“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
Ephesians 3:17b-19

We are committed to nurturing intergenerational community for children and families that, through the power of the Spirit, lives out God’s love and invites them into relationship with Jesus Christ. Together we strive to love God through studying His Word, sharing His story in our lives and serving others.


Sunday School Schedule

Godly Play offered to all children, preschool – 5th grade at both services. Children preschool through grade 5 are invited to sit with their parents in worship until they are dismissed.

If you are visiting, please come downstairs with your child so we can welcome you and introduce you to their teacher.

Godly Play curriculum encourages children to engage with God through scripture, story, wonder, silence, creativity and play within the framework of our hope in Jesus Christ.

We hope you and your children will find that this program draws them into scripture, the fullness of Jesus, and the practices of the Christian faith.

Children begin in worship with the congregation, sitting with their parents, until they are dismissed during the Passing of the Peace. Then they will head downstairs.

The children will then be greeted individually at the door of their classrooms by a doorkeeper. They will be asked “Are you ready for Godly Play?”

Being “ready” for Godly Play means that they have calmed their bodies and are ready to listen and respect the community of children and teachers.

A Godly Play session mirrors a worship service in structure.

Gathering : As children enter the room, they will be invited by the storyteller to sit in a circle.

Opening Prayer: Once all the children are gathered, the storyteller will lead the group in an opening prayer or song to get the children “ready” as a community.

Hearing the Word: The children will listen as the storyteller tells a story from scripture or a story that explains part of our Christian practice – like the church year, baptism or communion.

Response: The children will be invited to respond to the story through wondering and their choice of art or play.

Feast: After cleaning up, the children will gather in the circle and share a “feast” (a simple snack).

Blessing/Sending: As parents come to the door, the children will be sent out with a blessing.

Godly Play dismisses at 10:40am after the 9:30am service and at 12:15pm after the 11am service.

Are you ready? Used to help children settle and orient themselves to God and the community.

I wonder: After the story, the children are asked open-ended, wondering questions designed to invite them to think personally and deeply about the story.

Feast: The feast is not about what we eat but about who we eat it with.

Storyteller: Tells the story and guides the children’s behavior and wondering.

Doorkeeper: Greets the children, assists with the response materials, serves the feast and dismisses the children to their parents.

Kerrie Bauer
Children’s & Family Ministries Director
 kerrieb@fpcbellingham.org
(360) 734-5510 x214

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