Taught by Pastor Doyle and Jeanine Theimer.
Sundays at 9:10 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall, for 5th & 6th graders and their families. Also accessible online by joining Pastor Doyle’s Microsoft Team.
Because of Covid conditions we are expanding our class to include siblings as well as parents of 5th or 6th graders. This fall families may bring younger siblings into the class with them, because families will be seated together rather than separated into age groups. Older siblings will most likely want to be with their peers in Encounter in the Student Center.
Why we have parents with our 5th & 6th graders: The preteen years are unique. Children enter these years believing and behaving as their families, and then transition to believing and behaving more like their peers. By involving parents in the class we hope to provide a foundation for them to help their preteens keep growing in faith as they become more independent.
Why we do a Bible overview at this stage: Many people treat the Bible like it is simply a rulebook. However, one of the main themes of the Old Testament is that rules cannot really help us become the kind of people God meant us to be. Rules support relationships, and when rules are broken it is the relationship that needs fixing. In the Big Picture we want to highlight how the God of the Bible has taken it upon himself to repair relationships with broken people who could not keep all his rules. We want kids and their parents to grasp how deep and wide and broad is the love of God, and how we can know him personally. We will show how the many stories in the Bible form one big story. Each year we rotate between the Old and New Testament, covering the whole Bible in two years. We don’t just try to fit pieces of the Bible’s truth into our lives, we learn to see our lives in the Bible’s Big Picture. With this practical foundation laid early on, students will find it easier to understand and apply the Word of God for the rest of their lives.
The Big Picture class uses the New Living Bible translation. Wide margin Bibles can be purchased in the class. More and more people are using their cell phones to read the Bible, and that is okay too.
Please contact Pastor Doyle with any questions about this ministry or to request to join the online class.