Church school classes for all ages meet year ‘round on Sunday mornings from 9:00 to 10:00 am. From September through May, classes for children meet by grade level. Summer church school -- "A Festival of God's Gifts" -- meets June through August, and showcases the skills and passions of Derry members and friends who teach a variety of classes designed to appeal to all ages and interests.
For the youngest children...
The church nursery is supported with hired staff, parents and congregational volunteers from 8 am through the 10:30 am service every Sunday. Infants through age three meet in the Nursery rooms located on the upper level near the Sanctuary. During the church school hour, they learn that church is a loving and safe place through Bible stories, songs, crafts and play. Four- and five-year-olds meet in classrooms on the lower level. They learn about God's love and Christ's life.
Sunday Funday: kindergarten through fifth grade…
Children gather in room 3 from 9:00-9:15 for opening prayer, conversation and introduction of today’s story. Children then move to classrooms for instruction. Preschool and kindergarten age children meet in Room 8. Children in grades one through five are divided into two groups and use Rooms 3, 4, and 5.
We use a variety of resources to construct our own curriculum that is appropriate for the children we have in our classrooms. Instruction styles vary each week and may include Bible study, art, theatre, music, games and creative expression.
Sixth & seventh graders…
meet in room 2 each week to fellowship and study together. Using the Feasting on the Word curriculum, this class explores one of the lectionary passages used during the mornings worship, making it easy for families to learn and live out their faith together.
Eight & ninth graders...
attend the Confirmation class. This class explores the Presbyterian faith. Confirmands are asked to create a statement of faith. Participants who choose to become church members will join on Pentecost.
10th, 11th and 12th Graders...
meet in the Youth Room each week to fellowship and study together. Using the Feasting on the Word curriculum, this class explores one of the lectionary passages used during the mornings worship, making it easy for families to learn and live out their faith together.
Adult Classes Meet 9:15-10 am
- The Issues Class meets in room 7 and brings in guest lecturers to teach on a variety of subjects relevant to faith and life.
- Pastor Stephen typically leads a Bible Study in the Dhapel except when he is teaching the Issues Class.
- A Faithful Readers group meets once a month to discuss a pre-selected book.
- Other small group classes are offered around themes, books, or discussions. A three-week series on baptism is offered twice a year. The weekly eNews and Sunday bulletin list current offerings.
During the 10:30 am worship service…
children ages four or five (or up to first grade are invited to participate in KIWI (Kids In Worship Instruction). This program is offered most Sundays from September through May during the 10:30 am worship service. Children meet the KIWI leader in the east transept after the children's sermon, and meet in a classroom to actively learn more about all that happens during the worship service – from baptism and communion to worship responses and prayers. Parents meet their children in the classroom following the worship service.
During the week…
adults of all ages are invited to participate in Derry ’s small group ministry program, known as Journey in Faith (JIF) Groups. Some of the small groups meet in homes and some at the church; all give participants the opportunity to have a closer relationship with God and each other through study and fellowship.
Each Tuesday, Sept-April, Pastor Stephen leads a Bible study from 6-6:30 pm in the John Elder Classroom.
Questions about children's ministry at Derry Church?
Contact M.E. Steelman