Elementary (1st-5th Grade)
Spirit Quest (September-May)
Spirit Quest is the name of our Sunday morning education program for children in 1st through 5th grades, offered at 9:45 and 11:00 a.m. In 5-6 week units, children come to know God through a series of interactive workshops. Each Spirit Quest workshop utilizes a particular learning style for its approach to the lesson. Children come to know the Bible and God through drama, art, storytelling, music, games, computers, science and cooking. The same curriculum is used at both hours but the two hours are set up slightly different. We invite families to try both hours to see which format works best for their children.
At 9:45 the children will be divided into teams according to their grade. Each team will start in the workshop they will be participating in that day. At 9:50 the teams will gather together for opening worship and activities and will then return to their workshop. Teams will rotate to a different workshop each Sunday to learn and know God through different experiences. Each team of children will be led by Shepherds. These high school youth and adults take an active part in the class along with the students, develop relationships with the kids, pray with them, and assist them in processing the lesson through discussion and journaling.
At 11:00, 1st through 5th graders begin in worship with their families, come forward for the Children's Message and then are dismissed for activities for the remainder of the hour. 1st-5th graders travel as a group to a different workshop each week.
Wednesdays @ the Well (September-April)
First through fifth graders begin in the classroom with large group Bible activity time at 6:30. Following Bible time, children have the opportunity to further explore the Bible lesson through art, drama, games, science, video, computers and cooking. Through the Workshop Rotation Model students will rotate to different activities as they learn and know about God.
First–Fifth Grade WAM Sessions: WAM stands for Worship And Music. WAM students will create their own praise team and band by rotating through music stations of drums, orffs and boomwhackers. They will learn how praise songs are based on scripture and they will practice prayer. This group rehearses from 6:30-7:30pm and will regularly lead worship on Wednesday nights.
Fifth graders and their parents, have a unique opportunity to take part in the ALL STARS program. The goal of ALL STARS is to encourage youth to adopt a lifestyle free from high-risk behaviors and to explore the role our faith plays in making choices. During the first semester, parents will participate in classes and activities from 6:30-7:30pm, while 5th graders will join in Wednesday @ the Well classes for kids and will be able to participate in the Christmas program rehearsals. During the second semester, 5th graders will be in ALL STARS classes every Wednesday night with a final celebration scheduled for April 24.
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Children's Ministry Registration
We ask parents to register their children for both Weekend and Midweek Activities. Registration forms for the 2013-2014 year will be available in August.