Kids are a top priority at College Park, and we are grateful to have an amazing team of teachers whose goal it is to make sure that our kids look forward to coming to Sunday school, and who focus each Sunday on making our children feel loved, welcomed and cherished. We want them to know that they are an important part of our family of faith!
Sunday School – 10:00 – 10:45 AM
Nursery (birth-2 yrs), Room 103 (Lower Level)
Birth to 2-year-olds are loved on, cuddled and played with in the nursery area downstairs by an amazing mix of professional child care workers and church volunteers who love their morning times with our littlest ones! As children are ready, they can begin to join our toddler group (generally 2 and 3 year olds) who participate in crafts, songs, games, stories and a communal snack time. The teachers of this group are Dara Edwards, Nancy Schloss and Lisa Elkins.
We provide childcare for all College Park related activities. Our childcare is provided both by Preferred Childcare, Inc employees and College Park volunteers.
All Preferred Childcare, Inc employees undergo continual background checks, have been trained in child/adult safety, and are CPR/first aid certified. All College Park volunteers also have continual background checks and may be certified in CPR/first aid.
PreK – Kindergarten
Our Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten class starts their morning with the toddlers for music time with Lisa Elkins and then heads off to their classroom where they begin to experience the stories of our faith through art, books, games and lots of hands-on play. Generally, children in this age group are 4 years old at the beginning of the school year. Our incredible PK-K team consists of Kari Baumann, Caroline Joyce and Terri Ramsey
Grades 1st – 2nd
1st and 2nd graders begin to learn the stories of our faith in a more substantial way using a storybook Bible and teachers who value their questions and structure developmentally appropriate hands-on activities, crafts and games. Each child is given their own story book Bible to read with their family at home at the beginning of the school year. Walt Pickard and Allison Blay do a sensational job with this group of early elementary kids.
Grades 3rd – 5th
With our 3rd through 5th graders, we begin to focus on learning to use our Bibles by learning the books of the Bible and starting to find verses on our own. We focus on the New Testament with the aim that our children know what Jesus’ vision for our world is. We also explore issues of social justice and being the hands and feet of God in the world. This class organizes our church’s “Blessing Box” of donations, outside our needle exchange clinic. They collect donations and stock the box weekly, learning that “missions” is something we do regularly, and is not just a one-time event that comes and goes. They are always busy extending their lessons with art and science activities. This group is taught by Anna and Peter Martinek-Jenne and Lauren Grubbs-Shaney and attends an overnight camp, Passport, every summer.