We use the Children Desiring God curriculum for our Children’s and Student Ministry. It was designed to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things so that the next generation may know and cherish Jesus Christ as the only One who saves and satisfies the desires of the heart.
Specific Curriculum by Age & Grade
Six Weeks – Walking : The Fragrance of the Knowledge of Christ
This nursery provides care for infants. It offers nap areas, infant swings, age-appropriate toys, and safe spaces for exploration. Teachers cuddle, rock, and play with children. Worship music is played and sung. Monthly prayer themes are used as a guide for teachers to pray for your child.
Walking Toddlers : The Fragrance of the Knowledge of Christ
The morning activities include quiet supervised play, singing, cuddling, reading books, and large/small muscle activity. The teachers model praying by praying for your children. Age appropriate worship music is played. Lesson time consists of repeating biblical truths and talking about our great God.
2-3 Year Olds : His Praiseworthy Deeds
This class begins with supervised free play which consists of activities like puzzles, blocks, coloring, play dough and even playing outside on the playground! Lessons are presented to the children in group format. Parents receive a weekly lesson handout. Children are introduced to scripture memory as they are given one verse per month to memorize. Teachers pray for and with your children each week.
Preschool 3-4 Year Olds : He Established a Testimony (OT) & He Has Spoken by His Son (NT)
The children in these classes begin the morning with supervised free play. A music teacher comes into the classroom to lead the children in worship through song. The lessons are presented in large group and small group format. Parents receive weekly lesson handouts to go over with their children throughout the week. The lesson is also reinforced with a weekly coloring page and the children receive one verse a week to memorize. The Old and New Testaments are alternated each year.
Kindergarten : Jesus, What a Savior
We were created to enjoy the glory of God. But as sinners we fail to treasure Him as we should. We are horribly sick in heart and stand in need of a Savior. This chronological study on redemption explores the incomparable greatness and worth of God, the desperate condition of helpless sinners, and the all-sufficient work of Jesus Christ to redeem sinful people.
First Grade : The ABC’s of God
Right thinking about God is essential for the life of faith. Using the alphabet as a framework for teaching the attributes of God, this study explores the delight that God has in Himself as the source, means, and purpose of all things. Each lesson asks and answers three key questions, “Who is God?”, “What is He like?”, and “How should I act toward Him?” as it presents a theology of God for children.
Second Grade : Faithful to all His Promises
God’s promises are gifts to the believer. The challenge of the Christian life is not to simply know the promises of God, but to place unshakable confidence in them. This study teaches children that God’s character is trustworthy; therefore, His promises are true and reliable.
Third Grade : In the Beginning Jesus
The Bible is one complete true story. It progressively reveals God’s redemptive plan, which comes to complete fulfillment in the Person and work of Jesus Christ. In the Beginning…Jesus begins with a historical mystery—Jesus’ death on the cross—and asks In the Beginning…Jesus the questions: “What really happened here?”, “Why did Jesus die?”, and “Who did it?” To find the answers, the study goes to the beginning of the Bible narrative in Genesis and then moves chronologically through the Old Testament text as students search for clues that foreshadow the coming of Jesus and His redemptive work on the cross. Special emphasis is given to show that the Bible is God’s story from beginning to end and that Jesus is the key to understanding the story.
Fourth Grade : To Be Like Jesus
What is salvation? How does someone become a Christian? What does it mean to become like Jesus? This curriculum helps answer these important questions by explaining elements of the Gospel message, its purpose, and promise. A major portion of this study focuses on the doctrine of sanctification – the process by which a Christian becomes more and more conformed to the likeness of Jesus.
Fifth Grade : My Purpose Will Stand
God is present and active in the world, orchestrating all things to serve His eternal purposes. All His purposes are good and right, and are accomplished with perfection. As the Sovereign Creator of the world (and everything in it!) God has the right, power, wisdom, and righteousness to rule the universe. The goal of My Purpose Will Stand is to so reveal God and His glorious work of providence that through the Holy Spirit’s work in the teaching of His Word, students would respond to God in faith as they look for God’s providence in all things—meditating on His works, seeing the big picture of God’s work in the world, and seeing the hand and heart of Jesus in all circumstances of their lives.
Middle School : How Majestic Is Your Name
The names of God in the Bible are a reflection of His character, which is so glorious that He cannot be described by a single name. His character is communicated in hundreds of names progressively revealed in the Bible. But the focus of How Majestic Is Your Name is not the many names, titles and references to God. These are merely the structure to show the greatness of our God. Each lesson presents glorious truths about God and encourages students to see and rejoice in His goodness and greatness.
High School : Your Word Is Truth
The goal of this study is that, through the work of the Holy Spirit, the authoritative Truth of the Bible might be understood and embraced so students may see and interpret all of life through the Truth of Scripture.
Our hope is that students would not be conformed to the thinking of this world, but be transformed by the renewal of their minds, that by testing they might discern what is good and acceptable (Romans 12:2). Finally, as the students grow in their own love and delight of the Truth, we want to encourage and equip them to stand firm in an increasingly hostile culture, boldly and humbly proclaiming the triumphant Truth of the Gospel.