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Preschool-5th grade curriculum: Spark, published by Sparkhouse
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Jr. High and High School (6th-12th grades): Linc, published by Cokesbury
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Ministry for Family
At FCC we believe that children learn about God’s love by being loved unconditionally by God’s People. All of our ministries to and with children and youth reflect God’s great love for them. If there is anything we can do to make your family’s worship or Christian education experiences more meaningful, please contact Rev. Dr. Jim Warren (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rev. Holly Irvin (email@example.com).
Sundays at 10:15 a.m.
All children and youth ages 3-12th grade are invited to participate in Sunday School. Sunday School classes are taught by teachers whose number one priority is loving your child. In class, children and youth will learn that God loves everyone, no matter what. They will learn that God created each of in God’s image (Genesis 1:27). Through stories, age appropriate activities and games, young people will explore what it means to follow Jesus. Young children learn Bible stories through play while they imagine what it might have been like to be part of the story. As the curriculum progresses, older children and youth learn to think about context, interpretation, and life application. At every age, we want students to understand the Bible’s important place in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) tradition.
Preschool – 1st Grade Teachers are Heather Damery and Stacey Erickson
Substitutes are Jenny Henenburg and Michelle Kiesewetter
2nd – 5th Grade Teachers are Patti Jamerson and Stephanie Kiesewetter
Substitutes are Amy Nichols and Kim Janvrin
Youth, Grades 6-12 - Teachers are Todd Chapman and Ryan Newton
Substitutes are Kathie Chapman and Becky White
Youth Group and KFC (Kids for Christ)
Children and youth in 3rd-12th grades are encouraged to participate in youth group. Youth group has a different focus from Sunday School. FCC Youth group has an intentional focus on friendships, community, and FUN.
The youth group meets on Sunday evenings, 5-6:30 p.m. The evening usually consists of experiential lessons, games, and “Awesome and Awful,” a time for students to share what’s happening in their lives. On the first Sunday of each month those attending will enjoy dinner together to start the evening. Youth Group coaches are Gregg Kiesewetter, Naomi Kosier, Kim Cox, and Ted Logan, with Holly Irvin.
During both services, childcare is available in the nursery for children who have not started kindergarten yet. All of our nursery staff have been thoroughly background checked and are kind, loving adults. We know there is nothing more important to you than the health, safety, and happiness of your child. Thank you for trusting us with your amazing little one. We promise to treat him/her with compassionate, loving care. We promise to model God’s love every minute we are caring for your child.
The nursery is on the lower level across from the elevator. You can visit any time!
A few items of note:
Worship and Wonder (ages 4 through 2nd grade):
A Montessori-based program, Children Worship & Wonder is
led by a trained Storyteller and Greeters and provides children
with the tools, the language, and the safe space to deepen their
relationship with God. Children can join Worship and Wonder simply
by exiting the sanctuary, following Time for Children, during first service
worship. A Worship and Wonder Greeter will meet them at the back of the sanctuary and guide them to the Children’s Worship Center. Following first service worship, parents and guardians pick up their children downstairs (room 128) at the Children’s Worship Center.
Each week, children age 4 through 2nd grade hear stories from scripture and learn about God while they are experiencing the presence of God. They are invited to enter into the stories and form responses out of their own rich life experiences. They learn about traditional worship practices by participating in them. A typical worship includes singing, prayer, the reading of scripture, storytelling and sharing, an offering, a feast time, and a benediction. This way of being in worship with children respects the developmental abilities of children.
A fun and worthwhile part of our Sunday school program is music! The children meet regularly with choir directors, according to their age group (pre-school through 1st grade and 2nd through 5th grade). Occasionally the choirs will help lead worship by sharing a gift of music at the 9:00 worship service. Choir leaders are Naomi Kosier (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Abby Logan.