Before the service was over, I knew I had found a church home for my children and I.
At the beginning of worship all our children are in the service with us. We offer an intergenerational moment for children in worship and then go to Sunday School. We have a preschool through kindergarten class, a 1st through 4th grade class and a 5th grade and up class. We have Nursery care available each Sunday. SHINE is our curriculum for the school year. On the first Sunday of the month all ages gather together for Desert Palm Kids Church (DPKC)
Twice a year we travel somewhere in the Southwest to serve other and explore new places. We have journeyed to Flagstaff where we served in a community garden and to Tucson/Nogales where we learned about how we can advocate for immigrants and others. We know families face a lot of costs and fees with schools and activities so we keep these trips affordable and also offer scholarships if needed.
HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH
SECOND & FOURTH SUNDAYS
All our high school students are invited to sit together in worship on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. Look for Andrew, our Youth & Young Adult Minister in the first or second row on the pulpit side. We are an important part of the larger church family and this prepares our youth for how to worship where life guides them.
Many people who have gone church-shopping have had the dispiriting realization that congregations have different ideas about the meaning of "all are welcome." When we arrived in Arizona, Desert Palm embraced us as newcomers to Phoenix, as the parents of a rambunctious child, and as people who believe that the Christian faith asks to be radically inclusive. We've stayed because we've watched Desert Palm bring a spirit of extravagant welcome to people from all walks of life every Sunday, and use its time between services to stand up for education, make the case for social justice, and support those in need in our community.
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