Children & Families


Families – of all sizes, configurations and hues – are cherished at KCC. We offer a meaning- and joy-filled faith formation program for children, from infancy through high school. In addition to our weekly Sunday School, KCC provides a host of learning, service, and friendship-building opportunities for our youngest members.

Children and youth have so much to teach us about our faith. They lead worship, music and special events throughout the year including Youth Sunday, Rally Day, Palm Sunday, the Children’s Christmas pageant, and the Family Christmas Eve service. In turn, KCC plays host to children and families at treasured annual community events – the Halloween Carnival, Las Posadas, Easter Egg Hunt, and the Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast.

Visiting for the first time? Ask an usher to be introduced to Marg Stark, our minister of Faith Programs. Or contact Marg at 619.284.1129 or by email.




Fall & Advent Important Dates for Children & Families

KCC children and families, take note and be with us for all the learning, music, glory, and fun.



   Back and More Spook-tacular Than Ever!
KCC Halloween Carnival Returns
Saturday, October 21, 3 to 5 PM


In the past, you have given abundant contributions in time and talent to make the carnival a success. We hope that you will help us this year-seasoned veterans and newcomers alike!  Here are just some of the many volunteer opportunities :
*Decorations set up and clean up
*Cake Walk Leaders and Cakes for Cake Walk
*Arts and Crafts HelpersHosts for 12 Activity Stations (some new games and concessions)
*Theater Ushers (Classic Horror Movies playing in the Sanctuary)

There is a sign-up sheet in Lander Hall with the complete list and you can email Carol Hill, with your volunteer preferences. Get More Details Here.



Our Whole Lives Parent Meeting  Wednesday, September 20, at 6:30 PM in the Sanctuary

Parents of 7th through 9th graders (and others by request), come and hear more about our award-winning human sexuality education program, which will be team taught by Marg Stark, Stephen Colon, Enrique Dudley, and Jo Guinn from University City UCC. A powerful and potentially life-saving class, students learn to integrate their sexual decision-making with their values and their faith. More Info here.

Camp Stevens RetreatExplore the Great Outdoors and More! KCC’s Annual Retreat at Camp Stevens Friday, Nov. 3 ~ Sunday, Nov. 5

We will again gather at Camp Stevens in Julian for an all ages church retreat, this year to be held Nov. 3-5.  The fall is a great time to be at camp, enjoying the harvest from the summer and hiking in the cooler temperatures.  Join us for a weekend worshipping God amid wide open spaces!  Space is limited, so reserve your spot today. Get Retreat Details Here.



 Sunday School

Join us at 10 AM Sundays in the sanctuary for Traditional Worship. Children and youth spend the first 10 minutes in worship and depart for Sunday School after the children’s message. Infants and toddlers can be dropped off upstairs in the nursery 15 minutes before worship.

Safe Church

We provide a safe, nurturing environment in which to grow, learn and worship. For details, see our Safe Church Policy. [Release Form| Photo/Media Release Form]

Baptism, Confirmation, and Our Whole Lives

It is with great joy that we offer the sacrament of Christian baptism. To discuss baptism with the minister, please call the church at 619.284.1129.

Confirmation is underway this year, taught by our minister Rev. Darryl Kistler and Minister of Faith Programs, Marg Stark. The classes are offered for 6th grade and older students who are preparing to assume responsibility for their own faith journeys. At the end of Confirmation, the young people who elect to join, are welcomed into the church’s membership.

The award-winning Faith and Sexuality course, Our Whole Lives, is offered to 7th through 9th grade students, and older ones by request. As sexuality is a gift from God, we encourage young adults to articulate their values, consider consequences, and approach decisions with their faith in mind. It is a life saving program — that can prevent disease, and help young people talk in depth, honestly and without judgment, about their sexual health, relationships, gender identity, and their changing bodies.

Youth Choir

We offer FREE music instruction for ages Preschool through 12th Grades on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, 11 AM to 11:45 AM, in the Youth Hall. The choir will combine instruction with social justice themes, as well as performance opportunities a few times a year in church.  The choir resumes this fall under the direction of Meagan Flint.

Children’s Library

Bordering Lander Hall is the Children’s Library, from which all children are welcome to borrow books on Sundays or any time when the church office is open. Check us out.

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