Creativity, uniqueness, and intentionality are abundant in the Christian Education community at Waverly. The Dessert Box Stories, welcoming new acolytes on Christmas Eve, Waverly Wuppets, Youth Group study on white privilege and systemic injustice, the Waverly Opera House, cultural humility training before a community summer camp, and all-in-all-ages support for Waverly’s Mission projects are just some of the traditional and distinctive programs offered.
Programming serves infants through adults, is organized by the Christian Education Committee, and is supported by the whole Waverly community. It is led by a large team of dedicated and experienced volunteer leaders, including professional educators, parents, and trained ministry professionals.
For Children through Fifth Grade
Sunday school from age 3 to 1st grade runs from September to May and includes music, storytelling, creative arts, and drama. The curriculum generally follows the church year and includes activities for all learners. Professional child care is available for infants through first grade during worship and all special events. Children participate in worship for the Children’s Message, music, and services such as baptisms, a yearly Youth Sunday service, and the Christmas Eve pageant.
Children in second to 5th grades serve as acolytes in worship. Developmentally appropriate programming is provided for all children during special events such as the All-Church Retreat, Lenten Series, Church Work Days, and Summer Mission Week. Waverly offers 50% scholarships for all children in first through fifth grades to attend summer camp at Camp Crestfield & Conference Center, a Christian ministry facility established by the Pittsburgh Presbytery near Slippery Rock, PA.
For Youth 6th through 12th Grades
Sunday school classes run from September to May. There is a wide choice of curriculum that can be chosen and designed by the teachers based on students’ interest. For students wanting to be confirmed into Waverly’s membership, Confirmation Class is offered every third year, and includes self-designed Statements of Faith that are presented through writing, drama, music, and other creative outlets; and a retreat at Camp Crestfield.
Youth Group meets once a week for study and fellowship, and is typically led by a Waverly student pastor from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Every other year, the youth of Waverly star in the Waverly Opera House, a dramatic production that raises money for summer camp and retreat scholarships. Youth can participate in a Mission Trip or Mission Week at Camp Crestfield every third year.
Youth participate in all aspects of church life including leadership in worship for Youth Sunday and other special services, volunteering to support young children in the church nursery, performing in the Waverly Wuppets (a puppet ministry), packing bags for the Paper Bank Ministry, attending and/or volunteering at special events, and sharing their musical gifts during worship. Waverly offers 50% scholarships for all youth to attend Camp Crestfield in the summer.
Adult Sunday School is led by volunteers and meets on Sunday mornings before worship. The curriculum varies based on attendee interests. Mid-week Bible studies and reflection times are led by the pastor. Waverly traditionally hosts a mid-week Lenten meal and study series that invites speakers to focus on local mission efforts.
Adults have the opportunity to participate in a summer Mission Trip or a Local Mission Week every third year.
Waverly has a long tradition of focusing energy on education and mission as a whole community. A combination of all ages events, age-specific studies, and interest-based groups are offered. These intergenerational programs have worked to build connections and relationships that make us stronger in order to make God’s love real.
The Summer Music Art and Drama Camp for the community; a complete study of the Waverly stained glass windows for a whole year of Sunday school curriculum; an all ages Advent Book study; and a Summer Mission Week on Hunger in our community are just some examples of the all-in-all-ages programs.