“COMPASSION CAMP,” August 9 – September 13

During the COVID-19 crisis, Sunday School is not meeting in person. For now, you can access faith formation resources that correspond with the messages adults will be receiving in worship. The current curriculum is a five-week study of compassion created by Illustrated Ministry entitled, “Compassion Camp.” We are cooperating with Lakewood Congregational Church, near Cleveland, Ohio, using videos created by their media team with Minister for Children, Youth, and Families Rachel Burns.

Each week’s videos include an introduction to the week’s theme, songs, prayers, creative activities and movement. We encourage families to take these videos at their own pace. The links below direct you to the videos:

WEEK 1 – “Compassion at the Table” (August 9) | Introduction | | Activities | | Movement | | Song |
WEEK 2 – “Compassion to the Neighbor” (Aug 16) | Introduction | | Activities | | Movement | | Song |
WEEK 3 – “Compassion for Myself” (Aug 23) | Introduction | | Activities | | Movement | | Song |
WEEK 4 – “Compassion along the Way” (Aug 30) | Introduction | | Activities | | Movement | | Song |
WEEK 5 – “Compassion with the World” (Sept 6) | Introduction | | No Activities Video (see below) | | Movement | | Song |

On Sunday, September 13, Pastor Dave Denoon will interview young people who are participating in the Compassion Camp as part of the worship message. The interviews will be pre-recorded and will constitute the Activities portion of Week 5 (“Compassion with the World”). If your young person would like to be interviewed, please contact the Pastor at DDenoon at FirstChurchWG dot org.

Most Sunday mornings, young people in Preschool through Senior High begin at worship with their families. They are released to concurrent classes after a time “Not for Children Only.”

Sunday School is voluntary. If a child prefers to remain with parents, or the parents prefer to have the child remain with them, that is acceptable.

When there is a fifth Sunday in a month, and during some holidays, students who otherwise would be going to Sunday School remain in worship with their families.

Enrollment and participation in Sunday School are at no charge, although registration is required. Please contact the Church Office for an enrollment packet or more information.


A Christ-centered, Peace-oriented Curriculum

Our most recent Sunday School curriculum was Shine: Living in God’s Light – a dynamic Sunday school curriculum that engages Christian communities and families in their life together by

  • calling children to experience the transforming power of God’s love
  • nurturing trust in God and invite children to follow Jesus
  • encouraging imaginative, interactive biblical storytelling
  • exploring the meaning of the Bible within the gathered community
  • cultivating the inner life of the Spirit through spiritual practices
  • expressing faith through lives of compassionate peacemaking and service


Nursery Care

Children up to Preschool age may want to take advantage of our Toddler Room – the first Dutch door in the north-south hallway – where a practiced, paid attendant is present, and plenty of activities are provided. Toddler Care is available from 9 until 11:15AM, each Sunday.

Similarly throughout the morning, a Nursery is available for parents and infants, immediately outside the Narthex (front hallway).

Both the Toddler Room and Nursery are equipped with speakers transmitting the morning worship service.


Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School is our annual summer offering for young people, which meets during a week in mid- to late-June, on Sunday through Thursday evenings, beginning with supper together at 6:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall. Classes begin at 6:30 in Memorial Hall and last until 8 p.m.

For more information regarding our Christian Education Ministry, please call 314-962-0475.