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 examples of our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. —Book of Common Prayer
We’re known as a kid-friendly church, one where “wiggleworms” are welcome, and our Sunday School is no exception. We take the spiritual lives of children seriously, but we also want your kids to have fun while they’re with us! We’d love to meet you and your child. An usher can direct you to our classrooms on the lower level of the church.
Nursery: Ages one to three
Our clean, staffed nursery is available for infants through age three. Your little ones will be entertained and watched over carefully while you attend the worship service. You are always welcome to stay in the nursery with your child, if you prefer.
Ages 3- Second Grade
Our class from children from ages three through the end of second grade uses the Godly Play curriculum,. In a Godly Play class, the children hear stories of God’s people that connect with their own experiences and relationships with God. The children are then encouraged to ask “Wondering” questions that help to explore and strengthen their faith. Godly Play is based on the belief that children have an innate sense of the presence of God.
On the day this photo was taken, the children heard a story about how God was always with His people in the desert–Abram and Sarai, the enslaved Israelites in Egypt–and gave them strength and courage when they were tired, afraid, and hungry. The children then drew picture-stories about God helping people in hard times. One of the children drew a picture of people in a hurricane. Another drew a hungry mouse, looking for food in a dark place.
Here’s the schedule of our schedules Godly Play Stories through the end of the Program Year 2017:
1/15 Parable of the Good Shepherd
1/22 Parable of the Good Samaritan
1/29 Parable of the Deep Well (Family Sunday)
2/5 Parable of the Great Pearl
2/12 Parable of the Sower
2/19 Parable of the Leaven
2/26 Mystery of Easter (Family Sunday)
3/5 Faces of Easter 1
3/12 Faces of Easter 2
3/19 Faces of Easter 3
3/26 Faces of Easter 4 (Told at the Family Sunday service)
4/2 Faces of Easter 5
4/9 Faces of Easter 6 & 7
4/16 Easter – NO Godly Play
4/23 Jesus and the Twelve
4/30 The Good Shepherd and the World Communion (Told at the Family Sunday service)
5/7 The Synagogue and the Upper Room
5/14 Circle of the Holy Eucharist
5/21 Paul’s Discovery
5/28 The Holy Trinity (Told at the Family Sunday service)
6/4 The Mystery of Pentecost
Third Grade – Fifth Grade
Our class for children from third grade through fifth grade uses elements from the Episcopal Digital Network’s Lesson’s that Work curriculum, which is based on the lectionary reading’s for that Sunday. These lessons are also supplemented with other Christian education resources. On the day this photo was taken, the class was learning about the Bible and reading scripture. The children also recently participated in a used eyeglass donation drive for OneSight, an organization that provides eyeglasses and vision care to people around the world who would otherwise not be able to access eyeglasses or eye examinations.
For information on Sunday School for teens, visit our Youth Ministry at Epiphany (YME) page.
Our Treble Choir meets for practice on Wednesday afternoons from 5:00 – 5:45 at church. Open to ages 8-13, the Treble Choir sings once a month in church and follows the “Voice for Life” training program of the Royal School of Church Music, which teaches choristers the basics of music reading, vocal production and an understanding of our faith and the rich heritage of the Episcopal tradition. For more information, contact our Choir Director, Mary Hamlin-Spencer. 410-252-4465, ext. 104.
Ages 7 and under
Our Cherub Choir for children ages 3 – 7 meets after church on Sundays. We learn about singing and playing cool instruments. Everyone is welcome!