Preschool & Children

The Preschool and Children's Ministry at Immanuel provides a range of opportunities designed to sow seeds of faith in the lives of the chlidren God has entrusted into our care. We believe that the church must partner with families to nurture the faith of their children so that they will learn to love God with all their heart and soul, mind and strength. 


On Sunday mornings, we offer four developmentally appropriate Sunday School classes for our preschoolers and children from 9:15-10:15 AM. All classes use the FaithSteps curriculum produced by Smyth & Helwys.

Director: Betty Kay Wasserman
Rotating Teachers: Cindy Lutz and Laurie Woods
Room 2402
Director: Debbie Maxwell
Teacher: Paul Swiney
Kindergarten-3rd Grade
Room 2311
Teachers: Melanie Dover, Jenny Wilson, and Nancy Vanderveer
4th-6th Grade
Room 2313
Director: Patty Littlejohn
Teachers: Jeanie Reynolds and Carol Boozer
Detailed information about the lessons for a given month is provided on the Education page of this website. Two extended session classes are offered during worship for children who have not yet begun kindergarten. Pastor Tambi offers a Time for Children in worship once a month.


On Wednesday nights, children are invited to participate in Children's Choir from 5:00-5:25 PM and Children on Mission Experience from 6:15-7:00 PM. In between, families are encouraged to share a meal together in Fellowship Hall. Reservations for the Church Family Supper on Wednesday must be made through the office by Monday at noon. 
Children's Choir (Kindergartners-6th Graders)
Choir Room
Leaders: Marilyn Shadinger and Lauren Baker
Children on Mission Experience (4-year-olds through 6th graders)
Room 2314
Leaders: Courtney Kihlberg and Tammy Drolsum


On the Saturday before Easter, the Preschool & Children's Committee hosts an annual Easter Egg Hunt on the front lawn of the church, and on Easter morning children help place flowers on the flower cross in front of the church. The 2017 Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday, April 15, at 10:30 a.m.

Our Family Vacation Bible School is scheduled for June 23-24 - children must be accompanied by a parent or grandparent. We will begin with dinner on Friday night and conclude shortly before noon on Saturday. Dinner and breakfast will be provided, and adventuresome families can choose to camp on the church grounds on Friday night.

Our 3rd-6th graders are eligible to participate in Passport Kids Camp each summer. This year we will attend Passport at Maryville College on July 15-18. To learn more about Passport Kids Camp, visit their website:

On the Saturday before Halloween, the Preschool & Children's Committee hosts Fall Fest, a time of food, fellowship, and fun behind the church. Children of all ages are invited to wear costumes to this event, where children can jump in a bounce house, get their faces painted, play games, take a hayride, sample tasty treats, listen to a story, search for mini-pumpkins with flashlights, and go trunk-or-treating. This year's Fall Fest will be held on Saturday, October 28, from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

In December, we host an annual Children's Christmas party. This event provides parents with the chance to have a few hours of free time during the busy holiday season. At the party, children make Christmas crafts to take home, decorate Christmas cookies, sing Christmas carols, and hear the Christmas story. This year's Children's Christmas Party will be held on Saturday, December 16, from 3:00-6:00 p.m.
For more information about any of the Preschool and Children's Ministry programs, contact Associate Pastor Tambi Swiney at