2013-2014 Church School Rotation Curriculum
September/October Unit – Respect: Living God’s Word
Main Idea: Jesus teaches us to love God and to love others. One way we show love to God and to others is by being respectful.
Unit Description: In everything do to others as you would have them do to you. (Matthew 7:12)
Objectives: Children will hear what the Bible says about respect and how to treat God, other people, and nature as they explore these concepts:
- Respect means treating others as you would like to be treated.
- Good manners and good sportsmanship are ways of loving other people and being respectful.
- Showing respect includes accepting others.
October/November Unit – Into the Promised Land
Main Idea: The Bible tells us how God worked through Moses to guide the people of Israel through the wilderness, and to form them into a great nation. God leads persons today to trust God’s guidance, to work for the well-being of all people, and to live together in peace.
Unit Description: For God satisfies the thirsty, and the hungry God fill with good things. (Psalm 107:0)
Objectives: Children will learn that:
- God provided for the Israelites during their wilderness journey
- God gave us special laws called the Ten Commandments
- God wants out love and worship
November/December Unit – Everybody Counts
November 24: Christmas stocking Mission project and Church School Christmas Service Rehearsal
December 1: Church School Christmas Service Rehearsal and Christmas crafts
December 8: Church School Christmas Service Rehearsal and Christmas crafts
December 15: Church School Christmas Service
January/February Unit – Jesus is baptized
Main Idea: Baptism is a gift from God, given to us in love. Our acceptance of that gift is our acknowledgment of God’s love for us and our place in God’s family.
Unit Description: The Jesus Is Baptized unit uses the Bible story included in Matthew 3:1-17. Jesus’ cousin, John, was baptizing in the Jordan River, most likely near the Dead Sea. One day Jesus went to his cousin and asked to be baptized. John was reluctant and said, “Why did you come to me? I should be baptized by you!” Then he consented. When Jesus rose out of the water, God’s Spirit came upon him. A voice announced: “This is my Son! I am pleased with him!” Jesus’ public ministry began shortly afterward.
Scripture: Matthew 3:1-17
Objectives: Younger and older elementary children will hear the story of Jesus’ baptism in a variety of ways so that they might discover and recognize that:
- Jesus was baptized as a sign of belonging.
- We participate in the same sacrament.
- The shell and dove are symbols of baptism.
- John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus.
- God’s presence is with us always.
February/March Unit Washing Feet
Main Idea: Jesus showed what it means to love and serve others by washing his disciples’ feet. Jesus calls us to love and serve others as well.
Scriptures: John 13:1-30; Luke 22:7-23
Objectives of this unit are for the students to:
- explore the story of Jesus assuming the role of a servant and washing the disciples’ feet
- experience ways they can show God’s love to other through service, generosity, and hospitality.
April/May Unit – How the Bible Came to Be
Main Idea: The Bible, written by many different people over a long period of time, has been preserved and translated into many languages so it is now available to people around the world.
Scripture: Joshua 1:8; Isaiah 40:8; Psalm 119:105; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Hebrews 4:12
The objectives of this unit are for the students to learn:
- the books of the Bible were written over a long period by people of different backgrounds,
- the decision of what books go into the Old and New Testaments, the canon, was made many years ago. These books have been accepted by Christians as inspired by God,
- the Old Testament is the “Bible” that Jesus knew and quoted. The New Testament contains the story of Jesus, his disciples, and the beginning of the Christian church,
- all of the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, helps us know how God acts in relationship to people and to know how we should relate to God,
- we need to know what the Bible says and apply it to our daily lives.
- we do not have any of the original manuscripts of the books of the Bible, but we do have some very old copies.
- the Bible has been saved from destruction and made available in many languages over the years; some people involved took great risks to assist in this.