At St. John’s, our mission is to help children experience the love of God through our own expressions of love. We hope that by giving children our time, our care, our efforts, and our instruction we are modeling for them an idea of what it means to be a Child of God.
Sunday School, 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
- Infants and Toddlers - Are loved and cared for by our weekly volunteers. They experience the presence of God through gentle hands, kind words, and a comforting environment. They meet in the Broach Hall nursery and on the preschool hall in the 2’s room. Children at this age stay in their room for the full morning.
- Preschool - Children ages 3 and 4 make a weekly craft, hear a Bible story, have a snack and play together. They meet in the 3’s room on the downstairs preschool hall. Children at this age stay in their room for the full morning.
- Elementary - Children in K-5th grades meet on the second floor. They use the "Grow-Proclaim-Serve!" curriculum to learn Bible stories and explore the lives of Bible characters. They practice Bible knowledge through fun games and drills, and work on projects for mission and performance.
- K-2 - This age is a time to introduce children to worship and worship practices. Children begin a schedule of time in worship and time in worship education classes:
- 1st Sunday - Quiet Worship--children learn practices of silence and meditation;
- 2nd Sunday - Baptist Democracy - children learn about the congregational model of decision-making by choosing together their activity;
- 3rd Sunday - A Time for Prayer - children learn about different types of prayer;
- 4th Sunday - in worship with parents--choirs will sometimes use this Sunday to share a song in worship
- 3rd-5th –This age group is ready to experience more time in worship with adults, but still benefits from instruction:
- 1st and 3rd Sundays - in worship with parents - worship kit is provided;
- 2nd Sunday - option to join Baptist Democracy
- 4th Sunday--in worship with parents--children in choirs will participate in choir offerings
Building relationships is part of the job of the children’s program - one way we do that is by offering special events for children to build memories together, such as a sleepover at the Great Wolf Lodge or a trip to see a play at Children’s Theater. Children also experience time together on our annual trips: Passport Kids Camp or our Family Mission Trip.
Wednesday evenings offer an opportunity for children to learn about expressing their own faith through the arts. This year, during the 6:45-7:30 time, we will offer K-5th graders opportunities to try making pottery, learning sign language, making crafts for mission projects, making crafts projects for missions, doing yoga, and using drama and puppets to express elements of their own life of faith.
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