Sunday School for Children
Classes are located on the 2nd floor except, for the nursery which is on the 1st floor
This fall, we are using Spark House curriculum for ages 2-years.old – 5th grade. The materials capture the imagination of our children with illustrated retellings of Bible stories, videos that blend humor with life application, engaging hands-on activities, and thought-provoking discussions.
Age 2: Room 212. Teachers Judy Miskimmin and Susan Bowman will introduce our 2 year olds to Bible stories through play and teaching/mission activities. Children are never too small to make a big difference.
Ages 3-4: Room 214. Teachers Whitney Lee, Stacie Frischkorn, and Lindsey Braidwood will team up to engage preschoolers in learning Bible stories through thoughtful play.
Kindergarten – 2nd Grade: Room 228. Teachers: Tara Berger, Amanda Justus, Rachel and Ryan Radspinner, and Sr. high youth team will explore the colorful Spark Story Bible and provide fun, faith-filled activities. Substitutes are Kim Schultz & Ashley Wykle.
3rd Grade – 5th Grade: Room 215. Teachers Liz and Sel Harris, Jeff Nelson, Bill and Tami Kamarek, Shannan and Dave Poteran rotate teaching each month and together work to grow our late elementary-aged kids’ interest in their faith. They will engage in God’s story through hands-on activities and connecting biblical themes with their own lives. Substitutes are Sarah Joyner-Viol and Anthony Viol and Greg and Emily Labows.
Wonders of Worship
Wonders of Worship for children ages 4 yrs. – 2nd grade is offered during the 8:30 and 11:00am services. Children are invited to attend the worship service and stay through the Spirit box, a children’s time with Pastor DeeDee. Afterwards, children are escorted to the Fellowship Hall for Biblical storytelling, fun learning activities and times of wondering and worship. Children are returned to their parents in the Sanctuary near the end of the worship service.
*Nursery is provided for the youngest of children and infants. Please sign up your children when your family registers for worship so we can keep our numbers to 10 or less with three professional caregivers.
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Deep Blue Curriculum
Deep Blue curriculum incorporates age appropriate Bible stories, activities, crafts and games into a full faith experience for children preschool, K-1st, 2nd-3rd and 4th-5th grades. Classes are currently studying the “Loving God, Loving Neighbor” unit of Deep Blue Curriculum. A variety of activities are offered to meet the variety of children’s learning styles. Jesus Leads the Community (N.T.) and Leaders of the Community (O.T.) are the current units of study.
Fall 2020: We look forward to Sunday School returning. Beginning on October 4th kids, 4 years old – 5th graders, may sign up for W.O.W. (Wonders of Worship) on the same link parents sign up for worship services. Read more on the W.O.W. tab.
Sunday School – We incorporate food, Legos, crafts, art, science experiments, drama, storytelling, music, mission projects, videos, games and discussion to enrich the Bible story lessons each week. Follow up activity sheets and on-line options as well as direct email Sunday School recaps from teachers to parents help busy families stay current with the weekly Bible lessons and encourages them to explore them together at home.
Age two: Room 144, Ages three and four: Room 145, Kindergarten – 3rd Grade: Rooms 219, 228 and 4th – 5th Grades: Room 213
Wonders of Worship for children ages 4 yrs. – 2nd grade is offered during the 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services. Children are invited to attend the worship service and stay through the Spirit box, a children’s time with Pastor DeeDee. Afterwards, children are escorted to Room 231 and sometimes outside for activities. Jacqui Horton and volunteers engage children in Biblical storytelling, fun learning activities and times of wondering and worship. Children and adults will wear masks. Children will be escorted back to the Sanctuary at the conclusion of the service to reconnect with their families.
For more information please contact Jacqui Horton at Jacqui@firstpresvb.org.
Fall 2020: Rehearsals are temporarily virtual. Cherub Choir starts Wednesday, Sept 23, 4:45-5:15 PM. Carol Choir starts Wednesday, Sept. 16th, 6:30-7:15 PM. Contact Belinda Valet for Zoom link and rehearsal packet.
The children’s choirs primary goal is to learn to be worship participants. Therefore, in weekly worship services, our choirs take their turn presenting carefully selected and rehearsed anthems. They also present a Christmas musical and a program in the spring. Just as sports develop children in teamwork, the musical art form develops discipline, teaches responsibility, professionalism commitment and working together toward a common goal of enhancing the worship service while growing in their faith. What is taught? Music reading, rhythm, ear training, vocal development, pitch, Christian faith through understanding of the text they are singing, hymn history, composers and parts of the worship service. All this is taught through fun techniques and games, making the process interesting, not dull. The choral and bell choirs enhance the private lessons some children are in. The choirs also offer the opportunity for children not in private lessons to learn music and participate in a musical group. All are welcome to find their place in the music program. Contact Belinda Valet, Director of Handbell & Children’s Choirs, for more information.
Early Childcare Ministries
Nursery Times & information
Infant Nursery – Room 131 – for babies up to 24 months. Open 8:30 a.m. – noon.Toddler Nursery – Room 211
For children ages two and three available during the 8:30a.m. and 11:00a.m.Worship services. Both are served by professional staff. We offer a warm and safe atmosphere in our nursery for children to learn, live and grow in our Christian faith from the moment of birth. Parents may watch their child’s interaction through a one-way window in the hall outside room 131.
- Nursery Times & information
Infant Nursery – Room 131 – for babies up to 24 months. Open 8:30 a.m. – noon.Rock-a-Bye Babies and Waddler’s Ministry provides opportunities for children to be loved and nurtured by trained childcare givers and volunteers.We offer a warm and safe atmosphere in our nursery for children to learn, live and grow in our Christian faith from the moment of birth. Parents may watch their child’s interaction through a one way window in the hall outside room 131.Toddler Nursery – Room 144For children ages two and three available during the 8:30a.m. and 11:00a.m.Worship services. Both are served by professional staff.Questions? Contact Jacqui Horton at Jacqui@firstpresvb.org
Parents & Family
Church is a welcoming place for families to learn and grow together through faith enrichment ministries. Whether families worship on Sunday mornings or fellowship and learn through events like Advent Workshop or a talent show, a variety of ages coming together create that warm feeling called Church family.
Sunday School classes offer individuals Christian educational opportunities that appeal to children and youth in age-appropriate classes. Adults can choose traditional or discussion-oriented Bible studies or topical classes like Sacred Parenting for adults.
More than ever we also need your help. If you are interested in volunteering to help us with Sunday school for our children, please contact Jacqui Horton at Jacqui@firstpresvb.org.