K-5 Ministry

Our goal is to help children develop a sustainable faith and personal resilience that will guide and them as they grow, mature, and move out into the world. Our relational ministry provides programs and activities for children to encounter God’s unconditional love and grace, while gaining awareness of our responsibility to care for one another.

We offer multiple opportunities for children and families to connect and grow spiritually, develop a strong sense of community with one another, and become vital members of our church and the world. By providing a wide range of church-sponsored events and involvement throughout the week, we are able to provide touch-points for children and families to connect with God, the church and others beyond Sunday mornings.

Sunday School

9 am & 11 am, North:
K – 3 Rose Wing
4 – 5 Education Wing
10 am, South: Burkhart Chapel

Children attend worship with their families for the first fifteen minutes of the service, then are released to a staff member who will walk with them to their classes. Thoughtfully prepared lessons are provided on Sunday morning to help nurture your child’s spiritual journey.

Kindergarten Open House

Register HERE for Sunday School

Click HERE for Nursery and Prekindergarten Information

Virtual Sunday School

This week's lesson

Virtual Midweek Mission

This week's lesson

Past Lessons

Click HERE to view a playlist of all of our past virtual Sunday school lessons.

You and your child are encouraged to respond in some creative way to help process the story. Maybe your child loves to draw or tell stories with their toys. Maybe they love to build. However they respond will support their understanding of the story. We’d love to see their responses and they can be shared on our Facebook page.

Family Read Alouds

Click HERE to view a playlist of all of our family read aloud videos.

Our current situation has added a number of challenges to our lives and it has magnified social issues such as caring for others, equality, uncertainty, anxiety, empathy, and change. Here, we share a story time series using books with themes related to these issues. These meaningful stories used independently, or in conjunction with our parenting resources, offer an entertaining and useful foundation for conversation along with strategies for dealing with emotions that we all are experiencing.

Parenting Resources

Topics will be presented using a variety of formats followed by time for discussion and fellowship. Seminars will be offered at different times throughout the year. Watch for updates in emails and firstnews Sunday. Here are links to resources that we have previously shared.

-21 Anti-Racism Videos to Share with Kids

9 Picture Books for Preschoolers that Celebrate Diversity

-Brene Brown: True Belonging

-NPR Life Kit: Rethinking Brilliance: Raising Caring, Collaborative Kids

-Becoming brilliant: The 6 Essential Skills Children Need to Become Successful Adults

Hair Love

-NPR Life Kit: Kid-Friendly TV Show Recommendations

-NPR Life Kit: Kids Know How to Occupy Themselves. We Need to Let Them Do It

-How Children Process Grief and Loss Through Play

-Facing the Wind

-I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

-How to be an Antiracist

-The Conscious Kid

-Racism has a Cost for Everyone

-How to Deconstruct Racism, One Headline at a Time

-NPR Life Kit: Parenting When the News is Scary, What to Say to Kids

-How to talk to your children about the #BlackLivesMatter protests happening around the country

-NPR Life Kit: Parenting When Will This Be Over? Sesame Workshop’s Tips for Parenting During a Pandemic

-Building Empathy by Dr Michele Borba

-Nine Competencies for Teaching Empathy

-COVID-19 Podcast

-9 Tips for Raising More Empathetic Kids

-7 Guiding Principles for Parents Teaching from Home

-NPR Life Kit: 6 Tips for Homeschooling During Coronavirus

-NPR Life Kit: Parenting Death: Talking with Kids about the End

-Let Children Get Bored Again

-NPR Life Kit: Parenting The Birds and The Bees

Midweek Missions

Look for virtual Midweek Missions coming this fall! Be sure to REGISTER HERE to ensure you receive access to our virtual offerings. Click on the Midweek Missions title above for more information.

Midweek Missions is a hands-on service program where children in K-5 can put their faith into action. The group will learn about the importance of giving to others through weekly projects that help our church, our community, and the world. Our biggest project is collecting food for our Thanksgiving baskets.

Contact

Julie Richards
Director of K-5 Ministry
jrichards@FCchurch.com
(614) 488-0681, ext. 109

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