Sunday School

When does Sunday School take place?
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Children attend the church service with parents until children’s story, after which they go downstairs, accompanied by the Sunday School teacher(s).

We find this gives the children a chance to participate in worship, form a relationship with the Pastor, and feel a part of our church family.

As we have a small, but wonderful group of children, we are currently staying together as a single multi-age group (ages 4-12) and we find this has worked well for us and the children.

What do we use for curriculum?

Back in 2000, we learned about the Rotation Model and it inspired us to change….

  1. We redesigned our classrooms into bright, creative, kid-pleasing rooms (workshops).
  2. Children rotate to a new workshop each week for four weeks, the “rotation” period.
  3. During the four-week period, only one Bible story is taught.
  4. Each workshop focuses on a different creative learning style or “intelligence,” which broadens memory and therefore Bible literacy improves.

Our lessons are either written by Luanne Payne or gleaned from where a lesson may be used in its entirety or adapted by Luanne for our space and resources. Here’s an excellent video & article explaining “What is the Workshop Rotation Model”.


Please join us for a “whale” of a time!

 Jonah Rotation
Inflatable Whale – nothing more memorable than being inside a big fish to hear Jonah’s story!

Here is an overview of our different workshops:Art God Will Provide 5

Art Workshop
Explore the Bible story further through creative art projects they will want to take home and share.  Example (pictured) in Abraham’s near-sacrifice of Isaac (a WT Lesson) the lesson played off of an Art God Will Provide 9bbarchaeological insight about the story related to the practice of setting up “sacred witness stones—as a way of remembering our role as witnesses to God. Students created “witness stones” from Crayola Model Magic Clay—it’s ART, not paper and glue crafts!

Computer Workshop
Computer Workshop 2017 3We have four computer stations with an extensive array of over 60 different Christian software titles.  Students learn about the bible story we are studying and what it means to them today through interactive stories, games, quizzes. Or they may draw, write, or create a slideshow of the story with narration and sound effects (see how we incorporated photo’s taken in God’s Story Table below).

Cooking Workshop
Cooking Baby Moses 1 Nothing like the sense of smell and taste for locking in memory retention. We may simply retell the story using food, or we may cook the story.  Pictured are Baby Noah’s in a basket cookies. We’ve done Mary Anoints Jesus Ice Cream Sundaes, edible toast sandals for Ruth’s journey after we’d gleaned and then ground our wheat with a millstone. Chopped and cooked Jacob’s stew served, along with peace pitas….it’s the yummiest workshop!

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Drama Workshop
Participate in the bible story.  Here we use a variety of methods, such as drama (acting it out, freeze or shadow) or blacklights (pictured), or puppets.  We may dance, sing, or play instruments (boomwhackers, bells, rhythm sticks, tambourines, etc.).  There’s always lots of action!

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Games Workshop
Learn through games as students explore or review the Bible story using a variety of games or quizzes, some examples are: Bible Jeopardy, Bible Bowling, action games (catch the flying quail), parachute (Red Sea Crossing), matching and sequencing games, or pictured – The Last Supper life-size board game.

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Retell the bible story by re-creating the Bible scenes using an assortment of miniature props and then photograph them.  Just like a “movie crew” the students swap positions after each scene, from scene setter, to background or lightening technician, to the cameraman.  We have collected quite an array of miniature props that are sized nicely to go with Playmobil® or Lego®-sized of people, animals, buildings, and accessories so we can recreate any bible story!

Bonus Feature: We can use these same photos in the computer workshop, where the children can upload them into “Kid Pix Deluxe 3”, add narration and music, then create a slideshow (movie) of the bible story with sound effects. Below is our 2009 David & Goliath video from scene photos taken by the students in “God’s Story Table”. This particular video was created using Windows Movie Maker by Luanne.  Music background used is “I Give You Everything” written and performed by David Delgado (iTunes), used with permission.

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Off we go to our own little movie theater where they see and hear the bible story unfold before their eyes. Questions and discussion take place throughout the video. We might also sing-along to a music video or answer on-screen quizzes about the Bible story. Wouldn’t be the movies of course without popcorn & juice!


Bible Story Workshop photos

Highlights from 2020

  • January – Daniel and the Lions Den
    • Computers: Daniel in the Lion’s DenDaniel Little Ark Interactive 4 (Little Ark Interactive) – an interactive clickable story of Daniel.
    • Storytelling: Flannelgraph & Puzzles
    • Movie – “Where’s God When I’m Scared” (VeggieTales). Includes 2 episodes:
      1) Tales From the Crisper – After watching a scary Frankencelery movie, Junior Asparagus is reminded that there’s no need to be scared of monsters because God is bigger than the boogie man!
      Silly Song: The Water Buffalo Song
      2) Daniel and the Lion’s Den – We head to ancient Babylon for a musical adaptation of this classic Bible story. When Daniel finds himself in deep trouble, he learns that he’s still in God’s hands!
  • February – Jonah
    • IMG_0591We got swallowed along with Jonah, in our life-size inflatable whale and heard his story while inside.
  • Highlights from 2019

    • June – Sunday School Anniversary “Children are a Blessing!”
    • September – “All About Prayer”

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      • Computers: Say Your Prayers with Li’l Angelina
      • Movie: Milo The Mantis Who Couldn’t Pray (Hermie & Friends Series)
      • Art: Prayer BoxesIMG_0383
    • October – “The Good Samaritan”Good Samaritan (13)
      • Computers: The Good Samaritan (Children’s Activity Bible) CD-ROM – an interactive story of the Good Samaritan that includes three follow-up questions, a game, and  Whos Who Dictionary.
      • Movie: The Good Samaritan (Nest) followed by on-screen quiz & Are You My Neighbour? (VeggieTales), followed by discussion questions.
      • God’s Story Table: Re-enacting the story.
    • November – The Fiery Furnace
    • White Gift Service – The children presented “The Littlest Christmas Tree”.

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    For More Information contact:

    Luanne Payne
    Sunday School (Rotation) Coordinator