EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN
There are no church school classes during July and August. Nursery IS provided.
Come back in the fall for the new program year schedule.
rich Sunday morning educational program that explores the Christian faith
for all ages is presented every Sunday morning. Children ages 2 through grade 6 can learn the story of God's Salvaction Sunday mornings from 9:45 am - 10:45 a.m. Through play, arts & crafts, games, drama, storytelling, videos and kitchen arts, children are led through the stories of the Old Testament and the stories of Jesus. Then during the 11:00 worship service, children ages 4 through grade 2 are invited to exit the serivce for their own Sermon Stories activities.
begin at 9:45 a.m. and run for one hour.
Sermon Stories occurs during the 11:00 am service of worship.
and Childcare: Child care is available in two different rooms in lower Heritage Hall for infants/toddlers and for preschool/kindergarten children. Two certified child-care attendants staff the infant/toddler room and parent volunteers staff the preschool/kindergarten room during every service. The nursery, or infant/toddler room, is available for infants and toddlers up to age 3, and the preschool/kindergarten room is for children ages 3-5. However, children age 4 and 5 (through Grade 2) are encouraged to attend worship with their parents and participate in Sermons Stories held during the 11:00 am service of worship. A beautiful new tot lot adjacent to Heritage Hall provides a safe and attractive outdoor play area for preschool/kindergarten aged children.
& Three Year Olds - Bible-In-A-Box: This program is designed to start the young child in learning Bible stories in the most age-appropriate way: through play. Each month one story from the Bible will be presented. The story will be told and then the children are invited to play with puzzles, puppets, action figures, sand play and more that relate to the story. By doing this the child becomes familiar with the Bible story and internalizes it.
Partnering with Parents. For information about the stories learned, follow the links on the Bible-in-a-Box schedule.
View or print the Bible in a Box schedule below (in PDF format) and Register your child:
Four & Five
Year Olds - Godly Play: Godly Play is a term coined by Jerome Berryman to describe an approach to children's spiritual formation that is based on creating a sacred space in which to present the stories of our faith, wonder about them together, and then allow the children open-ended opportunities, usually with art supplies, to engage the story on their own terms
The stories are told very simply, with simple props and without interpretation or moral instruction. After a story is presented, the children and the storyteller wonder together about aspects of the story that draw their interest. The story is then put away and the children choose the art supplies they would like to work with to spend time creating whatever they choose in response to what they feel is most important or most interesting in the story.
Partnering with Parents. For information about the stories learned, follow the links on the Godly Play schedule.
View or print the Godly Play schedule below (in PDF format) and Register your child
Grades 1-6 - Workshop Rotation Model: The Workshop Rotation Model is an exciting, innovative method of teaching Sunday School. The story or theme is taught in more than one way over a period of several weeks. Children move or "rotate" each week to a different "workshop" with a different leader.
For example, the first week the children might experience the story through drama. The second week they might be doing science experiments. The third week the class could be working on a mission project. The fourth week they might make a video.
The students participate in a different type of workshop each Sunday, but all of the activities are related to on story or theme. By studying the same story in various ways, the participants develop a deeper understanding of the story. A key feature of the Worshop Rotation Model is that it incorporates the theory of multiple intelligences.
The Workshop Rotation Model works so well because it is based on the way children love to learn: through games, movement, drama, art, computers, music, and more.
Study this year: What's In the Bible? It's Bible 101 with a twist ... a very FUN twist! It's the story of God and what He's done for us, told through puppets, animation, music and more. This addition to the Workshop Rotation will enable children to learn the whole story of the Bible and how the individual stories fit into God's overall Rescue Plan.
This year, as an opening to each unit/story studied, a Film Festival will be presented using the What's In the Bible? videos. The films will present information about the Bible, define those "church-y" words and relate how the events of the Old Testament work toward those in the New. For reinforcement, Take Home pages will be sent home each week with information about what was learned at church school and will also contain information and activities for more fun and learning.
Partnering with Parents. For information about the stories learned and to view the films from the What's In the Bible? videos, follow the links on the Workshop Rotation schedule.
View or print the Workshop schedule below (in PDF format) and Register your child:
Sermon Stories for Ages 4 through Grade 2: During the 11:00 worship service, children are invited to exit the service after the Children's Meditation and attend Sermons Stories. While the adults are hearing the scripture and sermon (approximately 30 minutes), the children will be exploring the Story of the Bible through the Big Questions about God, Jesus and Spreading the Good News using, Clive & Ian’s Wonder-Blimp of Knowledge and What’s in the Bible? Each session will involve a film clip that teaches the lesson using puppets/cartoons/music and a follow up activity/craft/game to help reinforce the teaching. At the end of the 30 minute period, the children will return to the sanctuary worship and their parents.
View or print the Sermon Stories schedule (in PDF format) below:
the Gapp Library, a thriving
resource, staffed by volunteers who continually update the church's collection
of religious books for all age groups. The Library is on the main floor of Heritage Hall across from the Chapel.
August 21, 2013