Children's ministries


Welcome to the Children's Ministries of enCompass Church!

We plant seeds and grow the faith of our littlest members through dedicated teachers, strong programming, and a safe, fun learning environment. Read on to learn about our age-specific programs.

Club Sprout

Infant - Pre-Kindergarten

Club Sprout is a program specially designed to offer our youngest attenders a caring, comfortable, 

creative place to learn about God and become a part of church. 


Infants and toddlers: Our lead teacher, Jess, greets every baby and toddler each week to give our youngest church members the care, comfort, and consistency of a familiar adult. Additionally, moms and dads, our Youth members and young adults support Jess; all with a heart for Jesus and our kids at enCompass. 



3-5 year olds: Club 35 is a cheerful place where preschoolers discover the building blocks of the Christian faith through music, crafts, and stories. Our lead teacher, Kaitlyn, and a mom or dad gather every Sunday to explore and worship Jesus through play, lessons and community with each other. 


CLUB E!

Elementary Ministry


K-5th Grade: Club E! (Extraordinary) includes worship, creative teaching, games, art, and more! All this fun has a really important purpose: to help kids learn about God and discover what it means to follow Jesus in everyday life. Once you’ve experienced our Elementary Ministry, you’ll want to come back — and bring your friends, too! It begins with worship in the auditorium with families, moves to the gym for fun and games, and ends with small group community. Our Elementary Leaders, Cate, Nolan and Miles spend quality time with the students learning and exploring the Bible and its purpose for our lives. They have been known to enjoy it as much as the kids too.


RESOURCES

Want to extend the lessons beyond Sunday? July materials are available for Club 35 and Club E!. Also, there is a blog and podcast available for you through our curriculum, Orange. We hope this encourages you and gives you tools as you work to plant seeds of faith in your children at home.


Questions? Contact Children's Ministry Coordinator Darcy Mears.

  • jessica rehfeld, infant and toddler teacher

    What I most love about working at enCompass is connecting with families and children each Sunday! Working in the nursery, I take care of the youngest members of enCompass and love the moments of play, learning and fun we experience together. It's so rewarding to watch these babies grow up together, build friendships (parents too!) and grow in their faith together at enCompass. It's my favorite way to start a Sunday!


    About Jessica: Absolutely loves baking, especially cookies...AND loves to share! Lives in Forest Lake with her husband Travis, two children and dog Frankie. Loves having a family and being a Mom! Enjoys getting outside with her kids and experiencing what each season has to offer. Kayaking, Hiking, Sledding, Skiing.... she does it all!

  • kaitlyn frazier, club 3 teacher

    I so enjoy being the lead teacher for Club 35. Club 35 is a place where children can participate in silly games, fun music, interesting crafts, and creative story telling- all while learning truths from the Bible! It is amazing how much these young ones are able to absorb. It's rewarding to hear the children get excited about the stories they’ve heard and share what they’re learning with their parents. Every week good friendships are being built and children are growing to know God better. What a great Sunday morning!


    About Kaitlyn: Grew up in Colorado, but she married a wonderful Minnesota man and now calls Minnesota home. She is pursuing her Master’s in Occupational Therapy at St. Catherine University with hopes to work in pediatrics. She is also a nanny for a baby boy and a two-year-old little girl. When she isn’t studying, chasing around toddlers, or rocking babies, she enjoys cooking, doing DIY projects, exploring new places, and spending time with her husband and friends.


  • cate sutton, Club E! teacher

    “Um, Cate, I just really like coming to Sunday mornings, and just running around playing games. And then, um, when we talk about things like God and stuff…I like that too. And then, I don’t know. I just like being together!” -One of the kindergarten students at enCompass.


    I could not agree more. All of us are created to be in relationship with each other, like in Psalm 133, Christ heart rejoices when we are together in unity. EnCompass is a place where Christ is glorified and community is built. The families and individuals at enCompass have built an open and unique community of Christ-followers. Even though I have only been at enCompass for a short time, God’s hand is clearly seen in the relationships— young and old. I love seeing relationships continue to form within the students in the children’s ministry. A smile from the students at enCompass is my favorite way to start a Sunday morning.


    About Cate: Junior at Bethel University majoring in Elementary Education with two minors: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and an IB endorsement. Although it sounds complicated, she just hopes to teach children whose first language is not English. Cate loves to laugh, is an expert mac&cheese maker, will take any time she can spend with her four siblings and parents, will eat any type of pizza. Study breaks are usually spent outside on a walk, or nannying.


  • nolan thomas, club E! teacher

    Q & A with Nolan: 


    Q:What's it like to live with four other siblings? 

    A: I like being a part of a family with lots of siblings because it always provides me with something to do. There's always a lot of activity at our house, which makes things pretty lively.


    Q: Who's been an important teacher for you? 

    A: An important teacher in my life has been my football coach. I've also served as his TA (teacher's assistant) which has given me the opportunity to interact with him most every day. He's a leader who treats his players well and also knows how to allow us to have fun and be ourselves.


    Q: What would you do if you had a completely free day? 

    A: If I had a day completely free, I'd eat a huge breakfast, then go for a workout, then come home for a short nap. After the nap, I'd play basketball with my friends, then go for another workout. I'd eat steak for dinner, or maybe ribs. Then I'd do something fun with my friends, or maybe my dad, because he's pretty cool, ya know. 

  • Miles Thomas, Club E! Teacher

    Q & A with Miles:


    Q: What's it like to live with four other siblings?

    A: I like to be able to see what's coming because of my older brothers. Also, I can remember what it was like to be younger because of my two little sisters.


    Q: Who's been an important teacher for you?

    A: Jake, my Young Life leader who is in college now but experienced middle school and high school much like I do; struggles, classes, and friends.


    Q: What would you do if you had a completely free day?

    A: Sleep in, play a church league basketball game, go out to eat with friends, go boating on a nice day in the summer with friends, and then stay up late and eat junk food.