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Youth & Family Ministries


Children are a valuable part of Manito’s multi-generational worship service. A children’s message, lead by the preaching pastor, introduces the concepts of the sermon in an interactive manner before children head to the Sunday School or the nursery. Children are also welcome to stay through the entire service. There is also a quiet room available at the northwest corner of the Gathering Place where a TV brings a live feed of the service. 


Childcare is available during Sunday worship in the nursery downstairs for infants through age five. Manito’s nursery always aims to provide a safe, clean, and fun environment for children to play creatively and learn about God’s love for them. Our nursery coordinator Darla Weber oversees our children with the assistance of other nursery staff and volunteers. The staff consistency and recognizable smiling faces caring for our children each week is so important. It is because of this consistency and care that children look forward to spending time in the nursery.

Sunday School

Children in Pre-K through 6th grade are invited to participate in Sunday School, which begins after the children’s message in worship. After Sunday School, children 1st grade through 6th grade return to parents in worship before the end of the service. Pre-K/Kindergarten children stay with their Sunday School teachers and are picked up by parents after the service.

In order for the church to support the parents’ role as teacher and faith mentor, it is crucial that parents are actively involved with the Sunday School program. We hope that you will consider being a parent “observer” or classroom helper often. Sermons are always recorded and available online, so those involved won’t miss a thing. 


Adolescents are a joy to us! Youth staff and volunteers meet regularly, in addition to specially scheduled events. Our young people always have a place in the body of Christ, a place that is connected to the whole of the entire congregation. We want them to have a place to develop deep friendships, connect, and grow in understanding of Christian faith as they navigate the transition from youth to adulthood. You will see our teenagers on our worship team, playing their instruments, reading scripture, helping with hospitality with our deacons, and more.

Vacation Bible School

Every summer, Manito welcomes children from the community ages 4 through 6th grade to participate in our Vacation Bible School. It’s an action-packed week where kids learn about God’s love through singing, crafts, recreation, drama, snacks, and more. Parents are invited on Thursday night to join their kids and see what they have been doing. Our website will have more specific information listed each spring. 

2020 Update: We are sad to announce that we will not be hosting VBS this summer.

Parents’ Night Out

During the school year, our Youth and Family Ministries offers a quarterly “Parents’ Night Out” that gives parents a chance to see a movie or have an early dinner without the distraction of their wonderful kids. We know parenting is a gift, but also exhausting, so our hope is parents will take advantage of this free Sabbath time away from the kids to re-connect and re-charge with one another. Single parents need this time just as much to connect with other adults. The children’s program includes an intentional Bible lesson, a craft that reinforces the Biblical theme, dinner and dessert, and a service opportunity. Our hope is to create space for you to build strong marriages and families, as well as to come alongside you as you teach and model faith in the home.