Children and youth from preschool through 12th grade gather into classrooms every Sunday morning during the regular school year for Christian Education Classes (sometimes called “Sunday School”). All classes take place during the Education Hour, which is the time between the end of the 9:00 am worship service and the beginning of the 11:15 am worship service (10:15 to 11:00 am).
Students in preschool through 5th grade learn about God, God’s people, and the most precious gift of Jesus Christ through the use of the “Weaving God’s Promises” Episcopal curriculum. “Weaving God’s Promises” lessons are vibrant and flexible, helping children to learn the great stories of the Bible along with important aspects of Episcopal Church history and tradition. Some Sundays include special trivia days, when students and teachers review past material using games and other fun activities.
Students in 6th through 12th grades gather in the Carriage House, on the southern edge of the church grounds, for their class. The youth class uses an online curriculum created by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) called “FaithLens.” “FaithLens” lessons explore the Gospel readings appointed for each Sunday, connecting them with current events and other everyday issues. These lessons allow the youth class to have an open-ended discussion format, which students and adult leaders enjoy.
All children’s and youth Christian Education Classes are led by dedicated volunteer teachers, who are assisted by a number of “Big Kids” from the congregation. “Big Kids” are adults who come to class each week to learn and play along with the children and youth. This helps kids and youth to form relationships with adults in the parish who aren’t their parents or parents of their peers.