Welcome to our new year of programming for children here at Montview Church. We are very excited about our offerings and we are looking forward to seeing you on September 13. A detailed description of these programs and a chart of times and places on Sunday morning is below. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about this material.
See you soon!
In God’s love,
Our 2015-2016 Programs for Children at Montview Church
This is a detailed explanation of our programs for children here at Montview. It is one of many welcomes to you and your family!
We have self-contained classrooms for our 3 and 4 year olds and kindergarteners. The 3 and 4 year olds are in Room 112 and the kindergarteners in Room 115. Each of these classrooms has a team of four teachers with two teaching each Sunday. We use the Heart Shaper Curriculum of the Presbyterian Church USA. The children will bring home a coloring sheet, a project and/or a pamphlet each week to help you reinforce their lesson at home. You are also always welcome to attend Sunday School with your child!
Our first through fifth graders begin each year with a study of the baptism and communion sacraments in a unit called Sacrament Sessions. During the remainder of the year they move through the lessons of the Feasting on the Word Curriculum. These follow the lectionary and focus on Bible stories and characters from the Old and New Testaments. The children participate in a wide variety of activities to reinforce their learning. These groups also have several mission projects during the Sunday School year.
Kindergarten, first and second graders begin their Sunday School time with Cantate Choir from 9:15-9:40 in Room 205 on the second floor. At 9:40, the children are escorted by their teachers to the appropriate classroom for Sunday School. Our kindergarteners move to Room 115 on the first floor for instruction. The first and second graders go to their second floor classrooms. Please meet your children at their classrooms at 10:20. A chart on the bulletin board near my office door- Room 203 – shows the classroom location for Grades 1-5.
The third through fifth graders meet in the Room 204A on the second floor from 9:15-9:40 for a discussion and fellowship. They are escorted to their Sunday School classrooms by their teachers at 9:40 and have instruction until 10:20. Please meet your children at 10:20. Please use the chart referenced above to find the classroom location of children in Grades 1-5.
As noted above, kindergarten, first and second graders have Cantate Choir practice every Sunday morning in Room 205 on the second floor from 9:15-9:40. The Timbrel Choir for grades three through five meets on Sunday evening in Room 205 from 5:00-6:00. Taylor Martin, our Associate Minister of Music for Children and Youth, directs these choirs. Both choirs have the opportunity to perform in worship services.
We offer a wonderful childcare program for all children ages birth through second grade. Children in third grade and above stay in worship with their families.
Childcare is available for children through age two in the Room 110 on the first floor from
8:00 – 12:15. We have a two-part name tag system, a sign-in and sign-out notebook and silent pagers for parents to take with them to worship. We will page you if your child is unhappy and can not be consoled within 15 minutes.
After the Word to the Children at the 8:15 service, childcare for children ages three through seven is provided in Room 112 on the second floor. We encourage parents to take their children to worship with them until after the Word to the Children and then sign them into childcare in the Commons. They are escorted to Room 112 by our childcare staff. You can sign them out there after the worship service.
After the Word to the Children at the 11:00 service, parents sign their children into childcare groups in the Commons. We have four groups for this service in addition to our nursery.
Our two year olds who are ready to leave the nursery and young three year olds who turn three after September 1 are in the Yellow Group. This group is in Room 113.
Our Red Group is for our three year olds who turn three before September 1 and our four year olds. This group is in Room 112.
Our Green Group for five year olds in Room 114.
Our Blue Group for six and seven year olds is in Room 115.
After the children are signed in, they are escorted by our childcare staff to Rooms 112, 113, 114 and 115. Parents sign their children out of childcare in these rooms after the 11:00 service.
Montview Church encourages children to be in worship with their families. We suggest that children ages two through seven join us in the sanctuary through the Word to the Children. Parents may sign them into childcare in the Commons after the Word to the Children. We ask that children who have completed second grade stay with their families for the worship service. We have two children’s bulletins available. The white bulletin invites the children to notice things about the sanctuary, about the adult bulletin, and about the worship service. The colored bulletin focuses on the Bible.
We also have several copies of a children’s Bible that you can borrow during the worship service.
These are in the narthex outside the sanctuary. Please write your name, the number of the Bible, and your phone number on the sheet provided. Please return the Bible and cross off your name before you leave on Sunday morning!
Worship Participation Opportunities
Montview Church encourages children to be a part of worship also. Children in grades 3-5 can usher, acolyte and read during the 11:00 service. Please contact me for further details.
Our children in grades 3-5 meet several times a year for 345 Fellowship to share food, fellowship, games and mission projects. This is an introduction to being at church beyond Sunday morning and a great opportunity to make church friendships!
Pulpit Players Drama Group
Our children in kindergarten through fifth grade may participate in this drama program. In January and February during our Sunday School hour, children who wish will rehearse a Bible story musical written and directed by our talented and enthusiastic Pulpit Players Staff. The children perform this story for the Montview congregation in the sanctuary during the 11:00 worship service. Please watch for dates and details about this exciting Sunday School program. Our regular Sunday School program is in place during these rehearsal weeks for children who do not wish to participate in the Pulpit Players program.
I hope this overview is useful. Your family is very important to Montview Church and we look forward to working with your children. We hope you will become involved by visiting our classrooms, discussing our activities with your children, volunteering as a classroom assistant. We also have a class for parents during Sunday School. It is described next.
Our Parenting Forum is a calendar of classes during Adult Education from 9:15-10:00 in the Gallery Room on the basement level. These offering focus on topics relating to children and teens. Please watch for details and plan to join us while your children enjoy Sunday School and childcare.