Promise Land Sunday School
Imagine you are eight years old, on your way into church for Sunday school, expecting a drab classroom with tables and chairs, and a teacher who will read from the Bible and then lecture about the lesson. Instead, you are greeted by a welcoming entrance into the middle of an ancient marketplace with a cart of vegetables, baskets and striped awnings. You walk down a hallway transformed into a Biblical countryside; hills dotted with sheep, tiny villages, a lakeside. Can you see it?
A coral reef passageway leads under the sea. You are surrounded by blue water and fishes peeking around clumps of seaweed. A whale swims beside you and as you look up, you notice the underside of a boat. You stroke shells on the wall – you pick up a fishing net and notice its heft. Can you feel it?
Jesus taught through vivid stories, engaging His listeners’ emotions, memories, and senses. He used repetition, drama, and surprise. He used loaves and fish, bread and wine. This wonderful atmosphere for learning is what we are trying to achieve in our Promise Land Sunday School. Our kindergarten through 5th grade children hear, see, feel, taste, and smell Bible stories. The Rotation model of teaching we use, teaches a story over 4-6 weeks with varied activities engaging many learning styles. This multidimensional teaching leads to greater participation, retention, and understanding.
“These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the read, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on you hands and bind them on you foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:6-9
SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES FOR CHILDREN
Infants and Young Toddlers
Preschool Sunday School Class – 3 and 4 year olds
The preschool Sunday School class meets at 9:30 in room 207. Each week, this class will explore a story from the Bible in a fun and educational way.
Kindergarten – 5th grade
Children in Elementary School participate in rotation Sunday School. Each week the students will experience the story through new and different ways, including art, science, drama, story, cooking, and video. This exciting approach to Sunday School allows for your children to have a hands-on experience with the Bible story each week.
Kindergarten – 2nd grade – meet in the Market Place Room.
3rd – 5th grade – meet in the Tabernacle Room.
SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES FOR YOUTH:
Chi Rho for ages 6th grade through 8th grade – meet in the downstairs Youth Lounge.
CYF for ages 9th grade through 12th grade – meet in the downstairs Youth Lounge.
SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES FOR ADULTS:
Rookies – 20-35ish
A youngish group of believers openly discussing the current view of religion, family, faith, and worldly struggles. Completely non-judgmental discussion every Sunday.
Wild Geese – 30-40ish
Made up of parents whose children are in elementary, middle, and high school, this class centers around conversation of faith and family.
Seekers Class – 45-65ish
This class gathers for a time for fellowship, announcements about church activities, and prayer concerns each week, as well as a time for a study or a lesson. We vary our lessons among Bible Study, Current topics in the news related to scripture, and spiritual growth studies.
Boynton/Faithful Followers – 60-90ish
A variety of wonderful teachers lead this class that studies together the Uniform Adult Bible Study. Great teaching and great class discussions.
New Sunday School Class – Intergenerational
A diverse group that gathers together to study and discuss the scripture used in worship. The topics for each Sunday will be relevant to the worship and sermon themes for the day.
WORSHIP and WONDER and FOLLOWING JESUS
We are excited to kick off another year of Children Worship and Wonder. All children ages 3 years old through fourth grade are invited to participate in their own worship experiences. In Worship and Wonder (age 3-1st grade) and Following Jesus (2nd-4th grade), children will be given opportunities to worship God in uniquely meaningful and developmentally appropriate ways.
If your child would like to participate in these programs, bring him or her to worship with you. At the designated time in worship, the children will be invited to the chancel steps for a children’s moment. After that, the children will be taken to the Worship and Wonder and Following Jesus centers. At the end of worship you may pick your child up in the Garden Room (age 3-1st grade) or the Tabernacle Room (2nd-4th grade).
We have a truly awesome team of people that have been trained and who consider themselves lucky to lead this ministry. They have each committed to pray daily for each child in Children Worship and Wonder and Following Jesus.
I hope you will be a part of what we are doing at First Christian Church. There are many things you can get involved in, but nothing is more important than guiding children into a relationship with Christ and helping them to develop a love for Him.
There is a also nursery available during worship services and special events.
Our Youth Group 6th grade through 12th grade meet each Sunday evening at 5:00 p.m. in the Youth Lounge in the basement. They begin each evening with a meal provided by members of the church. Followed by varying activities.