Children from JK – Grade 5.
The congregation begins worship together; the children with their parents and friends. Then the children gather in a special area designated for kids only – The Children’s Garden. This space is an open – concept space with brightly painted walls depicting different garden scenes. There is an arts & crafts area, a story-telling tent a drama and bible games room and a costume room.
We use the “252 Basics” curriculum which emphasizes growing in wisdom, faith and friendship. It is a unique approach in that it is built around three basic truths every child should embrace according to what Jesus modeled in Luke 2:52:
1. I need to do the wise thing.
2. I can trust God no matter what.
3. I should treat others the way I want to be treated.
Each month the lesson is based on a core virtue. Using bible stories and real life application, we teach the children and their families about God’s love for them in a relevant way. The children are divided up into two groups:
· JK – Grade 1
· Grade 2 – 5
We use a combination of small group and large group format to get the message across. We also provide information to parents so the learning can continue at home.
Each month the lesson is led by one of three teaching teams. The teaching teams are made up of volunteers from the congregation who are fully trained and screened.
We sponsor a child through World Vision. We have been sponsoring Joriya from the Philippines for several years and it’s been great for the kids to get to know her and know how much they are helping her.
We provide weekly offering envelopes to encourage the children to reach out to others in need.
Children’s Garden News
We feel it is really important to keep parents up-to-date on what’s going on in the Children’s Garden. It is really difficult to help young people develop their faith without the support of the family. Each month, a newsletter is sent to each family via email letting them know what the lesson is for that month. This also gives the families the opportunity to discuss the lesson at home as well. Each week in the bulletin there is a page dedicated to the Children’s Garden News to help parents keep in touch as well as let the rest of the congregation know what’s happening.