Under the guidance of Director of Christian Education Lisa Niven (email@example.com),
Our Mission – Christian education is an integral part of our spiritual life together. Our mission is to continue Christ’s charge to spread the Good News, and to provide opportunities for all people to deepen their faith, mature in their discipleship and share their joy through service to others.
We believe Christian education should take place in the context of community and offer a full range of programs and activities for children and adults.
Sunday School – We have classes for children in Pre-K through 7th/8th grade, taught by members of our congregation, using Reformed, Bible-based curricula.
On most Sundays, children begin worship in the sanctuary. For the younger ones there are children’s bulletins, pencils and crayons, books and activity sheets in the Children’s Section (in the south transept). Children remain through the pastor’s Children’s Time message, then go to their classes.
On the first Sunday of each month, the children have their own Chapel Time service with hymns, prayer, scripture and a message. Following this, older children go to the sanctuary for communion and younger children have class time.
On holiday weekends, we have Family worship and children are encouraged to join their parents for the worship service.
There are special classes for children from time to time including Children in Worship, which helps children understand the elements of the service and how to participate; and Children & Sacraments, which focuses on Baptism and the Lord’s Supper and prepares 3rd & 4th graders for their first communion with understanding.
5th – 7th graders participate in worship by serving as acolytes.
Confirmation Class – Usually every other year, we offer a Confirmation class to youth in 7th-8th grade. This is a special course of study (September to May) that encourages exploration and questioning and culminates, if Confirmands so choose, in a profession of faith and membership in the church.