What fun we are having in Sunday School! Last week, on October 29th, we completed Unit One of our curriculum. By all accounts the first session was a success. The curriculum is what we expected and wanted. It is a logical, sequential and consistent Episcopal curriculum.
The content focuses on four areas:
Old Testament, New Testament, Sacraments and Church. In the Pre K /K room we focused on Creation, Primary’s lesson were about Pentateuch and Intermediates learned about Covenants. It seems the children enjoyed what they learned and how they learned, and the teachers were energized. The addition of a separate Children’s Chapel for communion has been a true blessing. Having all ages share communion and participate in worship together is a wonderful experience.
In addition to our regular Sunday School program we have added monthly Wednesday evening activities with Father Bill. In October we celebrated Saint Francis Day with the blessing of live and stuffed animals and a wonderful service in the Payne Memorial Garden. Young and old enjoyed the ceremony. On November1st Father Bill led an All Saints Day event (see the pictures in the center pages). The children participate in All Saints Sunday on November 5th for our family worship service.
Session Two runs from November 12th through February 4th, with three Family Worship Sundays included. Pre K /K children will focus on Jesus, Son of God, again with Sara Cooney and me as their lead teachers. Melissa Robinson will lead the Primary children and they will talk about Jesus the Healer. Thank you Monika for giving your time and energy for the past nine weeks! Mark Robinson will take over for Kip Powers- Thanks to you Kip for your wonderful leadership- and teach the Intermediates about Miracles.
Of course Advent and Epiphany are included in the lessons. Rick and Carolyn Moses have agreed to stay in the Toddler room until January. Many thanks go to the Moses for guiding this energetic bunch. Also during Session Two we can look forward to a Saint Nicholas party on December 6th and an Epiphany Party on January 3rd. Thank you, thank you, Eugenie Taylor and Father Bill for organizing these events.
A special thanks goes to the substitute teachers too, who cover the gaps when the regular teachers are unavailable. Thank you to Lisa Sayre, Sydney Seigrist and Kelly McGhee. Rick Moses moved from a substitute to a lead teacher. Again, thanks Rick!
There is certainly room for improvement and we plan to continue to grow and develop. The input of parishioners, parents and children is welcome and encouraged. As always, more volunteers are welcomed and needed too. Please contact me if you have any feedback or want to help!
God bless Saint Matthews Church for recognizing the children and putting them at the center of our focus.
Our Growing Sunday School Needs Your Help – October issue of The Messenger
We are approaching our fourth week of Sunday School and, we are having a great time learning about God’s gifts to us. The Sunday School committee set some specific goals for our program and we feel that we are in line to meet them. I am so delighted to see more and more smiling (for the most part) faces entering our cheery rooms. Our curriculum seems to be working very well, our rooms look great and our teachers are motivated. There is only one problem…. We are growing fast and we need more teachers to keep up with our growing census! We need your help!
So far our census looks like this:
Infant – 1
Toddler – 6
PreK- Kindergarten – 20
Primary – 15
That is a lot of kids and we have new families trying us out all the time.
Kip Power and Mark Robinson are rotating 9 week sessions to teach the 4th-6th grade Intermediates, Monika Hussell and Melissa Robinson are rotating 9 week sessions to teach the 1st-3rd grade Primary class. I have moved from the Toddler room to the full, fun and active Pre-K/Kindergarten room along with Sara Cooney. We feel that 3-6 year old room needs two hands-on teachers. We have two paid staff in the nursery, so we don’t need help there. But, our wonderful, eager toddlers are left without a regular teacher. We are currently counting on the rotating volunteers to care for these toddlers.
If anyone is interested and willing to be the lead teacher in this room, we would be so very grateful…. as would the toddlers.
If we cannot identify a lead teacher we would like for everyone to consider taking a short rotation. Would you please sign up to teach in the Toddler room for one or more of the following sessions????:
Toddler Unit Two: October 1st, 8th, 15th
Toddler Unit Three: October 22nd & 29th and November 12th & 19th
Toddler Unit Four: December 3rd & 10th and Jan. 7th &13th
Toddler Unit Five: January 21st & 28th and February 4th & 11th
Toddler Unit Six: February 18th & 25th and March 4th & 11th
Toddler Unit Seven: March 18th & 25th and April 1st & 15th
Toddler Unit Eight: April 22nd & 29th and May 6th
Toddler Unit Nine: May 13th & 20th and June 3rd
If we cannot encourage parents and parishioners to assist with the Toddlers, we will have to look for funding to hire a service to keep a consistent adult in this room.
Please do not hesitate in signing up for this great opportunity to share your love and your love of God with these young people. I will provide an easy schedule for you to follow and, like me you do not have to be a life long teacher nor an expert in Episcopalian theory. You will have the rewarding experience of introducing these toddlers to the faith you treasure. It is a great way to renew your faith.
We are very grateful with the success we have had with our program and we look forward to many of you joining our fun and exciting endeavor.…