SAPLINGS AT CALVARY
BECAUSE JESUS LOVES KIDS
WE START AT THE ROOTS.
At Saplings, we do not simply want children to know of Jesus—our prayer is that every child will truly know Jesus. Instead of merely hearing a “story,” our desire is that children delve into the beautiful truth of the Bible. The little seed of faith in a child is nurtured by interacting with Scripture through lesson-oriented activities, cooperative discussion within the class, and inspired crafts to strengthen a well-rounded teaching.
By supporting a child’s growth in Christ, we encourage them to develop strong roots that are grounded in doctrinal truth and love. As they grow, our hope is their faith is likewise matured, becoming like a mighty oak tree.
For teaching the children of Saplings, we currently use the Gospel Project. The key goal of this curriculum is to show that the bible is not just a bunch of stories, but one whole story of how God has worked to redeem us by way of Jesus Christ and that each story should be considered in light of its role in the whole story. Along with presenting the week’s teaching in a thorough and engaging manner, each lesson will also include:
• A “big picture question” that is repeated in every session; to assist the children in understanding the predominant message of a particular section of the Bible.
• A main point; to summarize the lesson to the children and have them understand the focus of the teaching.
• A verse for each session; pertinent to the lesson that is practiced for memorization.
• An activity/game that is fashioned to reiterate and support the lesson, connecting it on a level the children are able to understand.
• A craft to help reinforce the lesson; something tangible to take home as a reminder of what the children learned.
• Along with discussion between the teacher and children, we also present questions and prompts for the class to discuss together, to help one another understand the lesson.
We also send out a parent resource email each Monday which contains the details of what your child learned on Sunday morning. Complete with discussion points and interactive content, you can review the lesson at home during the week!
If you would like to know more about the Gospel Project, you can click here.
SUPPORTING OUR LITTLE COMMUNITY.
Currently we have two classrooms divided by age/grade ranges;
Toddlers through 1st grade: Children can be checked in (we use a digital check in system called KidCheck) before service, after which they are welcome to play games, catch up with their friends, or draw pictures. Once the service starts, we take the children on a bathroom break. After that, we head back into the classroom for snack time, the activity/game, the Bible lesson (which is both video and verbal), and then wrap things up with the craft. We have toys and books for the toddlers for when they don’t want to join the older kids, and we always have an extra activity or game for free play time. While this class is developmentally diverse, nearly all are able to participate and have fun.
2nd-6th graders: The kids in this class don’t require being checked in, and they stay with their parents through the first songs of worship. Once they are dismissed into the classroom (just off the side of the main service room), they play an “ice breaker” game, complete an activity page that introduces the lesson, hear the Bible lesson while having snack, discuss the lesson through reflective questions, and are given an opportunity to journal or draw their thoughts. Children in this group have an improved ability to learn through discourse, reading, and writing, so the lesson plan for this class follows that guideline.
At Calvary Tri-Valley, we consider the safety and security of our children of utmost importance, and thus, each volunteer has had a thorough background check, read and understands our policy and procedures guideline, and has recieved direct approval from the pastoral staff. Each class is led by two volunteers minimum, at all times.
If you are interested in volunteering for Calvary Saplings, you can submit a form to serve here.