Expeditions is an exciting and adventure-filled children's program designed for children ages 3 years old up through the 6th grade. The program places a strong emphasis on missions, scripture memory, and developing Christian character.
Each year in the curriculum, the children go on a different expedition and explore a different place around the world. While there, the children will learn all about a great missionary of the past who went there and learn how God used them there. The children's books and the lessons taught each night focus on helping the children to understand more about what missions is, how they can support missions and missionaries around the world right now, and how they too can become a great soldier in the army of the Lord.
Each week, our meetings are packed with missions themes, exciting Bible lessons, interactive games, and a small group time learning verses. Our materials are filled with facts about the country we are exploring, the missionary we are learning about, and Bible verses with instruction to help everyone memorize and understand God'’s Word.
We have five key times in our night: Opening Time to identify our plan for the night; Book Time to hide God’s word in our hearts, meditate upon what it says, and use it as a guide for our lives; Lesson Time to see the items that we should “put on” and those to “put off” in our lives in order to be great soldiers in the Lord's army; Game Time to have fun and encourage future attendance for additional opportunities in evangelism and discipleship; Closing Time to make sure that all our explorers make it onto the right boat home and that we relay the fun that awaits them next week.
Children are divided into four age groups in the Expeditions program. The four age groups include: The Hikers - (3-5 Year Olds), The Trackers - (1st-2nd Graders), The Pathfinders - (3rd-4th Graders), and The Trailblazers - (5th-6th Graders). Creating these four divisions allows us to have curriculum that is both challenging and informative at all levels of development. All of these age groups will go on the same Expedition and will explore the same country and missionary each year, but will be doing so with curriculum the designed for good understanding at their age level.