The Children's Ministries Committee develops and guides the activities for the church school and related family and community events. Its mission is to provide a loving and nurturing Christian environment in which each child can:
- Become aware of, and feel a part of, the heritage of scripture, tradition, and worship.
- Develop a sense of being loved and accepted as a unique child of God, and a member of a community of the people of God.
- Respond in love to God, community and creation.
The committee meets monthly to oversee the church school program's content and continually evaluates it to keep materials and methods fresh and meaningful.
SUNDAY SCHOOL 2012-2013:
2012-2013 Sunday School & Confirmation Registration
Pre-K-Grade 5 (9:30am-9:50am): Children's Chapel or Playground Time (on alternate Sundays).
Pre-K-Grade 5 (9:55am-10:30am): Our program this year will be based on the workshop rotation model, which will allow children to focus on one key biblical story per month and approach it from a variety of learning modalities and activities, including theater/drama, writing, art, cooking/baking, science/technology, music, games/physical exercise and outreach/service. On subsequent Sundays, children in different age-groups will rotate through a variety of "workshop rotations" taught by “workshop leaders” whose specialty/interest lies in one of the areas listed above. "Shepherds" (group leaders) will be the consistent presence in each age-group throughout the year, taking attendance, maintaining group order, and building caring relationships with children. Visit www.rotation.org for more information on this model. Our theme for the year will be Famous Families in the Bible. Below is the schedule of stories to be covered:
September - Noah & family
October - Jacob & Sons
November - Ruth & Naomi
December - Mary & Elizabeth
January - Joseph, Mary & Jesus
February - Jesus & John the Baptist
March - James & John (the "Sons of Thunder")
April - Martha, Mary & Lazarus
May - Cornelius & family
Grades 6-7 (9:30am-10:30am): Rite-13 (from the Journey to Adulthood Program) - This two-year program celebrates the individuality of each young teen and his/her creative potential, while exploring Biblical stories of God and God's people. A foundational piece of this program is a special Rite-13 liturgy that serves as a rite of passage from childhood towards adulthood (akin to a bar- or bat-mitzvah) and is celebrated by and amidst the congregation in the spring.
Grades 8-9 (9:30am-10:30am): J2A (from the Journey to Adulthood Program) - This two-year program picks up where Rite-13 leaves off and helps teens create and understand the importance of Christian community as they develop critical thinking and other skills they will need in adulthood. The end of the first year is marked by an “urban adventure”/outreach experience and/or an overnight retreat. The end of the second year is marked with a spiritual pilgrimage, planned and executed by the group, that is often a life-changing experience for all involved.
In the late-winter/spring of the second-year, 12-15 weeks will be devoted to intensive confirmation prep using the book My Faith, My Life: A Teen's Guide to the Episcopal Church. 75% attendance in J2A up to this point will be the pre-requisite to participating in the 12-15 weeks of intensive confirmation prep; 90% attendance during the intensive confirmation prep will be required in order for youth to be confirmed.
***Note: Those incoming 9th graders who have already completed one year of confirmation class as 8th graders last year, using Confirm Not Conform, will participate in the first year of J2A this year and will be offered the option of an intensive 12-15-week confirmation prep using My Faith, My Life in the late-winter/early spring, should they want to be confirmed in the spring of 2013. These youth will be strongly encouraged to continue with a second year of J2A as 10th graders next year, in order to participate in the 2014 pilgrimage; they may also choose to defer being confirmed until 10th grade.
Children's programs would not happen without the help of adults and teens who offer their support as teachers, youth workers, and nursery care givers.
Needs for the 2012-13 program year:
Sunday School Workshop Leaders - Commitment: 3 consecutive Sunday mornings 9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m. (this includes prep & clean up time), plus any planning time. Will be responsible for creating and leading 3 half-hour "workshops" (ONE lesson adjusted/taught to 3 different age-groups) in a specialized area (cooking, theater/drama, arts/crafts, music, computer/technology, outreach/service, etc.) to help children "get into" biblical-story-of-the-month in an engaging way.
For more information, contact:
The Rev. M. Cristina Paglinauan, staff liaison, ext. 230, firstname.lastname@example.org
Maggie Kallmyer, committee chairwoman
For other children and youth information follow the links below:
Parish Day School
Redeemer Youth Group
Boy Scout Troop 35