The church office will open at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, December 11.

 

Sunday Morning

9:30 – 9:45 Gathering
9:45 to 10:00 Music for Children (non-readers and readers)
10:00 – 10:45 Church School
11:00:  Worship Sevrice in the Sanctuary including Children's Worship

Relationships are Key

Trusted caregivers and faithful leaders help children and youth to know and love Jesus as they explore the stories of the bible and respond in exciting and meaningful ways.  Classes are grouped by age, but regularly combine with adults for intergenerational learning.  Leaders work to include children with special learning needs. 

 

When We Meet

The adventure of Christian education begins anew each year on Christian Education Sunday, the first Sunday after Labor Day.  Summer Sundays give us the opportunity to try out different topics and themes for broadly aged groups.  Sunday morning classes run weekly with a few exceptions: 

  • Memorial Day weekend
  • Sunday after Independence Day
  • Labor Day weekend
  • Sunday after Christmas

Children’s Choirs
Music is one of the surest ways to learn of God’s love and experience the joy of praising God! So every Sunday, children begin the Lord’s Day with song!

  • Joy Singers: Infants through Kindergarteners join the circle for simple bible songs and conclude with an active version of the Lord’s Prayer. 9:50 – 10:00 AM, Room 204
  • Alleluia Singers: Grades 1 – 6. We are inviting the older children to continue singing in Alleluia Singers, a more formal introduction to singing the songs of the church. Alleluia Singers offer their music in worship on a regular basis. 9:50 – 10:00 AM, Room 217 (choir room)

Infants & Toddlers
Faithful caregivers create a safe, loving environment for our youngest children. Lap time, stories, songs, snacks, and learning through play are the essentials in this gentle space. Room 112

Preschool 
As our preschool-aged children mature, their capacity to grow in their faith deepens. Young children will be embraced in the grace of God as they engage a broad range of Bible stories through age-appropriate activities. The PC(USA) curriculum, “Growing in Grace & Gratitude,” also offers a weekly E-Book for parents with story audio and activities to use at home! Each week, together with their families, students are invited to practice loving and serving God. Room 212

1st - 4th Grade
Explore a broad range of stories of scripture using the PC(USA) curriculum, “Growing in Grace & Gratitude.” Children will develop their Bible skills and be offered leadership opportunities in this multi-age room. A weekly E-Book for parents with story audio and activities to use at home will help connect parents to their child’s learning. Room 214

Children’s Worship
Ages 3 ½ - Gr. 1, engages children in age-appropriate worship and wonder. During the worship service every Sunday, younger children (through 1st grade) experience the foundational stories of the bible through this Montessori-based approach to worship. Once a month, older children in Grades 2– 5 encounter more theologically challenging stories using the Godly Play approach.

Middlers (Grades 5 – 6)
Explore scripture and theology and prepare to confirm your faith. Using “Echo the Story,” they will survey the Old and New Testaments over two years. Every other month, the class will enjoy M&M - Music & Mission - as they combine with our confirmands and sometimes younger classes to serve and sing the songs of the faith together!

Confirmation (Grades 7-9)
Explore Big Questions about our Big God through this year-long process that includes Sunday morning classes, Covenant Partners, a retreat, and the opportunity to “cross over” by joining the church as a full participant in a special worship service.

High School Youth
Those who have been confirmed apply their faith by choosing a ministry area in which to serve on Sunday mornings and other times. From assisting in a Sunday School class to working with the deacons, these students will try out what it means to be a fully-engaged member of the church.

Youth Fellowship
Evening gathering for Middle and High School youth. Youth Fellowship meets most Sunday evenings from 6 – 7:30 p.m. West Raleigh regularly partners with St. Giles Presbyterian to build a broader base for friendship, learning, and service.

Parents are Partners

There are many ways to partner! For example, know the names of your child's teachers and leaders.  As a family, pray for them regularly. Attend regularly.  Spend time in scripture and prayer on your own and as a family.  Engage in service projects that you care about.  Parents who are not serving as teachers are encouraged to volunteer as classroom subs, chaperone youth trips, or volunteer to drive groups to various events. Foster relationships with families so that you will become a supportive community of faith.

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