Educational Ministry

Educational Ministry

Gathering In God’s House

church school

Church School begins each year on the first Sunday after Labor Day and runs through the second Sunday in June.  Children and youth are welcome to participate in the program at any point throughout the year.  Church School provides care, education, and opportunities for all ages, birth to adults. Our theme for 2019-2020
“Come with me and I will make you fisher’s of men”.

And when Esau lifted up his eyes and saw the women and children, he said, “Who are these with you?” Jacob said,  “These are the children God has graciously given your servant”. Genesis 33:5

Children under age 3

There is childcare provided in the nursery each week for children under age 3.  This is a time of play and interaction with other babies and toddlers.  There is not a curriculum, but the goal is for children to feel loved and cared for as well as build trust and familiarity with the care providers and the church in general.

Prekindergarten and Kindergarten

These children attend class in the Garden of Eden “ room.  This is their first introduction to a more structured program and their more formal introduction to the stories in the Bible.  Each week there is a time for a welcoming, attendance, offering, a Bible story, an activity or craft related to the story, and play.   Children are brought to and picked up in their classrooms.

The following is the 2019-2020 schedule for Pre-K and kindergarten

  • 9/15 Rally Sunday
  • 9/22 God as Creator
  • 9/29 What is Church
  • 10/6 Noah’s Ark
  • 10/13 Shark Tank
  • 10/20 Listening to God
  • 10/27 Moses in Basket
  • 11/3 Moses and the Burning Bush
  • 11/10 Shark Tank
  • 11/17 God is the Guide
  • 11/24 God is Provider
  • 12/1 The Good Shepherd
  • 12/8 Christmas Pageant rehearsal
  • 12/15 Christmas Pageant
  • 12/22 Happy Birthday Jesus party
  • 12/29 Family Worship
  • 1/5 Nativity from the animals’ point of view
  • 1/12 Jesus as a boy
  • 1/19 Jesus Baptism
  • 1/26 shark tank
  • 2/2 Jesus friends
  • 2/9 Jesus feeds 5,000
  • 2/16 The Lord’s Prayer
  • 2/23 shark tank
  • 3/1 Healing with miracles
  • 3/8 Good Samaritan
  • 3/15 Holy Week
  • 3/22 Scout Sunday
  • 3/29 Last supper
  • 4/5 Garden of Gethsemane
  • 4/12 Easter
  • 4/19 Empty tomb
  • 4/26 shark tank
  • 5/3 Easter around the world
  • 5/10 Breakfast on the beach
  • 5/17 Pentecost
  • 5/24 Senior Sunday
  • 5/31 shark tank
  • 6/7 rehearsal for children’s Sunday
  • 6/14 Children’s Sunday

First through Eighth Grade

Children in elementary school through middle school begin each week at 9:30 in the Sanctuary for the worship time and then are dismissed to participate in the workshop rotation. Each week the lessons are taught through a variety of workshops such as art, computers, cooking, puppetry, drama, games, movement, or mapping skills. Within a 3 week time, children have exposure to the same Bible story and lesson different ways, thus addressing many ways of learning.  

In the fourth week of the rotation, the children split into age groups and enter into our themed “escape adventure room”.  Here they work as a team to look for clues using the hints that they have learned about from the Bible in the past 3 rotation classes. When they think they have figured out the puzzle they enter it into a combination lock. Once the lock opens they pick out their prizes!

Workshop Rotation Model

The workshop rotation Model has been used in this church for the past 15 years for children in grades one through eight.  There are eight learning styles addressed with the model.  It provides variety and versatility for both the student and the teacher in addition to being a more effective way of teaching and retaining stories and life lessons from the Bible.  If you would like more information about the model or the curriculum we use please go to www.rotation.org and wwwcstones.com.

Here is the 2019-2020 rotation topics for grades 1-7:

September-Noah’s ark
October-Jonah
November-Fisher’s of Men
December-Happy Birthday Jesus
January-Walk on Water
February-Plagues
March-Woman at the Well
April-Story of Easter
May-The Baptism
June-Children’s Sunday prep and pageant

 Devon Murphy, Director of Christian Education