Sunday mornings @ 10:30a
Main Street is Hayward Wesleyan Church’s children’s ministry on Sunday mornings. It is kind of like traditional Sunday school, but a little more engaging than what one might be used to.
We strongly believe in both formal and informal spiritual educational environments.
Informal environments are what occurs in your home and in the course of living daily life. It is the informal times at meals, riding in the car to and from sports of life activities, bedtime, participating in family adventures, or while cleaning the house that spiritual instruction is verbally taught and modeled (Deut. 6:4-9).
The formal environment is where more systematic instruction can take place. This looks like gathering together in an age-appropriate fashion (i.e. early childhood together, elementary together, etc.) in order to teach spiritual content (revealed in the Bible) with a group of children.
Main Street is HWC’s attempt at making the formal environment of religious and spiritual instruction powerful and potent in the life of a growing disciple of Jesus.
Main Street has two formal environments for children on Sunday mornings:
Pre-K and Kindergarten
From age 4 through Kindergarten, these students spend the hour playing, listening to a Bible story (usually one set of stories for the whole month), working on a memory verse, making a craft or doing a project, and eating some snacks.
Elementary (grades 1-6)
The elementary students begin the hour in the Main Street Theatre room interacting with a curriculum called “What’s in the Bible?”
Typically an hour in elementary looks like an introductory video and small group interaction, engaging in weekly traditions (birthday celebrations, announcements, and offering), then a couple more videos that teach through the Bible, and some time in small groups (by grade) where they recap what they learned in the videos, discuss some elements of how the story might connect to their lives, and pray for one another.
If you are new to Hayward Wesleyan and have never brought your children to Main Street, you can sign them up on site at the Check-In counter on Sunday morning, or you can conveniently register online right here.
about What’s in the Bible?
Phil Vischer, creator of VeggieTales, has used his creativity to craft a series of engaging videos that helps children interact and understand the world of the Bible. Not only is it a comprehensive tool to teach the scope of the Bible, Vischer uses various puppets to teach specific points of theology, church history, and appropriately navigate difficult and sometime contentious issues.
We are customizing this curriculum to cover the next two school years (2015-2016 and 2016-2017) with a break in the summer.