Family

Family Ministry

Throughout the year, Knox holds a wide range of Family Events: some educational, some for fellowship, some to serve others and some are special worship services for the whole family. We hope that your family can join us.

Erin Hartman

Director of Children and Family Ministries

office: 630-615-4319

Education & Worship

Knox Family Time
Weekly devotion, recipe and activities. 

3rd Grade Bibles
Every year we present our 3rd Grade Class with their very own Bibles at the three Worship Services.  Third Graders are invited to stay for lunch with Erin Hartman. We will also have some activities to teach them about their new Bibles.
Click here to see when to register

4th Grade Service
During the Wednesday Evening Program, the 4th Grade Bible Study class prepares a worship service for the congregation. Children do not need to be registered on Wednesday Evenings to participate. This event typically takes place in the spring.

Worshiping with Children
At Knox Presbyterian Church, we affirm that children are important members of our worshiping community and should feel that they belong to the church family.

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." Luke 18:16 (NIV) We welcome everyone's presence!
Children participate in the worship services as:

  • worshipers
  • acolytes to light the candles on the chancel at the beginning of the 9:00 Worship Service
  • scripture readers at both the 9:00 and the 10:30 Worship Services.
  • providing special music as individuals and as part of our Children’s Choirs
  • for children who want to stay in the Sanctuary for worship we have prepared worship bags & plenty of Children's Bibles to help keep them busy.

Baptism
Baptism is a sign of God's promises, assuring us of God's love and of our belonging to Him. The water symbolizes forgiveness, new birth, and participation in Christ's death and resurrection. It incorporates us into the community of the Church and the work of the Holy Spirit. Children are included in God's covenant and welcomed into the community of faith through their baptism.

Communion

Communion is the joyful feast of the people of God. All are invited to the table. At Knox, Communion is offered the first Sunday of each month and on special liturgical dates. This invitation includes children of all ages, although the time at which a child first takes communion is a family decision. At Knox, an elaborate understanding of the meaning of the Sacrament of Communion is not a prerequisite to partaking of it. We feel it is important to let children know that God loves them, and that they are members of God’s family. They are welcome at the family table!

Sunday School

Godly Play
Children who attend the Saturdays @ 5:00 pm worship service will begin worship with their parents. They will then have the opportunity to move to a worship space with sacred story boxes where they will continue in prayer, song, and response to God’s message. A sensory motor style of storytelling is used, and children learn the language of worship and theology. They experience the awe and wonder of God’s stories and of God’s presence as they participate in a worship service where we together reflect on the mystery of God.

Mission Events

Kids in the Kitchen
Join us around the table!  The kids of Knox, 6 & up, will participate in various mission activities throughout the year to help feed our congregation and the community around them.  Check out the full calendar to see next Kids in the Kitchen opportunity.

Crop Walk

Sisseton Family Mission Trip

Packing Meals for Loaves & Fishes

There are many opportunities to serve as a family. Check out our missions here.

Social Events

Movie Nights
At various points throughout the year the Children’s Family Ministry Council will host a movie night on a Saturday evening. Families can join us for the Saturday night service at 5pm, then stay for pizza and a movie. 

Trunk or Treat
Trunk or Treat is a Halloween event where people gather and park their cars in our parking lots. They open their trunks or backs of vehicles and decorate them. Then they pass out candy from their trunks.
Activities include:

  • Trick-or-Treating from car to car       
  • Halloween Crafts
  • Bounce House & Games
  • Refreshments

If interested in decorating your vehicle for this event and passing out candy, contact Ann Smith.   Feel free to pick a kid-friendly decorating theme such as Luau, Zoo, Veggie Tales, Harvest, Horses, or just fun Halloween decorations.

Family Camp
The weekend will include many fun activities provided by the camp as well as Bible Study, games, art activities and Sunday morning worship.  Downtown Lake Geneva is a 15 minute walk away along the lake shore which also offers many fun opportunities.

Bringing It Home

Looking for ways to practice in your faith together at home? Start by simply praying together at meals or praying together before going to bed at night. You could also do a devotional as a family, which you can find many online. Simply spending time together without any distractions is another way to celebrate your love for each other and for Christ.