Sunday School Policy

Sunday School Policy

The Sunday School ministry exists to both serve parents and children. This will be accomplished by coming along side parents by instructing children in the Word of God in an atmosphere of singing, activities and teaching. The children are welcomed into a safe and caring environment where they are taught the Word of God.

SUNDAY SCHOOL COORDINATOR

The ultimate oversight of the Sunday School is the responsibility of the Eldership. This will involve the oversight of the curriculum, music and staffing. The Elders will choose a person to be the Sunday School Coordinator. This individual must:

  • Be a Covenant Member
  • Attend weekly worship services
  • Be committed to weekly fellowship
  • Be committed to supporting the Sunday School teachers to ensure that all needs are met
  • Be responsible for all the administration process

STRUCTURE

Our Sunday School ministry occurs every Sunday morning before the church service at 9:30 am during the school term. The Sunday School curriculum is in accordance with our Doctrinal Statements. The music is Biblically based, God honouring and Christ centred. It is also often memory based to help reinforce Scripture (eg. memorising Bible books, names of the disciples, Scripture or doctrine) or other hymns, choruses and children’s songs that meet the above criteria.

Teachers
All teachers must be covenant members (unless approved by the Elders on the basis of their commitment to the teaching and direction of HBC), attend our weekly worship services, and be committed to weekly church fellowship.

Helpers
A helper can be a non-covenant member of HBC, but must attend weekly worship service at HBC, and be committed to weekly fellowship with HBC.

The Levels of Sunday School
There are three levels in the HBC Sunday School ministry:

  • 3 years – Grade 1
  • Grade 2-4
  • Grade 5-6

At the completion of grade 6, the student will graduate from Sunday School at the end of the year and then join the rest of the congregation for morning worship. With the permission of their parents, any high school student desiring to help in the Sunday School ministry will be required to meet the expectations of all Sunday School helpers.

SAFETY

Safety is a very important part of our ministry. For this reason we have put in place a number of structures and rules so as to provide protection for teachers, helpers and children in the Sunday School.

Working with Children Check (WWCC)
All Teachers and Helpers must have a WWCC. They must have received their card before beginning their service in the Sunday School.

Child Registration
A parent will be required to register their child into Sunday School and sign their child/ren in and out of the Sunday School.

Toileting
It is very important for parents to make sure their children visit the toilets before they are dropped off to Sunday School.

New People
If a new person desires to help or teach in Sunday School, they will need to have regularly attended the church for at least 6 months before they can help or teach, and then meet the requirements stated earlier.

Version 4, September 2021