Church School for Children
Church School (aka Sunday School) takes place during both Sunday services. We offer age-graded classes from preschool up through 8th grade at the 10:30 service. A “one-room schoolhouse” class for preschool through 6th grade is offered at the 8:30 service.
We encourage all children, including those who are just visiting, to participate in these fun and lively classes. Children are also free to remain in worship with their parents, though most have more fun and get more out of the Sunday School environment. There is no mandatory class time until Confirmation.
Following is a summary of what children of different ages can expect when they go to Church School.
Pre-k and kindergarten: Our youngest students follow a “lite” version of the rotational model curriculum (described below) without leaving their regular classroom.
1st through 4th graders: The children in this age group are divided into two groups: 1st/2nd grade and 3rd/4th grade and learn key Bible stories and what it means to be a Christian. Their curriculum is a workshop model rotating through six classes: art, science, games, kitchen, computers, and storytelling. These classes take place in different classrooms week to week. The church school coordinator is in the hallways to help steer the children to the right classroom when they leave worship.
5th and 6th graders: These grades are combined in a single class and are currently working through a curriculum called “Spark: Activate Faith.” Designed to be taught over two years, this interactive program focuses on key stories from the Bible with hand-outs and activities that promote reflection and discussion. (This curriculum, with some modification, is also used for Sunday School at the 8:30 service.)
7th and 8th graders: Our older Church School participants partake in an exciting lectionary-based curriculum called “Feasting on The Word.”
Each of the age groups above are taught by a small team of volunteer teachers dedicated to that age group who get to know the children throughout the year.
Most classes take place in our Church School wing, which is on the “middle” floor of the church. Most Sundays children start with the adults in the Meetinghouse and are “dismissed” before the sermon to go downstairs to their Sunday school classrooms.
The first Sunday of each month our children begin in their own “junior worship” called Children’s Chapel which takes place in our Fellowship Hall.
Each lesson is taught in such a way that no one will feel lost because they may have missed a week or are new to the church.
During the summer, Church School takes place only at the 10:30 service, and the children usually enjoy more games and activities during class time. Children often enjoy attending our summer 8:30 worship, which is a casual service under the trees at our Outdoor Chapel.
Also, on the occasional Sunday, there will be no Church school so that our children can participate in special programs taking place during worship, such as our Christmas pageant. In such cases, the church’s email will alert families beforehand and there will be announcement at the beginning of worship.
If you would like more information about our Sunday school, please call the church office at (203) 775-1259.
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