We are excited to give you an update on some of the happenings in the Church School this year!
We have adopted a new curriculum, Living the Good News, to help our volunteer teachers lead age-appropriate lessons and activities for a range of children, Kindergarten through 4th grade, who come together each week in one class.
Church School begins at 10:15 am in the classroom on the lower level of the church. At approximately 11:00 am, the children join their families in the sanctuary to celebrate the Eucharist, allowing the children to experience the best of both worlds as they learn about our Christian faith.
Lessons reflect the scripture readings and sermons happening upstairs, enhancing opportunities for shared discussion at home. In addition, each lesson includes a hands-on activity.
On the last Sunday of each month, all children are invited to participate in "Family Sunday" in lieu of Church School class so that they can experience an entire service alongside the congregation and actively participate in the worship service.
Children are also invited to participate in a range of other church activities throughout the year such as Children's Choir, the Christmas Pageant, Easter Egg Hunt, service opportunities, etc.
Two volunteers are paired each Sunday to co-teach the class and rotated throughout the month to accommodate busy schedules. There is no minimum time commitment!
CELEBRATING CHILDREN AT ALL SAINTS’
To the parents of our young children, may we suggest…
Relax! God put the wiggle in children; don’t feel you have to suppress it in God’s house. All are welcome!
Sit toward the front where it is easier for your little ones to see and hear what’s going on. They tire of seeing the backs of others’ heads.
Quietly explain the parts of the Service and actions of the priest, deacon, ushers, choir, etc.
Sing the hymns, pray, and voice the responses. Children learn liturgical behavior by copying you.
If you have to leave the service with your child, feel free to do so, but please come back. As Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.”
Remember that the way we welcome children in church directly affects the way they respond to the Church, to God, and to one another. Let them know that they are at home in this house of worship.
At All Saints’ Church, all means ALL. We are so glad you are here.