At Good Shepherd, one of our biggest joys and most important responsibilities is to welcome and care for children so that they grow up to know and love God, their neighbors, and themselves as children of God. Here’s a little bit about our Sunday School, our “Story and a Craft” times, and our One-Day VBS’s.
Children’s Time (School Year), aka “Sunday School”
During 2014-2015 school year, we’ll continue our “children’s time” format for Sunday school and learning. Here’s how it goes:
Children who wish to participate in Tot time gather with their families (and everyone else!) in the worship space for the beginning of worship at 10:00 a.m. After the children’s sermon, the kids are invited to go with their teachers for a short learning time just for them. There are two groups of kids, toddler (18 mos. to 4-ish) and school age (kindergarten and up). While they are learning, singing, and having a snack, the adults are listening to God’s Word through scripture readings and the sermon. The children return to the sanctuary after the sermon for the rest of the worship service. Each week, kids come home with an activity to do at home with their families to engage the story.
Our Sunday school teachers welcome conversation about how we can help all children, including those with different abilities or special needs–feel welcome in God’s family.
Story and a Craft (School Year, Occasional Saturdays)
Children and parents are invited to gather for a bible story, a craft, a snack, and some playtime (outside on the playground, weather permitting).
One Day Vacation Bible School (Summer)
On occasional Saturdays in the summer, we meet for a more extended version of Story and a Craft.