We welcome all children (from preK and up) – regulars and newcomers alike – to our Sunday School classes. For grades preK to 5, we strive to teach children about God’s love for them while also sharing Bible stories and important messages about how our faith tells us to treat ourselves, each other, and the world. We make learning fun, active and interactive. For instance, after hearing or reading a Bible story, children might act the story out, make an artistic rendering to help them remember it, or play a game related to the story. Students from grade 6 through high school meet separately to discuss the readings for the week.
Classes meet during the 10:00 service. Children are dismissed with teachers from the service right before the readings begin for adults, and they rejoin the service during the peace. Our year runs parallel to the school year, from the beginning of September until the end of May.
On the first Sunday of each month, including the summer months, we have a children-focused service. Children stay for the entire service and participate actively in many ways. Some volunteer to read, and others serve as ushers. All children are invited to the front of the church to hear the sermon, and they participate in the Eucharist on the altar.
On these first Sundays and a few other times of the year, we often sponsor family-oriented events in Smith Hall immediately following the service. For instance, during the Christmas season, families make Advent wreaths, and children decorate gingerbread houses.
All teachers are required to submit to a thorough background check. In addition all teacher helpers must attend training.