The 5th and 6th grades are important years for children, as they begin to think about the deeper issues of faith and life and become more independent in their understanding and pursuit of God. At NorthStar, these young men and women are engaged at a deeper level, spiritually and relationally.

Our Name

knox1The North Star is a fixed point in the sky by which sailors, hikers, and anyone else can orient themselves and so find their way. We’ve chosen NorthStar as the name of our ministry to 5th and 6th graders because we believe JESUS is that fixed point for all who look to Him as Lord and Savior. Everything we do in NorthStar highlights the goodness and importance of orienting our lives around Jesus, the one who is the same yesterday, today and forever.

CE Class

The heart of what we do in NorthStar happens on Sunday mornings during our Christian Education hour (11:15am – 12:15 pm).

girls working at tableDuring school years beginning with an odd number, NorthStar learns the deep truths of the Gospel as summarized in a shortened version of the Westminster Catechism. Using a curriculum developed by our own Mrs. Donovan, students will consider questions like the following:

  • What is man’s primary purpose in life?
  • What does the Bible primarily teach?
  • What is God?

Students look to the Scriptures for answers, learning that we need to know what God has to say about the important questions of life. There will be some great discussions and lots of fun along the way.

On the alternating year, we look at “Being a Christian: What difference does it make?” This curriculum, developed by our own teachers, covers topics such as friendship, growing as a Christian, the Lord’s prayer, and developing a Christian worldview.

Outside activities

IMG_8667ELEM MIDWEEK 3132Because kids at this age are eager for deeper friendships, we schedule additional activities outside of our Sunday morning gatherings. These are great events to invite friends to, plus they offer further relational connections among the kids who come regularly.

Typical activities:

  1. Late August – Welcome Party (games to welcome those new to NS)
  2. Early October – Fall Party (bonfire, hayride or other fall fun)
  3. Mid December – Christmas Party (games, pizza, ice skating)
  4. February – Guy/Girl Events (gender specific events w/ gender specific fun)
  5. March – Father/Son Retreat
  6. April – Mother/Daughter Retreat
  7. Early June – Year-End Pool Party

More information will be made available as each event approaches.