SonTown: Our Sunday program for 1st thru 5th Graders
Our goal is to make the gospel relevant to kids and to connect with them in ways they’ll understand and hear so God can pervade their lives. We believe that God passionately loves children and has a special place in His heart for them. We believe that children are the church of today and deserve every attention and effort that’s possible in order to share with them the love of God. We believe kids can have a thriving, wonderful relationship with Jesus and that they need to develop Christian friendships to help them navigate their world today.
Beginning Sunday, January 8th, we will have just one service at 9:30am. All children in 1st – 5th grades begin in the Sanctuary where check-in is available in the main church lobby. See our campus map.
We begin our morning worshiping together as a family. After a short time in the Sanctuary, children and small group leaders go downstairs to the Forum for SonTown, which is a time of fun and fellowship. A light breakfast snack is served, praise and worship songs are played, and an offering is taken in support of our Kids on a Mission Program.
Third Grade Bible Basics in the Fall
Every October, all Third Graders have the opportunity to earn an award Bible by participating in our Bible Basics Class during SonTown. The curriculum focuses on using the Bible. Kids learn stories and history from the Bible, and complete exercises looking up verses and using the concordance. Registration for Bible Basics is required and is available by clicking on the registration button below.
Elementary-age kids are in a constant state of discovery. Think about all the different things they are trying for the first time and what they’re learning every day, even how to make (and keep) friends. How can we tap into the way kids are naturally wired to discover‚ so they can begin to experience for themselves who God is, how He sees them and how much He loves them? How can we show them God’s big story and help them discover the active part they can play in this life-long adventure, to be more like Him? The curriculum we have chosen for this is ORANGE 252 BASICS from The ReThink Group. Their program and resources provoke discovery, inviting kids to live out their new understanding of how to grow in relationship with God and with others.
And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. (Luke 2:52)
Kids on a Mission
We model for kids how to “be the church” through our Kids on a Mission Program. We believe that as a church community, we have been blessed that we might be a blessing to others. Thus, we highlight a variety of mission partners and community organizations so the kids can learn how their offering is being used and how you, as a family, might get more involved. Currently we are providing financial support to Kimberly, a child in the Dominican Republic, through Kids Alive International. And once a month or so, guest speakers drop-in to share with us from places like the Bay Area Rescue Mission, Harbor House, Amor Ministries, and Blue Star Moms. We hold donation drives and do service projects, and sometimes, we even go for a visit!
What are humans that you are mindful of them, mere mortals that you care for them? (Psalm 8:5)
In addition to the energetic and fun large group time that engages them in the Bible lesson, we also believe that kids need a safe, comfortable small group environment where genuine relationships can be built. Kids need to have those trustworthy relationships in place to help see them through life’s challenges. Under the guidance of consistent small group leaders, we want kids to engage in spiritual conversation where they can ask questions and discover real answers. We encourage healthy friendships where kids are given opportunities to share and pray for each other. We want to challenge kids to internalize the principles in the Bible stories and reflect God’s character virtues in how they treat others.
Check-in and Check-out Procedures
When you arrive in the Sanctuary lobby, a Children’s Ministries staff member will welcome your child and check him/her in on our electronic check-in system. You will indicate whether you’d like to pick up your child from class or if they can meet you up in the Courtyard. Your preference will print out on their name tag each week.
Registration for all children is to be completed in the fall each year. If you are a visitor, you will be asked to check-in as a Guest in our system.
1st/2nd Grade – Room 212
3rd Grade – Room 211
4th/5th Grade – Room 201/202
One of the core beliefs of our program is that two combined influences have more impact than each could have on its own. When the church and family partner together with a shared strategy to influence the hearts of their children, the effect will be greater. So, we want to take every opportunity we can to create shared experiences for parents and kids, and put resources in the hands of parents because we know that ultimately what happens at home is more important than what happens here at church. For that reason, we send monthly eNews to keep parents dialed-in to what we’re studying month-to-month. It includes a printable parent/child devotional that summarizes the Bible stories and provides parents with questions to spark conversations about the weekly lessons, our monthly memory verse, and activities and happenings around our church campus. For more information, email Alyson Tonomura, Director of SonTown.