Sunday School

Almighty God, heavenly Father, you have blessed us with the joy and care of children: Give us calm strength and patient wisdom as we bring them up, that we may teach them to love whatever is just and true and good, following the example of our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. – BCP. 825

We’ve made some changes! This year, we’ve switched our lessons from lectionary-based (the schedule the church uses to choose the scripture readings on Sunday) to unit-based (collections of lessons with the same theme, such as “Beginnings” and “Promises.”) Our hope is that we can take this time together to cover some of the fundamental themes and stories in scripture in a way that helps us all connect to people of faith that came before us and, of course, to rekindle relationships with each other! Both classes will meet in Gissandanner Hall (Community Room) on Sundays at 10:30 am beginning, September 12, 2021.

All of our Sunday School volunteers are vaccinated and committed to waring masks.

Spark Sunday School  (Grades K-5)

Our elementary students will meet together to use Spark All Kids – a special curriculum specifically designed to meet their diverse developmental needs! Students will hear Bible stories read from the Spark Story Bible and can also read from the NRSV Spark Study Bible. We will learn the stories of foundational Bible characters, focus on God’s love for us, and get comfortable with prayer.

While Bibles are provided in class, consider having one at home!

 

Connect Sunday School (Grades 6-8)

Middle school students will meet using the Connect curriculum which is specifically designed to introduce them to reading and processing scripture with an emphasis on life application. We will not only talk about foundational Biblical stories but trace their themes throughout other parts of scripture. We will learn the basics of using the Bible and deal with what it means for our day to day lives through prayer, doubt, and relationships. 

While Bibles are provided in class, consider having one at home!

The Spark Story Bible

The Spark Story Bible is beautifully illustrated and retells 100 of the most popular Bible stories to get children exploring and wondering about God’s Word. 

The Spark Study Bible

The Spark Study Bible (NRSV) helps kids explore the Bible in a personal way. Stickers help kids engage with the Bible by thinking about the text with questions and statements like “I memorized it!”, “Makes me feel?” and “Reminds me of?” It also includes activity suggestions and reflective questions.

The Connect Bible

Connect BibleThe Connect Bible includes activities to get kids thinking about the stories they’ve just learned and tools to help kids learn how to use the text. The Connect Bible also features: Instant Activities, Fun games and quick activities that help reinforce the Bible stories. Especially suitable for upper grade school and middle school students.

Who We Are

Meet Our Ministry Team

If you have questions about your child’s involvement in our formation programs, volunteering, or helping meet other ministry needs, reach out to the members of our formation ministry team. Together, we’ll continue to make St. John’s a safe and healthy place for our young people to grow . 

Amy Simons

Amy Simons

Assistant to the Rector for Christian Formation

Amy has been a part of the congregation of St. John’s since 2007. She has a bachelor’s degree in music education and recently completed a certificate in Children’s Ministry through FORMA, the Episcopal Network for Christian Formation.

The Teachers

Lucas Curell

Lucas Curell

Sunday School

Melanie Hollman

Melanie Hollman

Sunday School

Michele St. Charles

Michele St. Charles

Sunday School

F.A.Q.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does Sunday School meet?

Sunday School will meet each Sunday between 10:30 AM and 11:05 AM, at which point children will join their parents in worship. Sunday School breaks for the summer, but Children’s Bulletins for readers and non-readers are always available for families to supplement what we do in worship. 

Is there a specific program that you use?

We use the Spark Activate Faith: Lectionary curriculum.  This Bible-centered program not only teaches our students the foundations of our faith but empowers our teachers and students to continue the conversation beyond the classroom.

How do I volunteer?

Our children and youth formation programs are always looking for more adults to offer a guiding hand to our young people. All volunteers who work with our young people require SafeChurch training (an abuse prevention and awareness program) and two adults must always be present at youth activities. This means we need a lot of hands on deck and our kids have the added benefit of building lots of inter-generational relationships! Some volunteers may additionally require background checks. Contact Amy Simons if interested. 

How do I know if my child is ready for Sunday School?

Your child may be ready for Sunday School if they… 

  • are easily understood when expressing needs
  • are able to follow a set of directions, “Please put the markers in the box, and then…”
  • are potty trained
  • are interested in being with older students 

Does my child need to be registered for Sunday School?

No. Sunday School is open to all members, friends, and guests. Parents are asked to sign students in so that we can keep accurate attendance and better connect with families. Registration is sometimes required for special youth events. 

How can parents support Sunday School?

  • encourage your children to attend Sunday School
  • consider purchasing your own copy of the Spark Story or Study Bible
  • donate supplies
  • volunteer to teach/be a teachers aid
  • organize or chaperone youth fellowship activities

How can we donate to children and youth programs?

Like most church and youth programs, this ministry depends on the donations of materials, as much as we do volunteering your time. Please contact Amy Simons for a list of current needs of visit our “contribute” page and make a monetary donation to “Christian Formation.” 

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