DISCIPLESHIP

Age Level Opportunities

Note: Due to Covid-19, our building remains closed. However, we offer various on-line opportunities, as well as tangible resources delivered to your home for you and your family to utilize. Look for Driveway Discipleship Backpacks coming in September! Contact Nichea Ver Veer Guy, Discipleship Pathway Director, for more info or to be added to our distribution list.  orangecelt@aol.com; 616.456.7168

Nursery

We are excited to introduce our two nursery rooms to you. Wee-Ones and Travelers are staffed by Safe Sanctuary certified paid employees and screened volunteers.

Wee-Ones (Green Room) provides care for our infants, crawlers and beginning walkers. Wee-Ones enjoy tummy time, stories, music and of course, cuddles!

Travelers (Yellow Room) provides care for our sturdy walkers/toddlers and any Pre-Schooler who is working towards diaper-free days.

We utilize the Pray-N-Play curriculum from Group.

Awakenings Room- Pre-School thru Young 5's

Imagine a space for Pre-School age children where learning about God is fun! Our classroom is a roomy area with large and small motor activities for you child. Soft space available for special needs. Children and Worship Curriculum used.

Horizons Room -Kindergarten thru 2nd Grade

This is a Montessori environment utilizing the Children and Worship curriculum which allows children to learn the Bible through manipulation and by experiencing specially made materials.

Sound Beat Room- 3rd-4th Grade

This space allows for children to rediscover their Bibles that leads to faith development and applied experiential learning. Begin to engage in Biblical values discussion and faith application.  Expansion on being a servant in mission emphasized. Dig-In curriculum used.

Pellowe Room- 5th Grade

A Preteen curriculum that is designed to engage children through group learning, while introducing interactive skills that engage their lives with God's mission.

Listen . Learn . Live - Family Support

Enjoy opportunities that encourage family time such as monthly activities, family cafe, parenting support groups and mission work camps.

Adult Faith Formation 

Adult opportunities to explore Discipleship Pathways include Sunday morning Faith Formation, small groups, independent studies, “Relevant” series, and the Turquoise Table project. For more info, contact Nichea VerVeer Guy, Discipleship Pathways Director, at orangecelt00@aol.com; 616.456.7168.

Art and Music Opportunities

Children's Visual Art opportunities guided by artists in the community to invite children to grow in creative expression and art appreciation. Highlighted each summer through the Turquoise Table project on the church lawn for community building.

 

Children's Choirs allow children to further their faith expressions through the use of music and movement.

Healthy Lifestyles and Abundant Health Initiatives

Giving families healthy opportunities to grow in fitness and faithfulness:

  • Children's Play60 Gym events
  • Abundant Health Programs like "Hulapalooza"
  • Balanced meals during events
  • Resource table for parents on healthy family practices
  • Seminars, workshops and community speakers

Allergy Friendly Policy

We utilize an allergy friendly policy;

  • Allergy bracelets indicting children's allergies for care providers/teachers
  • Procedures for snacks in the nursery
  • Meal suggestions, snack-free zones and healthy snacks during special events and meals
  • Trained staff     

Special Needs Ministry

We have received a grant to enhance our ability to service families with children and special needs. We look forward to working with our families to provide the best care and experiences possible for your children. Talk with us about our needs and we will work to provide the care you will need.

All children's classrooms have soft spaces for children who need to take a break from stimulation. A Tactile Bag is also available for persons to use during worship if the need arises.

Worship Helps

In the Narthex of the church you will find PrayGrounds in the back area of the Sanctuary. One is for infants, the other for toddlers and older children. They are designed for Parents to sit comfortably with their child as they explore quiet play appropriate for worship. A Nursing Mothers basket is also available if needed.

The Worship Wagon provides bags for your child to choose pew activities during worship in the Sanctuary. A variety of items are there for children to choose from. There are also folders for older children to use as well.

We are excited to have you join us as we travel the faith journey of your child together.