Christian Education is now offered for all ages beginning at 9:00 AM and ending approximately 9:45. Classes are grouped according to age/grade in school and are as follows:
- Preschool and Kindergarten-2nd grade (downstairs in Sunday School classroom)
- 3rd-5th grade (downstairs in Sunday School classroom)
- Middle and High School (downstairs by the sofas) They meet twice a month on Sunday from 4-6 PM. Approximately 30-45 minutes is spent discussing the lesson followed by fun, fellowship and outreach projects. Dinner is also provided each meeting.
Our Preschool and Elementary classes use the Sparkhouse curriculum titled Holy Moly. This curriculum is a theme based curriculum that focuses on the Old Testament in the Fall and the New Testament in the Spring. There are ten units total over the course of two years. During the Advent/Christmastide and Lent/Eastertide the lessons focus on those stories and events. Each lesson has four components: Discover,Relate, Connect and Create. During Discover, kids watch an animated Bible story video. In Relate, they talk about the story they just watched. Then, in Connect, kids engage with the story again in their Bible Storybook or NRSV Bible to understand the story. Finally, they complete the Create activity with their leaflets. The children take home a leaflet each week as well as a family page that has ideas and activities based on the lesson for the entire family to do together!
The Middle and High School students also have a new curriculum this year from Sparkhouse called re:form. This curriculum empowers youth to explore their faith and ask the questions they actually wonder about the Bible, creed, disciples, Jesus, other beliefs, and hot topics.Every re:form session follows a three part sequence:Encounter, Engage, and Respond. In each session, youth gather to watch a hilarious animated video, tap their creativity for activities that involve doodling, constructing and journaling, and then share some thoughts and ideas about the session’s question. One of the things I love about this curriculum is that it provides perspectives and raises questions—that don’t necessarily have one right answer. Youth are encouraged to reflect and have frank discussions in each re:form session.
Middle and High School students also have the option of attending and participating in the Adult Forum at any time. The Adult Forum meets Sunday mornings from 9:00-9:45 in Barnabas Hall.