The Spirit is moving among the children of the Old First Church School. We started the school year with four classes and a total of 37 students. The students were split on a fairly even basis between high school, middle school, grades 3 to 6 and Pre-K to 2nd Grade. We started off the school year with strong attendance and and spirit that culminated with a wonderful Christmas pageant.
We are encouraging the children bring their friends with them and set a goal of 50 friends over the course of the school year. We are moving slowly towards the goal and are currently at 15 guests.
The really good news, though, is that we have been very successful at attracting long-term new students. We are blessed by new children, but need to do a little juggling to accommodate them! The new children are in the Pre-k to 2nd Grade class, who need a little more teacher attention than the older children. We often have as many as 14 or 15 young children showing up on a Sunday! So we are going to be doing some reorganizing.
We combined the high school and middle school classes and split the youngest group in two, so that it will be easier for the teachers to offer more individual attention.
We could still use one more teacher to help with the youngest group. Please contact Annemarie Kleinhans (Coordinator of Christian Education) if you would like to serve the church and our youngest members this way.
Looking ahead, the children will raise money this spring for the Heifer Project, which provides livestock to families struggling with hunger and poverty around the world. Watch for Muffin Sales during Lent.
We will also be working on some learning goals. Each class will work on memorizing the Books of the Bible, the Ten Commandments, a Psalm or the Lord’s Prayer. The Pre-K to 2nd Graders will lead the Congregation sometime in the Lord’s Prayer during a service in late March. Easter Sunday will also offer some surprises.
If you have any questions about what is happening at the Old First Church School, please stop in and see for yourself. We gather every Sunday at 9:45 AM in the Social Hall, and head out for the classrooms by 10 AM. Visitors are always welcome.
– Annemarie Kleinhans, Coordinator of Christian Education