“There is such joy in the ministry of Christian education. It can be compared to the parable of the mustard seed that was sowed in the field. It is the smallest of all seeds but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree so that birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”
My name is Devon Murphy and I am the Director of Christian Education here at the First Congregational church of Westminster. I am a mother of four, (two boys and two girls) and we have a very active lifestyle which is where I draw my inspiration from when planning out our church school calendar year.
We have weekly nursery coverage from infants through age 3, a combined preschool/kindergarten classroom, and a rotation schedule featuring multiple classrooms for kids grades 1-7.
Each week the children and leaders meet to introduce our lesson plans before the children visit their classroom for the week which varies but often includes Art and movement, Where in God’s world?, Eating your way through the Bible, and Dramatic play (amongst others.) Children are offered a very hands-on look at Bible stories from multiple perspectives over a three week series so that they can become familiar with the particular lesson for that three week rotation. After visiting their classrooms we gather together again to play a fun minute to win it game before being dismissed to parents.
Children are always welcome to attend the worship service, however once a month we have a special “family worship” service. Here children get to experience the joys of being involved in the church service by experiencing upbeat hymns and a sermon which is easily understood by Christians of all ages.
We also have fun themed events including movie night, a fall themed Harvest Party, a family Advent workshop, a Christmas Crèche service and more!
Our classrooms are brightly decorated, spacious and inviting. Our workshops are led by two adults and a teen “shepherd” each week. We always learn something new and have fun while doing it! We hope you join us soon!
For more information- please feel free to email me anytime at: email@example.com. I look forward to hearing from you!
Christian Education Coordinator