Our Sunday School program is normally offered during the worship service (September through May) for children aged 4-12.
Children take part in Godly Play, a Montessori-style program. Most weeks, teachers will present a Bible Story using dynamic objects and figures.
Our teachers do not tell the children what to think; instead, children are invited to “wonder” about the story and come up with their own answers.
The way the stories are structured and the way that wondering is welcomed allow children to have profound faith experiences while they explore and discover. The children are then invited to work with various storytelling or art materials until they return to worship for communion.
The curriculum is formed around three central questions: Who do you say that I am? – an understanding of God as revealed through the Bible and the person of Christ Jesus; Who are we? – our identity and heritage as Lutheran Christians; and Who am I? – individual identity as a member of God’s family.
There are several different classes available. In addition to child care for the youngest children, parents can opt to enroll their children in a Pre-Reader class (approximate ages 4-6), Reader (app. ages 7-9), or Pre-Confirmation (app. ages 10-11). You may decide to register your child based on age, ability, or to keep him or her with a sibling.
- The Pre-Reader class will work with traditional Godly Play stories and materials. This process invites to children to imagine themselves in the stories, as part of God’s family, and to wonder about meaning and identity.
- The Reader class will open the Bible together and read the stories to each other. The class will be led in Godly Play reflections and engage in reflective work.
- The Pre-Confirmation class will spend much of the service in church, but will gather downstairs during the sermon to reflect upon the readings. These children will begin to experience liturgy in its literal sense – as the work of the people of God.