3 through 5th Grade:
Choir Director: Nancy
Children perform periodically during church services and
10:15 AM to 11 AM:
Class with Laura Powell and Jamie McCornack (and assistants).
10:15 AM - Worship and
Wonder (see below)
For those children who
do not attend choir: Bible lesson, crafts, activities and snacks.
Program for 4th & 5th Grade boys!
For the first ten weeks of the Christian Education year, 4th and 5th grade
boys are being offered the opportunity to participate in a Boys Advocacy
and Mentoring (BAM!) program facilitated by Alan Brandenfels and other
adult males from our congregation.
sessions are one hour long and will start at 10:15 a.m. each Sunday
morning. At the end of the ten weeks, the boys will rejoin the peers
in the Worship & Wonder Center. All parents of 4th and 5th grade
boys will be receiving information about this wonderful opportunity for
Worship & Wonder
through 11:00 a.m.
Children 3 years old through 1st
Children Worship &
Wonder curriculum is
designed to help children experience worship apart from the congregation
so they become able to worship meaningfully with the congregation. The
process is designed to quiet and slow down the pace so that children can
experience the presence of God with a sense of awe, mystery, imagination
The Worship &
Wonder teaching process is based on Montessori principles and utilizes the oral
tradition of storytelling, using carved wooden figures.
In the two Children’s Worship Centers, the
children have the opportunity to respond to the story through hands on
work with the wooden figures or with creative activities such as painting,
drawing, sculpting with play dough, collage making and so forth.
A child who has
participated in this curriculum will learn every major story of the Old
and New Testaments, including the parables. S/he
will learn the meaning and symbolism in the sacraments of communion and
baptism. Additionally s/he
will learn “how the church tells time” as they experience celebrating
the Christian year of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter Pentecost
and Ordinary Time. S/he will also learn other elements of Christian worship such as The Lord’s
Prayer, The 23rd Psalm, The Doxology, common Responses and
The rhythm of signing
is an important part of the Worship and Wonder Centers.
This is because signing communicates meaning, imagination and
memory just as words do. It
portrays feeling and stirs emotion. The
signing also tends to quiet the child and enables s/he to worship with
their whole being.
The Way of the Child
Children 2nd through 5th Grade
Children 2nd through 5th grades are
taught a curriculum entitled "The Way of the Child." This curriculum
resembles Children Worship & Wonder in that it utilizes contemplative
and experiential materials to provide an environment that nurtures
spirituality. However it provides more dialogue and interaction to
engage the more developmentally advanced older child. In the Way of the
Child, the children engage in general dialogue with the teacher about
such spiritual practices as the use of scripture, prayer, music,
celebrating the seasons of the Christian calendar, communion, baptism
and so forth. The children not only discuss these practices but also
engage in these practices during classroom time. Children are taught
ways to incorporate these practices into their daily lives. They also
attend the 11 AM Worship Service once per month, with their teachers to
participate in these practices in corporate worship once each month. The
second part of the class, the children chose a "reflection station" and
engage in a reflective activity centered on the focus of the session.
The reflection stations used each week include: Gazing (contemplation
and reflection); World (social justice), Sand (art, sculpting); Art;
Journaling and Reading. The children then return to a circle where they
have a "feast" (an introduction to communion) and close with prayer and
a blessing for each child.
The cultural bombardment of noise and
activity leaves no space for children's imagination to flourish, no
space for thinking and wondering, no space for knowing themselves as
unique creations connected to God. In our Worship & Wonder program and
in The Way of the Child, it is our intent to provide our children with
one hour of such time each week. The goal for both the Worship & Wonder
curriculum and The Way of the Child curriculum is for children to absorb
a spiritual way of being and doing and to cultivate it in their lives.
For information about
our Children's Ministry, please contact