We want all children and families who enter through our doors to experience the love of Jesus Christ. Families here belong to a ministry that creates a place where children are welcomed, valued, nurtured, and recognized as vital members of the community. We strive for an environment that allows children to grow in the confidence and security necessary to live a life of faith and discipleship. We are a place where children are called by name and where discipleship and a love of God and neighbor are nurtured. As a church and family, we focus on the baptismal covenant and partner with parents to help each child understand God’s purpose for his or her life.
Worshiping with Children We believe that children learn by regularly attending worship with their families. As such, children of all ages are welcome in our 8:45 AM and 11:00 AM our worship services. If needed, worship bags are available for children. The bags include Bible-based activity pages, story books, Pocket Magazines, crayons, etc.
During our 11:00 AM service, children are encouraged to come forward to the chancel area for a Moment with Children. Children ages 3K-1st grade are also invited to participate in Children's Church, which includes singing, prayer, scripture, Bible stories, and play. Children learn about God's faithfulness and the love of Jesus Christ.
Children Are Welcome at the Lord's Table SAPC has long-maintained a strong tradition of having an open communion table. All believers are invited to celebrate communion with us. We recognize children as an important part of South Aiken’s worshiping community. Consequently children are invited to come to the Lord's table during our communion services to taste and see that the Lord is good. SAPC holds communion services on the first Sunday in February, April, June, August, October and December.
Children Participate in Worship During the year, children have the opportunity to actively participate in worship via the Children's Moment, the Palm Sunday procession, the World Communion Sunday procession, children's ensemble, procession of the water for baptisms and reaffirmation of baptismal vows, and communion. A worship preparation class for 1st and 2nd graders and their parents is offered on a regular basis.
Baptism On baptism days, SAPC often sings, "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 as the congregation promises to guide and nurture children by word and deed and with love and prayer to know and follow Christ and become faithful disciples.
If you would like to be baptized or have your child baptized, please contact our Pastor.
Vacation Bible School VBS offers Bible-based learning that includes a mission project through which children can share God's love with others. Each year, VBS has a different theme and the program is designed for a variety of learning styles. The program takes place in July and is open to children aged 4 years (by Sept 1st) to rising 6th graders. Older children can participate by volunteering to help with the program. Please check back on our website in May under Grow, VBS for the theme in 2020, details about the program, and registration.
If you would like to volunteer as a VBS group guide (and we would love for you to help!) please contact us using the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
First Friday- Parents Night Out We nurture families by providing an opportunity for parents to enjoy an occasional night out without the kids. We do this through our First Fridays - Parents' Night Out program. This program provides safe and secure childcare and is offered four times a year, normally on the first Friday in March, May, October, and December.
During First Fridays, children come to the SAPC Family Life Center gym from 6:00-9:00 PM. The night includes dinner, games, playground time, Bible stories, seasonal crafts, music, special events, and a movie. We welcome children (and their friends!) of any age to attend. Youth (6th graders and above) can participate in the First Fridays program and earn money for retreats and conferences by serving as chaperones. First Fridays does charge a small fee per child for the evening. We are now able to take online payments. (To make an online payment, simply go to the main page of the SAPC website, select the Give and Connect tab at the top of the page, select Giving and Registration Fees, scroll down to Fees and Payments, click on the Children and Families box, select First Fridays from the drop down and click on Buy Now) You can also send checks to the church office at 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.
Sunday School Our Sunday school enables children to make new discoveries about God's Word. Christian service and stewardship are also important elements of the program. Parents are welcome to observe and/or participate. Visitors are welcome.
Sunday Children and Family Ministry On Sunday afternoons or evenings, children and their families gather for fellowship, fun, and service together. You may catch us at a backyard fire pit, at the bowling alley, or the putt putt course. You may find us at the church playing games, painting a rock, making teacher appreciation gifts, or celebrating Cinco de Mayo or St. Patrick's Day. You may see us at a local nursing home singing or delivering flowers. You may find us at home engaged in a specially prepared at-home activity. We also seek to help our parents raise children of faith by offering study that helps them encourage their children's spiritual growth. For example, our parents have studied Sticky Faith: everyday Ideas to build lasting faith in your kids by by Dr. Kara Powell and Dr. Chap Clark.
Preschool and Kindergarten We have a fantastic preschool and kindergarten at South Aiken Presbyterian. Our kindergarten has long been a positive presence in the Aiken community. We often discover that parents and sometimes even grandparents attended SAPK as children! To find more information about our preschool and kindergarten click here.
The Church also provides before-school and after-school programs. Our before-school program, Morning Glory, takes place from 7:30 - 8:15 a.m. each weekday so that parents can drop their children off on their way to work and know that they are being well cared for at the church. We sing songs, get some exercise, have Bible time, and have a blessing each morning.
Our afternoon extended care program, Bible Friends, is available to those families who need a program after the SAPK school day ends. Bible Friends takes place from 12:15 - 2:00 p.m. each weekday. Children get extra time on the playground, engage in science and crafts, and enjoy a short Bible story.
Reaching Out Our children and youth can often be found preparing cookies for a prison ministry, putting together disaster kits, collecting books for a local elementary school, collecting food items for a school backpack program, writing prayers for public safety, creating cards for nursing home residents, wrapping toys for Secret Santa, and making hearts for All Saints day.
Child Protection - Kids First Policy The members of South Aiken Presbyterian have pledged to uphold the integrity and sanctity of the individual and to teach, strengthen and support his/her relationship with Christ. We do not tolerant abuse, exploitation, or harassment in any form - physical, emotional, or sexual. Our position in this regard is captured in two written documents: Kids First! - Child Protection Policy and the SAPC Sexual Harassment Policy.
We preserve the integrity and sanctity of each member of our church family and are committed to protecting the sanctity and safety of all children, youth, and adults whether they be SAPC members, guests, students or employees.
If you would like a copy of our "Kid's First!" policy or our Sexual Harassment policy, please contact the church office at email@example.com. All volunteers who work with children, youth, and persons with special needs at SAPC have had a records check and have been trained in the policy.