Voyages is the standard curriculum put forth by the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod for Grades K-6.
Religion at St. James
Religion is integrated into all that we teach at St. James Lutheran School as we are committed to educating children in the instruction of the Lord. SJS provides a Lutheran education that is Christ-centered and academically-focused. Concordia curriculum, Voyages Series, provides a consistent scope and sequence from grade to grade; however SJS teachers are passionate about incorporating God’s word into all that they teach. At SJS we strive to lead with faith, learn with joy and live with purpose daily.
- Kindergarten - Children learn Bible stories from the beginning of creation to the ascension of Jesus into heaven. Children learn of the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- Grade 1- In first grade, we learn to know God, especially his constant love and forgiveness, to live happily as a member of His family and to be a witness to His love.
- Grade 2- In second grade, we learn in religion class that Jesus loves each one of us personally as individuals.
- Grade 3- In the third grade, our religion studies focus on understanding the key concepts of faith, such as Law, Gospel, confession, repentance, forgiveness and grace.
- Grade 4 – Fourth-graders' religion studies include learning to pray regularly, and finding ways to express praise and thankfulness to God for his many gifts.
- Grade 5- The students in fifth grade use the Voyage series which begins with an overview of the Bible, and follows the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.
- Grade 6 – Students in 6th grade focus on the book of Matthew covering Jesus’ birth, teachings, miracles, death and resurrection. Church history is also covered.
- Grades 7/8 – Junior Confirmation classes begin in 7th grade for students who attend St. James School as well as those who attend school elsewhere. St. James School students receive instruction during their religion classes. Confirmation is a public rite of the church preceded by a period of instruction designed to help baptized Christians identify with the life and mission of the Christian community.