Elementary (Kindergarten – 5th grade)

(Kindergarten – 5th grade)

In Kids Town, adults and children engage in the process of learning, discovery, and fun, as we strive to have a close relationship with God.  It is an opportunity to participate in the spiritual and emotional development of God’s precious children, and in so doing, grow, ourselves, in service and mentorship.  At this important stage in their lives, children can have an active and living faith.  They participate in grade level conversation with instruction and activities that bring faith to life.  We are committed to excellence in modeling for children how to live as Christ followers.

Each week, we explore the Bible lessons together, explaining the truth of God’s Word in ways that kids relate to and enjoy, and discussing how it applies to our lives.  We utilize active learning methods geared to each child’s learning style, with an emphasis on building relationships that facilitate spiritual growth and develop Christian character.

Curriculum

We use The Gospel Project curriculum, by Lifeway Publishing.  Bible stories and truths are taught in a three year chronological sequence in an interactive setting that emphasizes hands on learning and lets the children experience Bible truths with all their senses. Teaching as Jesus taught, we love to see the children’s faces light up with understanding as they move deeper into the rich teachings of the Bible.  Students are encouraged to develop the habit of bringing their Bibles to Bible class and to continue to explore the Bible during the week.

The children will learn a Bible story and a memory verse that emphasizes the theme and focus of the lesson.  They will be encouraged to participate in a group discussion that will help them learn how to apply biblical truths to their lives.  Our classroom environments emphasize character development and spiritual growth.  If you would like to know more about the curriculum, please see The Gospel Project webpage.

Bible Class

Every Sunday morning, we have Bible class for all ages from 9:00am – 9:45am.  All children’s classes are in the Children’s wing. The classrooms are as follows:
Kindergarten – room #107
1st grade – room  #108
2nd grade – room #109
3rd grade – room #110
4th grade – room #116
5th grade – room #115

Time

Class begins at 9:00am.    You may pick up your child from their classroom at 9:45. (4th and 5th graders typically dismiss by themselves without a parent picking them up.)

Connect at home

We provide parents with ideas for conversation with their child at home.  It is our fervent desire to be an intimate and valuable partner with parents in passing on our faith to the next generation. We send a class followup note each week on our Facebook page.

Serving Others

It is important to instill in our children an attitude of gratitude for the blessings we tend to take for granted, blessings often not experienced by others in our community and in the world.  We host various events throughout the year that support our service to others.

What to Bring

Bring your Bible. Please label any personal items your child brings to class with his first and last name.  This helps us keep track of your child’s items.

Your Child’s Health 

We operate a well-child program. For the protection of all the children in our ministry, we cannot accept a child with a fresh cold (four days or less), fever, rash, persistent cough, diarrhea or any other signs of illness. We request that you not place your child in class while they are at risk of exposing other children. Thank you in advance for helping us to maintain our children’s ministry as a healthy place for all.   It is important to note that even with these precautions children are exposed to illnesses.

What to Expect:

A Warm Welcome

Your child must be checked in at the Children’s Ministry kiosk, located in the foyer of the east entrance to the building, in order to enter class.  When entering the building through the west entrance, you will walk straight down the hallway located behind the worship center, to the east entrance.

As you and your child approach the Children’s Ministry kiosk you will be greeted and assisted in the check-in process. Once you become familiar with this process, you may choose to utilize the self check-in.

You will be given a security tag for your child to wear, with a corresponding tag for yourself.  For the safety of your child, your tag must be presented at the time of pick up.  A child cannot be released without presentation of the parent’s corresponding tag.  As you walk your child to class, you will be greeted at the door by one of your child’s teachers, who will receive your child and any other necessary items. If your child is new to class or hesitant about staying, the teacher will provide the necessary assurance and encouragement to make class a positive experience for him.

Saying Good-bye 

As you drop your child off in the class, simply wave a quick good-bye, assure your child that you will return after the bell rings, and leave.  Your child’s teacher will immediately try to engage your child in conversation or introduce him to other children to put him at ease and help him adjust to the new class.  Your child will quickly enter into a positive experience of learning and fun planned just for him.

Meet Your Child’s Teachers

You can meet your child’s teacher when you drop your child off for class.  When you pick your child up, you might receive handouts that your child used in class or that are sent home to reinforce the lesson of the day.  If no handouts are planned for the day, please ask your teacher about the Bible lesson of the day so that you can ask your child questions and reinforce the lesson throughout the week.

We encourage parents to observe class from time-to-time.  Occasional class observation is encouraged to assist you in teaching Bible stories to your child at home.  However, it is not advisable if your child is going through a phase of being timid about being dropped off for class.  Once your child separates easily and demonstrates that he enjoys class, ask his teacher if you can schedule a class observation.

Pick-up Procedures 

Your child’s teacher will expect the same person to drop off and pick up your child unless special instructions are given at drop off. Please make sure that all your child’s personal items have been returned to you before you leave the premises. Lost and found items will be retained for a short time.

For more information, contact:

Interim Children’s Minister:  Marla Finley (mfinley@hocc.org)

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