Sunday School is available every Sunday during the school year (with a few holy day exceptions) for Pre-K and Elementary School children. Sunday School hopes to empower children with the tools of our faith with faith goals for the child, family and parish.
For the child we hope to achieve a love and comfortability praying to and worshiping God, empowerment to do God's work in Christ's church and world, a working knowledge of the tools of our faith: scripture, prayer, community and clear identity as both a Christian and Episcopalian. Ultimately we seek to help form disciples for God to make into Apostles.
For the family we aspire to make the home the center of Christianity and empower the household to use scripture and prayer as guiding principles for family decisions.
For the parish, children’s formation is designed to guide a path to fulfill the promise in the baptismal covenant:
"Will you who witness these vows do all in your power to support these persons in their life in Christ?
People respond: We will.”
As a result, the adults in the parish take responsibility for the formation of the young people, including teaching classes, providing supplies and becoming prayer partners, who are able to teach and mentor young people in prayer and faith.
Sunday School for children K-5th grade takes place Sunday mornings at 9AM, in the undercroft of the church, (beneath the Parish Hall)
A three year cycle - covering all topics all three years: Episcopal Worship, Praying in Worship and Worshiping at Home, Baptism, Storytelling in Church, Music, and Communion. At the conclusion of 2nd grade, kids and their families will be invited to a morning retreat, where the child gets to teach the family what they have learned about worship and they will bake bread together to be used at communion the following day. Children will be honored with a children's bible as tool for the next phase in their faith journey.
A three year exploration into the bible - stories, organization and themes- using approachable videos, which are arranged to give a sense of the bible's overall structure - Old Testament, Advent/Christmas/New Testament, Holy Week/Easter, Post-Resurrection/Early Church. As students promote from the 5th grade, they will be honored in church with a baptismal vow renewal and will receive a regular bible and a journal to prepare for their continued faith journey.
Sunday School for 3 and 4 year old children takes place at 10AM and concludes as the children are invited to join their parents for Holy Eucharist. This class moves children gently from the nursery setting, meant to be filled with play to a time with a little more structure and lesson. Each week features one of the bible stories being read during worship, re-told in appropriate preschool language, and interactive activities and/or crafts. Since our Kindergarteners worship with us, this class is a gateway towards sitting and listening, prayer time and some of the verbiage of church.
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Sundays - is our monthly Youth Group meeting for 6th-12 graders. It is a joint ministry with St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Laytonsville. We make dinner together and study a person or people from scripture or Christian tradition. Our time is full of conversation and laughter, with games, cooking and a little bit of clean-up.
Once a month we also meet up with the Northern Montgomery County (NoMoCo) Youth Consortium, the youth of 7 local Episcopal Church in the Northern Montgomery County Region of the Diocese of Washington. Each month we gather a big group of teenagers to have fun together, learn a little about our faith and end in prayer. This coming school year, the theme of these gatherings will be the Early Church, and youth will get to participate in adventures inspired by the Acts of the Apostles.