Youth Christian Formation

2018-2019 Sunday School Class Descriptions

3 – 7 year olds – Curriculum “Godly Play”

“Children have an innate sense of the presence of God. The Godly Play approach helps them to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience through wonder and play. Based on Montessori principles and developed using a spiral curriculum, the Godly Play method serves children through early, middle and late childhood and beyond.”

3rd – 5th grade – Curriculum “Building Faith Brick by Brick”

This program uses LEGOs for the students to recreate what they learned from a different Bible story each week. Their creations will then be on display for the congregation to see.

6th – 8th grade – Curriculum “Rite 13”

“This rite is a way for the entire congregation to celebrate the unique gifts and abilities of their young men and women. The program assists young people as they begin to take the first steps of independence from their families into their own lives. During these two years, the community acknowledges the gift of gender, celebrates the amazing creative power and potential of these young people, and creates a safe haven in which to explore new ideas, new interests and new abilities.”

9th – 10th grade – Curriculum “Journey to Adulthood (J2A)”

“Helps teens create and understand the importance of Christian community as they develop critical thinking and other skills they will need in adulthood. During the J2A phase, teens learn and practice six basic skills for adulthood: Active listening, Negotiation, Assertion, Research and Information Management, Partnership, and Leadership. In addition to the skills listed above, teens learn different methods of Scripture reading, prayer and community building. After two years, they are acknowledged as being equipped for new levels of responsibility and are given an opportunity to be confirmed. The end of J2A is marked with a spiritual pilgrimage that is often a life-changing experience for the group.”

11th – 12th grade – Curriculum “Young Adults in the Church (YAC)”

“This last phase encourages older youth to take on more adult responsibilities, both in their church and in their community. They are challenged to become good stewards of their time, talent and treasure. They work on identifying their gifts and commit to a specific ministry that uses those gifts. They study some of the church's ancient creeds and then write their own statement of beliefs. They look back on what they have studied, learned and experienced over the last six years and use that as a basis for their own growing spirituality. A final rite of passage sends them out into the world as ambassadors of Christ.”

This year each class will be supported by a team of four teachers. This will give the children and youth an opportunity to get to know more of our congregants.

Last Published: January 28, 2019 11:56 AM
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