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Imagine learning about Bible stories and the reality of God’s amazing love and grace while cooking, dancing, playing games, and doing science projects!  We make Sunday school exciting by allowing children to explore Biblical truths by using all of their senses and a variety of activities.  First Baptist offers classes each Sunday from 10:00 – 10:50 a.m. for Preschool/Kindergarten students, Elementary-age students, and Middle and High Schoolers during the school year.

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(Pre-school) Children three, four and five years old have time to expand their knowledge, independence, and creativity in an atmosphere of support, respect, and encouragement while emphasizing friendship, kindness, love, sharing, helping and taking turns.  We weave simple understandings of God, prayer, and the life of Jesus into relationships with other people and the world around us— often with carefully selected picture books and a hands-on activity.

IMG_1265Sunday School (Grades 1-5) participants immerse themselves in two-month long units that focus on different Bible stories.  We begin every Sunday with song and an opening lesson about our current story.

Following the opening, students travel to a different “Station” each week to explore their Bible story in a fresh and creative way.  They may bake in the church kitchen, study a particular artist in the art room, engage in a missions project to help others, or play games that review the details of the story.    Each Station creatively reinforces the Biblical message and offers an opportunity to try new things and develop new skills.

Winter 2015 Sunday School Classes – 10:00 – 10:50 a.m.

Let the little children come to me. Do not stop them,for the kingdom of God belongs to them.       Mark 10:14

March 1, 2015 – Second Sunday in Lent

Thank you to all of our Sunday School families who were able to get their children to church on Sunday to participate in the Gathering!  We’ve had many wonderful comments about how much our song and skit were appreciated by our church family!  For all of those who were out of town over school vacation or unable to be there, we missed you and we’ll try to do it again before the end of the school year.

This Sunday: We’ll be ‘packing our bags’…that is, our ‘Sibling Satchels’ for David’s House!  All of the congregation’s amazing donations are divided by category and ready to pack…games, toys, puzzles, arts supplies, fun pads and so on.  The Sunday Schoolers will have a chance to choose among all of these fun offerings to load each bag for the enjoyment of brothers and sisters of children receiving treatment at CHaD.  We’ll also make a card to go into each bag so that families arriving at David’s House will have a nice, warm FBC welcome.

Sunday, March 8:  We have a super special treat lined up!  Our Jesus and the Children unit has taught us how very much Jesus loved and valued children.  People in Japan celebrate Girls’ Day in March, and Boys’ Day in May to honor the children of their culture.  Aomi Mochida, a Japanese student from Colby Sawyer College, will be joining us during Sunday School us to tell us all about Japanese Girls’ and Boys’ Day.  We’ll be preparing and sampling some Japanese food, trying our hands at origami, and learning about how children in Japan are celebrated.  Kids, please come so we can officially appreciated you!!

See you in Sunday School…

For further information on these classes, or ways you can be involved, please contact Pastor Cindy or the church office. Everyone is welcome!

PreK – K SPARK – Come sing, dance, create and play together around the lessons of Jesus’ love for all the children of the world.

Grades 1 – 5   POWERXPRESS: Jesus and the Children  Our Grades 1-5 Sunday School unit during January and February is Jesus and the Children. We’ll explore the ideas that:
• Young or old, we’re all children of God
• We’re all a valued part of the faith community
• Every person is someone of worth
• Children have something to teach adults!

Grades 6 – 7   GRAPPLE –  Our 6th and 7th graders have a curriculum that will be a lot of fun and interactive: where all of the students and teachers can learn, ask questions and look for answers together. They will also have a building “mission” project to work on.

Grades 8 – 12  OFF THE GROUNDS at Hole in the Fence – Grades 8 – 12
All teens are invited to join Bill Ross at 10:00 every Sunday morning at Hole in the Fence Café. This Off the Grounds classroom is designed for our youth to hang together, to discuss their world and their faith, to ask questions and share what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Coffee, mocha, cocoa and baked goods are a given!

Vacation Bible School

Every summer – usually the third week of June – we invite all elementary aged children (going into grades 1 998993_10200642139910865_1790407433_nthrough 5 in the fall) to join us for a week-long adventure.  Summer 2012 we “traveled” to Nazareth, Jesus’ hometown.  Our summer 2013 journey led us to Babylon to learn of Daniel’s courage in captivity.

For five days, the children experience a part of history as they hear, touch, and even taste what it was like to live in Bible times!   They explore the Marketplace shops with costumed vendors, they visit and talk to real characters from the day’s story, they participate in the Palace games, dance to lively Bible songs, and sample foods from far away.  Each day the children learn lessons about God’s love, God’s faithfulness, and how to trust in God.

DSC_0262To register your children for this free awesome Bible adventure please check our website in May or call 526-6511.

Check out this video with clips from this year’s VBS !  (Thank you Ben Harrold for all your hard work on this video.)

Video Clip (click on link):  VBS 2013 Babylon