Growing Up with God
Infants and Toddlers
The “Growing Up with God” class meets twice a month with infants and toddlers and their parents. The teacher uses Parents as Teachers experience to help parents with and without a church background bring God’s world to their young children. Activities and Bible stories are age appropriate, fun, and full of activity.
Every family has a history–a story. As a part of God’s family we learn about the stories in the Bible. This class for preschool through lower elementary aged children explore God’s & Jesus’s stories by reading NRSV and Common English Bible text with activities in science, art, cooking, games, etc.
Ecco the Story
Upper Elementary through middle school
This class is currently using Echo the Story 36 curriculum published by Sparkhouse. This curriculum uses Bible storying, which is a sequential telling of Bible stories, followed by creative reflection and in-depth dialogue. Participants discover meaning and identity in the biblical narrative using a DVD, and a participant Sketch Journal. The sessions deliver an overview of the Bible and guide participants to connect the stories to their own lives.
The number and makeup of adult classes varies over time. Generally adult classes discuss Bible passages, current books about religious topics or current events. The term for a class also varies based of what is being studied and the availability to a core of participants, recognizing the needs of family and the busy schedule we all have. The adult class is an hour apart from everyday activities, when participants can share experiences and ask questions with guidance offered from the pastor’s and fellow congregants. Our current book for study is “Christianity and World Religions” by Adam Hamilton.
In preparation for baptism
Though not solely a class for youth, during certain times of the year a class is offered for those that are considering baptism and membership to the church. We believe that a person makes the choice to follow God’s call rather than the choice being made for them as an infant. This class meets for several weeks, where individuals study scripture; learn about self-determination and the history of the Disciples of Christ movement in the Christian faith. Baptism is often the outcome of the class though it is up to the individual to make that choice through a confession of faith before the congregation. Following that, baptism occurs by immersion.