Church School for pre-K (ages 3 and 4) and school-aged children, including high school students, is offered during the school year from 9:00 am to 10:15 am. The class sizes are small, fostering a close relationship between the teachers and students as they work together to learn more about God and the world. Classes meet in the following rooms.
- Pre-K (ages 3-4): Hoppers room (basement, below Fellowship Hall)
- Kindergarten – 2nd grade: Dragons room (upper level of education wing)
- 3rd – 5th grades: Hornets room (basement, below Fellowship Hall)
- Middle school: Rising Stars room (2nd floor, above the France Room)
- High school: Crossroads room (2nd floor, above the Library)
The curriculum for the elementary-aged children encourages learning outside the classroom by including ways for parents to talk with their children at home throughout the week. The older youths’ curriculum focuses on being able to question and to probe faith, and discuss ideas and problems in an open and safe environment. The objective of the class is to give the students tools to use in their lives as they work out what it means to be a child of God in the world today.
Frequently all of the church school classes focus together on a mission project. Activities have included collecting nickels to help build a school in Nepal, bringing Christmas presents for children at the McKim Center in Baltimore City, participating in One Great Hour of Sharing, collecting food for the local food bank, making cards for our homebound members, and participating in the “Souper Bowl” Sunday promoting the end of hunger.
Music is also incorporated weekly into the Church School with the Children’s Choir and Youth Choir. Children as young as three are taught songs to sing in worship and to help broaden their experiences in learning about God.