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FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions about Children’s Programs at Montview

When can children join the Sunday School program? 

Our Sunday School year runs from September through May.  Children can join at any time during these nine months.  Our lessons stand-alone so although consistent attendance is important and helps us to build a greater context, children will feel welcome and will be able to participate on any given Sunday. Parents can register online for Sunday School at any time during the year.

What is Assembly? 

This is a gathering of third, fourth and fifth grade Sunday School students from 9:15-9:40 each Sunday.  Sandy Prouty, our Minister of Children and Families, leads this time of community building, Bible study skills, snacks and fun!  It is a great opportunity for children to make “church friends”!  It shares the 9:30-10:00 time slot with Timbrel Choir each Sunday.  It is for the children who do not wish to sing.

Is your curriculum based on the Bible?

It is.  Our HeartShapers curriculum for preschool and kindergarten and our Deep Blue Rotation Curriculum for grades 1-5 move through the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.  Both are sequential beginning in the Old Testament and ending with the New Testament after Christmas through May. Each reinforces the Bible lesson with active participation and craft projects.

Do the children participate in mission?

Yes.  Our children participate with our faith community in many mission projects by donating items that our neighbors here in Denver and around the world need.  Our children also assemble and distribute our homeless packets.

We have self-contained classrooms for our 3 and 4 year olds and kindergarteners. Each classroom has a team of four teachers with two teaching each Sunday. We use the Heart Shaper Curriculum of the Presbyterian Church, USA. The children will bring home a coloring sheet, a project and/or a pamphlet each week to help continue thinking about the lessons at home. (You are also always welcome to attend Sunday School with your child!)

Grades 1-5 begin each year learning about baptism and communion in a unit called “Sacrament Sessions.” For the of the year, they move through a curriculum called “Feasting on the Word.” Each lesson follows the lectionary and focuses on Bible stories and characters from the Old and New Testaments.

Children participate in a wide variety of activities to reinforce their learning. These groups also have several mission projects during the Sunday School year.

Kindergarten, first and second graders begin their Sunday School time with Cantate Choir from 9:15-9:40 in Room 205 on the second floor. At 9:40, the children are escorted by their teachers to the appropriate classroom for Sunday School.

Grades 1-5 meet in the Room 204A on the second floor from 9:15-9:40 for a discussion and fellowship. They are escorted to their Sunday School classrooms by their teachers at 9:40 and have instruction until 10:20.

At 10:20, we ask that you meet your children at their classrooms.

See the this year’s full schedule and list of classroom locations here.

Montview Church encourages children to be in worship with their families. We suggest that children ages two through seven join us in the sanctuary through the Word to the Children. Parents may sign them into childcare in the Commons after the Word to the Children. We ask that children who have completed second grade stay with their families for the worship service. We have two children’s bulletins available. The white bulletin invites the children to notice things about the sanctuary, about the adult bulletin, and about the worship service. The colored bulletin focuses on the Bible.

We also have several copies of a children’s Bible, which you can borrow during the worship service. These are in the narthex outside the sanctuary. On the sign-out sheet provided, write your name, the number of the Bible, and your phone number. Just make sure you remember to return the Bible and cross off your name before you leave for the day!

Montview Church also encourages children to be a part of worship. Children in grades 3-5 can usher, acolyte and read during the 11:00 service. Please contact our office to learn more.

345 Fellowship

Our children in grades 3-5 meet several times a year for 345 Fellowship to share food, fellowship, games and mission projects. This is an introduction to being at church beyond Sunday morning and a great opportunity to make church friendships!

Pulpit Players Drama Group

Our children in kindergarten through fifth grade may participate in this drama program. In January and February during our Sunday School hour, children who wish will rehearse a Bible story musical written and directed by our talented and enthusiastic Pulpit Players Staff. The children perform this story for the Montview congregation in the sanctuary during the 11:00 worship service. Please watch for dates and details about this exciting Sunday School program. Our regular Sunday School program is in place during these rehearsal weeks for children who do not wish to participate in the Pulpit Players program.

Parenting Forum

Our Parenting Forum includes classes offered during Adult Education from 9:15-10:00 in the Gallery Room (basement level). These classes focus on topics relating to children and teens. Please watch for details and plan to join us while your children enjoy Sunday School and childcare.

Youth

We believe in the power and passion of young people, that their spiritual life is important, and that faith shouldn’t ask anyone to check their mind at the door.

Sunday Mornings: All youth are invited to Montview’s Cellar Sunday mornings 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Sunday Evenings: Middle schoolers (6th-8th grade) meet for dinner and fun from 5-6:30 p.m. High schoolers (9th-12th grade) then do the same from 6-8 p.m.

In addition to the weekly emails, if you would like to receive occasional text updates about Montview’s middle school programs, text “JAM” to 313131, or text “MOB” for updates about high school. We never send more than five messages per month.

We hope you will be part of our community this year and invite your friends to join us!

Adult Education 

Adult education can take a variety of forms at Montview, including lecture series, classes, and retreats. We offer a number of classes on Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:30 a.m. These classes meet every Sunday during the year unless a church wide forum is scheduled (except during summer months).

Learn more about adult education at Montview and check our full class schedule (coming soon).

Fellowship

At Montview we come together for many reasons; sometimes to worship, sometimes for service projects, and sometimes just for fun. Fellowship groups are available for all ages and offer a chance to get to know others at the church with similar interests or who are at a similar place in life.

There are many opportunities to get to know others at Montview. If you would like to learn more about what is currently offered, please contact Danean Burke at 303-355-1651, ext. 109 or burke@montview.org.

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Justice & Mission

Montview believes all people are sacred in God’s sight and that we’re called to put our resources and energy toward building a better world. Our understanding of “mission” means partnering with others to bring about a more peaceful, just and compassionate world. Our perspectives are widened by the experiences we have and the people we meet, but we also know this work changes us as much or more than it changes those we seek to help.

Mission trips are encouraged for all ages and there are scholarships available for youth to encourage everyone to make at least one global mission trip before leaving home. World travelers and novices alike are encouraged to find where God is calling you to take part, get involved, change the world — and be changed by it.

In Our Building

Montview Community Preschool and Kindergarten

The Montview Community Preschool and Kindergarten is a parent cooperative offering programs for children ages three through kindergarten. The children enrolled represent a cross section of cultures and socio-economic backgrounds.

www.montviewpreschool.org

Emergency Assistance Program

The Emergency Assistance program is offered for those who come to the church for assistance with their rent, food, clothing, electrical payments, etc. In addition, referrals are made to agencies in the community who are able to help.

Centus Counseling Center

Centus provides professional counseling, education, and consultation to congregations and to others in the community requesting help. Centus has been active at Montview for fifteen years. The mission and core service of Centus is to provide affordable, quality mental health counseling that is faith centered if a client requests it. Their aim is to integrate body, mind, spirit and community into therapy to promote wholeness in the healing process. Montview provides therapy space and a yearly contribution.

www.centus.org

League of Women Voters

Denver’s chapter of the League of Women Voters of Denver is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization that has fought since the 1930s to improve our systems of government and impact public policies through education and advocacy.

www.lwvdenver.org

Together Colorado

Together Colorado (formerly Metro Organizations for People or “MOP”) was founded in 1979 with a mission to empower people to strengthen and transform their communities through community organizing. The community organizing process begins locally with member churches, schools, youth and neighborhood associations.

www.togethercolorado.org

Rocky Mountain Arts Association

Incorporated in the spring of 1982, the Rocky Mountain Arts Association (RMAA) exists to build community through music. RMAA supports the operations of three community choruses: the Denver Women’s Chorus (DWC), the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus (DGMC), and the Mosaic Youth Program. These choruses have joined together as an organization for the purpose of making an artistic statement: the choruses, as they sing, provide educational, cultural and social enrichment for our audiences and ourselves, and we identify as an organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) people and supporters that is actively making a positive contribution to the entire community. RMAA is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.

www.rmarts.org

In The Neighborhood

Park Hill Mentoring Program (TAC)

In 1993, Montview members Margo & Ed Lupberger started a tutoring program at Park Hill Elementary to work with students below grade level. Today, there are 23 tutors with 28 students in the program plus more students on a waiting list. This program has proved successful in helping kids become better students, improving their self esteem and confidence with one on one attention which shows students that people in their community care about them.

Montview Mentors

Montview Mentors is an afternoon tutoring program at Ashley Elementary School. In the fall, students get help with reading, writing and homework. In the spring, the students prepare to perform at the Denver Public Schools Shakespeare Festival. Approximately 12 tutors work with 15-20 students on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 to 5:00 pm.

Denver Inner City Parish

DICP is a non-denominational, non-profit agency dedicated for the last four decades to serving the secular and spiritual needs of West Denver’s low-income community. They offer a “familia” model of support that provides holistic wrap-around education and human services to all.

La Academia is a private non-profit school serving 80 6-12th grade low-income students. This school addresses the educational and social needs of at-risk youth. There are also night classes that assist 50 students who are earning their high school diplomas or G.E.D. The community is made up of the Latino community earning less than $15,000 a year.

Habitat For Humanity

For more than 16 years, the Montview congregation has supported Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver. Through donations and volunteers, Montview will be building a new home for our sponsored family, Bouchra and Mohammad and their four sons. Bouchra shares that “Our life will change because we will have space for our family to grow up.” Montview has pledged $10,000 for the build. Please help us reach that goal and to fill 60 construction spots.

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Greater Park Hill Community Organization (GPHC)

GPHC is a non-profit, neighborhood-based organization founded in 1961 to unite neighbors of all racial and ethnic backgrounds to establish a stable, integrated community. GPHC serves as a liaison to city agencies and responds to neighborhood concerns regarding emergency food, senior citizen assistance, employment, zoning violations, police/citizen relations, housing, schools and traffic. The funding Montview offers supports the emergency food bank.

Metro CareRing (MCR)

Metro CareRing is a food bank whose services benefit 30,000 people a year and is supported by over 50 faith communities. Every month, more than 800 households receive food. Major services offered by MCR include: work related items such as tools needed for employment, bus tokens, utility bill payment assistance, personal documentation i.e. birth certificates, ID’s, drivers licenses and hotel vouchers for the homeless. Additionally, referral for mental health services, healthcare, affordable housing, child care and job training are provided. Montview Church provides a community of volunteers as well as funding for the food bank and services.

Denver Inner City Parish (DICP)

DICP is a non-denominational, non-profit agency dedicated for the last four decades to serving the secular and spiritual needs of West Denver’s low-income community. They offer a “familia” model of support that provides holistic wrap-around education and human services to all.

DICP supports an Emergency Food Bank, Project Renew which provides reintegration programs for those returning to society from the Department of Corrections and a Senior Support program that enhances the health, social well-being and quality of life for residents 55 years and older living in West Denver. In addition, DICP hosts two ecumenical worship services twice a month which are bilingual.

Montview Manor

Montview Manor was built in 1963 by Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church to meet a growing need for affordable housing for seniors. Today it provides a comfortable, convenient living environment and social opportunities for persons of retirement or near retirement age, 55 years and over. The Manor is an independent-living community that honors privacy, yet nurtures the spirit of community. A board of managers sets guidelines and supervises the operation of the Manor through an appointed Administrator. The board reports directly to the Session of Montview Church.

Senior Support Services

Senior Support Services is a day shelter for hungry and homeless seniors. They serve three meals per day and provide individualized case management to help their clients obtain and retain government benefits and affordable housing. They shepherd them through the process to ensure they get the full benefit to which they are entitled. Montview provides volunteer opportunities as well as funding for the food services.

The Interfaith Alliance (TIA-CO)

The Interfaith Alliance is an interfaith, member-driven, grassroots organization that serves as a progressive voice of moderation and mutual respect for communities of faith; promotes religious freedom, understanding and diversity. One of the core purposes of this organization is to promote understanding of Colorado’s diverse faith traditions. This is accomplished through interfaith dialogue, programs, civic participation and political activism. This organization was founded in 1998 by a group of clergy and laity who were searching for a way to give voice to Coloradans who wanted to put their faith into action as a force for good in public life.


Self Improvement Opportunities

Self Improvement Opportunities (SI) offers assistance in GED preparation and basic computer skills to adults living in Denver and Aurora. SI has volunteers who work with students to help them with their learning, as well as, provide a caring environment. We are in partnership with Aurora First Presbyterian Church.

Central Visitation Program (CVP)

Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, Central Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church Brighton are in partnership with CVP. Many children in the Denver metro area are separated from one or both of their parents. The court may order the non-custodial parent to visit with the children only under the supervision of a third party. The Central Visitation Program is a low-fee supervised visitation program that provides a safe and comfortable environment in which children and non-residential parents may visit. The parenting time is supervised by volunteers and allows children the opportunity to develop a meaningful relationship with the non-residential parent.

Around the World

Books: Since its founding in 2003, Ethiopia Reads has connected over 100,000 children with books through 47 libraries including the famous “donkey” mobile libraries, published the country’s first children’s books in one or more of Ethiopia’s 87 languages plus English, and trained numbers of indigenous educators.

www.ethiopiareads.org

Water:
The majority of Ethiopia’s population has no access to clean water, resulting in a profoundly high rate of illness and death, especially among children.

In 2008, 2009, and 2011 Montview provided funds for seven clean water projects in the country’s Western Wollega Province. These projects supply a lifetime of clean water to over 6,000 people in six communities at an average cost of $3.00 per person. Christians and Muslims also share this water and work together to maintain these projects.

Partners: In October of 2007, members of Montview Church, People’s Presbyterian Church, and Grace Presbyterian Church traveled together to Ghana. While in-country they taught enrichment classes in a boys’ school, donated six laptop computers to the school, and learned about the country’s vibrant culture. In August of 2009, a Ghanaian Presbyterian minister, together with two teachers from the capital city, Accra, spent three weeks in Denver as guests of church families.

Education: Montview member, Sue Leister, trains local teachers, assists orphans, and supports literacy development in isolated, far western Ethiopia.

For almost 10 years, Montview has reached out to street children across our southern border through support of IPODERAC, a home for abandoned boys ages 6 to 18 in the state of Puebla, Mexico.

Montview contributes yearly to a scholarship fund for these youth to attend technical-oriented high schools or to enroll in college.

Montview supports IPODERAC through annual mission trips, including a recent summer trip for 50 Montview youth. Some 60 boys currently live at IPODERAC.

www.ipoderac.org.mx

Healthcare: Montview’s Centennial Campaign provided $175,000 to cover half the cost of a new 65-bed pediatric wing at Patan Hospital in Kathmandu which was completed in 2001. The hospital requested that Montview people form a 501(c)(3) charity so that Americans could make tax-deductible donations to benefit the hospital. As a result, Friends of Patan Hospital (FOPH) was formed, raising millions of dollars for capital improvements and, in partnership with Project C.U.R.E., sent millions of dollars of donated supplies and equipment. FOPH also sends teams of medical personnel to train Patan staff (e.g. to establish the first NICU and PICU in Nepal), provides other training opportunities for Patan staff, and contributes directly to the hospital’s charity fund. Montview members continue to play a key role in FOPH, comprising a majority of the officers and 25% of the 16-member Board of Directors. Montview members also are active in other healthcare organizations in Nepal including Global Dental Relief and the Princess Jayanti Memorial Trust (Heart Foundation).

www.foph.org / www.globaldentalrelief.org / www.pjmt.org

Income Generation: In partnership with International Development Enterprises (IDE) Montview aims to increase the income of poor rural farmers through the better use of water, advice on crop and seed selection, better farming techniques and assistance in marketing. IDE works with families with annual incomes less than $250. Montview is donating $165,000 which is funding a program to increase the incomes of over 1,500 families.

www.ide-international.org

Nutrition:
Montview’s 2008-2010 Capital Campaign provided $100,000 for half the cost to construct the flagship Kathmandu Nutritional Rehabilitation Home (NRH), in partnership with the Nepalese Youth Opportunity Foundation (NYOF). This facility provides treatment for severely malnourished children, educates their mothers about child care so that the condition will not recur, and trains staff that work in satellite nutritional homes established by NYOF.

www.nyof.org / www.NYOF.org

HIV/AIDS Prevention: Collaborating with ICA, Montview member Louise Singleton established effective HIV/AIDS prevention programs under village leadership in Kenya, South Africa, Zambia, and other sub Saharan countries.

Children in INDIA: The late Donald Elliott, MD, established an orphanage in Miraj and performed surgery at Wanless Hospital.

Community Organization in MYANMAR: Montview has financially supported longtime members in full-time, in-country community organizing work in the country formerly called Burma.

Montview Youth in UGANDA: In 2007 and 2009 Montview Youth helped build a rural school.

www.boardingpasses.org / www.fdncuganda.org

Family Medicine in UKRAINE: The late Jack Reeves, MD, established the practice of family medicine in this former Soviet republic.