Church School

 

St. Mary’s Church School
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Christian Education -

Shannon Wolski and Laurie Clayton
Sunday School Administrators

St. Mary’s Sunday School welcomes children from early childhood through their mid-teens to join us for Christian learning and fun with friends. Our volunteer staffed nursery is available for our youngest members while Pre-K through elementary grades, Rite 13 (7th-8th) and Journey to Adulthood (9th-10th) offer age-appropriate instruction in their individual classrooms.

In 2013, Weaving God’s Promises Episcopal curriculum was used for Pre-K through 3rd grade, while a new version of the same curriculum was purchased that focuses on engaging our older group of students as they begin, or approach, middle school (4th-6th grades.)

The Church School is divided into groups of learning.

Nursery (Infant to 3 years) Godly Play (Ages 3 to 5) All Things New (Grades K to 5)

Rite 13 (Grades 6 to 8) Journey To Adulthood (Grades 8 to 10) E.Y.C. Episcopal Youth Community (HS Students)

 

Pre-K through 6th grade students begin Sunday in church with family and follow the Red Wagon out to children’s service after the Gospel. The Red Wagon Ministry is the children’s ministry in support of St. Gregory’s Pantry. Children and families donate canned goods for the Red Wagon each Sunday. Once in the Jones Room, Deacon Janet conducts an abbreviated service including Prayers for the People, the Lord’s Prayer and Holy Communion. A rotating team of gifted storytellers share the weekly Bible story with the children, after which students proceed to their classrooms for project time with their teachers.

Rite 13 and J2A begin their Sundays in their classrooms and join the congregation to celebrate Holy Communion. These classes focus on self, society, sexuality and spirituality, as well as the importance of community outreach within Christian life. Rite 13 moves toward The Rite of Passage Ceremony and J2A toward Confirmation.

The Rite 13 class traditionally participates in CROP Walks for hunger relief each fall. The class also takes part in a simulated hunger experience the week prior to volunteering at Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen in NYC. The class has also raised funds for Fast-a-Thon.

In addition to taking retreats, the J2A class travels on an Urban Adventure in NYC. Students work as teams to decode clues to locations around the city, and must find each location without assistance from adults. Every two years, the youth of St. Mary’s, age 14 and older, make a week-long mission trip. Past mission work has included Hurricane Katrina recovery; Cedar Rapids, Iowa flood recovery; Welch, WV mission relief; and Lehigh Valley, PA flooding relief. Closer to home, the youth of St. Mary’s help St. Gregory’s Food Pantry set up for its holiday food distributions, assist in set up for the church’s biannual rummage sales, and work to prepare the church for its periodic overnight guests (Interfaith Hospitality Network, Habitat for Humanity workers, and other relief groups).

 


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