We offer special programs for children ages 3 – 6th grade, with small groups that provide a curriculum engaging the Bible in fun and enlightening ways while focusing on building relationships with each other and with God. Our hope is for children to own their faith and find value in being a part of a faith community.
To register your child for Sunday School, please register here. (Some of these items are only applicable for our weeknight program on Wednesday nights, but it is simpler to have one registration form.)
9:45 Small Groups
All groups begin at 9:45. We welcome all children no earlier than 9:35 and kindly request that all students are back with their families or friends no later than 10:45.
Preschool: Our preschool group meets in room 106. For the 2015-16 school year, this group will be using the Faithweaver NOW curriculum as a resource. This classroom is led by a team of teachers who rotate, with two teachers present each week. We aim to keep the Bible lessons short and sweet, providing a lot of play time for this special age-group of friends!
Kindergarten: Currently, our kindergarten friends can choose which class to join. In general, we have found that our kindergarten friends are happiest remaining in the preschool room until the second half of the school year when they are starting to become more developmentally similar to first graders. Feel free to chat with classroom teachers and try both out to determine which is the best fit for your child!
1st – 3rd Grade: 1st-3rd grade meets in room 207. After a couple of fun games, these classes combine in room 209 for Bible Story Theater. They return to their original rooms to explore our lesson in more detail through games and activities. These classrooms are led by a team of teachers.
Tweens (4th-6th Grade): Our tweens meet in room 212. For the 2015-16 school year, they will be studying a portion of the Bible using the Connect curriculum as a resource. In addition, they hope to begin a mission project, taking charge of every step until completion in the spring.
11:00 Small Group
Our 11:00 group for 1st-6th graders begins in the sanctuary. Children may sit with their families or join the class leaders in the front pews no earlier than 10:55am. Following the children’s message, the classroom leader will escort the students to the Mousepad/Resource Room for the remainder of class. The lessons vary in this classroom, often times including projects and other hands-on activities.
Family Worship Sundays
On the following Sundays, there will be no 9:45 OR 11:00 Spirit Groups, allowing families time to worship together and children to experience worship:
2015: September 6, December 27
2016: January 3, March 27, May 29
We will likely also take a summer vacation, dates to be announced.
Family Faith Formation Sundays
On the following Sundays, Spirit Groups will not meet as usual (with the exception possibly of the 11:00 group). Instead, all families are invited to attend a family faith formation workshop from 9:40-10:40. These special Sundays will focus on helping your family grow together in faith, giving you ideas to try at home. It is also a great opportunity to enjoy some fellowship time with other Countryside families.
2015: November 29
2016: July 31?, October 30
**If these are popular, we may add a couple more to the schedule.