Children's Worship @ CtK
Children ages 4 years to 2nd grade are dismissed from the service to a time of teaching suited to younger hearts and minds. Our curriculum is rooted in Scripture and designed to reveal our amazing God—showing the big picture of the Gospel and teaching the foundations of faith. All the children begin together for music and a lesson introduction before separating into older and younger classes for teaching tailored to each age group. The two-year rotation of our curriculum allows the children to repeat each theme, covering it in greater depth the second time through.
I Believe: The Apostles’ Creed
This curriculum is based on content from Laying the Foundation (by Luke Gilkerson, licensed for use through Intoxicated on Life, L.L.C.) and also includes original lesson content and activities developed at Christ the King.
- Explores the foundations of faith, teaching through the Apostles’ Creed
- 13 (3-week) units (plus introduction) covering themes from the Creed (e.g. Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth, etc.)
- Music Time: Children sing The Apostles’ Creed song each week as well as a unit-specific song.
- Lessons: Children learn through Scripture related to each unit theme. Younger children gather in a circle on the rug and listen to Bible stories as objects are unveiled from the “Bible Treasure Box”. Older children engage the same Bible stories as they complete workbook activities as the passage is read aloud.
- Special Projects: The last week of each unit, children work collaboratively on projects of different themes (Science/Discovery, Music & Movement and Service) to deepen understanding through hands-on learning.
The Story of Worship
This curriculum is based on materials used by permission from Trinity Presbyterian Church (Charlottesville, VA) that were enhanced and substantially expanded at Christ the King.
- Aims to engage our children in worship by helping them understand each element of our service. Read our rationale.
- 14 (3-week) units teaching through the Order of Worship (e.g. Adoration, Confession, Lord’s Supper, etc.)
- The Story of Worship expresses how worship represents our conversation with God and is a teaching model that links the lesson units together.
- Music Time: Children lift up their voices in worship, singing a variety of songs representing different aspects of our service.
- Lessons: Children learn about the elements of worship through Scripture and also fictional vignettes crafted to help them relate God’s truths to their own lives.
- Art Projects: The last week of each unit, children work collaboratively on art projects depicting the unit themes as a creative expression of worship.