Jesus said to the disciples, “Let the children come to me.” Here at Fairmont, we still hold firm to his invitation. Our youngest worshippers are very important to us, and so we offer a variety of opportunities for the children and their families! From Sunday school to Vacation Bible School and all of the family events in between, our goal is to make every child feel welcomed at Fairmont and encouraged in their faith journey.
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Christian Education Opportunities for Children
Cherub Choir (school year only): 9:30AM
Each Sunday September through May, children age 4 and up are invited to participate in the Cherub Choir in the Sunday school wing. The choir is directed by Vicki Ramga, and sings about every other month. We welcome all voices and abilities!
PreK Sunday school (school year only): 10AM
Children age 3-5 are invited to participate in this class at 10am each Sunday, September through May, in Room A. The class uses the Growing in Grace and Gratitude curriculum and is taught by Julie Boden. The curriculum follows the lectionary, which is also what our pastors use in their preaching. We hope this encourages families to go home and talk about their lessons together, whether they were in ‘big church’ or Sunday school!
Elementary Sunday School (school year only): 10AM Children in grades K-5 are invited to this 10AM Sunday school class in Room B each Sunday, September through May. The class uses the Feasting on the Word curriculum and is taught by Carol Bussey. This curriculum also follows the lectionary, making it easy for all ages to talk about the lesson together!
10:30AM Sunday school classes (year round)
During the traditional worship service at Fairmont, children are invited to join their age appropriate Sunday school class after the children’s talk in worship. An elementary class is offered for children in grades K-2, and a preschool class is offered for children ages 3-5. Both classes use Shine curriculum. Children in grades 3-5 remain in worship with their families.
*** Please note: 10:30am Sunday School classes are not offered on the third Sunday of each month or on special Sundays (Easter, etc.) in an effort to teach children the value of worshipping with their families.
For our tiniest members (year round)
For the convenience of our loving parents, we have a nursery/toddler room for our littlest blessings, newborns through 2-year-olds. It runs from 8am–11:30am each Sunday.
About the Children’s Sunday School Curriculum
Feasting on the Word
The new Feasting on the Word Curriculum: Teaching the Revised Common Lectionary is an ecumenical, downloadable resource that incorporates the uniqueness of the award–winning Feasting on the Word commentaries. This innovative resource incorporates the Feasting on the Word commentary style to explore one of the lectionary passages in ways suitable for all participants. This curriculum begins with a solid scriptural and theological base for leaders and invites leaders and learners deeper into the rhythm of the church year. It utilizes a common Bible passage for all learners, making it easy for families to learn and live out their faith together. For more information, go to www.feastingontheword.net/curriculum/.
Growing in Grace and Gratitude
Growing in Grace & Gratitude is rooted in the foundation of Presbyterian identity where God’s grace and our gratitude are the heartbeat of our faith, life, and worship; extends an invitation to discipleship that inspires children to learn and practice hospitality, generosity, and love; and reaches beyond Sunday morning, encouraging children to live their lives as an expression of God’s grace. For more information, visit http://www.growinggracegratitude.org/
From the Shine website: “Faith experienced at an early age is the foundation for all other growth. The good news we share with our children has the power to transform lives and revitalize communities. So, let’s prepare the ground for a new tomorrow, send down roots anchored in love. Let’s sow in them seeds of mercy and plant them by the river of life.” For more information, visit their website at https://shinecurriculum.com/about/what-is-shine/.
Vacation Bible School
One of our largest ministry outreach programs for children, Vacation Bible School at Fairmont is an “all-hands-on-deck” undertaking. We go all out to reach and teach the children about God’s love for them using songs, games, stories, and more. Trust us – you don’t want to miss out! CLICK HERE for information about VBS at Fairmont, including photos and online registration.
Each summer, children and youth from Fairmont attend Kirkmont Summer Camps where they participate in fun and faith formation with others their age in a beautiful and spiritually enriching environment. Fairmont offers partial scholarships to help our children and youth attend these camps. Check out this brief description from Kirkmont’s website, and visit http://kirkmontcenter.com/ or contact the church office for more information.
Kirkmont Center summer campers can expect:
To be surrounded by God’s creation in a place set apart from the distractions of everyday life. We offer 278 acres of woods, streams and fields. Kirkmont’s beautiful campus includes an outdoor worship area and a labyrinth to provide places for meditation, singing and worship.
To have the opportunity to engage in a wide range of activities. Recreational facilities include a canoeing pond, swimming pool, climbing wall & zip line, giant swing, archery range and miles of hiking trails to provide opportunities for exploration and fun.
To actively engage in a Christian community, surrounded by those who continue to grow in faith every time they enter the Kirkmont grounds.
To make new friends and grow closer to old friends. Laughter, listening, conversation and prayer are part of every week of camp.
To encounter the bible and learn about how its teachings apply to your own life.
Delicious meals with your Kirkmont family!