Preschool and Elementary School
Children ages prek-8th grade attend the first part of our 10:00 am service and begin classes in the Yellow House after the Time for All Age portion of the service. Classes run until 11:30. High School Youth meet 12-2 in the Yellow House. Nursery care for children aged birth – 4 years old is available from 9:45-11:30 each Sunday.
To learn more about our learning philosophy please see Learning Overview or contact our Director of Family Ministries, Ginger Allen. To sign up for our weekly email newsletter outlining our current plans and upcoming events for children and families go here.
Ages Prek-Kindergaren: Meets in Yellow House Basement after the Time for All Ages in the main church service.
Spirit Play is a model of Religious Exploration that invites children to create their own spiritual expressions and reflect on their own understandings of faith, spirit and story.
Drawing inspiration from the Montessori Method, this class centers around hands-on stories that illustrate our values and faith which are followed by open ended ‘wondering questions’ which invite children to express their own thoughts and understandings of the concepts presented. Children then are invited to reflect and explore their own inner wonderings and spirit through self-chosen tasks around the classroom which include art, books, yoga, creating with blocks, a reading nook, literacy, science and math activities and re-exploring stories. Each of our two classrooms are designed to fit the developmental levels of the children attending and are aligned with our Soul Matters Theme.
Second-Fifth Grade: Meets in the Yellow House Main, 10 am service after the Time for All Ages portion of the main service.
This class begins each week with a central story, idea or theme that all the children engage in. Then children are invited to choose from an activity station that engages them in art, reading, building, cooperative game or whole body movement that relates to our theme. Using the Soul Matters curriculum, each month’s overall theme relates to worship and small group ministry.
Kindergarten/First Grade Our Whole Lives
Fall 2019 only
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a comprehensive sex and relationship program that views sexuality as a vital part of our human and spiritual self. With a holistic approach, Our Whole Lives provides accurate, developmentally appropriate information about a range of topics, including relationships, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences on sexuality. This program requires a parent orientation and attendance commitment.
In 8 one-hour workshops, In eight, one-hour workshops, OWL models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. It helps young children identify their attitudes, values, and feelings about themselves, their sexuality, and others’ sexuality. Participants in Grades K-1 are guided by trained facilitators through an engaging curriculum that addresses age appropriate topics.