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1 Building Blocks of Faith Birth through 5th Grade Westminster Presbyterian Church 3906 W. Friendly Avenue Greensboro, NC (336)

2 Westminster Presbyterian Children s Ministry Building Blocks of Faith Our God is the Lord, the only Lord! Love the LORD your God with your heart, all your being, and all your strength. These words that I am commanding you today must always be on your minds. Recite them to your children. Talk about them when you are sitting around your house and when you are out and about, when you are lying down and when you are getting up. Tie them on your hand as a sign. They should be on your forehead as a symbol. Write them on your house s doorframes and on your city s gates. (The Shema; Deuteronomy 6:5-8, CEB) Mission Statement: To help parents and others know what a child is capable of learning at particular ages and to encourage them to use these Building Blocks of Faith. As a guide for family and church conversations. WHAT: I am a child of God. WHEN: Prenatal to fifth grade WHO: Parents (the most important Christian educators of their children), teachers, shepherds, siblings, pastoral staff, children s ministry staff, and the congregation. WHY: Baptismal vows of the congregation require us to be active parts of and involved in the faith formation of all children at Westminster. HOW: Parents will be reminded of and given tools to help share and communicate these aspects of the gospel to their children. Teacher, shepherds, and other leaders of children will be empowered and encouraged and weave these Building Blocks into any portion of their lessons and time with children.

3 24 Months and Younger: God loves me! God is good. God created the earth, me and everything. God s creations are good. God loves me. Church is a place to be loved and to love. Learn Bible songs. 2 4 Months and Younger Love God: love others (Golden Rule) Bible Stories that show God s love Learn Blessings before meal. Learn a night-time prayer. I love others because God loves me.

4 2-3 Year Olds: I am a child of God! God made everything. God loves me. God is with me. God knows everything about me. God has special plans for me. The Church is God s House. Bible Stories that show that I am a child of God Love God: Love others (Golden Rule) Music in learning of God and Bible stories 2 3 Year Olds Pray aloud. I can talk to God through Prayer. Recite prayers together. God created the earth God wants us to take care of it.

5 Pre-Kindergarten: God loves us therefore we PRAISE God. God loves you and me (not just me). God made me special. Love God: Love others (Golden Rule) Forgiving of my sins Learn/explore relationship with Jesus a new and lasting friendship Pre Kindergarten Learn of Jesus experientially Church is God s House. How do we show respect? Baptism and Communion are two special events in worship. Introduction to church family and belonging. Read and explore Bible stories that show God s people praising God. Bible scripture in songs Retelling of Bible stories I can talk to Jesus and ask for His help. I can talk to God anytime, anywhere. Begin reciting together the Lord s Prayer. God gives all of us special gifts. How can we use these gifts? Mission and service is delivering God s love to others.

6 Kindergarten-1st Grade: God loves us therefore we WORSHIP God. Who is Jesus? How can I be like Jesus? What and who is a disciple? Who are Jesus disciples? Baptism and Communion as Sacraments Why do we worship God? Order of worship service We share worship with our church family. Bible stories Books of the Bible Old and New Testaments Memorize a Psalm and favorite verse. People in the Bible Begin to study, learn, and know The Ten Commandments How do I show God I love God in my prayers? How, when, and why does God hear my prayers? The Lord s Prayer Jesus example for how to pray Love God: Love Others (Golden Rule) Importance of giving and sharing What is a covenant?

7 2nd & 3rd Graders: God loves us therefore we HONOR God. The Trinity The Holy Spirit How does the Holy Spirit help us to be like Jesus? Jesus How does Jesus show us how much God loves us? God, the Father How does God show us who God wants us to be? Why and how do we worship? Importance of the parts of worship experience Sacraments of baptism and communion 2nd & 3rd Graders Apostle s Creed a statement of what we believe for worship Core Bible stories Timeline and difference between New and Old Testaments Bible stories apply to me and teach me lessons Ten Commandments (Exodus story) Retelling Bible stories, Books of the Bible The Bible across the world Prayer is talking to God as a parent The Lord s Prayer Why is each part of it important? Memorize a Psalm that praises God Acknowledge the Holy Spirit as our Helper in doing God s will Mission & Outreach What is the covenant God has with God s people? What is a disciple? Who were the Disciples? What do disciples do? Golden Rule helps us think of others needs

8 4th & 5th Graders: God loves us therefore we SERVE God. 4th and 5th Graders The Trinity: The Holy Spirit helper God within us; Jesus: His Life and Teachings, His sacrifice; God s grace and forgiveness Order of the worship service Differences in contemporary and traditional What is our part in participating in the Sacraments of Baptism and Communion? Memorize the Apostle s Creed. How does worshipping God equip us to serve others? Church year calendar of special days. What is the meaning of liturgical colors in paraments in church sanctuary. Order of the Books of the Bible, Ten Commandments Old and New Testament verses to memorize. The Gospels and other book formats in the New Testament Beatitudes The Sermon on the Mount Holy Week progression Life applications in Bible stories, reflections and meanings What is Heaven, Death and Eternal Life? Prayer is how we share our burdens and joys with God, and the way we make sure God is a part of our everyday lives. Reflection - quiet God time a time to listen to God The Lord s Prayer as the perfect example of a prayer Our prayers each day open us to hear God s directions for the day and to make us available to do God s work on earth. Spiritual gifts of all sizes Introduction to Presbyterianism; Connect to our missionaries God s covenant with us includes spreading the good news of Jesus Christ. Service and Mission is sharing and demonstrating God s love. What do disciples do? Golden Rule We are all children of God (peer issues)

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