The Big Picture - Grades 5-6

The "Big Picture"

Sunday 9:10am Class

Taught by Pastor Doyle and Jeanine Theimer.  

Sundays at 9:10 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall, for 5th & 6th graders and their parents. 

To grasp God’s plan for our lives we need to see how we fit into the big picture of his plan from creation to new creation in Christ. That is our focus in this class. We rotate between the Old and New Testament every year, covering the whole Bible in 2 years. With this practical foundation laid early on, students will find it easier to use, understand, and apply the Word of God for the rest of their lives. But faith is more than facts. We also want them to understand who they are as children of God and to begin to see themselves as he sees them—loved and valued with a unique reason for being.

The preteen years are unique. Children enter these years believing and behaving as their families, and then transition to believing and behaving as their peers. By involving parents in the class our hope is to join them in helping their preteens make good choices as they more independent.

The Big Picture class uses the New Living Bible translation, with our own unique tabbing system that shows where main characters are located in their Bible. Wide margin Bibles can be purchased in the class. 

Please contact Pastor Doyle with any questions about 5th & 6th Grade ministry.

Mid-Week Activities

“God in My Life” provides social activities with a spiritual atmosphere for girls. Meets Wednesdays (Tuesdays, during Lent) from 7 – 8:30 p.m. on a schedule that coincides with Confirmation Classes. This year: Dates TBA

“Dad’s and Dodgeball” will meet roughly once a month and will be open to boys and girls from 5th -8th grade, and their dads. 7 – 8:30pm in the CTK Gym. This year: Dates TBA

First Communion Instruction

We offer First Communion classes every spring for interested 5th & 6th graders who wish to begin receiving Holy Communion before Confirmation. Instruction involves three 1.5 hour classes (with a parent), plus a written summary and an interview with a pastor.

SPRING DATES: Sunday afternoon March 22 & 29; Wednesday April 1 (Seder Dinner)

Independent Study is an option for students who cannot make the classes, or who are older. This course is formatted as an inductive Bible study. A parent may wish to assist and discuss and discuss the answers as the child works through the material. An interview with Pastor Doyle is also required once the work is completed. 

For Independent Study Document Click Here


Mother/Daughter & Father/Son Retreats

Becoming a man or woman is a process. It accompanies physical maturity and is marked by rites of passage like getting a driver’s license, first date, and graduating from high school. Learning to handle masculinity and femininity in a godly way involves inclusion in the same sex community where one can develop a personal style that reflects his or her heart and to observe how, on the one hand masculine strength can be used to protect and give life, and on the other hand feminine grace can nurture and uphold life. These retreats are but one step in a journey of giving a godly understanding of manhood to our sons and womanhood to our daughters. While these retreats do involve time spent talking about “the facts of life,” the aim is to answer any questions the kids may have without going beyond what it necessary at this stage. Further instruction on godly sexuality will be offered in Confirmation instruction and in High School Student Ministry.


God’s Design for His Daughters (Girls age 10 / 5th and/or 6th Grade)

2020 date TBA

In this mother/daughter overnight retreat, mothers learn how to:

         Convey how cherished their daughters are.

         Communicate about changes of adolescence.

         Motivate their daughters to be pure and faithful.

         Keep lines of communication open.

         Speak a blessing while giving a charm bracelet.


God’s Plan for a Man (Boys Age 10 / 5th and/or 6th Grade) 2019-20 Dates TBA

In this father/son overnight retreat, fathers learn how to:

    Communicate what it means to be man of God.

         Communicate about changes of adolescence.

         Open up channels for future conversations

         Speak a blessing while giving a baton.