Church School for All Ages
Church School classes meet every Sunday morning during the school year at 10:00 a.m. and end at 11:00, in time for parents to take their children into the sanctuary. We provide classes for pre-school through high school students. The classes are taught by volunteers from the congregation, often parents themselves. Church School provides an opportunity for our children to learn about the Bible and our faith through study and discussion about the Bible -- and to have fun doing it! Professionally prepared curricula are used in younger classes to introduce the children to some of the most familiar and best-loved Bible stories. The older students read the Bible and may use other materials prepared or suggested by their teachers. Skits and plays are frequently used as a teaching tool for our children of all ages.
Professional nursery care is available during Church School and the worship hour.
Children and Worship - Ages Three through Six Year Olds
Young children need a special place where they can meet and worship God. Immediately following the Children's Message every Sunday, our three to seven year old boys and girls retire to a special quiet place called the Worship Center.
Here we introduce the children to the wonder of worship in new and exciting ways. We experience God using all our senses as we see a new story, draw the story, talk about the story, worship God, and have a feast. Just as our parents do downstairs, we assemble in God's name, proclaim God's Word, give thanks to God, and go in God's name.
God Squad - Second through Fifth Grade
Older children also need a special environment where they can meet and worship God and sing God's praises. Immediately following the Children's Message, our second through fifth grade girls and boys enthusiastically zoom up to their Worship Center to worship God and study God's Holy Word. Our weekly worship includes singing God's praise, a Bible reading and Bible Story, a review of the Bible lesson, responding through drama, art appreciation, or arts and crafts, prayer time, and our feast. Just as our parents do in the sanctuary, we assemble in God's name, we hear God's Holy Word, we respond to God's Word, we give thanks to God, and we go in God's Name.
Young Disciples in Worship - Sixth through Eighth Grade
As our Middle School young men and women transition into adulthood and worship in the sanctuary, they will be provided with a printed activity page that is based on the lectionary of the day. Students may choose to engage this age-appropriate material in Room 21 with the God Squad, or seated with their families in the sanctuary.
Two Acolytes are needed to light our sanctuary candles at the start of worship and to extinguish them at the end of worship each Sunday morning from the beginning of September through the end of June. All children ages six and older are welcome to participate in our Sunday morning worship as Acolytes. Serving as Acolytes teaches our children many values that words cannot. Through this rite of passage at West End Collegiate Church our children learn leadership, ritual, service, and most important, reverence. Most of our children need little or no encouragement to participate in this worship opportunity. On the morning of her sixth birthday, one of our little girls woke up and exclaimed at breakfast, "You can call the church now Mommy. I'm ready to acolyte."
*Nursery is provided during church school and worship for infants through two year olds