Christian Education Ministry Annual Report 2012
Christian Education is always a busy ministry at Central Presbyterian Church. 2012 proves to be no different than any other season. Here are some of the highlights of Christian Education:
Adult Christian Education (ACES)
Many changes have been implemented in the Adult Ministry at Central. After the dissolving of the Adult program in May at the recommendation by the Presbytery CHAT
the Session charged a task force to develop a new system for our congregation. This ACES Task Force met during the summer and sent its recommendations to the Christian Education Ministry Team (CEMT) in September. A final draft was sent to the Session for discussion and approval by CEMT in December. Our new Adult Christian Education System was approved and implementation began in January 2013. In late February the first Teacher Orientation was conducted. We look forward to providing a variety of vibrant educational offerings for our congregation as we continue to implement the features of our new system.
The children's ministry is currently ministering to approximately 60 children with our various programs
On Sunday morning there are usually an average of 25-30 children who attend Sunday school. In addition we have two Kidz Praise programs which support worship and the 9am group averages 12 and the 11am averages 25 children.
Christian Education serves approximately 38 families on the Wednesday evening program called Mission Kidz with an average attendance of 20 children.
We could not run the CE program or achieve the current level of success without our dedicated volunteers. It takes a village every week of approximately 15-20 children’s volunteers.
In addition to our regular programming for children, several special events are held during the calendar year. They include the following:
Our Fall Festival hosted approximately 75 kids and their families. Many of those families were visitors
Our annual Easter Egg hunt was conducted with nearly 1000 eggs and 60 kids
Our Vacation Bible School served approximately 92 children also with many friends and visitors attending. All of these special events take many many volunteers to run smoothly.
Youth ministry includes ages from 6th grade through 12th grade. Central serves youth from 34 families; nearly 50 students are actively involved.
The average attendance for weekly youth group is 16 middle schoolers and 9 high schoolers. In addition to regular sunday activities the youth also participate in service projects such as souper bowl sunday, Maggie bags, conducting worship on Youth Sunday, and other outreach activities.
Our youth ministry also conducts special events and trips for our students.
Last year, 31 youth & adults attended Sapelo (middle school), 25 youth and adults attended Montreat, and more than 65 different students attended one of the many offered summer events in 2012.
Our confirmation ministry served 9 students who were confirmed and joined the church in March, 2012.
Chair of Christian Education Ministry