Children and Youth Christian Ed

Children & Youth Christian Education

Each Sunday, CMCL kids gather to have fun with each other, explore and express how they see God working in their world and to be reminded that they are known and loved by God. The stories of Jesus’ love and other teachings provide the foundation for Children & Youth Christian Education. It is the spirit and context of the biblical stories that invite our children to understand how God is present in the context of their lives. We meet them where they are; teaching, sharing and demonstrating love and compassion. In the past, curriculum has been created by the Associate Pastor of Children’s Ministries and the Christian Ed committee, supplemented by curriculum resources from Menno Media. 

Peace School (preschool through grade 6)

Peace School is a three evening summer program that invites children to be peacemakers by thinking globally and acting locally. Historically, the Mennonite church is a peace church. Therefore, CMCL desires to teach children about historic pacifism and contemporary conflict transformation.


Due to COVID, 2021 Peace School has been adapted into three “Little Parrot Mornings” taking place at Long’s Park on the 3rd Saturday in June, July and August.

The Fishbowl (infants to toddlers)

Our nursery, “The Fishbowl” is a comfortable and caring environment for the youngest of our congregation to listen to stories of God’s love. Committed parents and volunteers share their time playing, reading, and engaging as a way of letting little ones know how valued and important they are.

Ages 2 through 4

Provides a nurturing time for preschoolers to learn they are known and loved by God. Each week, volunteers weave play and guidance into a Bible story and lesson. This important transition time allows for consistent connection with caring volunteer teachers and provides gentle growth and learning of Jesus and the world around them.

Age 5 through 2nd Grade

The messages and stories of Jesus and the Bible are introduced. Children respond and engage with the biblical story in an interactive way through creative expression, (art, drama, music and storytelling) and are guided through thoughtful exploration of how we are all God’s children.

3rd through 8th Grade (Venture Club & Junior Youth)

The teachings of Jesus’ love and biblical messages are brought to life through reflection and relevance in this diverse age group. Experiencing Jesus’ love in their own lives is central. Whether it be through the building of a healthy peer group or by acknowledging the need for tolerance and acceptance and respect for others, CMCL’s late elementary and middle schoolers begin to connect the dots between biblical stories and their growing awareness of themselves and the world in which they interact.

9th through 12th Grade (Senior Youth)

A time and place for youth to feel safe discussing how faith and values are formed, and what impact they may have on life’s daily choices. Biblical concepts are discussed more in-depth, and questions are always welcome. It is a time to shape beliefs and discuss issues including one’s faith, tolerance and acceptance, social justice and advocacy to name a few. Senior youth are encouraged to develop their own faith, share their experiences and be open to listening to others.