SPARK Family

Sunday School

Sunday School is in person each week at 9:15am for babies through 12th grade. Sunday School check in is at the rear doors for 3 year olds-5th grade. Children in the nursery (near the sanctuary) and youth (rooms 302 & 303) may check in at their classrooms.

During 10:45 worship, Nursery Care is available for children 5 and under.

There will be no Sunday School on Sunday, December 25.


This Week in Sunday School (Preschool-5th Grade)

SERIES OVERVIEW: If you’ve ever gotten a little emotional during your favorite Disney or Pixar movie, you know animation is a powerful tool to not only tell big stories, but to make us feel big feelings, too! In this four-week series, we’ll look at some stories of the Old Testament prophets as we explore some of those feelings. These stories will remind kids that God cares about our big feelings. With God, we can all feel secure, comforted, valued, and loved, even when our emotions tell us otherwise. 

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This Week in Sunday School (Middle and High School)

It’s easy to spot a fake friend (and even easier to be a fake friend at times), but what’s not-so-easy is figuring out how to make and keep friendships that are real. Maybe it’s just easier to keep our friendships on the surface. Or maybe we’ve never seen real friendship in real life before. Or maybe we don’t actually know anyone we trust enough to be real with. These days, when “friends” are just a click or a follow away, it’s more important than ever to figure out what true friendship really looks like. In this 4-week series, we’ll explore the words and stories of Jesus, the disciples, Paul, Timothy, David, and Jeremiah to help us understand what authentic friendship can look like. Together, we’ll discover that real friends choose each other wiselyshow each other grace, comfort each other, and help each other grow.


Family Resources

Tip of the Month:

As our world continues to move towards being more connected, it’s becoming impossible to avoid negative, stressful, and scary news. This is a lot for any of us to process, but it can be especially hard for the kids we love. Avoiding bad news altogether isn’t a realistic option, so how can we help them process difficult things?

How can we help when the world is scary? Parent Tip Video

Resources:

For children: “To the children, it’s more than just a game. It’s our future.” CHECK OUT the brilliant Molly Wright, one of the youngest-ever TED speakers break down the research-backed ways parents and caregivers can support healthy brain development. The secret might be simpler (and more fun) than you’d think!

For Youth: Teenagers are unique humans with their own experiences, perspectives, and stresses. While there are some universal truths about what teenagers need to feel loved and to thrive – THIS VIDEO serves as a good reminder that no two teenagers think exactly the same. You are doing an amazing job getting to know the teenager you are raising and loving them for who they are.

Anxiety & Kids

Family Activities


Some of our Favorite Story Books

God’s Dream and other children’s books authored by Archbishop Desmond Tutu

May God Bless You And Keep You, Maybe God is Like That Too, and other books and Bibles published by Spark House and Beaming Books

Children’s Books by Matthew Paul Turner

Who Counts? and other books by Amy Jill-Levine

The Action Bible & The Action Storybook Bible

My First Hands On Bible for Preschool


Music for Your Family


Reading the Bible with Your Kids

Each fall we gift Bibles to our third grade children. Reading the Bible with your child, develops faith bonding opportunities for the entire family. But where do you start? Read through some of these resources to help you get started building a firm foundation of scripture.


Resources for Families with Babies and Toddlers


Kids in Worship

Whether we are worshiping at home or at church, or anywhere along our way, it can be challenging with young kids to keep them engaged. To make children’s time in worship more meaningful check out these strategies. You may find them helpful too!