Just before the sermon begins on any given Sunday, you’ll find our preschool- and elementary-aged children filing out of the worship service. They’re off to their classrooms to learn about Christ through specially tailored teaching and activities!
In the fall, our preschoolers (those who are three years old through pre-K) learned about God’s creation of the world. This winter, they have been studying the life of Jesus and His identity as God’s Son. As they move into the spring, they will learn about Jesus’ role as our Savior. The class is a fast-paced, fun environment for these budding students, complete with a Bible story, activity worksheet, craft, Bible memorization, songs, and games. The teachers also work to teach and reinforce classroom skills (e.g. staying in their seats, raising their hands to ask questions, sharing with others, and following directions).
Our younger elementary children (those in grades K-2) started off the year learning that long before Jesus was born, God promised to send a Savior for his people, and that He did so by sending his Son, Jesus, to earth to save us. The class then turned to the idea of salvation and discussed repentance, faith in Christ alone, the new life given to us through the Holy Spirit, and how God saves sinners like us. In the spring, the class will learn how we can show Jesus our love for Him by thanking Him, giving to Him, and telling others about Him.
Our older elementary children (those in grades 3-5) are working through a two-year survey of the Bible. They began with a study of Genesis, including creation, the fall, the flood, the Abrahamic Covenant, the patriarchs, and Joseph. In the winter, they looked at the books of Exodus through Ruth, with a focus on the redemptive acts of God in dealing with his covenant people. As we move into spring, the class will study the books of 1 Samuel to Esther, especially the reigns of the kings of Israel and Judah, the captivity in Babylon, and the returned exiles. As a special project, the class is also working toward saving their pennies to be able to provide medical supplies to those in need through the World Vision organization.
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