Children's Ministry

Abington Presbyterian Church offers educational opportunities for children from 3 years of age through the 6th grade.  The opportunities are Bible-based, God-centered, and grounded in the basic tenets of the Reformed Tradition.

Kindergarten through 4th grade Rotation Model Church School

The structure of our church school is based on the Workshop Rotation Model.  This model reinforces the bible stories in a variety of settings and allows for a broad range of children's learning styles. The Workshop Rotation Model takes into consideration all learning styles, including advances in technology, and addresses many of the concerns of modern church schools, such as irregular attendance and declining numbers.  For more info, go to www.rotation.org.

The curriculum units this year are: Joshua: Character Counts, Elijah: Great Balls of Fire, Mary's Song, the Great Dinner Parable, Road Trip: Resurrection to Pentecost, and Faith Challenges for God's Children: Two Great Commandments.

One class of students will remain in worship each week.  Some examples of the workshops are:

  • PRAISE HIM! PLAYHOUSE - Drama
  • GODLY GAMES - Games & Puzzles
  • RAINBOW ROOM - Art
  • MIRACLE MATINEE - Video
  • SINGING WITH THE SPIRIT - Music
  • WISDOM WELL - Storytelling
  • BIBLE BYTES - Computer Center

Sunday Morning Schedule

(Sept. - June)

The children begin their Sunday morning attending APC Presby Kids at 8:45am in the Parish Hall.  They come to worship with their parents at the 10:00am service. After the children's message, the children are dismissed to their church school workshops. The children are then led, by adults who serve as "Shepherds", to one of a range of workshops where they learn more about the Bible.

The workshops include:  Rainbow Room (art); Music of the Spirit (music); Praise Him! Playhouse (drama); Miracle Matinee (video); Godly Games (games), and Bible Bytes (computers).  In each of these workshops the bible story is presented by a workshop teacher. The children learn more about the specific story through the activity appropriate to that workshop. The material presented to the children is presented in multi-week units throughout the school year.

5th and 6th Grade Church School

Our 5th and 6th graders take part in a Bible Survey Class during our regular Church School hour at 10am. One year they will study an overview of the Old Testament and the following year an overview of the New Testament. The purpose of this class is to help our students pull together the many bible stories they have learned into one comprehensive unit.

Please contact the Chairperson of the Children's Ministry Committee, Joanne Maransky, or Ruth Sall, Interim Director of Christian Education (215-887-4530 ext. 108 or rsall@apcusa.org), for additional information.

Toddlers and Four Year Olds

It is important that our children begin their educational experiences early in life.  Once children are baptized, they begin the journey of the Christian life. An essential ingredient in that journey is learning about the faith and the faith community into which they are baptized.

We begin our Christian Education Ministry at APC at age 30 months or 2 ½ years.  On Sunday morning a class for children 30 months through 3 years of age is held on the second floor of the Education Building.

In this class the young children begin to learn about their faith.  Their learning at this time is primarily experiential and through storytelling.

The 4-year old class also meets on the second floor of the Education Building.  In this class the children continue to learn about their faith in storytelling, music, and a variety of activities.

The curriculum for our preschool classes has developed over several years by qualified early childhood education specialists.

Nursery Care

There is nursery care for infants and toddlers from 8:45am-9:45am and during the 10am Celebration Worship Service.  Our nursery and toddler rooms are located on the 1st floor of the Education Building.

APC Presby Kids

APC Presby Kids is for all children ages 5-12 from 8:45-9:45am in the Parish Hall.  A  "youth fellowship" time for children, Presby Kids is filled with fun activities, skits, music and more. From studying the stained-glass windows in the Sanctuary, to exploring the depths of the pipe organ to even making a recreation of the Rose Window, Presby Kids is designed to bring a sense of experiential learning throughout the church campus.  Parents are free to attend our adult education classes knowing their children are in safe hands, learning, and having fun. Contact Ruth Sall for more information.

 

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