Infants Through Grade Five
Kids give the Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church campus a high five for friends and fun. Parents give our children's ministries high marks for year round classes and special events focused to sharpen kids' Christian worldview.
Our Center for Christian Education is the location for Bible-based Sunday School classes and Coronado Community Awana Club. Kirk Cottage is home to Noah's Nursery, where Christian caregivers cradle infants and tend toddlers while parents attend worship services and fellowship events. And for one week each summer, the church sanctuary undergoes a dramatic transformation as the stage for Vacation Bible School.
About Our Director of Children's Ministries, Rebecca Smith.
Rebecca Smith earned her BA in Elementary Education with an emphasis in cross-cultural communication from Crown College and a Master’s in Theology with an emphasis in cultural anthropology from Bethel Theological Seminary. Her teaching experience includes both public and church ministries from preschoolers to adults. She has also served as an overseas missionary. She is equally well qualified as a wife and as a mother of three sons. Rebecca accepted her position as Director of Children's Ministries in 2005. In 2007, Rebecca introduced Awana to the Children's Ministries. Awana Club was an instant hit with parents and kids alike and consistently reaches maximum enrollment each fall. Her favorite Bible verse is "I can do all things through Christ Who gives me strength" (Philippians 4:13).
Next to Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church stands Kirk Cottage, the adorable dollhouse-like bungalow for Noah's Nursery, a clean, safe, secure, and nurturing environment for children of both church members and guests. While parents attend worship services or fellowship opportunities on campus, toddlers and infants are in the loving care of well-qualified providers who play with children, direct interactions among the children, read to, pray for, and role model Christ-like patience and love. Noah's Nursery accepts children during Saturday evening and both Sunday morning worship services and as required for other special church events.
Sundays 8:45am and 10:15am
|4:45pm||Infant - Preschool|
|8:45am||Infant / Under age two|
|10:45am||Infant - Preschool|
|Location:||969 C Avenue, Coronado.|
|Invitation:||Open to children whose parents are attending worship services.|
|Food Services:||Parent-provided snack.|
|Contact:||Email Rebecca Smith» 619.435.6860 x104.|
Parents often remark how wonderful it is to step into Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church Sunday School classes and see children participating in meaningful activities that help them to learn the day's Bible truth in vocabulary suited to their age.
Sunday School classes through grade 4 begin with twenty minutes of musical worship that varies between live guitar-accompanied traditional children's songs and DVD-accompanied contemporary children's songs. The remaining forty minutes include a Bible lesson, a game, and a craft. Occasional science demonstrations reinforce biblical points and spark further interest in God's awe-inspiring universe. Lesson activities encourage children to work together, respect one another, and appreciate their individuality.
Sunday School third-fifth graders are learning to study their Bibles, use other resources, and apply what they learn to their daily lives.
|Schedule:||Sundays 9:00am – 10:00am
|Location:||Center for Christian Education
949 C Avenue, Coronado
|Invitation:||Open to all children whose parents are attending worship services.|
|Ages 2 - 3:||Tot Spot, Room 3.|
|Age 4:||Movers and Shakers, Room 5.|
|Kindergarten:||Kinder Kids, Room 5.|
|Grades 1 - 2:||Room 206.|
|Grades 3 - 4:||Room 204.|
|Grade 5:||5th Grade Girls of God, Room 205 and Guys Only, "Garden Room".|
|Contact:||Email Rebecca Smith» . 619.435.6860 x104.|
Coronado Community Awana Club
For more than 20 years, members of the Coronado community prayed for a local Awana Club. God answered those prayers in 2007, when our church established the Coronado Community Awana Club.
The letters in the name Awana stand for Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed, based upon 2 Timothy 2:15: "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth." Awana is a nondenominational Christian club whose goal is to spread the Gospel of Christ and to train children to serve him.
Using handbooks, listening to compact disc recordings, and playing games, kids become familiar with Old and New Testament Bible stories and memorize Scripture—as many as 310 verses—by the time they complete Truth & Training. Cartoon characters help guide readers through expertly designed lessons that boast a significant fun factor. And at the end of the semester, a congratulatory award ceremony awaits all Awana Club participants.
Our Awana Club runs on the high-octane fuel of deeply committed volunteer club leaders, who train for leadership and then listen to and encourage clubbers as they recite their weekly memorized verses. Our Director of Children's Ministries manages nearly 40 volunteer leaders and 100 clubbers each school year!
|Schedule:||Wednesdays 6:00-7:30pm. September 6, 2017 through May 16, 2018
|Location:||Center for Christian Education
949 C Avenue, Coronado
|Invitation:||Open to all children in the community kindergarten through grade 8.|
|K - Grade 2:||Sparks . Details.|
|Grades 3 - 6:||Truth and Training . Details.|
|Grades 7-8:||Trek .|
|Fees:||$50 / child registration.
$25 / child covers handbook and uniform.
Actual total program cost is $100 / child. Graham Memorial relies upon free-will offerings from church members and friends to supplement program costs as well as reduce the financial committment on families with multiple children.
|Registration:||Wednesday, August 30, 2017. 5:45-7:00pm.
Meet-and-Greet Registration Picnic, Campus Greenbelt.
|Leader Pre-Meeting:||Wednesday, August 23, 2017 . 6:00-7:00pm.|
|First Awana Meeting:||Wednesday, September 6, 2017 . 6:00-7:30pm.|
|Contact:||Email Rebecca Smith» 619.435.6860 x104|
Vacation Bible School 2017 - "Maker Fun Factory"
"Created by God, Built for a Purpose"
More than just a couple children have described Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church Vacation Bible School-VBS-as being more fun than Disneyland. But like Disneyland, VBS is a very cleverly disguised educational experience, too.
Each summer, VBS takes on a new theme, expressed in all the printed materials, equipment, and stage props used to transform the church sanctuary into a very cool science lab, a wild, way-out West ranch, a royal Kingdom or a camp site for an African safari. Each day's lesson frames new perspective in a window of biblical worldview and helps prepare kids for lives as followers of Jesus Christ. The 2017 theme is "Maker Fun Factory: Created by God, Built for a Purpose."
VBS always packs a full house, so parents have learned to register their children early to avoid the disappointment of impacted enrollment. A waiting list offers some potential later registrations if cancellations occur.
|Schedule:||M - F July 10-14, 2017
|Time:||9:00am - 12:00 (noon)|
|Theme:||"Maker Fun Factory: Created by God, Built for a Purpose!"|
|Location:||Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church Campus|
|Invitation:||Open to all children in the community Kindergarten through Grade 5.|
|Purpose:||Christian fellowship, Bible lessons, music, snacks and fun, safe games.|
|Food Service:||daily light snack.|
|Fees:||$50 / child|
|Registration:||Sunday, April 30, 10-10:30am for church family Thursday, May 4 for community - contact Rebecca to make appointment|
|Contact:||Email Rebecca Smith» . (619) 435-6860 x104|