The church school program is an integral part of the entire educational program for the children and youth of our church who are in grades 3-12.
We use the “Dwell” curriculum published by Faith Alive Resources. This curriculum seeks to lead our youth to a meaningful profession of their faith and to a pattern of covenantal obedience to Jesus Christ, the Savior and Lord of every dimension of life. It seeks to equip our children and youth to share their faith and serve others in the community. It helps our youth understand Biblical truths from a Reformed perspective.
The Church School is the only program of our church which concentrates solely on teaching the doctrines and confessions of the Christian Reformed Church as found in the Heidelberg Catechism, Belgic Confession, and Canons of Dort. It is important that all children and youth attend these classes which meet on Sunday between the morning worship services beginning late September and ending late May.
Grades 3 & 4 Between the two Sunday morning services, third and fourth graders can attend classes that include activities plus studies on the following topics:
Grades 5 & 6 Between the two Sunday morning services, fifth and sixth graders can attend classes that include activities plus studies on the following topics:
Love God (Sacraments, Service, First Table of Law)
Love Others (Second Table of Law, Kingdom)
Classes are designed to teach students how to grow in Bible reading and understanding; to confess in their own words the basic truths of the Reformed faith; to experience the joy and security of belonging to Jesus and to his people, the church; and to respond to God in prayer, worship, wonder, witness and service.
Grade 7 Between the two Sunday morning services, seventh graders can attend classes that focus on the following subjects:
Discover How to Grow Spiritually - and why it matters
Discover Your Church - and why we need each other
Discover Faith - and learn how to live it
Discover Your Gifts - and learn how to use them
Classes are designed to help young teens discover what it means to be a "spiritual" person; grow in faith through regular quite times, Bible reading, prayer, and mutual encouragement; write their own "confession" of faith; and explore what the church is and how it works.
Grade 8 Between the two Sunday morning services, eighth graders can attend classes on the following subjects:
Connecting: A Study of Relationships
Break Out: A Study of Acts
Classes are designed to encourage students to reflect on their own relationship to Christ and help them see how that relationship affects their daily lives; to acquaint students with great Biblical themes, equipping them with Bible study skills, and encouraging them to develop good Bible reading habits; and to help students deal with critical areas such as identity, freedom, responsibility, morality, faith, and ethics within and integrated biblical, confessional framework.
Grades 9 & 10 Between the two Sunday morning services, ninth and tenth graders can attend classes on the following subject:
Questions Worth Asking
A Scripture based question by question study of the Heidelberg Catechism. Fresh and relevant experiential learning techniques help relate the lessons to the daily lives of high school students.
Classes are designed to encourage students to regard the catechism as a re-statement of the central truths of Scripture and as their personal confession of faith; to familiarize students with the catechism-its history, structure, and meaning; to help students and their parents regard the catechism as a significant document for their lives and for their world; and to help students understand that the catechism, though written many years ago, is still relevant to their daily lives.
Grades 11 & 12 Between the two Sunday morning services, eleventh and twelfth graders can attend classes on the following subject:
What's up with the Church down the street?
Classes are designed to help the students understand the beliefs and practices of other Christian denominations, to allow the students to build an appreciation for the theology and worship practices of other Christians, and to do all this from a Reformed perspective.