Summer Sunday School has ended and we are preparing for the start of the 2014-2015 Sunday School year!

Registration will begin on Sunday, September 7th at 9:30 am.

Join us in the Fortune Room to register your children and take a tour of the Sunday School rooms. Classes start at 10:00 am. You are welcome to join your children for Sunday school on their first day if you wish.

PreSchool (3’s and 4’s)
September through December our three through five year olds experience the sacred stories of the Old Testament with Jerome Berryman’s Godly Play curriculum. They journey through the floods with Noah; the desert with Abraham; Sarah and their descendants; and the wilderness with Moses and the Hebrew people. From January through May they explore the travels of Jesus and his disciples with Sonja Stewart’s Young Children and Worship and respond to these stories through art and music. They will also be able to reach into the stories by learning through the senses and everyday living skills such as building, fishing, sewing, sorting and counting.

Kindergarten-Second Grade
Kindergarten through second graders will discover sacred Old Testament stories; liturgical seasons such as Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost; and also learn about the parables, and saints through Jerome Berryman’s Godly Play curriculum. They respond to these stories through sewing, sculpting, building, painting, drawing, acting and creating.

Third-Fifth Grade
As children explore their inner landscapes filled with friendships, heroes, talents, morals, and rules, they experience the complexity of relationships, authority, shortcomings, and triumphs. This year their curriculum is Jerome Berryman’s Key Figures in the Old Testament. This class experiences the complicated people God chose to be the leaders and shakers of the time. They have the opportunity to respond through conversation and a wide variety of hands-on experiences, such as wood burning, building, sewing with a machine, embroidery, and leather tooling.

Sixth/Seventh Grade
This year we are trying something completely new with our sixth and seventh graders.  They are creating the curriculum from their interests and questions about God and the Bible in the 21st century.  At the end of last year they started making a list of all the topics they wanted to know more about.  They want a study on the Trinity and a study on Revelation.  They are ambitious.  I’ve spent this summer researching and putting together their own special curriculum.  They will have guest speaks, films, and lots of discussion. God calls each of us with our various gifts and flaws to love and serve, and in doing so, we make a difference in the world, one act of kindness or courage at a time. Children have the opportunity to discover their own gifts and how they may use them to make a difference in the 21st century.

The heart of our Sunday school program is Godly Play, a Montessori-based method of Christian education and spiritual formation for children. Through storytelling, silence, “I wonder” questions with art responses, children encounter the language of our tradition—parable, sacred story, silence and liturgical action—and become more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives.

A Godly Play room is set up with the stories and art materials on low shelves. Children are greeted by a teacher and encouraged to get ready—quiet and focused—before joining the circle. When everyone has gathered, the storyteller tells the story and leads the wondering time. Children may then respond to the story with art, or by working with the story materials. They are dismissed with a blessing and sent with their teachers to join the rest of the congregation for the passing of the peace and communion.


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