The children at South Branch Reformed Church follow the Dwell Curriculum published by Faith Alive Christian Resources. Our curriculum encourages children to imagine and interact with different stories from the Bible. They discover how God is still at work in their lives and the world around them as well as how to keep God a part of their lives as they grow.
The Sunday School classes are dismissed following the Children’s Message in the worship service. Once they are dismissed, the children then divide into groups according to class. Currently, the classes are divided as:
Kindergarten & 1st Grade
2nd & 3rd Grades
4th & 5th Grades
6th & 7th Grades
Along with the education of our children in the Christian faith, the staff of the Sunday School also provides fellowship opportunities. As an example, here are few activities that the Sunday School holds:
“Welcome Back” Picnic in September
Halloween Party and Parade
Valentine’s for Shut-Ins
Easter Egg Hunt
Children’s Day Program in May
While Confirmation is not a Sacrament within the Reformed Church, it does serve as an important step in the “life process” for our students. Upon entering the 8th Grade, all students are invited to take part in this important step to becoming “Adult Communicant Members” of the church.
Classes start in October and end with Confirmation on Pentecost Sunday. Classes are held on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month and are led by Pastor Steve.
Topics of discussion include:
Overview of the Bible
Reformed Church Studies
Reformed Church Liturgy & Worship
The Heidelberg Catechism
Upon completion of their studies, students meet with the Board of Elders and are asked a variety of questions to show the progress that has been made. Students also make individual red stoles (which are on worn on Pentecost Sunday) and often depict symbols of what they have learned throughout the year.