Church School

Detailed information about our Church School classes and other programs for our children and youth can be found in our Guide to Christian Education and Youth Ministry at BCCUCC.

How Our Church School Happens

Families come on Sunday morning for worship. Young children (birth thru age 3) are welcome in our nursery prior to the start of worship. Children aged 4 and older attend the first 15 minutes of worship with their parents.

After the “Children’s Message” portion of worship, children aged Pre-K thru Grade 8 will walk downstairs to group up by age with teacher assistants. They will then be escorted as a group to the Education Building next door for their church school lesson.

Church school ends at approximately 11:10 to allow time for parents to transition from worship to coffee hour. Parents are asked to pick up their children directly from their well-marked classrooms at 11:10. Children will not be released without a parent present.

Volunteering and Church Safety

Volunteers who work with our children and youth are required to complete a Volunteer Application Form and agree to abide by our Safe Sanctuary Policy. 

All children and youth from infants through Grade 12 who participate in any church activities need an up to date Church School Registration Form on file.

Nursery

Birth thru Preschool

Loving nursery care is provided for babies, toddlers and preschool-aged children.

Godly Play

Pre-K thru Grade 1

Children have an innate sense of the presence of God. The Godly Play approach helps them to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play. Based on Montessori principles and developed using a spiral curriculum, the Godly Play method serves children through early, middle and late childhood and beyond. Come join us!

Deep Blue Rotation Stations

Grades 2 thru 4

This group will be immersed in the Bible stories by using the Deep Blue Rotation Stations Curriculum. By using a rotation format where the children alternate between learning stations each week, they are engaged in Bible stories and characters through art, cooking, games, missions, storytelling/drama and spiritual practices. Each story will remain the same for three Sundays, but the children will encounter it in three different ways through the different stations. Repetition is an important part of Deep Blue.

Connect

Grades 5 thru 6

A Bible-centered curriculum, Connect, takes 5th and 6th graders on a journey through the Old Testament and into the New Testament exploring the connections between several stories each week. Every lesson follows a three-part sequence: see, explore, and more. the children focus on and reinforce a theme by exploring biblical text, watching a brief & witty video, and creating projects that range from games to art and more.

Seekers and Peacemakers

Grades 7 thru 8

This Sunday morning program for Grades 7-8 focuses on faith exploration, spirited discussion, and service to others.

Each year, the Seekers group rotates between service activities, Nooma series discussion, and an exploration of world religions. 

 

Confirmation Class

Grade 9

Confirmation marks the beginning of a journey toward adulthood in which an individual takes responsibility for shaping his or her own values and faith.

Through this program, youth discover how to express their Christian values in daily life, affirming the vows of Baptism.  It also seeks to bring an increased awareness of what it means to live in a world with multiple expressions of faith. This diversity will be celebrated while we question, explore, relate, connect, listen, and share together as people of faith.

Worship and Assistance with Church School

Grades 10 thru 12

Youth who have completed confirmation are encouraged to participate in Sunday worship with adults or to assist in the nursery, classrooms, and with Church School events.