Kindergarten - Grade 3
Our early and middle elementary students have a variety of interests and ideas. We use a variety of mediums to reach them where they are in their life. We provide something for them throughout the year. Holy Spirit strives to combine things they are experiencing in the world in which they live with what they hear from the Bible. Providing these children and their families with our Lutheran theology basics gives them an opportunity to begin understanding and exploring their faith.
Elementary Sunday School 9:30am
Students hear and experience the Word of God through Bible stories and stations that explore the Old Testament and New Testament, while following the seasons of the Christian church year. Engaging themes throughout the year help children connect the learning to their own lives, and group stories together for higher comprehension and retention. During the hour, children participate in reading/listening to a Bible passage and/or Bible story and discussing the content. Students participate in hands-on stations for crafts, science, dramatic play, and games to reinforce the lessons, and experience the Word of God and God's love in a developmentally appropriate and fun manner.
The program needs adults to serve as station helpers and shepherds. Station helpers support the children in the station activities, and also assist in clean up. All materials and directions are provided. Shepherds stay with the leaders and provide support in encouraging student engagement, managing materials, and assisting students as needed. Adults with children enrolled in the Sunday School are highly encouraged to volunteer. Sunday School service gives family members the opportunity to fulfill their baptismal promise to provide for the Christian education of their child, as well as to grow together in faith with their child.
Each year we require a new registration form for your child. This helps our staff and volunteers have the most current information for your child and your updated contact information. Please register your children online. K-3 Sunday School leaders are volunteers and have their children in the program. For the program to run smoothly, we need a number of parents to volunteer each week. Our volunteer sign-up is online through Sign-up Genius. Please consider signing up for one spot every 4-6 weeks.
If you have any questions regarding Children's Christian Education at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, please contact Becky Cole at firstname.lastname@example.org.
K-3 K'Motion Kids
Families with children in kindergarten through 3rd grade are invited to join us for fun events, service projects, and retreats! Children enjoy spending time with other children in activities and learning. There are times that while the children are working together, the adults will be able to have discussions on topics relevant to them. During the course of the year, we provide opportunities for fellowship, service oriented projects and thought provoking learning.
Frightful Feast and Trunk or Treat Wednesday, October 30, 6-7:30
Kick-off this frightful night with dinner and then join your fellow ghouls and goblins for trick or treating in our trunk or treat lot. The dinner menu is Creepy Quesadillas, Spooky Stromboli, Nasty Nachos, and Vicious Veggies. Dinner is $5 per person for ages 4 and older. Children 0-3 are free. We are looking for families to host a trunk. We encourage you to decorate your trunks or backs of cars. You are welcome to provide your own treat or let Becky know and we'll have a basket ready for you to grab and hand out treats. The majority of our Trunk or Treaters are preschool and early to middle elementary aged kids, so please don't do anything too scary. Please sign-up here so we have enough dinner.
K-3 Gift Workshop Saturday, December 14, 2-4pm
K-3 Creation Care Project Saturday February 9 – time is TBD
Easter Celebration Saturday, April 11, 2020, 10:30am-12pm
End of Year Celebration Sunday, May 3 from 4:30-6pm
Jubilate Children's Choir
Ages 4 - 2nd Grade
Jubilate is an evening of musical exploration, learning, and playing together for children on Wednesday afternoons from 5:30-6, just before the community meal. Designed for kids age four through second grade, Jubilate learns songs that foster core values of following God, explores instruments, and learns basic musical concepts like rhythm, note identification, and teamwork. We have a lot of fun along the way!
Joyful Ringers (Hand bell choir)
3rd-5th Grade • Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm
All children 3rd grade and older are invited to participate in our children’s hand bell choir. Experience making music in a fun environment where kids will learn how to read music, or if they know how to read music, how to play as part of a group. We participate in worship throughout the year. The wonderful part of playing in a hand bell choir, is kids at different skill levels can all do it, and have a great time. Join the fun, and be a part of this exciting group, and become "Hooked on Hand Bells".
Malia Johnson leads our Joyful Ringers choir. She has been playing hand bells since she was in the 4th grade, has played hand bells around the world, and directed hand bell choirs throughout the Pacific Northwest. Malia is "hooked on hand bells", loves kids, and loves teaching them how to be part of the worship at Holy Spirit.
The Bible Basics class is offered in early September and designed for children who have just entered the 2nd grade or older. They learn about the Bible and are then presented with their own Bible in worship on the second Sunday in September. Parents attend the class with their child.
Our Communion Connections class is designed for 3rd grade students and their parents. It is an opportunity for families to learn about the sacrament of communion. Class is held in the spring.