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.

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 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 classroom.

First through Eighth Grade

Children in elementary school through middle school begin each week at 9:30 in the Sanctuary for a 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 4 week time children are exposed to the same Bible story and lesson four different ways, thus addressing different ways of learning.   The Cornerstones Curriculum is specifically designed for the workshop rotation model.

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.

 Devon Murphy, Director of Christian Education