Children's Ministry

Welcome! Our goal is to help our children become true disciples of Jesus Christ by: building relationships with them, being examples for them and teaching them God’s Word.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” And he laid his hands on them. — Matthew 19:14-15

SUNDAY SCHOOL

Children’s Sunday School- Introducing Godly Play

                                                                                                                                     

We are excited to introduce a new curriculum for our Level 1-3 Children's Formation.  Godly Play is deeply rooted in the Montessori Method, and our Workrooms are set up in a way that facilitates learning and discovery. "In Godly Play, the invitation is given not for play in general but for play with the language of God and God's people through sacred stories, parables, and liturgical actions.  Through this powerful language, through our wondering, through the community gathered together, we hear the deepest invitation of all: an invitation to come play with God. The goal of Godly Play is for children to move through the spiral curriculum during early, middle and late childhood in such a way that they will enter adolescence with an inner working model of the Christian tradition and allow them to be open to the future." ~ Jerome Berryman 

Sunday School 10:10- 10:55 in the Bentley Education Building (BEC)

Our Toddlers meet in BEC Room 301.  Our youngest members have a more age appropriate curriculum called Beginner’s Bible: Timeless Children’s Stories by Zondervan.  Our goal is to gently help our toddlers learn to follow a typical lesson structure as they learn and grow. A typical Sunday would include: having the lesson on the carpet,  watch the accompanying DVD,  play a game or make a craft, pray before snack time, and sing songs during clean up. Please be sure to sign your child in and out at the door and be on time for dismissal. 

Our Level I Students meet in BEC Room 306. Our Level 1 students are just learning to listen, attend and internalize the Godly Play stories.  Children will be signed in by a parent and sit quietly on the bench outside the door. A Door Person will assist with having the children enter the workroom individually.  Godly Play lesson format:

1. Getting Ready 10:10: Greeting at the door. When the child is ready, they are invited to enter the room and is sit at the carpet circle. 2. The Lesson:  The Storyteller brings the story to the circle and the lesson is presented.  3. Work Time: Children choose work that is connected to the story, or work with liturgical materials in the room. 4. The Feast: Children are invited back to the carpet circle where they assist in passing out items for the feast.  This is symbolic of the Eucharistic communion.  5.  Dismissal and Blessing 10:55: Children will be dismissed one at a time.  Please be sure to sign your child out, and be on time for dismissal. 

Our Level II Students meet in BEC Room 308. Our Level II students are becoming more adept at listening, attending and internalizing the Godly Play stories.  Children will be signed in by a parent and sit quietly on the bench outside the door. A Door Person will assist with having the children enter the workroom individually.  Godly Play lesson format:

1. Getting Ready 10:10: Greeting at the door. When the child is ready, they are invited to enter the room and is sit at the carpet circle. 2. The Lesson:  The Storyteller brings the story to the circle and the lesson is presented.  3. Work Time: Children choose work that is connected to the story, or work with liturgical materials in the room. 4. The Feast: Children are invited back to the carpet circle where they assist in passing out items for the feast.  This is symbolic of the Eucharistic communion.  5.  Dismissal and Blessing 10:55: Children will be dismissed one at a time.  Please be sure to sign your child out, and be on time for dismissal.

Our Level III Students meet in BEC Room 310. Our Level 3 students will be enjoying a hybrid curriculum mixed with Godly Play.  Dr. Jones and the Secret of the Keys  is a 4th and 5th grade favorite which focuses on the Life of Moses from birth to death.  These lessons are filled with fun hands-on activities chronicling the life of Moses with an "Indiana Jones" flair! Godly Play lessons and parables will be introduced as they coincide with the church year.  During the second year,  the focus will be on Godly Play Enrichment lessons on The Saints of God. These varied and exciting curriculums will help to prepare our oldest children for moving up to middle school.  Please be sure to sign your child in and out, and be on time for dismissal.

Please register your children on the form below

 family registration form 21-22

Other Children's Programs

Nursery (newborns - 5yrs old)

Our Nursery is OPEN!! We can care for children aged 0 to 5 years old on a first come, first served basis. Our nursery workers will be masked, and we have a medical grade air purifier in the room. Parents are asked to sign in from the hallway. 

Children's Chapel

At St. Dunstan’s, we strive to help our children to understand our lessons and prayers, as well as to learn the meaning woven into all aspects of our church service. Children’s Chapel is an age-appropriate simplified version of our service: Gospel lesson, sermon, prayers, offering, and peace. We offer Children’s Chapel the second and fourth Sunday of the month at both the 9am and 11am services for children ages 3 through 3rd grade.   

this week's children's Chapel

God Rejoices for Amazing Children with Exceptional needs (GRACE)

The mission of GRACE ministry is to share God’s love with children who have special needs, and to enable them to become an active part of God’s family. 

Unfortunately, during this time of pandemic and keeping the safety of our charges in mind, we are unable to offer this ministry. GRACE will resume when health guidelines and sanitation practices can be fully implemented.

Safety

All volunteers that work with children are required to submit to a thorough background check and attend training.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Sarah Quiroga

Angela Stengl
Chidren's Minstry
Coordinator

Sarah Quiroga
Director of Children, Youth & Family Ministries

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