Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Children’s Classes
By Judi McKee

We are committed to “teaching our children diligently” (Deut.6:7) so that they will grow as Christ “in wisdom, in stature and in favor with God and men” (Luke 2:52). To be fully effective, the teaching of our children is part of the role-modeling and direct instruction of each Christian household. Our Sunday morning children’s classes provide an opportunity to reinforce your home teaching. Our children’s program also offers a safe and caring place for visiting children to first encounter the love of Christ and the opportunity for children to build relationships with each other (fellowship).

Our children participate in the auditorium service for part of the morning so they can begin to experience and understand elements of worship. Children, ages 3 years old to fifth grade, are dismissed (usually after Communion) to go to their own worship service. Under the leadership of Janet Campbell, they enjoy a worship which includes singing, prayer time, and a Bible story.
After services, you will see the children come in to get their snack (greatly appreciated - thanks to Katherine Netessova) and then return for age-level classes. Fifth and sixth graders are taught by Janet. She also taught a six-week session focusing on baptism and its meaning as our response to Christ; this class was offered to anyone 5th grade and up.

Roxanne Lee teaches third and fourth graders, while Isabel Pasarini works with first and second graders. Judi McKee teaches kindergarten and pre-schoolers; she enjoyed assistance at various times from Marilyn Nelson, Wilfrido Albiter Jr., and Taylor Berterretche. Our classes are small which gives great opportunities for student-teacher interaction and conversation. We learn how to use our Bibles; we play games, do worksheets and crafts to reinforce Bible stories; we emphasize application of biblical teachings to our lives.
If you would like to participate in this very fun and rewarding ministry, please let us know (tell Janet or any current teacher). We need substitutes as well as teachers who would rotate with current teachers on a monthly or quarterly basis.

“Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6


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