Youth and Children
Our Nursery is open on Sunday mornings at 9:15 A.M. in the children’s wing of our Church. Our nursery offers an atmosphere that is nurturing and loving. Here at Eastminster’s Nursery, children will not only have fun playing with fellow peers and activities, but they will also have fun learning the scriptures. Whether you bring in a toddler or a pre-k, there will be intentional quality time given to the spiritual growth of your child.
Kidz Lab is our Children’s Church that happens during the worship service on Sunday Mornings. Children in grades Kindergarten through 5thgrade will kids will learn about God during both a large group and small group time from a dedicated cross cultural and Christ centered team. Kids begin Sunday during our worship service in the worship service but at the conclusion of children’s message we transition from the sanctuary as a group to our large group time, where kids will focus on an age appropriate lesson that corresponds to the Pastor’s message for the day. The large group component uses humorous skits and video and then we separate into age specific small groups. During this time we play games, build things and have meaningful, constructive conversations that help the children apply the truth learned in the lesson to their daily lives
The Children's Choir, for kids K-5 is a great experience for children to learn how to sing, learn Biblical passages and concepts through song, meet new friends and use their voices to praise God. Under the direction of Nikki Porter and volunteer mom, Amy Cornelius, the Children's Choir practices from 1-2PM every Saturday (except for 4th Saturdays) and accumulate attendance points redeemable at their "store" monthly, when they get to shop for cool toys, candy, and books as a reward for their participation. They sing during the worship service on the 3rd Sunday. Parents interested in getting their children involved can contact Nikki Porter at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chosen Generation Youth Ministry
Our middle and high school disciples meet on Wednesday's downstairs in the youth lounge from 7 PM-9 PM. Every week we eat together, worship together, fellowship together and study God's word together. We believe that God has called us to be his "Chosen Generation" (1 Peter 2:9) who can make a difference in this world!
Youth Praise Band
Who We Are
The Youth Praise Band (YPB) at Eastminster is a fun group of middle and high school students who like to sing and/or play instruments, connect with friends and most importantly, connect with God. The YPB practices on Wednesdays from 6-7PM (except for the Wednesdays after they sing, holiday breaks, and other times communicated by Ms. Nikki) during the school year (September through end of May) and sings/plays on the 3rd Sunday of each month.
Youth Praise Band members are expected to attend Wednesday practices and ministry on third Sundays, unless they are absolutely unable to attend – then are expected to communicate their absences with Ms. Nikki in advance via text message or email. Participation in the Youth Praise Band is for the entire school year. We know academics, sports, musicals and life happens…but just like commitment to any school extra-curricular activity, we expect you to take your commitment to the Youth Praise Band seriously. Please communicate your busy season in advance to Ms. Nikki, as you may need to step out for a while and then return when your schedule settles down.
Do You Have to Be a Member of Eastminster?
Some of our YPB singers and musicians are members of Eastminster Church, others are not. Some come from our after-school music program, The Judah Project; others come from the neighborhood around Eastminster or with friends. All are welcome!
Who's Our Director?
Ms. Nikki Porter is the Director of the Youth Praise Band and she is happy to have YOU here! She is the Minister of Music at Eastminster Church, voice teacher with The Judah Project, and a professional singer. You can text or call her at: (412) 298-6058 or email her: email@example.com
Eastminster's Youth Group also goes on monthly social outings to places including the Carnegie Science Center, PPG ice rink and Dave Busters.
Student Leadership Group
Our students have the opportunity to participate in the "Funnel Project". This group of student leaders are learning how to become a community of "disciple making disciples" and are eligible for special programming and outings.
Right after Sunday service till 1pm in the Youth Lounge! All youth (Middle and High school students) are invited to come. Feed yourself physically and spiritually at our Sunday School lunch for youth.
For both our Children's and Youth ministries there are wonderful volunteer opportunities for those interested in serving. From volunteer leadership, to food and room preparation, to assistance with driving the vans and picking up kids for church/events.
For more information you can contact Rev. Josh Barna at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Eastminster Church Women's Group would like to support furthering education and/or training beyond high school of Eastminster youth. They are offering the Koerner/Meyers Scholarship to High School graduating seniors who plan to attend college/university or trade school. The deadline for the applying is July 1, 2019. You can review the application here.