by Matt West on July 27, 2014
If you see Children’s workers fluttering about with excessive busy-ness the next month and a half, there is a reason. There are a number of things that we are doing, and I will try to hit on all of them and give some of the reasons. While you may love, hate, or feel indifferent about [...]
The first thing we are doing is we are putting the current “Runners” class and the elementary class in with the Adults during Missionary Month. One of the things we consistently study in these classes is how God uses His saints to take the gospel around the world. We thought it would enable us to convey a consistent message to allow them to meet some of our missionaries who are doing that for God’s church at OGC. This means that from the age of 3 all the way up to adults will be in the sanctuary for the first Sunday in August. We will still have the “Infants” and “Walkers” rooms available for those with younger children.
The very next Sunday, August 10, we are beginning our new divisions for our youngest children. The new divisions will not be based on age, but rather, they will be based on ability. You might also need to check and see which room your child will be in, as some of them (dare I say, most) will be going to new rooms. The class in W4 will be from birth until walking. Once you begin walking, your child will move to F1, where he will stay until he is potty trained. After being potty trained, they will move to F3, where they will stay until they are ready to sit still enough to pay attention to a small age-appropriate lesson. If you are wondering if your child is ready for that jump there are two places you can get the answer. First, you can watch them in the missionary meeting August 3. Second, you can ask the people who have been teaching them in the “Runners” Class for an honest assessment. We are looking for someone who can head each of these classes, and we still need more volunteers. Feel free to talk to Mandi Armand or me if you have any interest in doing this.
When September rolls around, we will have the new Sunday School class for those PreSchool ready to 1st grade (in F2). The 2nd to 5th grade class will also re-open (in W2). Hopefully, you will learn the proper class based on your child’s ability in the month of August, so that all these classes being opened will be an easy transition. Of course, that change is a much smaller change than the other change we are rolling out. After Sunday School, the parents of kids in those two classes will get the opportunity to pick up their children. Those children will get the opportunity to join us for at least the first half of the worship service. At a point in the service, they will be dismissed to go to GraceKids, our very own Children’s Church ministry.
We will have a curriculum for GraceKids and the kids will have a fun, informative, and scheduled time that will point them to Jesus! We invite anyone up through second grade to join us. We also could use more people to make this time less stressful for the workers and more productive for the children. I’d love to have you come talk to me about wanting to help in this! Our intent is to re-introduce all the children (and workers) back into the service during the closing song of the service each week, so that we can once again all worship together.
As a complete dry run for the dismissal and reintroduction elements (though very few of the actual GraceKids elements), Pastor Curt will be dismissing everyone 6th grade and under (and anyone else who would like to be dismissed) during his August 3 sermon, where they will hear an illustration that will be similar to an illustration in the “normal” sermon delivery that will be a little more befitting the younger crowd. After a few minutes, we will rejoin the sermon.
Certainly there will be many things that will come up in the next seven weeks, but I think this is at least an outline of what’s happening. Thanks for sticking with us as we grow into the congregation God would have us be!