Junior Sabbath School (9 - 12 years)
Primary Sabbath School (7 - 9 years)
Kindergarten Sabbath School (4 - 6 years)
Cradle Roll (0-3 years)
Stanborough Park Church makes use of the GraceLink curriculum. GraceLink is a 12-year curriculum (for 0-12 years old) comprising 624 lessons, all of which are firmly grounded in Scripture. Most lessons are story-based, some on scriptural references that teach a specific doctrine. Each story has been selected to develop one of the four dynamics of the GraceLink series: grace, worship, community, and service.
Because each lesson centers on a single message, each telling of a Bible story is focused—not simply “watered-down.” Often a story is revisited elsewhere in the curriculum with another point of focus. This is a thematic curriculum; only one teaching point is made at a time from a specific Bible story. The four dynamics incorporated in the GraceLink curriculum provide a balanced program and form the core of the curriculum. These are:
Grace (Jesus loves me.); Community (We love each other.); Worship (I love Jesus.); Service (We love you too.)
Grace is the demonstration of God’s love for us. He sent His Son to die in our place, to redeem us, and to accept us unto Himself that we might live with Him forevermore.
Worship is our response to God’s love. Because He first loved us, we love Him. Because He gave His Son to die in our place, we worship Him. We worship Him through praise, through our lifestyle, and through our stewardship of all that He has provided for us.
Community involves our relationship with those around us, with our immediate family, our church family, our friends, and with other Christians who know God’s love.
Service is our outreach to others, to those who may not know and love the Jesus we serve. It is to them that we give the invitation to become a part of the family of God. It is to them that we take a message of hope for the future.
Educational research has determined that individuals learn best through a particular style or way of learning. Although each person may use all four of the identified styles or ways of learning at one time or another, most of us depend on one major application. These four learning styles are incorporated into every GraceLink lesson. This makes it possible for every child to grasp the point of the lesson and to understand it in her or his own way.
The four learning styles are:
Imaginative. The imaginative learner asks, “Why should I learn this?” The “Readiness Activity” in each lesson appeals to this type of learner.
Analytical. The analytical learner asks, “What do I need to learn?” The “Bible Lesson” section deals with the content of the lesson, the memory verse, and small group Bible study—it offers the facts, the knowledge, that the analytical learner seeks.
Commonsense. The commonsense learner wants to know, “How does this work in my life?” The “Applying the Lesson” section offers the opportunity to explore how the lesson can be applied in practical ways.
Dynamic. The dynamic learnerwants to know “What can I do with this? How can I share this idea with others?” Opportunity to explore this option is given in the “Sharing the Lesson” section of each lesson.
Throughout each lesson children are invited to make decisions—how would they apply concepts studied in their own life? How could they use what they have learned to help themselves, their families, their friends? Questions such as “What could you do to . . . “ or “How important is this to you and/or your family?” are frequently asked throughout the entire teaching/learning experience each week.