Nursery Ministry (Under 4)

Sundays, starting at 9:30 a.m. – Coffee Fellowship, Ark Room

Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these. Matthew 19:14

At St. John’s we believe no one is to young to connect with God. Infants and toddlers are invited to begin worship in the sanctuary, to participate in the Simple Gospel and then join their friends in the Ark Room (located down the hall from the sanctuary).

Infants and toddlers may also be dropped off in the Ark 30 minutes prior to worship, to allow parents a chance to relax and connect with God. In the Ark, infants and toddlers will listen to Christian music and stories, play and explore. Children in need of naps during worship can use the Ark “Quiet Room” to rest and relax.

Additional nursery care is also available after worship for the Sunday Adult Education Forms, Bell Choir practice or other church activities. Please contact Pastor Karen or the Nursery Ministry Director, if you would like to take advantage of this opportunity.


Resources for Families:
  • Changing tables may be found in the Ark Room and in the ADA stalls in each of the men’s and women’s restrooms off of Hunter Hall
  • An audio broadcast of the service can also be heard in the narthex (just outside of the sanctuary)
  • For visitors with strollers the Sanctuary  can be accessed from the parking garage via elevator, or there are two ramps: one at 2717 Garber Street, and the other across from 2711 on Forest Ave.
  • Highchairs can also be found in the Campbell  and Ark room. Please ask for assistance if you don’t see them.
  • 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.

Six Board Books for Children
  1. 51NlAmtOJ2L._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_All Creatures Great and Small illustrated by Naoko Stoop, The beloved hymn “All Things Bright and Beautiful” comes to life as a little girl and her monkey travel through nature discovering all the wonderful things God has made.
  2. My First Book Of Prayers: Trust in the Lord illustrated by Lisa M Gardiner, Children from around the world use Bible scriptures  to remind us of God’ love.
  3. Good Morning, God! by Kathleen Long Bostrom, A great reminder that it is always a good time to talk to God.
  4.  God’s Dream by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams, Through friendship, play, tears and forgiveness we discover that our differences are no match for God’s dream of sharing, loving and caring for all God’s children.
  5. If Jesus Lived Inside My Heart  by Jill Roman Lord, This book explores 51vcqjLuEiL._SX422_BO1,204,203,200_what it would like like for other people to see Jesus living in the heart of a toddler.
  6. My Little Bible Memory Game illustrated by Amanda Enright, A great way to introduce children to the richness of the Bible,each heavy duty card describes a Bible charter or story.

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


Baby and Me Sunday

What does it mean to be a Christian parent in today’s fast paced world? How can we encourage our children to love God and seek peace in their lives? These are some of the questions we will explore at Baby and Me Sunday. Come join Pastor Karen and baby Siena as we worship together with infants and toddlers. In addition to our weekly nursery care program, Baby and Me Sunday is a special time for children two months to four years old and their caregivers. Together we will gather for worship in the back of the sanctuary, then we will leave with the children before the sermon, to have our own time of conversation, Bible study and spiritual renewal. Latecomers are always welcome. Children 5 and up are welcome to join the regular Sunday morning programs.

From 9:50 a.m. – 11 a.m. on Sundays: Times and dates are available upon request.
Contact: Pastor Karen at karen@stjohnsberkeley.org or call (510) 845-6830.


Three Tips to Engage Kids in Worship

by Pastor Karen
(Not Just For Parents)

  • Use your finger to track the words in the bulletin, passages of scripture or the lyrics of hymns. Even if kids can’t read they will enjoy feeling part of the action.
  • Asks 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 (or the Simple Gospel)?” 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 the aforementioned tips to make a difference in a child’s life.