Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.-- Proverbs 6:22
The Children's Council has been very busy this summer doing a fun and hopefully engaging reboot of Sunday School offerings for our children. Beginning this fall, St. James Episcopal Church will be offering age-appropriate Sunday School lessons before the 10:30 service: from 9:15 until 10:15 a.m. (Youth and adult classes are offered at this time, also!)
The aim of Christian education in Episcopal Church parishes and congregations is to assist every member in living out the covenant made in Holy Baptism. We have adopted the Episcopal Children's Curriculum, a thematic Sunday school curriculum developed by the Virginia Theological Seminary with that goal in mind. and will be offered in three age groups: children ages 3-5; 6-8; and those 9-12 years old. The curriculum includes age-appropriate lessons on the Old Testament, New Testament, Sacraments, and the Church each year, as well as material on the major events of the Church Year, including All Saints Day and Pentecost.
We will continue our Children's Church option at the start of the 10:30 services. Children's Church will focus on "Fruits of the Spirit" and will have a more light-hearted approach with tangible activities for the little ones. Young children enjoy the brief lesson, some time for music and activity, before joining their families in church in time for communion.
Volunteers are being recruited for the 3-5 and 9-12 year old groups for Sunday School, and to help out with the Children's Church classes.
The Children's Council will have two representatives that will serve as a primary contacts for each age group. These two representatives will be available to assist with any questions, needs or assistance needed on any given Sunday. We have prepared all of the lessons materials for you for each week, and they will be waiting for you when you arrive -- no need to bring a thing! Your age group reps will email you the lesson ahead of time if you would prefer to review and be more prepared.
We could not be more excited about this opportunity for our young children.
Thank you in advance for your support,
The Children's Council