Almighty God, heavenly Father, you have blessed us with the joy and care of children: Give us calm strength and patient wisdom as we bring them up, that we may teach them to love whatever is just and true and good, following the example of our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. – BCP. 825
Sunday School I (Grades K-2)
Sunday School 1 runs September through May and will introduce students to basic elements of scripture and tradition focusing on God’s love for us, loving each other, and prayer. Weekly lessons correspond to the appointed readings in the lectionary (the scriptures we read in church). Students will listen to stories read by the teachers from the Spark Story Bible which uses simple vocabulary and colorful illustrations. Crafts and activities are adaptable to accommodate students pre-k through second grade.
Sunday School 2 (Grades 3-5)
Sunday School 2 runs September through May and will help students grow into a deeper understanding of scripture and tradition. They will read from the Spark NRSV Study Bible, learning the basics of book, chapter, and verse. They will also explore in more detail the people, places, context, and life applications that surround God’s love for us. Projects and activities are adaptable to accommodate students 3rd – 5th grade.
The Spark Study Bible
The Spark Study Bible (NRSV) helps kids explore the Bible in a personal way. Stickers help kids engage with the Bible by thinking about the text with questions and statements like “I memorized it!”, “Makes me feel?” and “Reminds me of?” It also includes activity suggestions and reflective questions.
Who We Are
Meet Our Ministry Team
If you have questions about your child’s involvement in our formation programs, volunteering, or helping meet other ministry needs, reach out to the members of our formation ministry team. Together, we’ll continue to make St. John’s a safe and healthy place for our young people to grow .
Assistant to the Rector for Christian Formation
Amy has been a part of the congregation of St. John’s since 2007. She has a bachelor’s degree in music education and recently completed a certificate in Children’s Ministry through FORMA, the Episcopal Network for Christian Formation.
Sunday School 1 Teachers
Michele St. Charles
Sunday School 2 Teachers
Frequently Asked Questions
When does Sunday School meet?
Sunday School will meet each Sunday between 10:30 AM and 11:05 AM, at which point children will join their parents in worship. Sunday School breaks for the summer, but Children’s Bulletins for readers and non-readers are always available for families to supplement what we do in worship.
Is there a specific program that you use?
We use the Spark Activate Faith: Lectionary curriculum. This Bible-centered program not only teaches our students the foundations of our faith but empowers our teachers and students to continue the conversation beyond the classroom.
How do I volunteer?
Our children and youth formation programs are always looking for more adults to offer a guiding hand to our young people. All volunteers who work with our young people require SafeChurch training (an abuse prevention and awareness program) and two adults must always be present at youth activities. This means we need a lot of hands on deck and our kids have the added benefit of building lots of inter-generational relationships! Some volunteers may additionally require background checks. Contact Amy Simons if interested.
How do I know if my child is ready for Sunday School?
Your child may be ready for Sunday School if they…
- are easily understood when expressing needs
- are able to follow a set of directions, “Please put the markers in the box, and then…”
- are potty trained
- are interested in being with older students
Does my child need to be registered for Sunday School?
No. Sunday School is open to all members, friends, and guests. Parents are asked to sign students in so that we can keep accurate attendance and better connect with families. Registration is sometimes required for special youth events.
How can parents support Sunday School?
- encourage your children to attend Sunday School
- consider purchasing your own copy of the Spark Story or Study Bible
- donate supplies
- volunteer to teach/be a teachers aid
- organize or chaperone youth fellowship activities
How can we donate to children and youth programs?
Like most church and youth programs, this ministry depends on the donations of materials, as much as we do volunteering your time. Please contact Amy Simons for a list of current needs of visit our “contribute” page and make a monetary donation to “Christian Formation.”