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Join us for Sunday School!
for children ages 3 to 12
Sunday Morning, 10:30 to 11:45
September to May
What’s Sunday School like at St. John’s?
Each Sunday the children sit with their families as the 10:30 worship service begins. They are then invited to the front of the church for a children’s talk. During the singing of a lively action song the children and Sunday School teachers make their way downstairs to “the tent”. The tent serves as a sacred space for children to worship, to sing, to learn and to explore their understandings of their faith. This is generally a group time with children ages 4-12 participating. The children enjoy this time together and are very loving and supportive toward each other.
The lessons are taken from the same groupings of lessons that are being heard by members of the congregation in the worship service
The children were introduced to the concept of “epiphany”. It was explained to them as an “aha” experience. They talked a bit about some of the difficult problems that they had faced…such as trying to solve a challenging math question. They began to see that the moment of understanding something complicated can be described as an epiphany. The word “epiphany” became the theme of the next several weeks of Sunday School classes. The lessons, taken from the same groupings of lessons that are being heard by members of the congregation in the worship service, are discussed with an ear toward uncovering the epiphanies experienced by the characters in these Bible stories.
In Sunday School we realize that God’s spirit is working through all of us. Following the “tent time” the children generally go to the tables and work on an art project or take some time to dramatize the stories that have been discussed with them. The Sunday School class ends as the children rejoin their parents for Communion and the remainder of the church service. The children feel very welcome and loved in the church.