A Message from the Co-Chairs of the Christian Education Committee
All of us on the Christian Education (CE) Committee, as well as our teachers and assistants, are excited about our Sunday School program! We’re especially excited about our new, creative Sunday School curriculum, “Deep Blue” from Cokesbury. The kids have been finding it a fun way to learn the faith!
We are blessed to have Emily Lyons as our Nursery Coordinator! Emily is a well-trained and experienced baby-sitter who grew up in our church.
As always we maintain an “open door” policy both literally and figuratively. Please feel free to approach any members of the Christian Education Committee with any questions/concerns or if you ever wish to be involved in any way and for any length of time.
God’s Joy to you all!
Mary-Ann Hussey and Elmer Lyons, Christian Education Committee Co-Chairs
“From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament,
grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” (Eph. 4:16)
Christian Education Committee
Mary-Ann Hussey and Elmer Lyons – Co-Chairs
Becky Acheson, Carolyn Chapman, Pauline Dissake, Steve Hartigan,
Bonnie McGrath, Sarah Morin, Kristin Strobel, Maryanne Walsh, and
Jen Stuart, Sunday School Coordinator
If you have ideas, comments, concerns or want to volunteer, please feel free to get in touch with our Sunday School Coordinator, Jen Stuart, or any member of the Christian Education Committee.
Jen Stuart, Sunday School Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Each family must register their child. Special attention is given to your responses in these areas: Special concerns or needs, allergies, and photos.
Special Concern or Needs – any information you can share with us that will aid us in providing the best possible experience for your child. This should include but is not limited to any specific educational or behavioral needs your child might have. If your child has an IEP in school, it is helpful for you to share some of that with us.
Allergies – On occasion, an activity may include food. If your child has food allergies, teachers will discuss the plan with you so your child can be included or another option available.
Photos – All photos used in class or on printed material will be void of names. If you do not want your child’s photo used, you may simply check the box on the form. You may change your choice at any time.
Nametags are more than simply a hospitality practice. In a large group where many adults do not know all the children, it is helpful for adults to be able to address children by name. Please be sure to make it a family practice to head for the Nametag board in Fellowship Hall before going to worship or class.
Worship and Sunday School
We are all pencils in the hand of God. ~ Mother Teresa
Worship is at 10:00 a.m. from “Welcome Sunday” in September (usually the Sunday after Labor Day) until the end of June. Summer worship services are at 9:30 a.m. from July through Labor Day.
Nursery (ages newborn up to age 3)
Infant and Toddler Care provided in the Loving Arms Nursery in Room 207 on the second floor from 9:45 a.m. to the end of worship. Pagers are available for parents.
Sunday School for Preschool – Grade 12
Typical Sundays – Children and Youth attend worship with their parents and then head off to Sunday School following the Children’s Message. Our Sunday School Coordinator stands in the back of the sanctuary to guide the children to their classes. Classes end at 11:15 a.m.
Communion Sundays (the first Sunday of every month) – Younger Children (Pre-K through 3rd Grade) begin the morning in worship. Those in grades 4-8 start in their classes at 10:00 am. They will then be escorted to the sanctuary partway through the service to participate in communion with their families.
On Communion Sundays, there will be no Youth classes for grades 9-12 unless you hear from your teachers. Youth are encouraged to worship with their families or to speak to Jen Stuart about assisting in a classroom (arrangements must be made in advance of Sunday).
“Sunday Specials” and Holiday Sundays – Most holiday Sundays we hold “Sunday Specials.” Pre-School children up through 6th Graders gather together for a time of learning and sharing. The older children often serve as helpers in the class. Of course children are also invited to stay in worship with their families. We encourage your children to pick up an activity bag in the Narthex/lobby or bring drawing material. Many children listen best while their hands are busy!
The Pre-K / K class, Grades 1-3 and Grades 4-6 class will be using the “Deep Blue” curriculum from Cokesbury Publishing. This is our first year with “Deep Blue.” We believe the kids will find it fun and accessible, with creative multi-media components. These year’s focus is the great stories and events of the Old Testament.
Our Middle School class (grades 7-8), The Holy Cows, will be using “Talk Sheets” by Youth Specialties. Our Middle Schoolers will also be concentrating on the stories as well as the overall themes and storyline of the Old Testament. Bonnie McGrath and Sarah Morin are the teachers and youth leaders for this group. If you are interested in mission and fun and want to help them provide activities outside of class, please speak to them.
The God Squad is our group for High School age teens who are firm in their faith, as well as those who have questions and doubts. We address the obstacles that pull teens away from God as we explore God at work in the world and in their lives. We help youth understand that being a Christ-follower requires a conscious decision on their part to turn away from the negative influences in their lives. It’s never easy, but always worth it! The Sunday morning classes are led by Steve Hartigan and Will Hargett.
Please feel welcome to ask the teachers or a member of the Christian Education Committee if any questions you may have about our curriculum. Feel welcome to contact Steve Hartigan or Will Hargett for questions about The God Squad.
Pastor Rich will offer a class for the fourth graders and their families (as well as older youth who have not been in this class before) designed to provide an understanding of the Sacrament of Holy Communion. This class enables our young people to approach the Lord’s Table with reverence and understanding. The class will be held on a Saturday morning in the fall from 9:00-11:00 a.m. with the young people receiving Communion on an upcoming Sunday. Families will receive notification in September.
Although our Communion class is for fourth graders, any child, regardless of age, may receive Communion. This is a decision that the child’s parents may make. Just as we would not turn three-year-old “Anna” away from the dinner table because she doesn’t understand the nutritional qualities of the food, we do not turn away three-year-old “Sam” from the Communion table just because he doesn’t understand the theological basis for Communion. If your child happens to be in worship when Communion is served, you could explain to him or her that this food and drink helps us remember and be closer to Jesus and also brings us closer to others who seek to know and follow him. Deeper understanding will come later.