“We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:37
“You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.” Deut. 6:7
Our Mission Statement
To establish a like minded community of homeschooling believers who desire to “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it so that he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper, for in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” (Proverbs 22:6, Psalm 1:3, Romans 8:37)
Questions & Answers:
Can you tell me what co-op looks like on a typical Friday? We begin at 9:45 a.m. I ask that families arrive a few minutes before and sit, ready to go, in our sanctuary. Our aim is simplicity. We begin with prayer and worship songs (fun, worshipful with hand motions). During this time we encourage you to sit as a family to worship and learn. We ask that even if you are not teaching the lesson, that you help by keeping your children quiet, seated and obedient to the teacher. Then we separate into age appropriate groups for our lesson/teaching time. We end at 12pm and then gather for a picnic lunch after each co-op. Feel free to pack a lunch and join us for fellowship and encouragement time!
Meeting place? We meet at Calvary Chapel Richmond. This homeschool group is called Calvary Conquerors and we are a ministry of Calvary Chapel Richmond. Being that we meet at our church, we ask that all children treat the building as the sanctuary of the Lord and respect it as such. Our church body rotates cleaning the building, not a cleaning company. We ask that all families help bless those who clean, by treating it as you would keep your home.
How to sign up? We set up a private wordpress blog, to list our schedule and sign up to attend. You can RSVP for co-op/events on the blog, so we know who to plan for and to get additional details on cost of field trips and payment dates, etc. We also ask that even if you are not leading/coordinating a co-op, that you sign up to help by bringing a craft supply, a snack item, etc.
How I can help? We ask that all moms who commit to attend, sign up to serve once or twice during the year, in each child’s class. This gives us the remainder of the year to enjoy with our children and no burnt out moms. If you are new to our co-op, we invite you to come and get to know us, rest, learn, etc. We do not ask that you lead if you are new.
Cost? We have no cost to join or attend. The cost for your family would be what you choose to participate in. The day you lead a co-op, you may choose a craft or snack, and have families sign up to bring in an item (i.e. Christmas party). Some field trips are free and some have a nominal charge. Most of our RSVP dates and payment due dates are far enough in advance, as not to cause hardship on a family. We also order t-shirts with our logo on them!
We end each school year, with an end of year Field Day and Yearbook Party (that’s right, we have a yearbook)!
How do you decide on the schedule? Every June, all of the moms gather at our church for a planning meeting. This is a mom only meeting and we each bring a snack to share. Very informal and fun! We pray and discuss pros and cons from last year and what we desire to gain from the upcoming year. I consider myself the coordinator only. All the moms help and give ideas as to what worked and didn’t work the previous year. We share what we would like to gain from our co-op the following school year. Most importantly we cover each other and our co-op in prayer.
God bless you! I pray that His Spirit fill you with His peace and wisdom as you train up your children to walk with Him.
Ministry Contact- Stephanie Hamersley