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Children's Sunday Morning Classes

How can parents raise kids with a faith that lasts?  There are no guarantees, but researach1 supports the following principals:

         Worship together to model a regular practice of making
         God a priority.

+ 1    Grow in spiritual maturity by participating in a small group
          or classes and asking the tough questions.

+ 2    Serve together to inspire faith in action.

1Based on research done by Fuller Youth Institute for Sticky Faith and by Focus on the Family
  Research Council.


We’ve created the following schedule to assist you in finding classes for your child.  Find the time you generally would like to worship together, and then select the additional time you could use as an education or service hour.  Registration for classes is not required.***  Classes for adults can be found on the Adult Sunday Classes page.

+2 Options for Families who worship at the 8:00 service
Age/Grade9:30 Options (sign-in)11:00 Options (sign in)

4 years (on/before 9/30/15)

Preschool or Bridges*

Preschool

Kindergarten & Grade 1

Power-Up* or Bridges* (1st floor)

Power-Up (3rd floor) or Joyful Noise Choir practice (3rd floor)

Grades 2 & 3

Power-Up* or Gateways* (1st floor)

Power-Up (3rd floor) or
Carol Choir practice (3rd floor)

Grades 4, 5, & 6

Sunday School (3rd floor) or
Junior Choir** practice

Sunday School (3rd floor)

Grades 7-12

Youth Choir practice or
serve in the church

Underground AM (Lower Level) or serve in the church

+2 Options for Families who worship at the 9:30 service
Age/Grade9:30 Options (sign-in)11:00 Options (sign in)

4 yrs (on/before 9/30/15), Kindergarten, & Grade 1

Preschool or Bridges* (1st floor)

Preschool

Kindergarten & Grade 1

Power-Up* or Bridges* (1st floor)

Power-Up (3rd floor) or Joyful Noise Choir practice (3rd floor)

Grades 2 & 3

Power-Up* or Gateways* (1st floor)

Power-Up (3rd floor) or
Carol Choir practice (3rd floor)

Grades 4, 5, & 6

Worship or Junior Choir** practice

Sunday School (3rd floor)

Grades 7-12

Worship

Underground AM (Lower Level) or serve in the church

+2 Options for Families who worship at the 11:00 service
Age/Grade9:30 Options (sign-in)11:00 Options (sign in)

4 yrs (on/before 9/30/15), Kindergarten, & Grade 1

Preschool or Bridges*

Preschool

Kindergarten & Grade 1

Power-Up* or Bridges* (1st floor)

Power-Up (3rd floor) or Joyful Noise Choir practice (3rd floor)

Grades 2 & 3

Power-Up* or Gateways* (1st floor)

Power-Up (3rd floor) or
Carol Choir practice (3rd floor)

Grades 4, 5, & 6

Sunday School (3rd floor) or
Junior Choir** practice

Worship

Grades 7-12

Serve in the church

Worship

*Students begin in the sanctuary and will be dismissed after the Children’s Message to the 3rd floor.
**Junior Choir students begin in the Sanctuary with parents or in a designated area with peers and will be dismissed before the Children's Message to the 3rd floor for practice. Other choir members can meet up with the class at approximately 9:50 on the 3rd floor.
***Registration for Sunday Classes and Choirs is not required beginning with the 2015 fall term.


Sunday Opportunities by Age

Preschool (ages 3 & 4)
Through singing, storytelling, and play, children learn that the invisible God is tangible through all his creations.  All children participate in the Cherub Choir as part of this Sunday school class.

Bridges (ages 4, 5, & 6)
Children explore their understanding of God through story, wonder, and play based on Montessori methods of instruction.  This class aligns with the liturgical calendar and focuses on preparing children to participate in worship.

Gateways (grades 2 & 3)
Liturgical elements and sacred traditions guide the instruction in this class to help lead children toward a better understanding of the purpose of worship and the guiding principles of our faith.

Power-Up (grades K – 3)
Through drama and small group activities, this virtues-based program helps children connect Biblical stories to the stories of their own lives.

Grades 4/5/6
With a focus on serving others, this program helps children understand what it means to be the hands and feet of Jesus and how they fit in to God’s big story.

The Underground AM (middle & high school)
Following a brief message, students break into groups to search for scriptural understanding of God’s purpose for their lives.  Adult leaders will guide these discussions to help students own their faith and be able to articulate it to others.

The Underground PM (middle & high school)
Fellowship, worship, and fun collide when students gather to study scripture and engage in small groups led by strong adult leaders who are committed to helping students pursue authentic faith.

Choirs for all ages
The Cherub Choir rehearses in the preschool.  The Joyful Noise and Carol Choirs rehearse during the 11:00 service.  The Junior Choir and Youth Choir rehearse during the 9:30 service.  Details can be found on the Children's Music page and the Youth Worship Ministries page.

Adult Sunday School & Service Opportunities
Refer to the Fall Opportunities Booklet or the Serve and Grow Board in the Great Hall to determine where you can plug in this fall to serve and to grow while your children are engaged.

Other Sunday Opportunities
There are several other opportunities for children on Sunday mornings including the Sacraments Class, the Nursery, and the F.R.O.G. Pond.