I don't know of any other churches in our city which have started rotation so we're on our own! I love this website!
The classes are called
The Quest - DVD/computer
Creation Station - art/craft
Action station - drama
Ready, Steady, Cook - cooking
We are a small church so we only have 2 rooms to work with. Our church is called CityChurch so Sunday School is called CityKids and we don't want to change that. I'm just starting to plan our very first rotation. Here's what I've come up with do far:
We'll all meet together first for JAM Sessions (Jesus And Me) where we'll have praise & worship, announcements, etc. Then we'll split up to our Experience Stations:
Arts & Crafts: The GLUE Factory (God Loves Us Eternally)
A-V: Holywood Video
Storytelling: BLAST from the past (Bible Learning And Sharing Together)
Games: FAST Track (Fun, Active, Spiritual Training)
Puppet Theatre: The Masters Hands
Cooking: Soul Cafe
We'll rotate between 4 different workshops (2 per week, 4 total) and on the 5th week we're going to have "Fun In The Son-Day" A big celebration outside with games,jumpers and food, etc.
We have a separate nursery/toddler room so I'm still looking for something for them and a name for them. And I'm looking for names for the 2 groups of kids. (K-3 & 4-6 grade)
I'm very excited to get started! All of you have given me so many great ideas! Thanks
Our children's ministry is now called Clubhouse Kids.
We are in the process of making our kids worship room look like the inside of a clubhouse. Each of our 4 workshops are a "corner" of the clubhouse.
Our workshops are Creation Corner (Art and craft),
Imagination Station (drama and worship),
Adventure Alley (large motor games and skills),
Discovery Hollow (science and nature).
We hope to add Digital Den as soon as we get some computers donated and ready to go.
Mustard Seed Productions - movie room
Desert Dramas - drama/game room
Emmaus Eatery - cooking room
Disciple Designs - art room
The Upper Room - storytelling/worship
We call our SS department " Disciple City" Since our church name is City of Hope. Each workshop name alludes to the function of the Workshop, but with a modern twist on a Biblical name. ie; Noah's Art Studio, Cinema on the Mount, HolyWord Studio, and our currently only "traditional" class is called The Loft. I was told to keep a traditional class so this is my version of that. The Loft is actually a rotation workshop as well, but focuses on teaching the Bible story through Biblical History & Traditions. My idea is to show them old Israel through their clothing, customs, laws, etc... and hopefully soon the foods they ate. Really hoping to turn this into a deinite Cooking/Science Workshop And drop the "traditional" idea all together. Not surprisingly, it is the least favorite workshop. How many 10 year olds love history? But cooking, science, customs & costumes...knowing our kids, that would be a winner!
Also...every 5th Sunday, we will have what I'm calling Bible & Bacon. All kids and teachers will meet in the gym for Music, Bible trivia, life sized games and breakfast!
I want to share what we did with a theme and names for our Sunday school once we started using a rotation model last July.
We don't have a particular name for our Sunday school other than "Sunday School" but our theme is "Growing People of Faith." It's a gardening theme.
We use rooms in our church that are not dedicated to the education program; many community groups and other church groups use them. Also, we have different workshops in each space depending on logistics, etc. So we have given the rooms/spaces names which we post on doors, etc. We have the Garden Patch and the Greenhouse. We have an Orchard and an Arbor. We have a tool shed (utility closet) and the Potting Shed (a space near the kitchen.) The Orchard is a room with a door and the TV/DVD capabilities. We tend to have movies in there or music, which tends to be louder. Sometimes Drama is in there depending on how the other spaces are being used. Our regular classroom is the Garden Patch and is where any number of workshops take place. Because the Garden Patch and Greenhouse (2 halves of the classroom which has a divider) have carpet anything messy is done out in the Arbor or Potting Shed. The latter are the areas we've designated in our Fellowship Hall.
Our classes are known by names rather than grades. This is both fun but also helps when students may need to be in a class other than the one that's their grade: a less mature student can go into the younger group or vice versa.
Our "Seedlings" are in the "Nursery".
Our "Sprouts" are K-2nd grade this year.
"Saplings" are 3rd-6th grade.
"Buds and Blooms" are Jr and Sr. High students.
The students all have aprons with their name tags on them which are different depending on their group. The Sprouts have green ones, the Saplings have gold. The Buds/Blooms have either a waist apron or a gardening hat. The aprons are used to keep clothes clean, show the name tags and collect pins for each completed rotation. The teachers are called "Gardeners" and they wear a yellow gardening apron upon which I put a picture of geraniums growing in little pots. We also have "Wheelbarrows" (who wear an apron with a wheelbarrow on it) who take the Sprouts, Saplings or Buds/Blooms from workshop to workshop. It's taken a while for folks to catch on to the names "Gardener" and "Wheelbarrow" but after nearly a year they seem to have gotten used to it.
The Sprouts and Saplings love their names and aprons, etc. The older kids aren't so keen on their hats but they do attach their pins to them with some pride.
In each space we have different workshops each month and these workshops are simply called "Music", "Science", "Carpentry", etc.
This took a while to figure out, given our space limitations, but we are loving it.
This will be our 7th year of rotation Sunday school at our church. We call it Cross Training. Double meaning here with the cross Jesus died on and the cross training of going to different stations. We had a church wide contest (win a big candy bar) and voting for the naming of our rooms . The choir room is called Hallelujah Hall, Kitchen is Bread of Life Cafe', the art room is called Coat of Many Colors, the theater is called Holy Flicks Theater, Science room is called Creation Station, Our Drama theater is called Acts of Kindness, our story room is called Glory Story Tent and our Game room is called Arcade of Faith. Outside each room is a banner that reflects the naming of the room. It was a fun idea to include the whole church in the naming of our rooms as it served to spur the enthusiasm of our new rotation program . Sherry
Sounds like a great idea to include everyone in the "ownership."
We had our kick-off Aug. 19! Our theme is Wellspring Woods and our workshop names are:
Prayer Pathway - Entrance & Hallway
River Rocks - Music & Movement
Zacheus' Treehouse - Storytelling, Bible Skills & Games
Starry Night Cinema - Video
Matinee Meadow - Drama, Puppets, Newsroom
Creation Hollow - Art, Cooking, Science
[exchange volunteer edited post to add links to wonderful pictures of the classroom spaces at United Presbyterian Church, plus more detailed descriptions.]