Kindergarten-2nd Grade

(3rd-5th Below)

 

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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

Keeper for Kindergarten – 5th grades Volunteer Job Description

Shepherd (K-2nd) 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 4 pm Children and youth grades K – 8 volunteer for the pageant portion of our 4 pm 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 19-22, 2017 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. Register here to attend and/or volunteer. Donate supplies here.

DUE TO INSUFFICIENT NUMBER OF VILLAGE CHIEF (SMALL GROUP) VOLUNTEER LEADERS, ANY VBS PARTICIPANT REGISTRATIONS RECEIVED AFTER MAY 7TH WILL BE PLACED ON A WAITING LIST. IF WE RECEIVE ADDITIONAL SIGN-UPS OF VILLAGE CHIEF VOLUNTEERS, WE WILL CONTACT FAMILIES WHO HAVE REGISTERED FOR VBS ON OR AFTER MAY 8TH TO CONFIRM THEIR SPACE IN VBS.

WE ARE VERY SORRY THAT WE MUST DO THIS AT THIS TIME. PLEASE CONTINUE WITH YOUR CONDITIONAL PARTICIPANT REGISTRATION OR YOUR VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP AT THIS TIME.

 

 

 

 

4thgradethater2015#1Tower Hill Family Camp, July 14-17, 2017 Join us for a fantastic weekend of family fun at UCC Tower Hill Camp in Sawyer, Michigan. Families choose to either camp or lodge and can enjoy swimming, playing in the sand, climbing the dunes, star gazing and time with family and friends. Contact Cathy Basso, (630.469.3096 X 19)Youth Education Coordinator. 

 

MUSIC MINISTRY

 

Angel Choir, directed by Sherry Flugel and Lora Ilhardt, includes children age 4 through 1st grade. This group performs two to three times a year, rehearsing a few times prior to each performance. 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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3rd-5th Grade Sunday Church School

 

345 Fellowship Schedule 2016-17

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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.

joseph-unit-imageWinter/Spring Unit – What the children are learning:   Unit  4 Encountering Jesus

 Workshop Leader  (3rd-5th grade) Volunteer Job Description

Church School Unit 6 “Peter Grows in Understanding

YOUTH FELLOWSHIP

345 Fellowship (formerly TF2) 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

345 Fellowship Schedule 2016-17

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 4 pm Children and youth grades K – 8 volunteer for the pageant portion of our 4 pm 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 19-22, 2017 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.  Register here to attend and/or volunteer.  Donate supplies here.

DUE TO INSUFFICIENT NUMBER OF VILLAGE CHIEF (SMALL GROUP) VOLUNTEER LEADERS, ANY VBS PARTICIPANT REGISTRATIONS RECEIVED AFTER MAY 7TH WILL BE PLACED ON A WAITING LIST. IF WE RECEIVE ADDITIONAL SIGN-UPS OF VILLAGE CHIEF VOLUNTEERS, WE WILL CONTACT FAMILIES WHO HAVE REGISTERED FOR VBS ON OR AFTER MAY 8TH TO CONFIRM THEIR SPACE IN VBS.

WE ARE VERY SORRY THAT WE MUST DO THIS AT THIS TIME. PLEASE CONTINUE WITH YOUR CONDITIONAL PARTICIPANT REGISTRATION OR YOUR VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP AT THIS TIME.

 

 

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Tower Hill Family Camp, July 14-17, 2017 Join us for a fantastic weekend of family fun at UCC Tower Hill Camp in Sawyer, Michigan. Families choose to either camp or lodge and can enjoy swimming, playing in the sand, climbing the dunes, star gazing and time with family and friends. Contact Cathy Basso, (630.469.3096 X 19)Youth Education Coordinator. 

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