Director of Family MinistryMaria-Pia (MP) has been leading our Children's Ministry at Jesse Lee Memorial for the past 12 years and is now Director of Family Ministry. She recently completed her Masters of Religion degree from Yale Divinity School. Her ministry focus is to encourage children and adults to invite Jesus Christ into their lives and live in joyful community with each other. Maria-Pia and her husband, Peter, have lived in Ridgefield and have attended Jesse Lee for over 30 years. They have three grown children and a 7 year-old granddaughter as well as a sweet dog named Muffin. Maria-Pia would love for you to come for a tour of our facilities and meet Esther (MP's puppet). If you would like to schedule a tour, please email. We also invite you to view the frequently asked questions below.
When does Sunday School occur?Jesse Lee is fortunate to have a Sunday School session for both the 9:00am and 11:00am services as well as at the 10:00 Contemporary Service. We host our Sunday School classes for ages 3 – 5th grade. Your children should remain with you in the service until excused to Sunday school after the Children’s Moment.Tell me about your Sunday School Curriculum:We use a variety of curriculae depending on the class format and age group. In all the classes children hear a Bible Story are encouraged to apply the story to their everyday lives. Children experience God’s message through song, Bible stories, videos, crafts and games. Our Guiding Lights (adult and youth leaders) provide consistency, community-building, application, dedication and a sense of fun as they building strong relationships with the kids and God. Is there a Nursery and what is the age range for the Nursery?We have a Nursery down the hallway next to the Sanctuary. Babies to young 3 year olds are welcome. All children are cherished and well-supervised by our experienced paid childcare workers. Parents are contacted by cell phone should they be needed during the service. Be sure to sign-in on the clipboard when dropping off your child and give us the number of your cell phone. Remember to turn the phone on vibrate during the service.Can you tell me about the music program for the children?
Music is integrated into the Sunday School program at all age levels. See details under Programs.
Do you have any information on Vacation Bible School?Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a fun-filled week during which children (Pre-K through 5th grade) spend time together watching skits, doing crafts, playing games, and learning God’s lessons. VBS ends with a Friday family barbeque social. VBS 2016 will be June 27- July 1st Registration will begin in early spring. Contact the Children's Ministry office for more information.