I Guess This is Why We Are Christians, huh? By Brendan Armitage Before he was killed, Jack Beaton, of Bakersfield, Ca., shielded his wife, Laurie, from gunfire, his family said. His father-in-law, Jerry Cook, told BakersfieldNow.com that Mr. Beaton had covered his wife's body with his...
We are striving to be intentional about our discipleship process here at Zion. Our goal is to intentionally create cohesive threads woven through the fabric of our education program in a multi-cultural context. Our younger ages (3 year olds – 3rd graders) are learning about the character God. They are discovering what it means to hear His stories and, as a result, gain a deeper understanding about who God is through those stories. Our 4th-6th grade children shift the focus by beginning to uncover who they are as Christian individuals in relation to God. Our girls and boys are mentored by outstanding men and women in the congregation, allowing our youth to gain perspective and to see how God works in their lives. This lays the foundation of understanding for who they are, what God has made them to be, and how they can practically begin living a life dedicated to following Jesus.
Summary of Programs:
Sunday School’s Grow Zone: Grow Zone is offered for all children from 10:30-11:30 am each Sunday from September thru May. Our 4th-6th graders, Girls Desiring God and BoysDesiring God, are separated into gender specific classes geared at mentoring and discipleship.
Wednesday night STARS: Classes are 6:30-7:45 pm every Wednesday evening, following a dinner that begins at 5:45 pm, from September thru May. Seeker’s Academy (3yrs old - 3rd grade) experiences a rotating schedule of songs, skits, lessons, games, and crafts. Follower’s Academy includes our 4th-6th graders (Girls Desiring God and Boys Desiring God) where our students are separated into gender specific groups for mentoring and discipleship, activities and service.
Vacation Bible School: VBS offers a fun-filled week of learning about God, his promises, and his love for us. It is traditionally held in June.
STARS Summer Programming: Each summer we provide opportunities for kids to participate in activities and outings.