but also adults who provide leadership.
If you would like a copy of our "Kid's First!" Policy, please contact the church office email@example.com. All of our volunteers who work with children, youth, and persons with special needs have had a records check and have been trained in the policy.