"Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not," Jesus said. He loved the children and showed they were important to Him.
At Sherwood, we, too, feel children are important. Sunday School is much more than a baby-sitting session or an entertainment time. Our goal is to teach the children about Jesus and to give them a thorough knowledge of God's Word.
We know that having a "head knowledge" of the Bible doesn't save children, but we believe that the Scriptures are able to make them wise unto salvation.
While we teach the Bible and continually point the children toward salvation, we are also aware that children frequently make false professions of faith. Sometimes this happens because of a lack of complete understanding, or because of a child's natural desire to please. We are careful never to push, and we never press for decisions. We work together with parents and let them know if the children seem troubled or have questions about salvation.
Our Classes and Teachers
Our training begins in the toddler nursery. Children from 18 months up to three years old start learning about God. Teachers Tammy Swinney and Jackie Brown lead the class, using A Beka Sunday school material. They have a song time, a Bible lesson, and a craft. They also have a take-home paper so parents can reinforce the truths at home.
At three, the children promote to the Beginner class. Freda Daugherty and Kim DeSpain teach these little learners from the A Beka Curriculum, also.
At five, the children promote to the next department. The children from five to 12 years of age meet together for an opening. We have a song time and a missionary story with the combined group. We also do Bible "Sword Drills" to help the children become familiar with finding verses in the Bible.
After the opening, the children go to their individual classes. All these classes use a through-the-Bible lesson series written by Susan Brown. These lessons are available for download on this Web site.
The five and six-year-olds are taught by Victoria Swinney. "Miss Victoria" prepares a craft each week to help the children remember the lesson.
The seven and eight-year-olds are taught by Susan Brown, and the nine through 12s are taught by John and Debbie Mortensen.
All the teachers were chosen on the basis of their love for the Lord, the high moral standards of their lives, and their love for children. We believe children deserve the best, and it is our goal to provide the best teaching, the most thorough grounding, and the most loving and interesting classes for them.