Christian Education

Sunday School for Children & Youth

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The full 2016-2017 year of Sunday school consists of three blocks, during which time we meet in our usual age-level classes. We are off from CE over the summer and for three Sundays at Christmas and New Year’s to observe Sabbath and devote ourselves more fully to worship. During other weeks between blocks, we celebrate God with inter-generational events and special projects.

Inter-generational CE Days (All Ages Together)
Vacation Bible School: August 27th
Rally Day: September 11th
Advent/Thanksgiving: November 27th
Palm Sunday: April 9th
Closing Celebration: June 4th

Special Projects (According to Interest)
Prep for Advent Service & Play: November 6th – December 18th
Youth & Children’s Advent Service & Play: December 18th
Prep for Easter Play/Breakfast: March 5th – April 2nd
Easter Play/Breakfast: April 16th

Blocks (Age-Level Classes)
Block 1: September 18th – October 30th
Block 2: January 15th – February 26th
Block 3: April 23rd – May 28th

Ages 3-5: Meet at 9:30 a.m. in the first classroom just past the Library on the north end of the Sanctuary Building. Teachers: Sandra and Cassy.

Ages 6-10: Meet at 9:30 a.m. in the middle classroom on the north end of the Sanctuary Building. Teachers: Sophie and Lynn.

Ages 11-18: Meet at 11 a.m. in the classroom at the end of the hall on the north end of the Sanctuary Building. Teachers: Kathy and Jenn. During the 9:30 a.m. hour, youth ages 11-18 are welcome to attend the Adult class in the Miller Gathering Hall, whether you are already confirmed or still discerning whether you wish to make your confirmation. Interested youth may also assist in one of the two younger classes or in the nursery.

The nursery is open throughout the morning from 9 a.m. to noon. Our professional caregivers, Naomi and Emily, welcome infants, toddlers, and young children at any time during the morning.

We do not adhere quite as strictly to age groups and grade levels as a school system might. We trust children and their families to help us gauge the child’s readiness to move on from one stage to the next — not by aptitude but by their own comfort with a given group’s space, pace, content, and leadership. Many children naturally sense the fluidity of finding their place(s) in this community, and we want to assure our visitors and new members that this is something our Christian Education leaders intentionally support.

Intro to Worship Music

Adults and children of all ages, including infants and toddlers, may attend Intro to Worship Music in the Choir Room at 10:30 a.m. on most weeks. We usually sing the Doxology and one of the morning’s hymns, or a few especially child-friendly songs when we have a younger crowd. We are not a performance group – just an informal space to enjoy music, dabble with instruments, and become familiar with hymnals and some of the language of faith.

Children in Worship

Children ages 5+ are invited to an optional worship program during the 10:45 service. Upon leaving the sanctuary at the announcements, we meet in the choir room for music and prayer, and then move to Room 1, the classroom by the library, for a snack. We share our joys and concerns with one another, and sometimes we learn about components of worship, theology, or the Bible. This program is designed to complement Sunday School rather than repeat or replace it. Children are always welcome to attend one or the other or both.

Note: Our usual snacks in Sunday School and/or Children in Worship include Goldfish crackers, pretzels, bread, and/or fruit. Please notify the CE Director or Teachers about any dietary restrictions or allergies.

Activity Bulletins & Study Guides

Activity bulletins are available for children ages 3-6 and 7-12, offering them puzzles to solve and pictures to color relating to one of that morning’s scriptures. There are also plenty of trays for leaning and baskets of crayons.

Young adults and youth ages 11+ are welcome to take a one-sheet study guide. Study guides likewise follow the lectionary and offer relevant commentary and reflection questions from different authors on one of the morning’s texts.

These materials can be found on the right just inside the southwest door of the sanctuary, nearest the offices.

Bibles for Rising 10s

Each year, our congregation gifts children who will turn 10 in the upcoming year (September-August) with their own inscribed Bible. This typically takes place during a worship service in September or October. If you will be 10 this year, please let us know so we can prepare one for you!

Confirmation

A semester of confirmation class is available upon request for interested youth ages 13-18. The class invites these young people to learn more about Christian faith and the Presbyterian Church tradition as they seek to confirm their baptism or to be baptized into church membership. The class, when offered, meets weekly over dinner for conversation and study. Participants are asked to read a scripture lesson in worship on one week and to offer a personal reflection on the passage. In addition, each confirmand writes their own statement of faith to present to the Session upon their desire to be confirmed. The class is confirmed during a worship service which includes a special prayer and the bestowing of a stole.

If you have questions about the ways in which your child(ren) and family can be involved at FPC, contact firstpresbyterianchurch@gmail.com.