Sunday School for Children

Sunday School for Children

Children's Ministry Mission Statement

Acknowledging our call to ministry with children, we work:

  • To nurture children in the faith,
  • To strengthen their ties with the household of God,
  • To share the heritage of the Christian faith and the Presbyterian Church (USA),
  • To involve and support parents in the Christian education of their children,
  • To be living examples of the Christian faith.

Understanding that children, too, are called to ministry, we work to provide opportunities for children

  • To develop community with one another,
  • To use their talents for ministry to the congregation,
  • To be involved in service and mission to the global community,
  • To share and be joyful about their learnings and their faith.

Sunday School

To register your child for Sunday school, please click here.


Kick-off is Sunday, August 27, 2017!

Nursery
Infant and toddler care is available during the Sunday School hour in our church nursery which is located on the hall turning between the Mayfair Avenue entrance and the church parlor. Care is provided by trained, employed staff members.
    Infants & New Walkers
    Young Twos/Toddlers
    
Preschool
Curriculum for our twos and threes preschool classes is the Spark curriculum put out by Augsburg Press. Every lesson is based on a Bible passage, and content and activities are appropriate for each stage of faith, physical, and emotional development. It is lectionary based. 

Our fours and pre-kindergarten children are using the same curriculum as last year written by Pam Koban, Ann Neely and Sophie Maness. These classes will be using the book The Jesus Storybook Bible. All teachers are teams of volunteers.


Godly Play will be used this year in our Kindergarten Class. This curriculum is based on the theories of Maria Montessori and uses a unique way of telling Bible stories that invites children into the story. It is a wonderful way to prepare this age group for being in worship next year.

Elementary Sunday School
Grades 1 - 4   Assembly in the multi-purpose room at 9:45 a.m. Children in grades 1-4 participate in the Workshop Rotation model. Each Bible story is taught for 4-6 weeks as the classes rotate to different rooms for different learning activities each week. Based on the theories of multiple intelligences, that every child has a preferred learning style, the Bible is taught and reinforced through drama, art, games, audio-visuals, computer, cooking, science or other appropriate activities. Volunteer adult shepherds greet children at 9:45 a.m. for Assembly then go with them to their room that day. Parents pick children up at classrooms. Schedules are posted around the building so you can locate your child's room with ease. These rooms are located on the downstairs pre-school hall for NOW.

Grade 5        In the gym        Surprising Stories: Faith for Life curriculum from GenOn Ministries with some supplemental lessons from The Bible the book of our Faith, published by the same press.

Grade 6        In the gym        Time for Jesus: Faith for Life curriculum from GenOn Ministries with some supplemental lessons from The Bible the book of our Faith, published by the same press.

Special Needs
Children who need special learning or physical support are welcome in our Sunday School classes, in worship, and in all age-appropriate activities. The Director of Christian Education is available to work with parents toward the goal of offering every child opportunities to grow in faith, develop spiritually, and offer service to God. Usually children with special needs are included (occasionally with an aide) in classrooms with other children their age unless it is determined by the parents and Director of Christian Education together that another arrangement would be more beneficial for the child.

Worship
1st Grade and older are welcome to participate in worship. There are worship bags just outside the Sanctuary for children. Parents pick younger elementary children up at their classroom at 10:45 a.m. Door markers, and posted calendars alert parents to their child's location each week.

Communion
In the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) children are welcome at the Lord's Supper table. Our Book of Order says, "Baptized children who are being nurtured and instructed in the significance of the invitation to the Table and the meaning of their response are invited to receive the Lord's Supper, recognizing that their understanding of participation will vary according to their maturity."  W-2.4011b

Baptism
In the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) we often baptize infants, but any age child or adult may be baptized. Parents of infants participate in a baptism seminar to help prepare them for this sacrament.
 

Teaching, Leading and Honoring Our Baptismal Vows
The Children's Committee is in the middle of lots of recruiting. It is no small task to nurture the faith in another person. I firmly believe we are loved into the faith, not lectured into the faith.Our faith development is tied up in relationships.

Those relationships are with each other and with our God. You do not need to be a Bible expert in order to share your own faith. You do need to have a love for children and a love for God. We will provide support in the way of teaching teams, good curriculum and great kids! We also have teacher training and a wonderful CE committee to lend a hand.

We welcome and appreciate teachers and leaders who no longer have young children.

There are show up jobs like shepherding and jobs that are teaching in the classroom. These "jobs are an opportunity to be a disciple as we raise disciples. We are looking for folks to help with both pre-school and elementary children.

If you would be willing to share your time, energy, imagination and love with Westminster's children next year, please call me to talk about where we have needs. I can be reached at 292-5526 in the church office or by email at  smaness@nashvillewpc.org

Baptismal Seminar for Parents
Contact Sophie Maness (smaness@nashvillewpc.org), Director of Christian Education, with any questions.

 Click here for a church map.

 


Nursery

The mission of the church nursery is to provide a safe nurturing environment for the infants and young children of those families who worship and fellowship within Westminster Presbyterian Church. We strive to provide quality care by hiring dependable, nurturing, and enthusiastic caregivers. All staff complete our Safe Sanctuary training upon being hired to work in the nursery and are hired with the understanding that they will be here on a regular basis to provide ongoing continuity of care.

 



2017 Summer Sunday Nursery Classrooms
There are five classrooms for nursery age children during the 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Sunday services. With all the construction, please look for signs with room locations listed.

  • Infants and new walkers  ¢  Lamb Room (E-228)
  • Toddlers                 ¢  World Room (E-226)
  • 2-yr olds                ¢  Nature Room (E-227)
  • 4 & 5-yr olds            ¢  Red Room (C-251)

9:45 a.m. Summer Sunday School

Children in 1st Grade and older are welcome to participate in worship. There are worship bags just outside the Sanctuary for children. 

Children under the age of two are invited to stay in the church nursery during the Sunday school hour (9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.). Children who are two years old and older by September 30th of the current school year are encouraged to attend Sunday school from 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Children who are in the nursery during the 8:30 a.m. service should be picked up by their parents and taken to the appropriate Sunday school room.

Security
A safe, nurturing environment is a primary concern for the church and for parents and families. We address security by having trained and paid staff, and by having a sign-in system.

For the security of all our children, please do not stand in the doorway of the classroom with the door held open. Please make direct contact with a member of the nursery staff upon arrival and departure with your child.

For more information please see our Nursery Parent handbook.

Contact Claire Jenkins for childcare needs.


Nursery Safety letter to parents: click here.

WPC Children's Church School Registration Card: click here to complete.

Are you Interested to Learn More?
Enjoy or want to learn a new skill? If you would like to be placed on an email list for future J in L (Joy in Learning) sessions, please contact Beth Drake at 4bethdrake@gmail.com, Sophie Maness at smaness@nashvillewpc.org, Janet Kuhn at janetkuhn@comcast.net, or Kady Folk at folkkady@gmail.com.


Special Programs

NaCoMe Camp and Conference Center:  Spring 2018
Located in Pleasantville, Tennessee; NaCoMe serves both The Middle Tennessee and Memphis Presbyteries. It offers retreat facilities (which Westminster uses for our annual All-Church Retreat) and summer camp opportunities for children. Visit www.nacome.org.

The Well
During the summer we are making some big changes. Instead of VBS and Mission Camp as we have known it, we will be offering a very different kind of opportunity. We will have dinner each night and explore scripture through conversation, play, art service and much more!

In scripture the well is where the whole community comes to get life sustaining water, living water. This summer we hope our whole church family will join us at "The Well" at Westminster. It is for all ages!

Outdoor Challenge: 
COST: $485
It is for all children who have completed fourth and fifth grades. It is a high adventure camp. We will be joining two other churches with kids the same age at Camp Lookout, where Don Washburn is the director. We will be rappelling, caving, mountain biking, paddling, camping and more. It is a challenge by choice adventure. We encourage kids to stretch themselves, but know well that will look different for each child. We will have devotions and recreation every day. It is an amazing trip!! Roger (Maness) and I will be some of the adults on this trip. It is limited to 12 kids. Contact Sophie Maness with any questions.

Children's Worship
We welcome all children to worship and expect that when children are in 1st grade they will begin to worship regularly with their families. WORSHIP BAGS, located in baskets just outside the Sanctuary doors are available for younger and older elementary.

Third Grade Bibles: September 10, 2017
Each September, usually on the third Sunday, Westminster presents children who have just begun the 3rd grade with a New Revised Standard Version Bible during the 8:30 a.m. worship service. Journey Through the Bible is an interactive event in the afternoon that same day to provide a way for 3rd graders and their families to learn about their new Bibles.

Children's Sabbath: November 13, 2017
Elementary-aged children and the children's choirs lead a worship service that celebrates the gifts of our children and lifts up the needs of children who are at risk in our country and around the world. This service is held in conjunction with similar services celebrated by Christian, Jewish, and Muslim congregations.

Children's Communion
In the PC (U.S.A.) children are welcome at the Lord's Table! In order that children might have a richer understanding of Communion, Westminster offers a special class called "Instructed Communion to 1st graders and their families. This is usually a two-hour self-directed learning center event on a Sunday afternoon followed by a shared meal. To learn more about this event and its next scheduled date email smaness@nashvillewpc.org.

Christmas Eve
A service for young children and their families is at 2:00 o'clock p.m. A Nativity play is presented by 5th graders, and all children's choirs sing. Children are invited to bring canned food for Second Harvest Food Bank to present at the manger as their offering. Traditional candlelight services are offered at 5:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m.and again at 10:30 pm. Nursery care for infants and young toddlers is offered at both the 2:00 p.m.and 5:00 p.m. services.

Palm Sunday
At both the 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. worship services children participate in the palm processional and the children's choirs sing.

Easter
Children are invited to present their One Great Hour of Sharing banks during the offering during any of the three morning services (7:30 a.m., 9:15 a.m., and 11:00 a.m.). Sunday School classes do not meet on Easter Sunday.
 


Stewardship

One Great Hour of Sharing
This is a denominational offering used to combat hunger, provide opportunities for the self-development of people in need, minister to refugees, establish clean water systems, and fund other caring ministries. During Lent, children are given fish-shaped bank in which to collect a daily offering, remembering those whom their gifts will serve in prayer. The banks are presented in worship on Easter Sunday.

5-Cents-A-Meal
This is a presbytery-wide project to encourage both giving to help relieve hunger and the daily discipline of praying for the hungry. Labels are available for children to decorate a jar or container on the family table in which this daily offering will be made. These gifts are presented every 5th Sunday as part of our congregation-wide hunger offering.


Service

The giving of time and talent is important for all Christian people, and Westminster is intentional about offering a variety of ways for children to serve God through church activities.
 

Church School Projects
During each school year there are three special projects in which children and their families are educated about a particular need and are given a specific opportunity to respond. Examples of prior projects have been boxes for hurricane Katrina victims; books for Cockrill Elementary School, our Metro Pencil-Partner school; cards and pictures for a hospital in Iraq; Church World Service health kits. Notices will be mailed to families to describe each project throughout the year.

Room In The Inn is one way Westminster serves Nashville's homeless population. Members and friends, often groups of families with young children, volunteer to prepare and serve dinner to our guests, lead a blessing, and eat the meal with our guests. This has been a positive and deeply meaningful experience for many children in our congregation.

Communion Preparation
Volunteers prepare the elements for Communion on the Saturday before the sacrament will be celebrated. Some have planned the preparation as a family service project for the church. Kindergarten and older children can be very helpful in making everything ready for the Lord's Supper.

   
Sunday
Worship 8:30 AM
Sunday School 9:45 AM
Worship 11:00 AM