In 2010 our church formed an Education Initiative to examine what we felt the learning goals should be for children preschool through 5th grade. A committee of teachers and parents listed these goals and then determined how we would address these objectives through the combination of all of our children's programs on Wednesday, Sunday, and seasonally. Then the team previewed different curriculums to find materials that fit the learning goals we established and wrote some of our own lesson plans to fill in the gaps.
In Fall 2011 we began using new curriculum for our children's Sunday School, Children's Worship, Missions and Discipleship programs. Read here about what materials we use with our children.
Sunday School: Cokesbury's Deep Blue Curriculum. Lessons in the Summer and Fall focus on the Old Testament chronologically for a three year cycle. Lessons from Advent through Pentecost focus on the life of Jesus each year.
Children's Worship for Age 3-3rd grades: Godly Play. Teaches children the art of using Christian language: the parable, sacred stories, and worship and silence helping them become more fully aware of the Mystery of God's presence in their lives and teaching them that they may anticipate and participate in worship.
Wednesday Missions and Discipleship: Through study of local and global missions, children learn how people use their God -given time, resources and abilities to love and serve others as God loves them. In addition to missions, older kids learn more about what it means to accept Christ as their Savior and follow him in discipleship and about what it means to be Baptist. Some of the resources we use are: Becoming Like Christ, CBF Missions Curriculum, and Konnect Curriculum.