Children and Youth at Southwood 

Sunday School for grades Kindergarten-12th is from 9:00-10:15:

  • Joyful Path Sunday School is for the young elementary school children (K-4). It is a new curriculum that utilizes progressive Christian thoughts as the basis for it teaching. Each week a new teacher will guide the lesson. There will also be leaders in the room that are the same every week. The curriculum still has art, music, games and storytelling. It also includes times of meditation, nature walks and talks and the freedom for the teacher to utilize her/his own creativity. All lessons will begin downstairs to the left in the old story/drama room and will be started by Kymberly for opening prayer, attendance and offering. The class will take place predominantly in that space.
  • Progressive Youth Sunday School is for the middle grades (5-8). It begins with the younger elementary students for prayer, attendance and offering. Kymberly then takes this group down the hall to the old art room for the rest of the lesson. The curriculum is the same as the Joyful Path class but is taught specifically for older children focusing on their higher level of reasoning and understanding.
  • POLAR Youth Sunday School is for the high school students (9-12). Jill McComas, Denise Hill and Sheri McCallum teach this group. They utilize various book studies, service opportunities, and current events to connect the youth’s faith walk to their world. They have class downstairs to the right most of the time.

There are other opportunities for growing the faith of our children and youth:

  • YABS (youth activity, bible study) is for youth in grades 6-12. It takes place on the second Saturday of each month at 6:30-8:00. We begin with an activity that relates to the lesson and transition to the bible study. When the activity may result in getting dirty, a warning is given during announcements or in the Express. At the end of the evening, youth have a time to enjoy shared snacks and conversation. It is helpful if Kymberly or Jill are notified whether a youth is planning on attending or not (RSVP) so that adequate supplies and snack can be made available.
  • Kids on a Mission is for anyone that considers him/herself a kid. These are service based projects in which everyone is invited to participate. Projects in the past have included sorting donations at REAP, raking leaves for a community that was unable to do it herself, picking apples for a food bank that would have gone to waste, and helping clean at Southwood. Watch the Express for opportunities to participate.
  • The nursery during worship is for children 6 months old through kindergarten. Adult caregivers who wish to utilize the nursery bring the children downstairs and sign them in (and receive a pager). The nursery opens after the children’s time with the Pastor. Youth that are over the age of 14 that wish to assist the adult volunteer in the nursery may fill out an application and be put on the monthly rotation.

All volunteers are screened and have a clean background check completed by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.




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