Church School Program… Nursery, Pre-K through 5th Grade (or 6th every other year)
Our Church School program meets at 10:15 a.m. while the adults are in the main service. Our children join us for communion as all baptized Christians are invited to take communion in the Episcopal Church. About 3-4 times during the academic year we do a Church First Sunday at the 10:15 in which all members (young and old) have a shortened communion service together (about 45 minutes) and then go to Church School or to the Adult Forum (adult time).
The church school time begins with a short service in the chapel underneath the library (unless it’s a Church First Sunday) and continues as children join their teachers in the classrooms. Our teachers are largely drawn from our parents and we have an expectation that parents will participate in the education program on some level. We use a mix of stimulating curriculum including an emphasis on the Montessori-style Godly Play program as well as the Feasting on the Word program and other Episcopally-based programs. We also provide The Sunday Paper for children, a lectionary based leaflet, at the back of the church every Sunday. Our Director is Nicole Nichols who can be contacted through our preferred email address on the home page, firstname.lastname@example.org . Some of the highlights of the church school year include the Christmas Pageant in December, the Eggstravaganza on the day before Easter and our Youth Sunday at the conclusion of the “academic year”. The latter also involves a picnic on the grounds. Occasional visits from the Rector downstairs during Church School time can include instruction and “stump the Rector” (with questions). The Nursery meets at the same time as the Church School in the newly re-developed space off the downstairs chapel. Communion Class is occasionally offered in November and April/May of every year. Students are usually our second graders and older who may already be taking communion but need a little more information and guidance that clergy can give.