Church School Program

On Sunday mornings, following a hymn and prayer, children are invited forward for a brief children’s message. After the message, children from birth to seventh grade leave the sanctuary with their teachers to their church school classes.  We offer three classes:

  • Splash Class (birth to age 3, with or without parent);
  • Godly Play 1 (ages 3 to second grade); and
  • Godly Play 2 (third to eighth grades).  

Children in all three classes experience stories from the Bible through storytelling, music and art. All of our teachers are trained in Godly Play approach, based on Montessori principles to create a child centered, biblically based program of learning for all ages. 

The church school program is overseen by the Minister of Christian Education, our Church School Superintendent and a robust team of trained teachers. 

Here, Pastor Lynn, our Minister of Education, is teaching a Godly Play lesson to the Godly Play 1 class.  Students are engaged by the materials used and the way the story is portrayed. 

Here, Pastor Lynn, our Minister of Education, is teaching a Godly Play lesson to the Godly Play 1 class.  Students are engaged by the materials used and the way the story is portrayed. 

Here are some of our Godly Play 1 students relaxing and having some time to get to know each other in our beautiful Godly Play 1 classroom, a dedicated space for the youth of our church.

Here are some of our Godly Play 1 students relaxing and having some time to get to know each other in our beautiful Godly Play 1 classroom, a dedicated space for the youth of our church.

Interfaith Activities

We strive to teach the youth about other faiths and how these faiths are celebrated.  We find commonalities and ask questions to deepen our understanding.  As a result of these activities, we encourage empathy and a deeper, richer awareness of the world around us and to inspire a respect of cultures and religions of people near and far.

 

Rabbi Shira Milgrom joined us to teach us about the Jewish tradition of the seder.

Rabbi Shira Milgrom joined us to teach us about the Jewish tradition of the seder.

The youth had an opportunity to participate in a seder, ask questions, and learn traditional music as well.

The youth had an opportunity to participate in a seder, ask questions, and learn traditional music as well.

Here, students learn about the Muslim faith during a breakfast.

Here, students learn about the Muslim faith during a breakfast.

Intergenerational Events and Outings

Here we will include pictures of our outings and events like the cookie decorating.  Explain how we want to our youth to feel a part of the bigger community and to encourage learning from each other and about each other with these activities.