Payson Park’s Church School follows the Workshop Rotation Method (WRM) of education, which is built on the premise that children learn best when all of their senses are stimulated and can both enjoy their studies and connect them to real life. The curriculum’s Bible story lessons are presented in 2-3 week units with children rotating to different workshops each Sunday. Each workshop involves children in different learning activities, which might include storytelling, drama and puppetry, cooking, arts and crafts, science, videos and more. The curriculum is presented in “themed” rooms which are set up for hands-on learning opportunities designed to touch children’s hearts and minds, greatly enhancing their learning potential and ability to understand and retain Biblical stories and their meaning.
Our young class uses The Best of Whole People of God (WPOG) lectionary-based Sunday school curriculum. Because children, youth and adults are all learning and worshipping based of the same Biblical passages, children are prepared for full participation in the worshiping community, their intelligence and spiritual gifts are developed, and they are equipped for youth ministry.
Each week children also give generously in their weekly offering collection. The offerings go to Heifer International, an organization that has helped millions of poor families’ worldwide move from hunger to self-reliance through gifts of livestock, from honeybees to water buffalo, as well as training. Through their offering, our children learn the value of Christian generosity.