Gates Presbyterian Church offers Sunday School classes for young children from age 3 through 6th grade from mid-September to mid-June (for teens, see Youth Ministry). Our young children join the congregation in worship through the “Thoughts for Children”, after which they are excused to go to their Sunday School classes. If you are new, assistants will be present to help children find their classroom. The last Sunday of each month is a FUS!ON Sunday, and children are welcome and encouraged to participate in the entire worship service.
Our Sunday School classes are taught by volunteers from the congregation who generously share their time, talent and faith with our children. Youth members of the church are also actively involved in working with our young children in their Sunday School classes. The Young Children Committee works in concert with our pastoral staff to assure that our Sunday School program continues to help our children grow in their faith.
Most classes use the Seasons of the Spirit Sunday School curriculum, which is a lectionary-based system that teaches children about God through a series of age-appropriate stories and activities. Our preschool class uses the Spark curriculum, which has a more energetic approach. We also welcome members of our congregation to share their faith in themed FUS!ON room activities throughout the year – some of our recent examples include a liturgical dancer showing children new ways to pray, and a visit from an assistance dog trainer and her newest pupil.
Room 15 is a nursery available for infant care during worship, and toddler care is in room 17 next door. You may stay with your children or have them be supervised by our trained attendants at any time during the service.