About S.S. Hope
S.S. Hope is a God-centered, Gospel-focused Sunday school program for kids in Kindergarten through 6th grades. As we tell the children about the glorious deeds of the Lord and the wonders that He has done, our goal and our prayer is that the next generation at Waterbrooke would set their hope in God.
Where and When
S.S. Hope runs from 9:45 to 10:35 a.m. on Sundays and includes prayer, Bible lessons, Scripture memory, and singing. Kids in Kindergarten through 4th grades meet downstairs, and the 5th and 6th graders meet in the Farm House. Because the Word of God is precious and Bible literacy is critical in spiritual growth, all students are encouraged to bring their Bibles to class every Sunday.
Bring Your Bible!
- S. Hope teachers use Truth78 Curriculum, which is published by Children Desiring God, as well as age-appropriate ESV Bibles for children. Children are encouraged to bring their Bibles to class every week and rewarded when they do. They also are encouraged to use their Scripture memory verse packs during the week to help them hide God’s Word in their hearts. A blue S.S. Hope Bible bag is given a reward for the first five verses a child memorizes. After that, buttons, bookmarks and smaller items will be given as rewards for additional verses memorized.
“He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments…” Psalm 78:5-7
S.S. Hope Classes
K-2nd Grade Class
Mike and Heather teach the Kindergarten through 2nd grade class and are using Jesus, What a Savior! This is a study for children on redemption.
Our children, like us, are helpless sinners, deserving of God’s eternal wrath. Children need to hear this truth so that they, like us, can turn to the perfect and only remedy—the free gift of salvation through Jesus the Savior! Each lesson in Jesus, What a Savior! is designed to present the material, including Bible stories, in a way that proclaims the centrality of the greatness and worth of God. This chronological study on redemption focuses on God’s revelation of His Son, Jesus, as the one and only hope for desperate sinners—the good news of the Gospel!
3rd and 4th Grade Class
The 3rd and 4th grade teachers, Kris and Sandy, are using Faithful to All His Promises, which is a study for children on the promises of God. Children will not simply learn about some of God’s promises, but rather, they will discover what it means to trust in those promises which are God’s gift to us, not something we deserve. Faithful to All His Promises begins by teaching children what a promise is, what makes God trustworthy with these promises, and who these promises are for. Then children get to explore some specific promises from God to see how He has been and will be faithful to each of those promises.
5th and 6th Grade Class
Ralph, Tom, and Dan, the 5th and 6th grade teachers, are using My Purpose Will Stand, which is a study for children on the providence of God.
God is present and active in the world, orchestrating all things to serve His eternal purposes. All His purposes are good and right, and are accomplished with perfection. As the Sovereign Creator of the world and everything in it, God has the right, power, wisdom, and righteousness to rule the universe.
The goal of My Purpose Will Stand is to reveal God and His glorious work of providence so that through the Holy Spirit’s work in the teaching of His Word, students would respond to God in faith. Students look for God’s providence in all things—meditating on His works, seeing the big picture of God’s work in the world, and seeing the hand and heart of Jesus in all circumstances of their lives.
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The Mission of S.S. Hope
S.S. Hope aims, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to anchor souls in God. Its mission is to tell the next generation at Waterbrooke about God’s mighty acts and anchor the children deeply in His Word so that they set their hope in God.
We live in a fallen world. Our children are growing up in a society that is increasingly hopeless. Families are broken, depression and anxiety run rampant, and people drift through life radically untethered.
But hope in God uplifts a downcast soul and calms the turmoil within it. (Psalm 42) Because our God is the God of Hope, those who trust in Him overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
“God is the source of eternal hope, life, and salvation, and He is the object of hope for every believer,” says John MacArthur. “The believer’s hope comes through the Scripture, which was written and is applied to every believing heart by the Holy Spirit.”
Everything written in the Bible is to give hope, John Piper says. He points to Romans 15:4, which says, “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”
And this Biblical word for hope is not equivalent to our English word for hope.
“The New Testament word contains no uncertainty,” MacArthur says. “It speaks of something that is certain, but not yet realized. The believer’s ultimate destiny is to share in the very glory of God, and that hope will be realized because Christ Himself secures it.”
Likewise, Hebrews 6:19 says, “We have this hope as an anchor for our souls, firm and secure.”
Hope in the fulfillment of God’s salvation promises anchors the soul and keeps the believer secure during times of trouble and turmoil, MacArthur notes.
We’re trusting God to set apart the next generation at Waterbrooke as young men and young women anchored solidly in God’s steadfast love and His wonderful Word so that their lives are a testimony of God’s hope to the world around them and to future generations, children yet unborn.
“The argument of the Bible and the miracle of Christianity is that, by the power of the Holy Spirit, God can take people who have been untethered and broken by sin and betrayal and death in this world,” says Pastor Kevin Dibbley. “God can take them and anchor them solid in His love. That’s a testimony to a watching world that is radically untethered.”