Church School

Children, Middle Schooler, &  High School Youth Programming

Before going to church school, children are invited forward for a special time in worship.

Before going to church school, children are invited forward for a special time in worship.

Church School (Pre-K (older 4s) through 5th grade)  On the second Sunday of each month, a new Bible story is introduced in worship through the “Child In Us All” message.  That same Sunday, the pastor will preach on the story, allowing families opportunities to dialogue about what they have learned.

The church school classes focus on the same story for four weeks, but the children will experience the story through a variety of workshop rotations (art, music, drama, science, cooking, video, and games).  Our church school offers a blended curriculum: Spark and Godly Play taught by loving, background-checked members of our congregation. Children explore one story for an entire month, engaging it in many different ways. (There is no church school during the summer months.)

  • Godly Play is a renowned, montessori-based program taught by trained, loving storytellers, who bring the stories of our faith to life and encourage each child to bring their own wonder, thoughts and opinions.
  • Spark is a wonderful rotational program where experts lead workshops on the story in art, science, music, cooking, drama, games, and video. Our team of over 25 workshop leaders include: science teachers and doctors… professional musicians, artists and actors… first class cooks… and playful leaders of games. Visit the SPARK Rotational website to learn more about our curriculum at www.wearesparkhouse.org/kids/spark.
Older elementary students break a piñata during our Los Posadas celebration.

Older elementary students break a piñata during our Los Posadas celebration.

Middle School youth (grades 6-8) participate in a Sunday morning church school class three Sundays per month. They remain in worship on Communion Sundays.  The middle school curriculum, Re:Form, challenges the students to think about fundamental theological questions through humorous video clips and a variety of activities. Learn more at www.wearesparkhouse.org/teens/reform. In addition, the middle school students complete a hands-on mission project each month.

High School youth (grades 9-12) are invited to participate in a variety of activities and learning experiences. In addition, a high school youth confirmation program is offered for those students who wish to deepen their faith connection and commitment to the church.

Community “We The Youth” events occur three times a year. These are ecumenical, experiential activities focused on social justice concerns. Our youth join with youth from other churches in the Exeter area to learn about issues such as poverty, hunger, refugees, etc. These events are open to all Exeter area teens in grades 6-12.


 

Nursery care We know you only want to leave your child in the best care possible, which is why our nursery is staffed by a professional, early-childhood educator and knowledgeable volunteers. Each Sunday before our 10 AM service, infants and toddlers up to 4 years old may be dropped off in our beautiful nursery room located just off the church vestry.