The Big Picture—Grades 5-6 

The “Big Picture” Sunday Class

 

Sundays 9:10 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall, for 5th & 6th graders and their parents. Taught by Pastor Doyle and Jeanine Theimer.

We go for the big picture of the Bible, from creation to Christ Jesus and the first missionaries. We rotate between the Old and New Testament every year, covering the whole Bible in 2 years. Consider the long term benefit of knowing the main characters and the general order of events in the Bible. With this practical foundation laid early on, students will find it easier to use, understand, and apply the Word of God for the rest of their lives.

But faith is more than facts. At this stage of life, when they are learning to express themselves and develop personal resources and talents, we want them to understand who they are as children of God and to begin to see themselves as he sees them—loved and valued with a unique reason for being.

Parents get the same Bible information with their kids, but their discussion focuses on the God-given joys and challenges of raising preteen children, who enter these years believing and behaving as their families, and then transition to believing and behaving as their peers. We join parents in helping preteens to grow more independent and make good choices.

The Big Picture class uses the New Living Bible translation, with our own unique tabbing system that shows where main characters are located in their Bible. Bibles can be purchased in the class. 

Midweek Activities

“God in My Life” provides social activities with a spiritual atmosphere. Girls meet in a home; boys, at the church gym. Meets Wednesdays from 7 – 8:30 p.m. on a schedule that coincides with Confirmation Classes: Dates for Fall  2018: Sept 12 & 26, Oct 10 & 24, Nov 14. 

First Communion Instruction

We offer First Communion classes every spring for interested 5th & 6th graders who wish to begin receiving Holy Communion before Confirmation. Instruction involves three 1.5 hour classes (with a parent), plus a written summary and an interview with a pastor. 2019 Dates: Sunday, March 24, 3:45-5:15pm; Sunday, March 31, 3:45-5:15pm; Wednesday, April 10, 6:15-7:45pm
 

Independent Study is an option for students who cannot make the classes or are older. This course is formatted as an inductive bible study. A parent may wish to assist and discuss and discuss the answers as the child works through the material. An interview with Pastor Doyle is also required once the work is completed.

 
Please contact Pastor Doyle with any questions about 5th & 6th Grade ministry.
 
 

Mother/Daughter & Father/Son Retreats

Becoming a man or woman is a process. It accompanies physical maturity and is marked by rites of passage like getting a driver’s license, first date, and graduating from high school. Learning to handle masculinity and femininity in a godly way involves inclusion in the same sex community where one can develop a personal style that reflects his or her heart and to observe how, on the one hand masculine strength can be used to protect and give life, and on the other hand feminine grace can nurture and uphold life. These retreats are but one step in a journey of giving a godly understanding of manhood to our sons and womanhood to our daughters. While these retreats do involve time spent talking about “the facts of life,” the aim is to answer any questions the kids may have without going beyond what it necessary at this stage. Further instruction on godly sexuality will be offered in Confirmation instruction and in High School Student Ministry.
 
God’s Design for His Daughters (Girls age 10 / 5th and/or 6th Grade) 2018-19 Dates TBA

In this mother/daughter overnight retreat, mothers learn how to:

·         Convey how cherished their daughters are.

·         Communicate about changes of adolescence.

·         Motivate their daughters to be pure and faithful.

·         Keep lines of communication open.

·         Speak a blessing while giving a charm bracelet.
 
God’s Plan for a Man (Boys Age 10 / 5th and/or 6th Grade)  2018-19 Dates TBA
In this father/son overnight retreat, fathers learn how to:

·         Communicate what it means to be man of God.

·         Communicate about changes of adolescence.

·         Open up channels for future conversations

·         Speak a blessing while giving a baton.