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. Prayer for the Care of Children, BCP page 829.
The Christian formation of Emmanuel Parish children is very important. Sunday School is an integral part of that formation. During the 2016-2017 school year, Emmanuel Parish Sunday School has employed a lectionary-based approach to Christian formation, using LEGO bricks and other materials as appropriate to reinforce lessons and engage learners.
Sunday School is on break through the summer, but when fall comes, if you have children of Sunday School age (3 through 10 years), please bring them to the second floor of the Mowry Building at 9:10 on Sunday mornings; classes resume September 11th with teachers Lucienne Burrus, Lori Dobrik, and Bill Techau, as well as Christian Education Assistant Ella Burrus. We encourage parents to attend as well. Each Sunday’s class will include a lectionary-based lesson, prayers, hands-on activities, and a snack before it concludes at 10 a.m. Periodically, adults, teens, and children will meet together for an intergenerational event in the same time slot.
Effective Christian formation happens not only during the Sunday School hour, rather it occurs all week long in the normal activities of life. To foster ongoing formation in faith all week long, Emmanuel also provides families with a copy of Taking Faith Home each Sunday. In this resource, families will find lectionary-related scripture readings, prayers, and activities they can use together to deepen their relationship with Jesus. (P.S.: It works for adults too!)
Another excellent Episcopal resource for family Christian formation is the blog Grow Christians, "A community of disciples practicing faith at home."
Sunday School is exciting, faith-building, and fun-filled. Come join in! Learn. And grow.