“Faith experienced at an early age is the foundation for all other growth. The good news that what we share with our children has the power to transform lives and revitalize communities… Faith formation is a lifelong process that happens through relationship with God. Faith is active, always in process, constantly transforming us to be more like Christ. Faith is also relational. We grow in faith within the context of a loving, accepting community. If conditions are nurtured, children will grow in their understanding of God and Jesus, as revealed by the Spirit through scripture and Christian community.”
The curriculum currently being used during the Covid pandemic is from Spill the Beans, “a worship and learning resource for all ages,” (spillbeans.org.uk), which follows the lectionary of the worship service. A Google Classroom has been set up where students can interact with the teacher Edda and Pastor Charity. The Bible Story is heard, either creatively told by a church member or from a YouTube clip. Monthly activity bags have been created, families pick them up, and they contain supplies which the children use during the lesson. The Zoom meeting for this lesson is at 10:30 Sunday mornings.
There are many special activities throughout the year, including an Easter Egg Hunt and egg decorating contest, plays or musicals, and making Valentines and taking them to a nursing home. The youth do several service projects throughout the year from Heifer Project to MLK presentation, to working with the homeless. One of the highlights is the Hanging of the Greens, which includes a hayride to find and cut the giant tree for the sanctuary, making decorations and decorating the tree, a soup and sandwich dinner, and singing Christmas hymns in the sanctuary as the tree is lit.
Nursery care is also available for children 0-5 years every Sunday. Children hear a story, play with toys and engage in socialization. Activities are fun and engaging designed to enrich the spiritual growth of our smallest friends. Our lessons are supported by the Bible story presented each week. Several opportunities to retell the story through art or active games are presented.
During our current closure due to Covid 19 our Sunday school children are provided materials to follow the lessons at home. Families can pick up supplies prior to the first Sunday of the month. There is also a Zoom lesson to join.