Ministry

Grade School

1st - 5th Grade

CURRICULUM:

In the grade school, we do different things each service.

First Service: 

During First Service we will be working on “Living on Mission” with an emphasis on serving our church. Each week we will welcome the children and immediately have them join a small group that is working on a challenge task. This might be building a tower with index cards or making a maze out of tape and marbles. They will then join the group where we will go over announcements, worship, plan for future events together, and prepare for the Bible lesson. A Bible lesson will be
taught and we will really focus on content and a genuine understanding of the lesson that was taught. Small groups will follow, allowing for deeper conversation with their friends as leaders discuss applications points and prayer requests. Fun activities, crafts, and small projects are also being planned to help your child make the lesson “stick”.

Please make sure your children come with a Bible if possible. If you do not have one, no problem!
We’ll hook them up! We will be using these in the lesson and in Bible sword drills.

Second Service: 

First through fifth grade will sign in their assigned classrooms. Kids then go to Higher Ground for worship. Classes are then dismissed to their class for the teaching and activities. Parents sign their child out in their classroom at the end of the service.  We use Dig-In from Group Publishing Company. We have used this curriculum the past couple years. You can check out the curriculum at this web site: DigIn Group

The reason we like this curriculum is because:
• It is God-centered and not story or character centered.
• It offers a wide variety of activities for teachers in planning their lesson.
• It understands different learning styles and is very age-appropriate.

WHY PLAY AT DROP OFF AND PICK UP?

The answer to this question is simply one word: RELATIONSHIPS! Children need to not only grow STRONGER in their knowledge and relationship with God, but they also need opportunities to grow CLOSER in relationship with others. This takes time. And kids relate best with each other through play and unstructured time. That is why we start and end each morning with play.

You can help your child! Being consistent in which service you attend and how often you attend GREATLY affects your child’s ability to make friends at church.

ROOMS HAVE CHANGED:

We are blessed to have MANY children on a Sunday morning. The challenge we are faced with each year is to find the best way to combine the kids and the best room that enables them to have the space to learn, discuss, pray and play. Here is how we are combining rooms this year:

FIRST SERVICE                                        

Higher Ground

SECOND SERVICE

216 1st Grade 
215 2nd Grade 
214 3rd Grade
218 4th/5th Grade Boys
219 4th/5th Grade Girls

SHEPHERDS

It has been amazing to participate with God as we provide opportunities for adults and students to use the gifts God has given them in shepherding our littlest ones. In the past, we have had many youth leading.The adults are not only loving on and teaching the kids, but they are also mentoring the youth and training them how to interact with and teach the children. We have an INCREDIBLE team of volunteers! Take time to know them and thank them. There are a couple more spots available, so if you want to join our team, just give us a call.

NON-NEGOTIABLES EACH SUNDAY:

No matter if your child is in first grade or fifth, this is what you can expect each Sunday:
• Safety – safety is our first priority. Children cannot learn if they do not feel safe physically, emotionally and spiritually.
• Prayer – prayer with the kids. We want to pray for you too! If you have a request personally or for your child, don’t hesitate to share it with the shepherd.
• Bible – a bible teaching that centers on our amazing God! We feel very convicted to give a clear Gospel message many different times and in different ways throughout the year. Please be praying for us and for the children to have open hearts to receive the message.