Kindergarten-2nd Grade

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2017 – 2018 Child/Youth/Student Online Registration 

Our Kindergarten – 2nd grade church school ministry uses the Young Children and Worship model which is based upon the tenet of “Godly play.”   This approach, which integrates religious education and worship provides an exciting format where children experience God while learning about God, using a sensorimotor style of storytelling as the primary means for encountering God in biblical stories. This model provides freedom and sacred time for children to continue responding to God by working with story figures, art materials, music and kinesthetic expression. Church school is available during the 10:30 am service mid-September-May and at the single summer service at 9:30 am May-mid-September. Children begin in worship in the sanctuary and leave during Passing of the Peace to meet with leaders in the Narthex (back of the church).

To learn more about this style of learning, you can check out the following videos:

Introduction to Godly Play

How Godly Play Changes Congregations

 Shepherd Volunteer Job Description for K-2nd Grades

Keeper Volunteer Job Description for K – 2nd grades

Storyteller Volunteer Job Description

 

Contact Catherine Curtis, (630.469.3096 X 23) Director of Christian Education or Cathy Basso, (630.469.3096 X19)Youth Education Coordinator

IMPORTANT DATES


Heifer Market, October 15, 2017 The mission of Heifer Project International is to supply farm animals and the technology for their care to people in developing areas in the U.S. and around the world. Each fall, children preschool and older  work together to raise money for this organization by creating “wares” for the congregation to purchase after each worship service. During the past fifteen-plus years our children have raised over $20,000 for Heifer International’s communities. Contact Catherine Curtis, (630.469.4096 X 23) Director of Christian Education.   
   
                                                                                                                                                            
Christmas Eve Pageant, December 24, 2017 at 9:30 am *NEW TIME THIS YEAR* Children and youth grades K – 8 volunteer for the pageant portion of our 9:30 am Christmas Eve worship. There are typically three dry rehearsals and one dress rehearsal so that children are comfortable come performance time. We invite interested parties to help tell the Christmas story. Contact Caroline Andres, Volunteer Pageant Director.  

 

 

 

Vacation Bible School, June 18-21 2018 9:00 am – noon daily This annual event is a hands-on, inter generational learning experience held almost exclusively outdoors. A theme is determined each year and planning begins during the winter months. Many volunteers are needed to make this a successful event. Children age 4 – elementary school participate, as well as middle school Volunteers-in-Training, and high school and adult Volunteers.Contact Catherine Curtis, (630.469.3096 X 23) Director of Christian Education. 

 

 

 

 

4thgradethater2015#1Tower Hill Family Camp, July 21-23, 2018  Join us for a fantastic weekend of FUN at UCC Tower Hill Camp in Sawyer, Michigan. Families, couples and individuals choose to either camp or lodge, and can enjoy the view of Lake Michigan on a Private section of Warren Dunes! Enjoy the water, play in the sand, climb the dunes, star gaze and spend quality time with family and friends. Contact David Crane, dcrane61661@gmail.com

MUSIC MINISTRY

 

Angel Choir, directed by Sherry Flugel and Lora Ilhardt, includes children age 4 through 1st grade. This group performs two times a year (Christmas Eve, at our 9:30 am service  2017 and May 6, 2018) rehearsing two times prior to each performance for 30 minutes.  This choir offers a great way to introduce children to the joy of group singing without a huge time commitment.

 

 

Joyful Noise Choir, directed by Michele Hecht, (630.469.3096 X 15)includes children 2nd – 5th grades who enjoy singing. This choir meets every Thursday from 5:30-6:30 pm and performs in worship once a month at both services, beginning in October. Kids can join at any time, although we encourage a full school-year commitment.

A highlight in the Joyful noise program year is the Christmas Cantata (musical play) which is performed during worship, in place of the sermon, the first week in December. From mid-October to early December we rehearse Thursday and Sundays in preparation for this.

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Lighting the Way  This program utilizes the Rotation Model format that teaches major Bible stories and concepts through a combined-grade gathering time and these engaging multimedia workshops:  art, drama, games, computers, film, cooking and Bible exploration. This format takes advantage of our students’ God-given thirst for multi-modal learning, recognizing that there are many different learning styles, including auditory, visual, kinesthetic, intrapersonal and interpersonal. Church school is available during the 10:30 am service mid-September-May and at the single summer service at 9:30 am May-mid-September. Children begin in worship in the sanctuary and leave during Passing of the Peace to meet with leaders in the Narthex (back of the church).

For additonal information on the Rotation Model, please visit:

ROTATION MODEL:  WHAT IS IT AND WHY WE USE IT

For more information, contact Catherine Curtis, (630.469.3096 X 23)Director of Christian Education.

Winter/Spring Unit – What the children are learning:   Unit  4 Encountering Jesus

 Workshop Leader Volunteer Job Description for Grades 3rd – 5th

 Units 1 & 2 – The Story of Abraham, Sarah, & Hagar

Keeper Volunteer Job Description for 3rd – 5th Grades

 

YOUTH FELLOWSHIP

345 Fellowship  is designed for older elementary students (3rd, 4th and 5th grades) and meets bi-monthly. Throughout the year, we play engaging games and explore our faith using exciting group activities. Our hope is to grow together into a caring community in a fun, comfortable and energetic setting. We intentionally incorporate spiritual practices that deepen our time together and share our “Faithful Acts,” which are ways that students and leaders actively live out our faith. Examples of Faithful Acts include: never has a friend at lunch, caring for a sick animal and standing up to a bully. We want your youth to be part of 345!

All 3rd – 5th grade friends are welcome; it is not necessary for a child to attend FCCGE or be part of a family that worships here. We welcome everyone at anytime. For more information, contact Rev. Kendra Joyner Miller, (630.469.3096 X 11) Associate Minister  Click here to see the 345 Fellowship Schedule 2017- 2018

MUSIC MINISTRY

Joyful Noise Choir, directed by Michele Hecht, (630.469.3096 X 15)Director of Music Ministry,  includes children 2nd – 5th grades who enjoy singing. This choir meets every Thursday from 5:30-6:30 pm and performs in worship once a month at both services, beginning in October. Kids can join at any time, although we encourage a full school-year commitment.

A highlight in the Joyful noise program year is the Christmas Cantata (musical play) which is performed during worship, in place of the sermon, the first week in December. From mid-October to early December we rehearse Thursday and Sundays in preparation for this.

            IMPORTANT DATES

 

Heifer Market, October 15, 2017 The mission of Heifer Project International is to supply farm animals and the technology for their care to people in developing areas in the U.S. and around the world. Each fall, children preschool and older  work together to raise money for this organization by creating “wares” for the congregation to purchase after each worship service. During the past fifteen-plus years our children have raised over $20,000 for Heifer International’s communities. Contact Catherine Curtis, (630.469.4096 X 23) Director of Christian Education.

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Christmas Eve Pageant, December 24, 2017 at 9:30 am *NEW TIME THIS YEAR*Children and youth grades K – 8 volunteer for the pageant portion of our 9:30 am Christmas Eve worship. There are typically three dry rehearsals and one dress rehearsal so that children are comfortable come performance time. We invite interested parties to help tell the Christmas story. Contact Caroline Andres, Volunteer Pageant Director.  Registration link and details will be available closer to the event.

 

 

 

 

 

Vacation Bible School, June 18-21 2018 9:00 am – noon daily This annual event is a hands-on, inter generational learning experience held almost exclusively outdoors. A theme is determined each year and planning begins during the winter months. Many volunteers are needed to make this a successful event. Children age 4 – elementary school participate, as well as middle school Volunteers-in-Training, and high school and adult Volunteers.Contact Catherine Curtis, (630.469.3096 X 23) Director of Christian Education.  

 

 

 

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Tower Hill Family Camp, July21-23 2018  Join us for a fantastic weekend of  FUN at UCC Tower Hill Camp in Sawyer, Michigan. Families, couples and individuals choose to either camp or lodge, and can enjoy the view of Lake Michigan on a Private section of Warren Dunes! Enjoy the water, play in the sand, climb the dunes, star gaze and spend quality time with family and friends. Contact David Cranedcrane61661@gmail.com

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