- Designs each classroom for one specific learning experience. For example a Drama room, Art room, Storytelling room, Movie room.
- Recruits a teacher to teach the same workshop activity to a different class each week for one month.
- Rotates a different class to a new workshop each week—hence the concept “rotation”.
- Uses one Biblical Story for one month so that the children experience the same story through four workshops.
- Recruits persons to act as “shepherds” for each class. The shepherds stay with the same class for the entire year providing continuity and stability to the group.
The children become:
- Engaged in the Bible Story.
- Eager to come back because they have other rooms to look forward to.
- Able to remember and retell the Bible Story.
We use the workshop rotation model for children in grades K-5 beginning at 9 a.m. Children meet their Shepherd in Fellowship Hall at 9 a.m. and proceed to the Christian Education Building Three and four-year-old classes meet at 9 a.m. and remain in their rooms during the Faith Zone. Sixth and seventh graders meet in the Youth Room each Sunday in their own classroom.
What Happens on Sunday Morning?
Children enrolled in the preschool class go directly to their rooms on the upper floor of the Christian Education Building. These children remain in their classrooms for the entire hour.
Children in grades kindergarten through fifth go to Fellowship Hall where they will find their class table designated by a sign. Every class has a shepherd who greets them and attends the morning’s workshop with them. The shepherd is a person who has special gifts of nurturing children. Shepherds provide continuity of adult leadership as the children move to a different workshop each week. Attendance is taken and offering envelopes are received before the classes leave Fellowship Hall for the day’s workshop.
Children enrolled in sixth and seven grade go directly to the Youth Room on the upper floor of the Christian Education Building. They remain in this classroom for the entire hour.
The Christian Education office is located on the upper level of the Christian Education wing and a volunteer is in that office on Sunday mornings to assist visitors and Faith Zone participants. The Faith Zone director, Gary Neuenschwander, begins his morning in this office at 7 a.m. and then meets classes in Fellowship Hall where he is always happy to answer questions. Valerie Blum, the Christian Education (C.E.) program administrator, meets with teachers and volunteers prior to the arrival of the students and is happy to assist in finding supplies and help set up classrooms.
Eighth Grade Confirmation
The 2015-2016 Confirmation program is designed for 8th grade students and meets with Rev. Hackman each Wednesday evening from Sept. 30 through the end of April.