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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.

Easter Egg HuntSave the Date for Our Annual Egg Hunt!  Saturday, April 15

The traditional Kensington Church & Preschool Egg Hunt is coming up soon, starting at 9:30 AM with a visit from the Easter Bunny.  The hunt begins at 10 AM at 4165 Palisades Road. Share all the info with your friends. Here’s how you can help the Big Bunny prepare:

-Donate individually wrapped small candies (please, no hard or cinnamon candies). KCC accepting candy starting March 19.

-Come to the Egg Stuffing Party on Wed., April 12 at 9 AM in Lander Hall.  No children, please.

-Be the Bunny’s Helper! Bring friends and neighbors to the Hunt.

-Youth Group, please arrive at 8:30 AM to place the eggs for the hunt.

Get all the Kensington Easter Egg Hunt details here.

 Save the Date for Our Church Retreat This Year in the Fall!

camp-stevensWe will again gather at Camp Stevens in Julian for an all ages church retreat at Camp Stevens, 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!

KCC’s Youth Choir Prepare for Palm and Easter Sunday Performances in 10 AM Worship

youth-choirOn April 9, hear the choir’s “Hosanna” during the Palm Procession; then on April 16, Easter Sunday, they perform The Beatles’, “Here Comes the Sun”. Under the musical direction of Meagan Flint, KCC offers FREE music instruction for your children, ages Preschool through 12th Grades on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, 11 AM to Noon, 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. Please note the revised Youth Choir schedule for the spring.

Confirmation Journey Continues for KCC Youth

confirmation-2016Six of our young people continue their confirmation journey. Eva Playman, Fiona Buchanan, Audrey Freeman, Sarah Thompson, Eren Thompson, and Eve Paris, joined by their adult mentors in the church, take this “driver’s ed” class that will make them the drivers of their faith identity and journey. We thank Jackie Trischman, Sharon Young, Susan Cox, Carla Mathison, Brian Veskerna, and Marilyn Ongley for serving as mentors and accompanying the youth on service projects, classes, and to services in other faith communities. We are excited to share with you the 2017 Confirmation Schedule that will prepare our confirmands as they assume responsibility for their own faith journeys.

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 Noon, 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 on Sunday, September 25 under the direction of Meagan Flint.  Read about the choir and other fall youth programs here.

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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