A.W. asks from Lake Stevens, WA on April 07, 2010
Sunday School for a 3 Year Old
I am thinking about starting to go to church with my daughter. I have no experience with church and a child. At her age, will she actually be in a Sunday school with structured activity, stories, etc or will it be more of a nursery/playtime thing? I am sure each church is different, but can you tell me what your 3 year old does in church?
L.S. answers from Seattle on April 08, 2010
We go to Living Grace in Tacoma. My three year old son goes to a Sunday school class for two and three year olds. Most of the time they play but they have a short lesson time (because of short attention span). In my opinion it is the perfect balance and he enjoys going which means I can go and enjoy my lesson.
J.K. answers from Phoenix on April 07, 2010
Our church has bible story time, snack, singing, craft, play time and outside play ground time.
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W.C. answers from Seattle on April 08, 2010
In my church it is child care until 4 years old.
C.S. answers from Medford on April 08, 2010
We tried several times before our daughter was 3 and it was heartbraking. Not that most people have that trouble, but she hated the nursery. Once she was moved into the preschool class at age 3, she fell in love with church! It is structured and there is a lesson plan and snacks and colortime and stories, and songs of worship, etc. I think she was just bored in the nursery, she always begged to go in with the "big kids". I would highly recommend you take her! Maybe even call around a couple churches and visit them to see what their programs are like for her.
P.S. my son has no problems in the nursery, but I am excited about him turning 3 and getting to go in the preschool sunday school class.
K.C. answers from Seattle on April 08, 2010
I volunteer in the children's ministry at Overlake Christian Church in Redmond. It's a large church, so the 3 year olds are have a class for just 3 year olds. They have free play, craft, centers, Bible story lesson and worship (in a different room with all 3-5 year olds). They don't go to with the adults at all.
Like you said, every church is different. If you don't currently have a church home, don't hesitate to shop around. Try different places to find one that feels like home for you and your daughter and offers the type of experience youj want for her.
E.J. answers from Seattle on April 08, 2010
I volunteer in the 2s and 3s class at our church (Soma in downtown tacoma) and what we do during that time is some free play time then we sing some songs, read a Bible story, talk about it a little and sometimes to a craft or an activity related to the story. At 2 and 3 we just try to balance their need to play and shorter attention spans with a little bit of fun learning! All the kids seem to really like it!
D.N. answers from Chicago on April 07, 2010
Depends on the church. My church has preschool classes and they color, make decorations, watch videos, sing. My friends daughter is 3 and at their church they sing and dance but also read the bible in class. She suggested coloring one day and the teacher said "no, inappropriate". I guess some are more rigid.
J.F. answers from Medford on April 08, 2010
Our church has a wonderful children's program! It's very structured...music, story/lesson time, a craft that ties in with the lesson and even a snack! My son is in the 3 yr old class right now and LOVES it! I know this can vary from church to church, but one of the reasons we chose our church was because we'd heard about their awesome program for kids! If I were you I'd call a few of the churches in your area and ask about the children's church and find out what all they do for that age group. Don't be afraid to try out a couple, too. When you find the right fit for your family, it gives you all something to look forward to at the end of the week!
S.T. answers from Kansas City on April 08, 2010
My daughter is in our 3 year old class and they sing have story snack they even just performed at our Easter morning service.