Children & Youth Programs
At STSA we know that kids want a program designed especially for their age where they can have fun with like-minded peers with an engaging program. We know parents want to drop their children off in a warm, safe, friendly environment where their kids will be taught a Bible-centered lesson that they can apply at home.
We hope you’ll find our church to be a safe and loving spot for your littlest ones during Liturgy. There are several options for you to consider during this time. Parents may take their children (ages 18 months – 4 years-old) to Childcare in Room 310 and pick them back up in time for communion. We also offer a Parent’s Streaming Room in Room 118 if you’d like to take a break with your little one so they can get their wiggles out or have a snack. We have a soft toy box located in the back of room so your little ones can quietly flip through books or complete puzzles while you worship. At the Connection Table, you’ll also find crayons and an activity sheet for your child to color that is based on one of the liturgical readings from that Sunday.
during the well
18 months to Kindergarten
Tim’s Tots is our Sunday School program designed for our youngest children—ages 18 month olds to Kindergarten. We use an early childhood curriculum to teach relevant Bible truths. Each lesson teaches engaging Bible stories that transfer to true life application. Kids love the interactive lessons, fun Bible adventures, songs, stories and—of course—snack time.
Tim’s Tots has two classrooms—one for kids who are 18 months to 3 years old and old one for kids who are in K4 (4-year old preschool) and K5 (Kindergarten). Our Tim’s Tots volunteers are warm, nurturing and love our little ones! We have three volunteers in each classroom to teach and assist during the lesson. For peace of mind, we run background checks on all of our volunteers and have a nut-free policy in our classrooms. We also have a secure check-in/out process so you can enjoy The Well knowing your kids are safe and we can contact you if needed. Check-in begins at 11:10 on the 3rd floor. As soon as The Well concludes, you can check-out your child from their classroom using the parent pick-up tag that you received at check-in.
For parent resources and information to help you drive home the lessons learned in Sunday School, check out our Parents Page at STSA.Church/parents. You can also check out the Adventure Book that your child brings home each Sunday to find the Bible verse and fun activities to do at home.
Kids @ The Well
1st through 6th Grades
Our children’s program for kids in 1st through 6th grade meets every Sunday during The Well. Kids @ the Well incorporates music, comedy, skits, and the Bible in a unique way to spark the discovery and creativity in the heart of each child. The curriculum is designed to shape identity through planting these truths in the heart of every elementary-aged child:
I can trust God no matter what
I need to make wise choices
I should treat others the way I want to be treated
Kids at The Well has 3 classrooms—one for kids in 1st-2nd grades, one for kids in 3rd-4th grades and one for kids in 5th-6th grades. Our 1st through 4th graders begin their Sunday School experience with Large Group where they gather in one room for a high-energy, fun introduction to the lesson. Large Group enforces the biblical virtue with an easy to remember “bottom line” that can easily be practiced at home. For the second half of the lesson, they break out into Small Groups—1st and 2nd are one small group and 3rd and 4th are another small group. Small groups is where kids engage in hands-on games and activities and have meaningful discussions to drive home the lesson and build real friendships. Your kids will not want to miss out!
Fifth and sixth graders have their own unique experience in Surf School. In Surf School, preteens are learning how to surf the waves before they get to become The Wave in our Teen Program for 7th-12th graders. Each lesson in Surf School includes relevant Scripture to get preteens digging into the Bible, engaging discussion questions to get them thinking and talking about God, and fun hands-on activities to help them connect even more to what they’re learning.
We have one to two volunteers in each classroom to teach and assist during the lesson. For peace of mind, we run background checks on all of our volunteers and have a nut-free policy in our classrooms. We also have a secure check-in/out process so you can enjoy The Well knowing your kids are safe and we can contact you if needed. Check-in begins at 11:10 on the 3rd floor and is also where your child will receive a snack. As soon as The Well concludes, you can check-out your child from their classroom using the parent pick-up tag that you received at check-in.
For parent resources and information to help you drive home the lessons learned in Sunday School, check out our Parents Page at STSA.Church/parents. You can also check out the Cue Cards that are given out at dismissal to find out the memory verse, bottom line, Bible stories and practical application ideas.
7th through 12th Grades
The Wave is where we build up our teens to become the tidal wave that will turn our world upside down with the love of Christ! Our goal is to equip our teens for the amazing adventure that God has called them to live out. We offer our teens an experience that is more like what adults experience in The Well and the life of the church. The Wave is a place where youth can experience real friendships, real food and real life.
The Wave starts off with a time of fellowship to allow our teens to hang out, have fun and build real friendships with each other.
We know how much teens LOVE to eat! So we provide a real meal for our teens each Sunday. The children on the third floor get snacks, the adults at The Well get coffee and a treat, but teens get real food—pizza, sandwiches and more! We hope that the first part of The Wave with real food and fun with friends will spark great conversation among our teens.
After food and fun, we spend some time in uplifting praise led by our Teen Music Team. Then we dive into the main lesson—a 20-minute, TED-talk style, presentation of the main lesson. Following this, we break out into small groups—divided by age and/or gender. It’s during these small groups, which we call Life Groups—that real life change happens. Just like with the adult Life Groups, we discuss the main lesson learned at The Well (in this case The Wave) and discuss specific, real-life scenarios to teach true life application of the lesson.
Teens have so many God-given gifts and talents and they shouldn’t have to wait to use them until they’re adults. We also know that when teens feel connected to their church through volunteering they are more likely to stay in the church after graduation. That’s why we encourage our teens to volunteer inside and outside the classroom. We have so many opportunities for our teens to engage in service—Teen Hospitality, Teen Connection, Teen Music, Classroom Set-up, Classroom Clean-up, community service, etc. Our wonderful volunteers walk alongside our teens to train, equip and encourage them as they serve so they experience the joy of giving of themselves for God’s glory.
For parent resources and information to help you drive home the lessons learned in Sunday School, check out our Parents Page at STSA.Church/parents. You can also ask your teen to share their notes from The Wave handout they used on Sunday. Make sure to check out the Shout Outs and Announcements on the back as well.
Checking in your kids
Parents of children 18 months to 6th grade are asked to check-in their children on the third floor starting at 11:10 am. We ask that you please take your children to the restroom before check-in so that we can minimize interruptions once the lesson begins. In order to register your family, the Check-In Team will ask for your name, email address, phone number, children’s names, dates of birth and any allergies. Each Sunday, your children will receive a new name tag listing their name, allergies and a unique code and parents will receive a parent pick-up tag with the same unique code.
Please pick up your children from their classrooms at the conclusion of The Well using your parent pick-up tag.
Teens in 7th-12th grades can go directly to Room 118 on the first floor and do not need to be checked in or out by a parent.