OLD PARAMUS REFORMED CHURCH
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CHILDEN'S SPIRITUAL GROWTH
Through June, we had classes for elementary students and
middle school students. Our curriculum was a workshop based curriculum
called “Workshop Zone” by Cook Communications, in which each Bible lesson
is studied over a four-week period with the emphasis coming from different
learning experiences. Beginning in September, we took a new approach by
splitting the Sunday School: the elementary school children continue to meet
in the morning; the middle school and high school young adults, respectively,
meet separately on Sunday afternoons. The Sunday School children are using
"All Together Now" by Lois Keffer - this volume has its emphasis on Exodus.
Some of the young adults have volunteered to be helpers during Sunday
School. The challenge as we move into 2017 is both in the number of students
and consistency in attendance.
The Pageant continues to be the main event for the children each year, and is
the focus for the congregation to see the progress and growth of our children. They worked very hard
for the four weeks leading up to the presentation of the Pageant. The twelve participants, from ages 5
through 17, presented the lesser-known story leading up to Christmas about relatives Elizabeth,
Zechariah and baby John; and Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus.
The Confirmation class of 2016-2017 will begin to meet in the late fall 2016 and conclude around Easter
2017. We are hoping to have 5 to 6 students in confirmation.
Faithful volunteers: Juliann Beckmann; Tracey and Chris Farrell; Chuck Jennings; Brenden Michelus;
Alison and Matt Micucci; Danielle, Rob and Blythe Miller; Liz Smerdon; and Diane Vander Wende
The middle school is taught by Diane Vander Wende using a traditional Sunday school curriculum for
their lessons. The high school is being led by Pastor Rob and Chris and Tracey Farrell. The high school
students have set the topics for discussion and have also led discussion on certain nights.
Special events have been a road rally in the fall and a Christmas party at the manse in December.
Once again this year the primary ways of learning for adults has been our weekly Bible studies and our
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