teaching through the order of our worship service
Children are dismissed from the service to a time of teaching that aims to help children understand and more fully engage in worship (read our rationale).
* Lesson units cover each element of our service (e.g. Adoration, Confession, The Lord's Supper)
* The Story of Worship expresses worship as our conversation with God and is a teaching model that links the lesson units together.
* Children are grouped into an older and younger class with teaching tailored to each group.
* Learning is reinforced through
Story (vignettes) -- help children relate God’s truths to their own lives.
Music -- children lift up their voices and become familiar with songs from our service that represent each part of worship
Art -- collaborative projects for each unit as a creative expression of worship
The two-year rotation of our curriculum allows the children to repeat each theme, covering it in greater depth the second time through. See the Story of Worship scope or the alternating year on I Believe: The Apostles' Creed.
Represents God’s glory (colored tissue paper) shining through the children (self portraits on vellum) gathered together in worship.
Painted “eyes” remind us that in God’s presence there is no darkness—He is our light, and He alone helps us to see clearly.
Heart-shaped Valentines for God are filled with words and drawings expressing our love for Him. Our praise is rooted in His love for us.
Salt-resist watercolor art represents our tears of sorrow as we say, “I am sorry,” and confess the sin in our hearts to God.
A wooden cross painted with our names represents Jesus’ sacrifice for each of us and our white handprints remind us our sins have been washed away.
Pictures drawn with Sharpie on gold and silver craft foil represent the things we offer back to God in recognition that all we have comes from Him.
Jesus teaches us to pray in The Lord’s Prayer. In this mobile, our folded handprints offer up written and drawn prayers to God.
Mosaics made with colored pasta and clay represent the brokenness of our world and remind us that one day, God will make all things new.
Colorful fabrics woven together using yarn and paper plates represent the Holy Spirit’s work binding us to Christ and to one another as His Church.
Stories and truths learned from the Bible were engraved on styrofoam plates and printed to show God’s word shaping our hearts and minds.
View the gallery as a printable a PDF.
This curriculum is based on materials used by permission from Trinity Presbyterian Church (Charlottesville, VA) that were enhanced and substantially expanded at CTK.