Children’s Ministry

Sunday School 
resumes Sept 13, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. 

We will begin at 10:30 a.m. with all of the children (Prek-5th grade) to learn our Bible story through music, games and activities. This should last about 15-20 minutes.  We will then have a class for 4th and 5th graders only for an additional 20 minutes where will dig a little deeper in our Bible lesson through age appropriate activities.  Once we resume in-person worship these students will have their own grade level classes

As for supplies I will again offer a box of materials available for pick up or delivery  the week before Sunday School resumes. These items will be for the first 6 weeks of Sunday School  You do not have to have these boxes to participate in Sunday School: In addition to creating these Sunday School boxes  I will email the materials list each week, and you can prepare for the class at your convenience. 

Kindergartners-  Please let us know if your child is entering Kindergarten this Fall.  We have created a fun Kindergarten package for them.  


Acolytes

If your family is interested, please take a short video (10 seconds or so), horizontally of children lighting a candle at home to represent “bringing in the light” for the worship services. Your video does not need sound (but you don’t have to worry about muting it because Rich will have music background over your video sound).
Mix it up any way you’d like. If you have multiple kids, they could make a video together or separate – your choice. Once you are finished with the video, email it to Rich (richcopleyphoto@gmail.com).

Please let us know if your child would be interested in doing this as a meaningful part of our worship service. Once we resume in person worship Kate will contact those interested in continuing to acolyte. 


Readers

We are asking children to read the scriptures for worship on the 2nd Sundays of the month.  Please let me know if your child is interested and what month your child would be available to do so.  Again, readers will begin on-line and when we resume in-person worship will read the scriptures during their assigned month. 


GeNext

A great program is returning for our 4th and 5th graders.  This program helps our oldest children prepare for youth group.  Previously, we met once a month but will start this semester with two scheduled socially distanced  fun activities.  Once we resume in-person worship we will return to once a month activities.  In May, our 5th graders will join the Youth Group on a fun outing as they move up to middle school.


 

Maxwell Street is closed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. More information about the 2020-21 School year will be available soon. The church remains closed to in-person services through December 2020.

There will be a special online service that we invite everyone to participate in. More details about that can be found at: www.maxpres.org/online-worship

 

We treasure children at Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church!  We offer great opportunities for children and their families to deepen their spiritual connections with God and each other.

Children & Families Christian Education

2019-20 School Year

There are many other opportunities for families to connect with God and each other at MSPC. We would be happy to tell you more about them or answer any questions you might have.


Sundays at 9:30am

Childcare (infant – up to 5th Grade)

Class: Nursery

Location: Nursery (on lower level)

 

8th graders/Confirmation Class

Confirmation classes will begin January 20. Contact Rachel VanKirk Mathews for more information at: rachel@maxpres.org

Sundays at 10:30am

Pre-K and younger

Class: Nursery

Location: Nursery

 

Pre-K – 5th grade

Class: One Room Sunday School

Curriculum: Deep Blue Connects

Location: Big Blue Room and Children’s Library (both rooms on Lower Level near Nursery)

 

Sunday school happens immediately following the Children’s Message during the worship service. Following the Children’s Message, the children will be escorted downstairs to their classrooms and teachers. Parents are to pick their children up immediately following worship in the Fellowship Hall below the sanctuary. If you have any questions about Sunday school or would like to volunteer to be a teacher, please contact Michelle Jones at michelle.jones@maxpres.org.


 

 

 


Information about the Curriculum
Deep Blue Class

Our Children’s Sunday school uses the Deep Blue Curriculum in a one-room-school house format that emphasizes collaborative teaching and experiential learning. The goal is to teach what it means to be a disciple or follower of Jesus and part of a community of faith. What is the Deep Blue Curriculum?
Well, the DEEP part of it comes from our desire to help our children:
1. understand that they are a child of God.
2. explore and deepen their relationship with their faith.
3. Love and serve God and neighbor.
But what about BLUE?
                 Be with God
                      – develop a sense that God is always with you.
                      – feel awe and wonder at the ways God is at work in the world.
                      – know that God loves you.
                Love God and Neighbor
                      – demonstrate your love for God and neighbor.
                     – value the diversity of all people, recognizing the contributions
                       that the variety of gifts, cultures, and abilities make to community.
                    – Participate in service with others at an age appropriate levels.
              Understand yourself as a child of God
                   – develop self-esteem and know that you are worthy of love and care.
                  – Join with others to worship God.
                 – Develop a sense of belonging to the faith community.
             Explore faith and the Bible
                 – Investigate, experience and question your faith.
                 – Find guidance for disciplines of prayer and reading the Bible.
                 – Grow in your understanding of the relationship between the
                    ways you practice your faith and your relationship with God.

Sunday school happens immediately following the Children’s Message during the worship service. Following the Children’s Message, the children will be escorted downstairs to their classrooms and teachers. Parents are to pick their children up immediately following worship in the Fellowship Hall below the sanctuary. If you have any questions about Sunday school or would like to volunteer to be a teacher, please contact Michelle Jones at michelle.jones@maxpres.org.