Ministry

EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER

Birth-Kindergarten

CURRICULUM:

We will be using GO! curriculum. 

We like the curriculum for three main reasons:
• It is very God-centered and not a story and character-centered
• It lends itself very well to doing centers to help kids learn the Bible point through activity
• The lessons are very teacher-friendly and do a great job of reinforcing the main point about God in a variety of ways.

OUR WAY OF TEACHING:

Learning centers are a big part of the morning’s experience for the kids in the ECC. Children learn, grow, and internalize through interactive experiences with each other, with adults, and with real materials that require all of their senses. When your child enters the room they will be invited to participate in one of the four centers set up for the morning. Each one will illustrate the main point of that day’s lesson.

You can help prepare your child for this learning experience.  Children will be directed to one of the four centers. Talk with your child and encourage their curiosity about what they may be doing at the centers today. Will they go to the art center and make something? Will they choose the coloring sheet? Will they choose a center where they are more active?

EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER ROOMS:

Ages as of October 4, 2020

Room 206     Lambs (Babies - 2 Years Old)
Room 207     Frogs (4 - Kindergarten)
Room 209     Butterflies (2 -3 Years Old)

Grade School

1st - 4th Grade

CURRICULUM:

First through fifth grade will sign in to Higher Ground. Kids will be together as a large group for worship and large group teaching.  Kids will be physically distant and have their own bag of supplies that they will use each week.  Together we will work through This is the Story using the This is the Journals as the foundation for our lessons.  We will teach in such a way that the kids can attend on any Sunday and not feel lost.   Kids will break into small groups to discuss the lesson further.  

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.

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. You will see adults and youth leading in the classrooms. The adults are mentoring the youth and training them on 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, or email us at kids@hopemason.org.

NON-NEGOTIABLES EACH SUNDAY:

No matter if your child is a baby or fourth grade, 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.