At Evergreen we believe that Jesus loves our children and is engaged in loving relationship with them. Jesus commanded his disciples, "let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God" (Mark 10:14).
Because of this, we embrace the historic Christian practice of infant baptism, recognizing that the children of Christian believers are born into relationship with God. Baptism marks children as belonging to God's covenant family, by his grace. They receive his name and are rightly called “Christian”, just as a child also receives a family name at birth or adoption. Belonging to the family does not depend upon ability to understand or articulate one’s place in it.
"We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. He established a testimony…which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments." —Psalm 78:4-7
Since Christian children are as much a part of God's family as adults, our vision for them is little no different than it is for adult members. We desire that they be nurtured in the assurance of God's love for them, encouraged in their lifelong journey to trust him, and trained for a lifetime of loving obedience to him and service to his church. At Evergreen, we aim to provide this through age-appropriate care and teaching and through faithful relationship and Christian example.
Children of all ages are welcome in our Sunday morning worship service. For parents' convenience, if they so desire, we also offer a nursery for children ages 0-3 during this time.
At 9:00am on Sundays we have Sunday School for all ages.
During LifeTogether, on alternating Wednesdays at 7:00 P.M., we host classes for all ages.
We are committed to the faithful protection of the children entrusted to our care. Children are uniquely vulnerable, and we recognize the importance of adults being proactively involved in healthy relationships with children. We seek to provide a safe environment for all church-related activities. Abusive behavior of any kind—verbal, emotional, physical, sexual—is categorically rejected.
In cooperation with our denomination (the PCA) ), Evergreen maintains a robust handbook of policies and procedures regarding the safety of our children. For more information, please email the church office, firstname.lastname@example.org or see faithfulprotection.org.