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Spiritual Formation for Children

Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them: for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.

Matthew 19 : 14Sunday School

Our commitment to children is to:

  • Welcome each one as a child of God who is unique and special
  • Listen to and hear each child's voice
  • Provide a safe and nurturing environment
  • Help children learn to know, love, and follow Jesus
  • Encourage questions about faith and beliefs to assist spiritual growth
  • Help children develop an understanding of God's love and forgiveness
  • Partner with parents to nurture the spiritual needs of their children

 


 

Spiritual Formation Classes for Nursery through Grade 5

  • Nursery (ages 0 to 2) 9:15 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Early Childhood (ages 2 to 4) 9:15 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Elementary (grades K-5), 9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Because of our commitment to children, two adults are always present in each class or gathering for children. There is a comprehensive Child Protection Policy in place to provide a safe and nurturing environment for all children who enter our church.


Curriculum

Shine: Living in God's Light is the type of curriculum we use for our Pre-K through Jr.High students, is a dynamic Sunday school curriculum that engages Christian communities and families in their life together by:

-Calling children to experience the transforming power of God's love
-Nurturing trust in God and invite children to follow Jesus
-Encouraging imaginative, interactive biblical storytelling
-Exploring the meaning of the Bible within the gathered community
-Cultivating the inner life of the Spirit through spiritual practices
-Expressing faith through lives of compassionate peacemaking and service

Early Childhood

Our SHINE class is for children ages 2-4 and it offers opportunities for a mixture of fun, music, a bible lesson and free Play.  This class is available from 9:15am through the completeion of the Sunday morning worship service.

Elementary

BLAZE -  Is an exciting Sunday morning experince for children in grakes K-5.  After meeing together these groups break into smaller classes of K-1, 2-3 and 4-5 groups to explore the daily lesson and anjoy a "Special" rotational activity that might be an art project, a fun game, cooking activity or other exciting option.  Also included every few years are units on Church of the Brethren Heritage and the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse (see below).

Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse is taught to all children in kindergarten through 5th grade by teachers specially trained through the services of the Samaritan Counseling Center (visit www.scclanc.org). Because we value the safety of our youth, we consider it a privilege and wonderful opportunity to talk about these difficult issues in the context of being made in the image of God and to encourage and support families. This educational program teaches our children about God’s constant care, helps them recognize and deal with potentially dangerous situations and identifies resources in our community and within our church to help children who have been hurt.

Contact us

Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren
777 South Mount Joy Street
Elizabethtown, PA 17022
717-367-1000 Fax 717-367-6948
info@etowncob.org