Children’s Ministry (K-5th Grade)

Sundays, 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary & Sproul Room

God said, “Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds. Teach them to your children, so that your days and the days of your children may be many.” Deuteronomy 11:18-21


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to learn about God through storytelling, play, wondering and the imagination? If so, Godly Play is the place for you! In Godly Play students are invited to express their faith in God in words, questions, writing, working with clay, drawing, painting and movement.

At St. John’s, children K-5th grade begin worship in the sanctuary, participate in the Simple Gospel and then attend Godly Play. Throughout the year children also have the opportunity to grow through participating in the church Christmas pageant, community service events, Camp Elmwood, St. John’s family snow trip the Halloween Haunted House and more.

Contact: Pastor Karen at karen@stjohnsberkeley.org, or call the church office at (510) 845-6830.


Family Faith Formation

Join other parents and caregivers as we explore how to encourage our children’s faith, support each other and grow closer to God as we meet through out the year and practice our faith at home.


Three Tips to Engage Kids in Worship

by Pastor Karen
(Not Just For Parents)

    • Use your finger to track the words in the bulletin, scripture passages, or hymn lyrics. Even if kids can’t read they will enjoy feeling part of the action.
    • Ask kids to identify the numbers in the bulletin; with a little help older kids can find the matching numbers in the hymnal or the Bible.
    • “When is children’s church (Simple Gospel) listed in the Bulletin?” Have kids circle the Simple Gospel in the Sunday bulletin, and then each part of worship as it occurs. Not only will children learn the different parts of worship, but you can also see kids getting more excited as we get closer to “children’s church.”

Remember you don’t have to be a parent to engage kids in worship. Everyone can help encourage kids to enjoy worship. So the next time you see a family come in, consider sitting next to them and after asking a parent’s permission, use these tips to make a difference in a child’s life.


Six Books for Children
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1.  My ABC of Bible Verses by Gabrielle Mercer, A prefect introduction to the Bible, this ABC book highlights Bible verses that kids will love and with a little help from adults, memorize too.

2. A Small Child’s Book Of Prayers by Cindy Szekeres “Please give me what I ask, Dear Lord. If you’d be glad about it. But if you think it’s not for me, Please help me do without it…”.

3. My ABC of Bible Verses by Gabrielle Mercer, A prefect introduction to the Bible, this ABC book highlights Bible verses that kids will love and with a little help from adults, memorize too.

4. Carry-Me: Jonah and the Big Fish and Carry-Me: Noah and the Ark  by Claire Page, With rhyming text and textures to feel, Bible stories come alive with these fun board books.God Gave Us You

5. Will, God’s Mighty Warrior  by Sheila Walsh, A heartwarming tale of adventure; reminding readers of all ages that we can do anything with God’s help.

6. God Gave Us You by Bergren, Lisa T. Bergren, Reminding families everywhere that children really are a gift from God.

To preview these and other Christan books check out the library in the nursery.