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 www.rotation.org where a lesson may be used in its entirety or adapted by Luanne for our space and resources. Here’s an excellent article explaining The Rotation Model.

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

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

Here is an overview of our different workshops:

Art WorkshopArt God Will Provide 5
 in this workshop, students 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 the lesson played off of an archaeological insight about the story related to the practice of setting up “sacred witness stones—as a way of remembering our Art God Will Provide 9bbrole 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 3in this workshop, we 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 1in this workshop, students use their sense of smell and taste for memory retention. We may simply retell the story using food, or we may cook the story.  Pictured are Baby Noah in a basket. 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 with peace pitas….it’s the yummiest workshop!

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Drama Workshop
in this workshop, we participate in the bible story.  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
in this workshop we’ll explore or review the Bible story through 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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– in this creative workshop, children re-create Bible scenes using an assortment of miniature props and then photograph those same scenes to retell the story.  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 sound effects, then create a slideshow (movie) of the bible story. Below is our first “God’s Story Table” video from our 2009 David & Goliath workshop. This particular video was created using Windows Movie Maker by Luanne, photos by the children.  Music background used is “I Give You Everything” written and performed by David Delgado (iTunes), used with permission.

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in this workshop, students visit 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!

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Bible Stories 2019 and photos from some of our workshops:
  • June – Sunday School Anniversary “Children are a Blessing!”

Upcoming Rotations 2019-2020

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 Boxes

October – “The Good Samaritan”

  • Computers: The Good Samaritan (Children’s Activity Bible) – an interactive story of the Good Samaritan.
  • Movie: The Good Samaritan (Nest) & Are You My Neighbour? (VeggieTales)
  • God’s Story Table: Retelling the story.

November – The Fiery Furnace

December – The children presented “The Littlest Christmas Tree” at the White Gift & Mitten Tree Service.

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January – Daniels and the Lions Den

February – Jonah

March – The Fall of Jericho

April – Easter

May – Books of the Bible

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Highlights from 2018

  • In the beginning . . .  the story of Creation Art Workshop
  • Adam, Eve, and . . . God! Science Workshop
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  • “Michael Mouse – Christmas Adventure” performed at the White Gift Service by the Sunday School children – see 2018 Sunday School Highlights.

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For More Information contact:

Luanne Payne
Sunday School Coordinator
luanne.payne@sympatico.ca
905-263-4727