Sunday School is an integral part to our children’s faith formation. It lays a strong foundation to a person’s education as a Christian, an education which is a life-long process. The current structure of children’s Sunday School includes four classes: Primary (PreK-K), Elementary (Grades 1-2), Intermediate (Grades 3-5) and Youth (Grades 6-12). Classes meet during the academic year on Sunday mornings after the 9:00 a.m. service and run concurrently with the Adult Forum (10:20-11:05 a.m.). As we aim to nurture the spiritual lives of the children, we also desire to provide a safe, clean, and happy Christian environment for the youngest members of our church family. All volunteers working with children and youth have completed a diocesan training session called “Safeguarding God’s Children.”
In 2015, the Sunday School program started using “Weaving God’s Promises,” a comprehensive, three-year Christian education curriculum developed and written exclusively for the Episcopal Church (http://www.weavinggodspromises.org/). The “mission” of Weaving God’s Promises is:
- To teach children and youth how God’s promises of salvation are woven into our lives.
- To teach children and youth the way of Christ, not only in the church but also in the world as Christ’s ambassadors.
- To give children and youth a solid grounding for future youth and high-school formation programs, which prepares them for Christian adulthood.
- To foster the spiritual formation and growth of our children and youth in Christ’s love and mercy and to teach the spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation.
Through the curriculum, our children and youth are invited, in a deep and personal way, to encounter God’s word and to hear it at whatever level of understanding they have. It also calls us to imaginatively engage in the process of spiritual formation through offering activities that pay particular attention to multiple learning styles. We hope you will come learn with us on Sunday mornings!
Interested in joining the Christian Education volunteer team? Please contact Emily at email@example.com or at 812-336-4466 ext. 110 for more information.
Sunday School Teachers –
Here are some resources for you:
Weaving God’s Promises Curriculum – http://www.weavinggodspromises.org/
Lectionary Based Lesson Plans – http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/lessons/
Sign-Up Genius – http://www.signupgenius.com/index.cfm
Episcopal Children’s Curriculum – http://www.vts.edu/podium/default.aspx?t=122314