Mission Theme for Christian Education this year: “Do, Love, Walk with Jesus” based on Micah 6:8 : Micah 6:8 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
8 He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
Our educational focus this year will be on how we can impact the world around us by doing justice, loving kindness and walking humbly with our God. The children’s Sunday school class will be inviting the children to bring an offering each Sunday that will go toward Orange Congregations in Mission. On the first Sunday of the month, before the children’s time in worship, the children will bring their SS offering forward to be placed in a special OCIM offering bucket. It is our hope that we will help the children realize that they too can participate in supporting this mission. We hope to offer a tour of OCIM and help the children realize that the money they raise goes to help families in our community.
The preschool class will be using learning centers based on different Bible stories like creation, Noah’s ark, Moses, Jonah, Parables of Jesus, Jesus and the children and will change on a monthly basis. Parents are invited to stay and help their children rotate through the centers as needed. Preschool staff will facilitate the centers: Chloe Strauss, Amber Daves
Sunday school begins with singing and music promptly at 9:45 a.m. We believe that learning songs helps shape the faith of children. We use the PCUSA curriculum Growing in Grace and Gratitude, a quarterly curriculum that will help transform the lives of children and those who love them, shaped by grace and gratitude. Each session shares a Bible story that reveals God’s grace for us. Through fun, age-appropriate activities, prayer, and singing, children and their leaders will celebrate the meaning of this grace in their lives as they encounter a living God.
Teachers are Stephanie Wittman, Elizabeth Poindexter, Jennifer Selvidge, and Elizabeth Pratson with assistants Rosemary McNeil, Joann Case, JoAnne Woodruff, Janis Burklin and Cindy Mouton
The youth meet together in one class. This year they will be exploring our theme of “Do, Love, Walk with Jesus” by learning about different social justice issues using the book “And Social Justice For All: Empowering Families, Churches, and Schools to Make a Difference in God’s World” by Lisa Van Engen. Topics explored will be hunger, fair trade, health care, poverty, race, creation care. Youth will be encouraged to select a mission project to work on and raise money for during the year. Teachers are Andre’ Pierce, Clint Burklin, and Randy Sellers
Classes are located upstairs in the Educational Building. Preschool Classroom, Elementary Classroom for 1st-5th graders and Disciples Classroom for youth.