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 Here are some creative designs for Sunday School hallways, entryways, and signage in Rotation Model churches.

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You'll see more throughout our Photos pages here. You can also gather many creative ideas from our Workshop Design Forums.

 

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Hilliard's sign was made at "Fast Signs."  The board is a heavy piece of plastic. The individuals signs are those plastic signs that slip in and out of the brackets. That church didn't have a handy wall, so they put their sign on a tripod by the front door.

 


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Many churches are saddled with beige and boring utilitarian classrooms and hallways which are not very appealing. Rotation Modelers believe in creating warm, colorful and inviting spaces for kids. This creates attraction and anticipation. It inspires teachers too! And certainly gets the attention of visitors.   Browse our Workshop Photos for more inspirational ideas

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These workshop signs come from the Grovekids "Treehouse" (Rotation) Sunday School at Elim Grove Baptist in Bonner Kansas.

I've posted some of their workshop photos in Art

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“It beats the socks off filling out a worksheet,” said Cheris Bass, co-leader of the church’s Sunday School program.

Once deciding to take it on, Bass said, the church members decided they needed to make it “the best thing ever.” She said they were inspired by a children’s area at that same Lee’s Summit church, which was simply named the treehouse, given their church’s name was based on trees.

So they decided to design the Sunday School area to look like children were climbing up into a treehouse, crossing a hallway painted to look like a swinging bridge before entering the treehouse — crafts room, science room, theater room, computer lab and movie theatre, all around a large children’s worship area decorated with street signs and all sorts of knickknacks. A taxidermied Alaskan black bear, donated by a church member, greets children at the top of the main staircase.

Each of the workshop rooms is decorated with murals to make it look like children are looking out from the treehouse at the Kansas landscape.

-excerpted from a local newspaper article

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Peace Presbyterian's "Jesus Boat" welcoming the children to the Sunday School hallway.

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The boat was made out of cardboard stapled to a rough wooden frame and painted brown. Jesus was modeled by a student and his head replaced by artwork.  The mast is also cardboard and the sail is a calico-like cloth stuff with newspaper.

Waves to be added soon.

A sign announcing current and upcoming workshops is further down the hall (Jesus is pointing to it).  See it in the next post.

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The frame's curved edge is a thin 1" strip of pine from Lowes. It curved nicely. The frame was mostly for shape as tapling the cardboard to the frame created most of the strength we needed.

 

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"Tracing Jesus"

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The "planking" on the (cardboard) boat is painted on... an extra coat of the same paint applied with a rough brush.

One of our biggest objectives was to create an eye-catching design that was large enough to be seen by visitors from our main hallway. Many of our workshops and younger children's rooms have either a SEA or outdoorsy motif. And we have a small lake right out the door to the right of the boat. Jesus + boat seemed to tie it all together for us.

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Here are two photos of the model of the "Jesus Boat" based on a fishing boat found in the mud of the Sea of Galilee in 1986.  Click on them to enlarge.

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Jesus Boat Model photos courtesy of Michael Minn,
http://michaelminn.net/countries/israel/galilee_boat

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The "Lion's Studio" hallway sign at Peace Presbyterian, Bradenton FL

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The Lion's Studio pulls double duty as our Video/A-V Workshop on some Sundays, and as our Art Workshop on others.

Our mid-elementary children's class used to be called "The Lions" so we kept that name and their stuffed animal mascot, but added the apostrophe to make it the "Lion's" studio because more than one group uses the studio now. "Lion's" is none other than Aslan the Christ-Lion in Narnia. Aslan is wearing a necklace we had made for him that bears his name (and also holds him firmly to the sign). A Narnia poster is hanging in the studio.

We have (too) long of a hallway and wanted to 'pull' people down it to see our classrooms. Signs like this did the trick. 

The Flying Bulletin Board in our workshop hallway.

 We needed a display board that doubled as signage and caught people's attention.

The board is a piece of thin "luan" plywood screwed to a simple frame and covered with starry cloth. On top of the cloth we glued two pieces of galvanized steel (inexpensive from Home Depot) to both create an eye & light-catching surface, and work with magnets.

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One of our fun design rules is that nothing sits "flat" on the walls, but rather, "floats" above the surface. One reason for this 'rule' is to counteract the boring and vertigo-inducing effect of our long and very straight hallway.

 

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Some photos of the murals at St Andrew Pres in Tampa Fl

Notice the use of painted wood to make the critters and trees "pop" off the wall. Nice effect.

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"Sail" suspended from the ceiling in a classroom. The wood is painted pvc pipe.

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Photos from Central UMC in Meridian MS

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Signs pointing students to their workshops

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Above: "Bible Street" theme for their hallway.

Below: Photos of various special decorations in their "Gathering Space" where stories are introduced prior to the workshops.

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Photos courtesy of Central United Methodist Church, Meridian MS

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Our hallway serves as a Prayer Pathway (not only for kids but for anyone.)  We are fortunate to have a wide, long hallway.  Twisted trees stand at both entrances of the hall.  In addition to the Prayer Tree (by the bridge), we have plans for other permanent prayer stations throughout. 

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