Children & Family
Children and Families at John McMillan Presbyterian Church are at the heart of who we are. We want children to have fun engaging with the stories of God and getting to know Jesus! Please scroll through this page to see where you might want to join us.
What we do
During 10 AM worship, we have a staffed nursery for children ages 3 and under to play and learn. Please visit Room 7!
JMPC Kids Klub is a high energy youth group for kids in grades 3 – 6. The kids meet on Wednesday evenings from 5:00 – 7:00pm for an engaging time of learning about God, sharing dinner, and playing games. Kids are encouraged to invite their friends and please bring a $3.00 donation each week for dinner.
Children’s church is a worship service for children ages 3 through 3rd grade on Sunday mornings from 10:00 – 11:00 am in room 16 from September through May. The children will engage with the Bible stories in fun and imaginative ways to help build a relationship with Jesus!
Bibles are given out to 4–5-year-olds in Preschool and to the third-grade children.
Vacation Bible School
VBS is a fun filled week with something for everyone! Typically taking place the last week of June, children ages 3 to sixth grade are welcome to sign up and enjoy music, Bible stories, crafts, snacks, and more.
Youth and adults are always needed to volunteer to teach and lead activities.
Our focus for youth ministry is to serve, play games, eat together, and learn about God. In doing all of it we recognize we are worshiping Jesus! Everyone in 7th thru 12th grade is invited to everything that we do!
Youth Group meets Wednesday nights starting September 5th from 5-7pm. The night consists of fun, games, food, friendship, and digging into the Bible.
All Students 7-12 grade are welcome–and so are their friends! Please bring 3 dollars for dinner.
We also go on retreats, service projects, mission trips, lock outs, and so much more.
Youth Mission Trip
Every summer the youth take a trip to serve a different part of the country. In the past few years, they have served in Houston; Washington, D.C.; Gatlinburg; and Chicago. On these trips, the youth participate in community service projects, learn about and spread the word of God, see local sights, and create unforgettable friendships. Trips vary in cost and fundraising and assistance are available.
Duquesne Kids’ Club and Partnership
Duquesne Kids Club is where members of JMPC travel to the First Presbyterian Church of Duquesne, on Monday evenings, for youth group gatherings with the younger kids of Duquesne. The evening sessions involve a Bible lesson, dinner and a fun recreation time.
Students in 9th grade and above are invited to participate in this ministry. In addition, we welcome those who wish to volunteer to provide dinners.
Confirmation is a time for young people (8th grade and above) to explore their faith in God, or to begin to take on Christian faith for themselves–a time to learn what it means to be a member of a church. It is a time for questions, exploring, listening for God, and for growing as disciples of Jesus Christ. Plus, it’s a time for friendship and fun as we journey together. We celebrate our class by writing a statement of faith/ completing a faith project, going on a retreat, and having a Confirmands dinner with the church session and families.
Meet Emily Shubilla
Director of Christian Education
Emily was born and raised in the Washington county area. She attended California University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary English Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Language and Literacy. After subbing in area high schools, the need for a summer job brought Emily to childcare, which helped her develop the love of teaching younger children as well. She went back to school and got an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a Director’s Credential. Emily worked in a childcare setting with most age groups and loves something about teaching children of any age. Around this time, Emily married her husband, James and then moved to Bethel Park. After a year as a childcare director, Emily became a stay-at-home mom to Leah and later, Jordan. Now she, James, Leah, Jordan, and their dog, Rudy, live in Venetia. Emily enjoys making memories with her family, the beach, reading, napping, crafting, and volunteering.