What is Spirit Space?
Spirit Space is the children’s education program at Fairlawn,
Sunday mornings 10:30-11:30 am.
Spirit Space is run by our talented and energetic paid staff.
It’s all about encouraging imagination, wonder and living out our values in our choices and actions. We offer an innovative, multi-age, choice-based, faith exploration program for children up to Grade 8. We emphasize questions over answers and allow children to explore the rich stories of the Christian faith through a variety of programs including poetry, visual arts, movement, dance, dramatic arts, social justice and prayer to engage children to explore their spirituality and develop kindness to others.
We offer specialized nursery care for babies, a separate toddler room for pre-school children, and an active youth group called The Spirit Space Dream Team for Grades 6-8, and Confirmation Class for teens.
Spirit Space is our primary faith exploration program for children and youth, taking place on Sunday mornings during the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Spirit Space is a staff-led, multi-age faith exploration program that emphasizes the connection between the stories of our faith and the many possible applications of the themes like love, inclusion, equality, and compassion in our lives today.
Unlike the Sunday School you may recall from your childhood, Spirit Space`s model is multi-age and choice-based, meaning that kids are divided into activity groups based on interest rather than age. This allows siblings, cousins and friends of different ages to be together. It also is a more inclusive model, equally inviting to children with disabilities and different needs. One child, age 7, shared: “I like getting to be with my big sister. Even when my mom couldn’t come to church, me and my brother and sister wanted to come on our own!” Her mom is amazed by this; “To say that my kids love coming to church is an understatement!”
Our Spirit Space staff members are hired specifically for their experience, qualifications and passion for various media and arts, their experience in childhood education, and their faith. They bring a consistent, warm, supportive presence to the program and help to foster positive relationships among the students.
Summertime Did you know our Spirit Space continues throughout July and August? Programs for kids of all ages, including nursery care, will be offered each Sunday during the 10:30 am service all summer long. Programs will include participatory music, thematic games, outdoor activities, visual arts, drama, and much more.
Messy Church is another key children’s and family program at Fairlawn — a more or less monthly mid-week program for people of all ages. At Messy Church we begin by sharing a delicious, home-cooked dinner, hearing or enacting together a story from the Bible, and then going deeper into different aspects of the story through various activities that have relevance to our daily lives.
Connect Online: There are other ways to connect as well: our blog Fairlawn on the Go has photos, recipes, activities, and discussion starters to continue the experience after Sunday or to be used at home if you were unable to attend. During the year, there are many intergenerational events, service projects and volunteer opportunities, and other occasions to gather as a community to explore faith and to put that faith into action in the world.
Spirit Space allows children to choose how they would like to explore and engage with the week’s theme and Bible story. We draw from progressive curriculum resources for this multi-age program.
Questions about Spirit Space?
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- Blog “Fairlawn On The Go”
- Our dynamic and talented Spirit Space staff
- Messy Church
- Youth Group
- Upcoming Events