Minister to Preschoolers: Joan Hammons, 214-452-3141, firstname.lastname@example.org
On Sunday mornings:
- Sunday School at 9:40 every Sunday morning (1st floor preschool hallway) (north end of building)
- Extended Teaching Care is provided for preschoolers birth through Pre-K (1st floor preschool hallway) during each morning worship service at 8:30 or 11:00 a.m.
- Kindergartners worship with their families in the Sanctuary at 8:30 or 11 a.m.
On Wednesday nights:
- During the school year (starting August 29), Wilshire offers an exciting program of music and missions for children ages 3 (by Sept. 1) through 6th grade. A delicious dinner buffet (Koinonia Cafe) is offered in Community Hall from 5 to 6 p.m., and then preschoolers and children are dismissed to classrooms for Music & Missions programs. Three-year-old, Pre-K and Kindergarten choirs provide a musical base for your preschooler teaching simpler songs about Jesus and Biblical concepts appropriate for this age level. Preschool choirs meet from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. and travel as a class to Globetrekkers from 6:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Preschool Globetrekkers gives children an introduction to sharing with others about Jesus, learning about missionaries and their work, praying for missionaries and being involved in projects that benefit others.
Child care provided for churchwide events at other times.
The preschool ministry serves children from birth through kindergarten and their families. Wilshire provides a nurturing environment where your child begins to learn about God's love. These early years of Bible stories, songs and play build a biblical foundation that will carry your child into deeper learning and understanding. Through Sunday School, mission education, music, Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) (formerly known as Parents' Day Out or Mother's Day Out), and other preschool programs, Wilshire reaches out to minister to even the smallest of God's children. Sunday school classes for preschoolers are divided by age or stage of development and meet from 9:40 to 10:50 a.m. on the first floor, north wing in a secure hallway.
Preschool departments are designed to meet the needs of each age group. The younger preschoolers, birth through 1, are promoted into new classes according to their development. Two-year-olds through kindergarten age are promoted each year with their age groups. Preschool Sunday School teachers begin by teaching the simple Bible truths that God loves us and wants us to follow him. The ministry applies positive Bible teachings that relate to your child's daily experiences, which in turn lay foundations for continuing spiritual growth. This is accomplished through eight aspects of a child's spiritual growth: God, Jesus, Bible, church, home, self, others, nature. Younger preschool classes meet on the first floor in a secured area. On Sunday mornings, preschool workers will greet you at the entrance to the preschool wing and obtain information to ensure your child's safety while at Wilshire. Sunday School begins at 9:40 a.m., and most teachers are in their rooms by 9:30 a.m.
Extended Teaching Care is provided for preschoolers during worship services. This is staffed by both paid personnel and church volunteers who love children. As children enter kindergarten, they begin attending worship with their parents. Each fall, a special class in worship education is offered for incoming kindergartners. Any adults who want to volunteer to be on the quarterly rotation (for the 11:00 service) should contact Joan Hammons at (214) 452-3141.