Our School and Church Partnership
The Reformed Church of Poughkeepsie, the first church in Dutchess County (1716), decided in 1959 to start a weekday nursery for our community’s children. Jesus himself established the importance of children: “Taking the little child in his arms, Jesus said to the disciples, ‘Whoever welcomes one of these little ones in my name welcomes me....’”(Mark 9:36,37). Louis Comfort Tiffany’s masterpiece window “Jesus Blesses the Children” in our church’s Case Chapel (second floor) bears unique witness to the place of children in the life of the church.
The Weekday Nursery School is, therefore, a mission and ministry of the Reformed Church, initially created, sustained and overseen by the church’s Consistory (Minister, Elders and Deacons). The Weekday Nursery School is presently guided by The Reformed Church Weekday Nursery School Board (Minister, school director(s)and dedicated church members) who meet on a monthly basis to review, plan and address specific concerns and needs. The day-to-day operations of the RCWNS are lead by a Director (or co-directors), appointed to the position by the RCWNS Board with the approval of the Consistory. The RCWNS Board and the Director(s) select the school’s teachers and their assistants.
The Reformed Church Weekday Nursery School is a place which seeks to show the love of God and has a Christian environment. You will notice that our efforts often go above and beyond what you would expect, that we are joyful and optimistic, and that we strive to be unfailingly loving and kind. We do not discriminate on basis of faith and we do not teach dogma, but we do pray before eating and as occasions warrant. It’s a loving school.
As members of our nursery school community, you are also members of the greater Reformed Church community. This means that you are welcome in the church facilities (as discussed in the “waiting areas/facilities use” section), and welcome to participate in church events, from humanitarian efforts such as feeding the homeless to joining the congregation on family and adult oriented excursions, and so on. You are always welcome at church services during which child care is provided for infants and toddlers. Sunday School is available for children four years old through high school age. Should you wish to find out more about the Reformed Church, please ask in the church office for the booklet, Our Reformed Church.
Poughkeepsie Reformed Church
The Reformed Church Weekday Nursery School is located in the education wing of the Poughkeepsie Reformed Church, please visit the church web site http://www.poughkeepsiereformedchurch.org/ to learn more about worship services and its many ministries in the community.