Church School Classes
Sunday Morning | 9:15am-10:15am
Children in the three-year-old (Preschool III) class through the 4th grade use the Faithweaver curriculum. This series is a bible-based, integrated program (which means that each grade level focuses on the same general theme).
"Hands on" activities are the primary approach to learning. Old Testament concepts are studied in the Summer and Fall; New Testament concepts are studied in the Winter and Spring. The curriculum follows a three-year rotation, giving each child a complete overview of the bible at the preschool level and again at the elementary level. Fifth grade curriculum is based on the Keyword Learning System. This program, which is similar to the Bethel Bible Study for adults uses keywords and pictures to help the child remember both the name and main theme of each book of the bible.
Each child in the Preschool III class receives a GOD'S STORY bible. This bible, which was written by Karyn Henley, author of the original BEGINNER'S BIBLE, offers the bible as one chronological story. It is our hope that parents will enjoy this book with their child as a favorite "bedtime reader"; and that the children will also enjoy reading it as they get older. As they enter First Grade, each child is given THE NEW ADVENTURE BIBLE - NIV STUDY BIBLE FOR KIDS, which is the reference bible used in our church school classes. All children receive the Children's Building t-shirt, with our official logo on the front.
Children in the 1st-5th grades also receive their own church notebook. This notebook contains sections for church school lessons, the children's directory, bible study aids and the ever-popular BIBLE TRADING CARDS. Children earn cards by attendance at Sunday School, bringing a friend, learning a bible verse and other similar activities.
Infants & Toddlers
Sunday Morning | 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Nursery care for infants and toddlers is available, not only on Sunday Mornings, but also for Sunday evenings, Wednesday evenings and other church activity, when requested. A separate nursery booklet, listing all of the guidelines for nursery care, may be picked up on the Resource Table in the main hallway of The Children's Building.
Following the church school hour, preschool children, birth through Kindergarten, are invited to remain in their classrooms for Extended Session. Rather than attending the church service, preschoolers share in snacks, games and other activities more suitable to their age and developmental levels.
Following the celebration of communion each Sunday, children in grades 1-5 leave the sanctuary and gather in the Children's Library for a special "sermon", designed to make the worship experience more meaningful to them. the Children's Church themes follow the same schedule as the church school curriculum, providing yet another opportunity for reinforcing concepts.
Vocal and Instrumental Choirs
Angel Choir | Sunday | 9:15 a.m.
The Angel Choir is composed of all children, ages three years through kindergarten. They meet with the Minister of Music each Sunday morning from 10:15 until 10:30 (at the end of the church school hour) in the sanctuary. The Angel Choir offers special music during the Thaksgiving, Advent and Lenten seasons, on Mother's Day and at other special times throughout the year.
Genesis Singers & Ringers | Wednesday | 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Genesis Singers is designed for children in 1st-5th grades. Church vans are available to pick up children at the various elementary campuses, if needed. Through singing and playing instruments, children not only learn important music concepts; but also learn to appreciate music as a form of worship. This talented group not only sings during the worship service throughout the year, but also presents a "musical extravaganza" each Spring.
GGD Afterschool Bible Study Club
Wednesday | 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Children in grades 1-5 learn more about the bible while enjoying snacks, music, games, arts & crafts, fellowship and lots of fun. A typical lesson on Stewardship, for example, included racing to find different bible verses about giving to God "first" and baking (and eating!) a "firstfruits" cake. Their study of Noah included measuring out the exact dimensions of the ark, as given in Genesis, on the front lawn! Van/parent carpool pick up for this program is available at most area schools.
Junior Youth Fellowship
Sundays - T.B.A
All 3rd through 5th graders are invited to be a part of the JYF youth group. JYF follows a scriptural theme each year, studying the Bible as they play and pray together. Plans include games, field trips such as volunteering to sack food at the Food Box or visiting Sci-Port and other activities designed for fun and fellowship. A Snack Supper is provided from 5:30-6:00.
Epic Events Book
Jesus' Ministry Book
Old Testament Characters Book
Parent's Night Out
Saturday | 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
On the first Saturday of each month, parents a treated to a night out, with babysitting provided here at the church. There is no charge; but reservations must be made by the preceeding Thursday at noon. This program is limited to members and regular visitors of FCC.
Each Sunday the worship service begins with the "bringing of the light". Two candlelighters drawn from the second through fifth grades, process down the center aisle to light the candles in the chancel. Schedules are rotated throughout the year so that each child may have a chance to participate. Siblings are scheduled to light together, whenever possible.
Mini Camp and Day Camp | June
Summer kicks off each June with the "world-renowned" Mini and Day Camp program. Each year, the week-long camp focuses on a different biblical theme, using the wonder of God's creation as a backdrop. Day Camp, which meets from 8:45-2:45 daily (with an overnight campout on Thursday night) includes fishing, canoeing, archery, arts & crafts, swimming and more ~ all for grades 1-5. The preschool Mini Camp, held from 8:45-11:45, features nature study, music and arts & crafts. The week culminates on Day Camp Sunday, when the entire worship service is led by the campers and counselors. Registration for Day Camp begins in March for church members; April for non-members. Space for non-members is limited, with preference given to those who have attended camp in previous years and those who are PREP students.
Junior Camp | July
Fourth and Fifth Graders also participate in the yearly Junior Camp program, held for one week in July at the Christian Youth Foundation Camp in Athens, Texas. One of the benefits of Junior Camp is the opportunity that it provides to meet juniors from other churches, as the camp draws Disciples children from all of the Northeast Area, which includes Tyler, Texarkana, Lufkin and Nacogdoches.
New Beginnings Camp | Summer
This 2 1/2 day event is designed to familiarize First, Second and Third Grade children with the camp facilities in Athens. At least one parent must attend.
Other Seasonal Programs
The Pastor's Class & Elder Mentorship | Lent
Fifth graders are invited to meet with the Senior Minister each year during the season of Lent for a series of classes leading up to the child's confession of faith (on Palm Sunday) baptism and first communion (on Easter Sunday). The Pastor's Class is designed to help prepare children for this very important step in their journey of faith. Each child is also paired with a church Elder, who provides special support and encouragement during this time.
First Grade Inclusion Classes | August
Designed to welcome First Graders as participants in the worship service, First Grade Inclusion Classes are held on the 2-3 Sundays prior to Promotion Sunday, usually beginning in early August. Children meet with the Children's Minister and parents with the Senior Minister to discuss ways of making the worship service more meaningful to the young people involved.