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Plymouth Nursery School
Plymouth Nursery School
Jan Van Wyk, Director
255.3271 or jvanwyk@plymouthchurch.com

Since 1954 Plymouth Nursery School (PNS) has been given the privilege and responsibility of guiding children through a learning experience. Through this experience, children anticipate, discover, wonder, appreciate and grow. It is the goal of the professional staff to create an environment that adapts to individual differences and needs. PNS strives to aid each child in becoming all that he or she can be and in realizing talents, abilities and creativity to feel good about him/her self. Because we value education and children, Plymouth Church and the Board of Christian Education host Plymouth Nursery School. PNS is an independently run, non-profit organization with its own governing body.   

Plymouth Nursery School provides for the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of each child in a safe and nurturing environment that promotes learning through play, creative expression and parental involvement. 


  • a non-profit, non-discriminating state-licensed program for 2 to 5 year olds
  • a social atmosphere with a thoughtfully planned curriculum that provides for all areas of a child’s development: physical, emotional, social and cognitive
  • a full-sized, equipped gym and a fenced outdoor playground
  • process-oriented art and interactive music and movement
  • literature-based activities
  • field trips and resource people
  • a hands-on experience in learning 
Since this is a "cooperative" nursery school, all parents will have the opportunity to help in the classroom several times during the school year. This gives parents an active and informed role in their child’s early education. PNS values this partnership between school and parents.

Registration Info for New Families
Registration Form for New Families
Registration Form
Calendar of Events
Happenings Newsletter
PNS Student Forms

Plymouth Nursery School offers the following classes:

One morning a week
Twelve children per class

Monday through Friday
9:30 a.m. - 11:35 a.m. 

Program Description for Two Year Olds

Three mornings, two mornings or two afternoons a week
Sixteen children per class

Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday mornings
9:00.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Thursday-Friday mornings
9:00.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Monday-Tuesday afternoons
12:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Curriculum for Three Year Olds

Four mornings, four mornings, or four afternoons a week
16 - 18 children per class

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday mornings
9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Monday-Friday mornings
9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday afternoons
12:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. 

Curriculum for Pre-Kindergarten
In accordance with Federal law, Internal Revenue Service regulation, Plymouth Nursery School is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, creed, sex, sexual orientation, or disability in administration of its educational, admissions, and employment policies; and scholarship, tuition and other school administered programs. Plymouth Nursery School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, creed, sex and ability to all the rights privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at Plymouth Nursery School.



Thursdays, 7-8 a.m.

WISE (Women in Spiritual Exploration)
Burling Room
FMI: Chery Sypal, 277.0554 or Scarlett Lunning Huey 

Through May 10

Gallery Exhibit
Awakening a Spiritual Vision, Beth Ann Edwards

Friday, March 7 and every Friday through Lent

Weekly Prayer Vigil of Lament
Noon, Meditation Chapel
This is a half-hour prayer vigil of lament and healing for our broken world. The theologian Karl Barth urged Christians to pray with "the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other." In these weekly prayer vigils, we will seek to pray just this way - struggling with both scripture and current events, as we bring the pain of our world to God in communal prayer.

Wednesday, April 16

Holy Week Family Worship Service
6 p.m., Waveland Hall

Thursday, April 17

Maundy Thursday Dinner
6:15 p.m., Waveland Hall
RSVP at 255.3149
Service of Tenebrae and Communion
7:30 p.m., Sanctuary

Friday, April 18

Holy Week Quiet Day
9 a.m.-Noon, Burling Room
Quiet days are offered for members who would like to experience contemplative time in community. We will gather and pray together in the open and close of each quiet day. In between, participants will be free to find quiet spaces in the church to read, reflect and/or pray in silence.

Friday, April 18

Walk A Labyrinth
4-7 p.m., Waveland Hall

Friday, April 18

Good Friday Worship with Matins Choir
7:30 p.m., Sanctuary

Friday, April 18 - Sunday, April 20

Easter Prayer Vigil
8:30 p.m. Friday - 6:30 a.m. Sunday
Meditation Chapel

Saturday, April 19

Holy Week Quiet Day
9 a.m.-Noon, Burling Room

Saturday, April 19

Walk A Labyrinth
9 a.m.-2 p.m., Waveland Hall

Saturday, April 19

Holy Saturday Worship
5:30 p.m., Waveland Hall

Sunday, April 20

Easter Sunday Worship
6:30 a.m., Sunrise Service with Soul Singers, Waveland Hall
9 & 11 a.m., Traditional Easter Worship with Brass, Organ and Choirs, Sanctuary

Sunday, April 27

"The Stranger"
9 & 11 a.m., Sanctuary
A musical worship experience written by David Ruhe and performed by David Ruhe and the Soul Singers.

FMI: Click on the link or call the church office at 255.3149.

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