Children's Program

Annual Gathering 2018 at Bluffton

Children’s Program

Annual Gathering 2018

Children and worldAnnual Gathering is a family-friendly event!  In continuing an ongoing tradition for Annual Gatherings, a Children’s Program is provided with care and activities for ages 0-12 during all plenary and workshop sessions. As much as possible, programming is tailored to the children registered, so it is very helpful if families register early! If you want to bring children older than 12, please contact the MHF Office to inquire about alternatives.

Upon registration of children, parents will be sent additional information about the Children’s Program. Parents are asked to please be sure to indicate allergies, disabilities, or any other accommodations needed for your children as you correspond with coordinators and the MHF Office. We want to provide a welcoming atmosphere for all!

MHF is pleased to welcome Ashton Cluts as this year’s Children’s Program Coordinator.  Please see below for more information about Ashton and the program she is planning. All Children’s Program staff will have a background check to ensure the safety of all.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact the MHF Office.

Children’s Program Coordinator

Ashton ClutsAshton Cluts was born and raised in Bluffton, Ohio where she also attended First Mennonite Church her whole life. She received her degree in Early-Childhood Education from Baldwin Wallace University and currently holds a teaching license for pre-school through third grade. Following her graduation, she served in South Africa at a youth camp through Mennonite Central Committee’s SALT program. She has been involved in childcare and babysitting for almost 15 years and currently is a substitute teacher. More recently, she has been doing childcare and children’s programming for a variety of events, creating and carrying out children’s program curriculums for children 0-18 years old and for 3-25 or more children at a time. She greatly enjoys putting together programs that offer biblical themes and stories in a diverse and age-appropriate way.

Additional childcare staff will be recruited as registration numbers warrant it.


Children’s Program Curriculum Description

The Children’s Program runs during all plenary and workshop sessions. Parents are responsible for their children at mealtimes and during the Saturday late afternoon free time. 

This year the children’s program for children 0-12 years old will focus on “Stories of Healing” through singing, stories, drama, and art. In our four sessions we will look at examples of healing from throughout the Bible as well as acts of good and healing in our own world. Children will be divided by age (depending on numbers) so that activities are age appropriate. When we’re not looking at our theme, we will utilize the beautiful Bluffton University campus for outdoor sports and play. We will also participate in a service project to emphasize the theme of serving others. In a world that sometimes seems filled with sadness and hurt, children provide us with hope and healing for the future. Join us for a fun time to learn, play, and serve!

Friday, 6:30 – 9:00 pm

  • Welcome – “get to know you” games
  • Divide in to groups
  • Introduction to the theme

Saturday, 8:00 am – 3:30 pm (Lunch with families)

  • Gather
  • Singing
  • Stories
  • Craft
  • Games/Drama
  • Play
  • Snack

Saturday, 6:30 – 9:00 pm

  • Stories
  • Discussion
  • Movie Night/Games

Sunday, 8:30 am – 12:00 noon

  • Gather
  • Singing
  • Stories
  • Craft
  • Play

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