Hi there! We’re so excited to meet your family and get to know your kids. If you have questions about Children’s Ministry, contact any of the staff listed below.

We want your first visit to our church to be fun and simple; it’s our hope that you will experience our warm community and that your kids will be free to encounter gospel grace during their visit.

Our Ministries


Your littlest ones are placed in nursery rooms according to age groups. Children graduate up to the next room based on their age, and also on milestones such as crawling and talking.

For older ages, we follow the Fairfax County school system cut-off date of September 30. Children graduate up to the next class each year on the first Sunday after Labor Day.

Here are the options for your family, based on your kids’ ages (view classroom map):

  • Ages 6–24 months will be cared for in our nursery during all our services.
  • Ages 2 years–6th grade have Sunday School classes available during 9am & 10:45am services.
  • Grades 4–6 have the opportunity to fellowship and learn on select Sunday nights through Club 45 and Communicants.
  • Your children are always invited to worship with you in the Sanctuary or Fellowship Hall! There are Side by Side childrens’ worship guides available to help your child follow along during worship.

If you have teens, we encourage you to explore our Student Ministries!

When You Get Here

where to go

On your first visit with us, please stop by our Family Welcome Desk, which is located in the Grand Foyer on the lower level of the church. A volunteer will be ready to check in your kids and help you find the classroom(s) you need. All classrooms are located on the lower floor of our church.


 The Nursing Mother’s Room is located on the upper floor in the parlor, to the right of the sanctuary.


We seek to provide a safe, healthy, stimulating environment where your kids feel confident to learn and explore. All regular volunteers are screened and the church implements a Child Abuse Prevention Policy, which includes staffing each room with a minimum of two adults.

To ensure safety, we implement an electronic check-in system. For your first visit, please visit our Welcome Desk to check in your children.

Staff Contacts

Mary Palekas
Director of Children’s Ministry
[email protected]

0–3 years

Holly Harnsberger
Assistant Director of Children’s Ministry: Preschool & Nursery
[email protected]


Melanie Janetsky
Assistant Director of Children’s Ministry: Preschool & Childcare
[email protected]

4th–6th grade

Emily Pirozzolo
Assistant Director of Children’s
Ministry: Upper Elementary
[email protected]

Children’s Ministry Newsletter

Our Children’s Ministry e-mail newsletter is sent once a month, with helpful updates, event registrations, and other ways your family can get connected to our church.