Sunday School classes meet during the worship service.
Children and youth sit with their families in the Sanctuary for the first 15–20 minutes of the service. Those in grades 6–8 then leave the Sanctuary to attend classes while those in grades K–5 come to the Chancel for the Moment as Children, after which they leave for their classes. High school youth leave for class after the sermon and meet until noon. The Sunday School Classes offered include:
Child Care and Pre-K
To provide parents an opportunity to enter fully into the worship experience, we offer child care during the Sunday morning worship service with the help of paid staff.
Open each Sunday at 10:15 a.m., the Nursery room, 201, provides for children aged 6 months to 2 years, while the Rainbow Room, 202, cares for those between 3-4 years of age. There is no formal education component for babies and preschoolers but we believe that, while they are here, children form a vital fundamental expectation of church as a loving place where they are cared for.
Kindergarten - 1st Grade
Meeting in the Beginner Room, Room 203, Kindergarten and 1st Graders learn ancient stories of the Judeo-Christian tradition with experienced volunteers. The Beginners frequently act out these stories, enjoy songs, arts and craft projects and free-choice play.
2nd - 5th Grade
Children meet for classes in Room 205. Using the Joyful Path and Illustrated Compassion curricula, classes begin the exploration of questions about faith, grounded in the Baptist core concept of soul liberty. Classes use a variety of stories, crafts, songs, games and rituals that are designed to help build the children’s confidence in themselves as spiritual beings.
For more information, please contact Jillian Westerfield, Director of Children’s and Family Programming.
Middle School (6th - 8th Grade)
Middle Schoolers, grades 6–8, meet in the new youth room. These young people are excused from the Sanctuary for class when the younger children come forward for the Moment as Children. In this class, youth look at the Bible through the Echo the Story curriculum, using videos, storytelling, discussion, and activities.
Middle School youth also participate in a monthly Friday Night Club, socializing at events like laser tag, haunted houses, scavenger hunts, movie nights, ice skating, and art projects.
High School (9th - 12th Grade)
These young people are excused from the Sanctuary for class after the sermon. In this class, youth participate in theological reflection on current events, personal experiences, and social justice issues.
High School youth can also participate on the Youth Leadership team planning service projects and community advocacy events for the youth program and congregation.
For more information, please contact Amber Naylor, Director of Youth Programming.