"We want our youngest to experience God’s love in their church home and to know PCUM as a place where they are safe and valued just as they are. Children and teens have a central role in worship on Sunday mornings and in special services, develop their faith through Sunday School and educational programming, and live their faith by serving others and engaging with the world beyond the church’s walls." (PCUM's Core Values)
The focus of the Children and Youth Ministries program(s) at the Presbyterian Church of Upper Montclair is to love, value and welcome children from all walks of life, to equip and challenge them to follow Jesus into the real world, and to share God’s Word with them in relevant and engaging ways.
At PCUM, our children and teens aren't just the future, they're the heart of the church right now! So we strive to show children of all ages and every background that this is their church — to create a safe, exciting place for our youngest to feel accepted and loved by God, as they are, and to learn what it means to live an honest, authentic and fulfilling life of Christian faith.