Toddlers (ages 2-3)

TODDLERS (2-3 Year Olds) | God Loves Me | 9:15-10:15 AM

We know that faith formation begins at a very early age so we just can’t wait to share the stories of God and God’s people with our young children! At the heart of the education hour for our Toddlers (2-3 year olds) is a Bible story in simple language that young children can understand, a prayer, and a variety of learning-through-play activities.

Using the beautiful storybook series, God Loves Me, the GCPC Nursery Staff engage children in God’s story while establishing devotional habits of Bible reading and prayer. They will learn about God’s wonderful creation and people like Abraham, Hannah, David, Simeon, Anna, Peter, Jesus and Paul—and all the wonderful stories in between.

At this time in the child’s development, the building of trust and gaining a deep sense of safety and loving care, is paramount. They are building their image of God through the loving care of family, Nursery staff and volunteers. Hearing and seeing messages of God’s love through simple stories, images and songs nurtures their budding faith.

The Toddler Room is located on the first floor of the Children’s Center wing.

Preschool/Kindergarten (ages 4-5)

Preschool / Kindergarten (4-5 Year Olds) | Godly Play | 9:15-10:15 AM

Godly Play is a Montessori-based concept for religious education and faith formation. It is rooted in the biblical and theological view that children have spiritual experiences from the very beginning of their existence. However, since children come into the world as non-verbal beings, they lack the linguistic abilities to put words to their experiences. Through the natural mediums of play and artistic expression, Godly Play assists children (and adults) in developing a language with which to talk with and about God, interact with their world, and combine their daily life experiences with the biblical narrative.

Children in this stage of faith development are growing rapidly in their ability to communicate. As they are building their vocabulary, it is important that they hear the language of faith and gain a level of comfort using that language.

The child is powerfully and permanently influenced by the faith of primary caregivers and other adults with whom they spend consistent time. The rise of imagination, mystery, and wonder that takes place during this stage has long-lasting effects on the life of faith. It is important that the child hear repeatedly and internalize the words that remind them, “You are a child of God!”

The Godly Play Room for preschoolers is located on the first floor of the Children’s Center wing.

Early Elementary (grades 1-3)

Early Elementary (1st-3rd Grade) | Godly Play | 9:15-10:15 AM

Godly Play is a Montessori-based concept for religious education and faith formation. It is rooted in the biblical and theological view that children have spiritual experiences from the very beginning of their existence. Through the natural mediums of play and artistic expression, Godly Play assists children (and adults) in developing a language with which to talk with and about God, interact with their world, and combine their daily life experiences with the biblical narrative.

Stories are crucial to this stage of development and have permanent contribution to the child’s meaning making. Cause and effect relations are more clearly understood and simple perspective taking begins to emerge. This can lead to the understanding of the different experiences and perspectives of others.

The Godly Play Room for preschoolers is located on the Education Wing (second floor, above Children’s Center).

Older Elementary (grades 4-5)

Elementary (grades 4-5) | “CONNECT” | 9:15–10:15 AM | Indie Room (upstairs)

Nursery

Nursery care is available throughout Sunday morning beginning at 8:10 am. Please bring your child(ren) to the Children’s Center wing (first floor).