Church School Information
~ Child Care (9:30 – 11:30)
Professionally-staffed childcare for children under five in the Nursery and Toddler Room.
~ Church School (10:15-11:10)
Church school for children in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade in the Education Wing. We ask that all parents and visitors register their children for Church School each year. An online registration form can be found here Register for Church School and print copies are available near the parking lot entrance to our Education Wing.
~ Bible Sunday, Children’s Gift-making Fair, Christmas Pageant, Children’s Sunday Worship & Musical
Children are always welcome to worship with their families on Sunday mornings. There are Children’s Bulletins, coloring sheets, and crayons in the narthex. Worship is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the Christian faith and be formed through prayers, music, and Scripture.
Church School for Kindergartners through Sixth Graders (10:15-11:10 am)
All children join their parents for the beginning of worship at the 10 am service in the sanctuary. Prior to the sermon, children and teachers are dismissed for Church School. Upon leaving worship, children and teachers gather on the amphitheater stairs for an introduction to the morning’s lesson and the collection of the Children’s Offering. They are then dismissed by class to their rooms. Parents are welcome accompany their children for all or part of Church School, but we also ensure that there are always two adults in each room. Children in Kindergarten and the nursery need to be picked up in their rooms on the first floor of the Education Wing after worship. Children in First through Sixth grade are dismissed to the Tolman Fellowship Hall at 11:10 to meet their families.
The WCC Church School operates as a cooperative and follows a philosophy of formational Christian Education which aims to form young Christians not only through instruction, but also by living God’s word. Our curriculum is hand-written by a team of lay-leaders and teachers in the congregation so that it is hand-tailored to our students. It is based on a six-year rotational model during which time children learn prayers, Bible stories, and about the Christian faith through art, drama, science, movement, and music. It is intentionally written to engage multiple intelligences and incorporate all of the senses.
A E-Newsletter goes out to Church School families at the beginning of each new Church School unit that introduces the new topic, shares the Bible verses or stories classes will be learning, provides a prayer for families to say together, and offers suggestions for ways to continue the conversation at home or engage in a family spiritual practice. Print copies of the current newsletter as well as copies of the Church School calendar can be found by the door to the parking lot in the Education Wing.
A youth group for 5th and 6th graders meets monthly on either Friday or Saturday nights. This group creates an opportunity for pre-teens to learn about their faith in new and different ways. We have lots of group building activities to help youth get to know each other better and build relationships that will take them through their Junior High and High School years. We also do service projects together to live out our faith. Together we “seek” to know God and each other better.
Each October, the church presents personalized, age-appropriate bibles to our Kindergarten, 3rd and 5th grade students. Children are encouraged to take their Bibles home—copies of the same Bibles are available for every student in the Church School rooms. If you’d like for your child to receive a Bible, please be in touch with our Associate Pastor Sarah Walker Cleaveland.
Children’s Ministry Outreach
As part of our formational Christian education philosophy, our church school children often engage in mission work using their own skills and abilities. For instance, the children have donated to the Heifer Foundation, participated in making Valentines for soldiers and the home-bound, provided musical concerts for senior citizens in retirement centers, and prepared food to be shared with the rest of the congregation during Fellowship hour. A Children’s Offering is collected each Sunday during our “Stair Time” at the beginning of Church School and goes to benefit mission and outreach programs such as Family Promise.
We believe that parents are the best faith mentors for our children. Our cooperative Church School system is taught by volunteer parents and members of the congregation. We ask all parents to assist in their child’s classroom a few times during the year and to volunteer in other children’s ministry events. Our staff continually works with volunteers to prepare and present lessons in a way that is enjoyable and rewarding for both the children and the teachers. We aim to provide opportunities for our children to learn about their Christian faith through biblical teachings as well as through fellowship with one another and intergenerational connections.
For more information, please contact our Associate Pastor Sarah Walker Cleaveland