Awesome Adventure

Sunday Classes

Elementary classrooms are located on the lower level of the church building and are divided up based on grade. Volunteers who know and love Jesus teach the same class from September through May so that children can develop a consistent relationship with their teachers.

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Our Programming

Worship Adventure

In between Sunday morning worship services, elementary children can participate in Worship Adventure, a half-hour of music and teaching time featuring a live band designed to encourage kids to worship God. Worship Adventure is held in Room 147 on the lower level.

Sunday Electives

Elementary students who join us for more than one service have the option to select an elective that meets during a different service than their Bible class. Just like any class, when you check-in you can select one of the classes below. We do expect them to attend their regular Sunday morning class in addition to one of these electives.

Quest | Careful Thinking (Grades 4 – 6)
Sundays @ 10:45 a.m. (Room 141)| Begins Sept. 18
This elective equips fourth- sixth graders with the foundation of careful thinking and the basic skills to evaluate the truthfulness of ideas. The class sets the stage for critical thinking and the recognition of faulty ideas in the world around us

Kidz4Him (Grades 1 – 6)
Sundays @ 9 a.m. (Room 147) | Begins Sept.24
Kidz4Him is our choir for children in 1st-6th grade. Choir members learn Scripture and valuable biblical concepts through the music they rehearse and the musicals they present.
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Our Curriculum

We use a curriculum called  The  Gospel Project  by Lifeway, which presents the Bible chronologically over a three-year cycle, showing kids how the whole Bible works together to tell a single story: God’s plan to redeem  His people through His Son, Jesus Christ, compelling kids to join the mission of God.  All children  birth to  sixth-grade  study the same  Bible story  each week, so if you have kids in multiple grades, you can review, discuss and apply  the  same  lessons  in daily life with your family.

Special Needs Ministry

Awesome Adventure is for all children, even those who face special challenges on their adventure. We have a coordinator who helps these children and families join the adventure by partnering them with Adventure Guide buddies and meeting with parents to discuss specific needs.

Special Needs Ministry

More Elementary School Ministries

  • Fāz6

    Fāz6 exists to help students KNOW God personally and passionately, GROW in community and in relationship with Jesus Christ and GO out to serve and share the Gospel with others. It is our prayer that students will begin to grow in the spiritual maturity they will need in their junior high and high school years…and beyond!

    Fāz6 Format

    • Fāz6 will take place on the same Wednesday nights that the Jr. High meets for large group.
    • The 6th graders get started in room Room 147 (near the North entrance) with a crazy opening activity.
    • Afterward, they gather for a topical Bible Study time.
    • Finally, Fāz6 students will break-off for their own game time in the gym where parents will normally find them at the end of the night.

    Learn More About FAZ6

    Register

    Contact Tifany Banks

  • Kidz4Him

    Kidz4Him is our choir for children in grades first through sixth. At Kidz4Him, we learn Scripture and valuable biblical concepts through the music they rehearse and the musicals they present. On occasion, Kidz4Him will also assist in leading worship in our Sunday worship services. Kidz4Him meets September-May with the year divided into two seasons: the fall semester September-December and the spring semester January-May. Both semesters conclude with Kidz4Him presenting a major musical.

    Any child who desires to participate in Kidz4Him is welcome – provided that they attend their Awesome Adventure Bible class or the 10:45 a.m. worship service; there aren’t any tryouts.

    Auditions & Special Roles:
    Auditions are Oct 2 for those children who would like a speaking part, solo/ensemble part, or dance role. Children who desire one of these special parts/roles must be committed to attending all of the extra rehearsals. Depending on the musical, families may be responsible for the special costumes that are required for the special roles.

    Reminder:
    Kidz4Him meets in room 147 during 9 a.m. service.

    Children must participate in an Awesome Adventure Bible class, elective class or attend the worship service with their family in order to participate in Kidz4Him.

    Registration & Cost:
    Registration is completed online at the beginning of each season. A $10/individual ($25 max/family) fee is charged to help defray the various costs involved. The choir will be wearing dark red t-shirts for the presentation. You may wear one of your own, or choose to purchase one that has the Loaned Manger logo.

    Register
  • Trail Life

    School Year | Monday Evenings

    Our Trail Life troop teaches boys grades K-12 “to live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way …” (Colossians 1:10). Boys achieve this mission through outdoor adventure, character development, and leadership training.

    Learn More About Trail Life

    Contact Terry Allison

  • American Heritage Girls

    School Year | Monday Evenings

    Girls in grades K-12 become women of integrity as they learn “to love God, cherish their families, honor their country, and serve in their community” by building close friendships, developing new skills, and serving thousands of hours each year in the community.

    Learn More About American Heritage Girls

    Contact Terry Allison

  • Cumberland Pointe

    All Year

    God calls us to love our neighbors and Awesome Adventure provides opportunities for your family to do that! Join us as we minister to the international families living at Cumberland Pointe with weekly food deliveries, tutoring, block parties, summer swim lessons, and more.

    Contact Terry Allison

  • WinterBlast

    January

    WinterBlast is a winter weekend retreat at Camp Orchard Hill for boys and girls in grades 3-5 that gets the new year started right. Snow games, tubing, ice skating, hockey, gym games, inspiring worship, a challenging Bible teaching, and our incomparable annual “Manly-Man Run” make WinterBlast a weekend to remember.

    Learn More About WinterBlast

    Register for WinterBlast

    Counselor Registration

    Contact Tifany Banks

  • AROMA All-Sports Camp

    June

    Messiah University athletes bring a high level of enthusiasm as they coach an entire week of day camp that features four different fun sports every day. Boys and girls ages 7-12 naturally admire these fantastic college students who challenge them to carry the aroma of Jesus Christ wherever they go (2 Corinthians 2:14-15).

    Learn More About AROMA

    Contact Tifany Banks

  • Vacation Bible School

    For one week, the entire church transforms into an awesome adventure with high-energy worship, intriguing skits, life-transforming teaching, crazy group games, amazing demonstrations, impactful mission opportunities, and kid-adored snacks. For boys and girls age 4 through completed grade 5, this is the place to be that week!

    Learn More About VBS

    Contact Tifany Banks

  • Upward Sports

    Upward Sports at West Shore Free Church is a fun, non-competitive sports experience where children learn the sport, increase their athletic abilities, practice teamwork and good sportsmanship and grow in a relationship with Jesus Christ.

    Basketball

    Basketball is open to girls and boys in grades 1-6.

    Practices are offered Tuesdays or Thursday nights and games are Saturdays. All practices and games with be held at the West Shore Free Church Gym. ALL players are strongly encouraged to attend an evaluation on Nov. 29 or Dec. 1. Registration deadline is Dec. 11.

    Participants Registration

    Contact: Lisa Dunlap

Local and Global Outreach

We are deeply committed to both local and global outreach as a children’s ministry.  Locally, this includes a weekly food distribution and an after-school ministry. Globally, we take annual mission trips for 5th and 6th graders to Costa Rica, Honduras or the Dominican Republic, where our students have had the opportunity to develop friendships and share the gospel with thousands of children.

Learn More About Missions

Have questions about our Elementary School Ministry?