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All Saints’ Church School Programs

 The Lower Church School:  Preschool to Grade 6

Lower Church School classes take place every Sunday from 9:45 am to 10:45 am during the Program Year (September 10th to June 10th). Parents should plan on bringing their children to their respective classrooms 20 minutes before the 10:00 am service and having them brought back by their teachers part-way through the service (usually around The Peace). The Sundays when Church School is cancelled are the Sunday after Christmas, Easter Sunday, and the Sunday before Memorial Day.

The following are our 2017 – 2018 class offerings:

1. Colors of Christ (Age 3 – Kindergarten) — taught by Andie Bray, Skyla Garrigan, Grace Mescall, Emily Ward.  Meets in Room off Parish Hall.

For our youngest children, we offer a fun, high-energy class full of guitar sing-a-longs, beautiful felt stories from the Bible, liturgical crafts, and good, old-fashioned ball play. We seek to create a warm and loving environment in order to ease separation anxiety and make every child’s first Sunday School experience a success!

2. Godly Play (1st Grade – 3rd Grade) — taught by Vicki Albright, Laura Barry, Debbie Collins, Jen Dowd, and Katie LaRochelle. Meets in first half of downstairs Meeting Room.

The Godly Play curriculum, developed by Episcopal priest Jerome Berryman, is based on the assumption that all children have an innate knowledge of God. What they lack is the language to express that knowledge. In our Godly Play Classroom, we will present the sacred stories, parables, and liturgical actions of our Christian faith as a means to wonder about all things sacred. Godly Play is very hands-on and sensory-driven, which we find works well with our first through third graders.

3. The Weavers (4th Grade – 6th Grade) — taught by Deb Forsberg, Paige Flick, Dina Richert, and Joan Thomas. Meets in Cranberry Room.

This lively group of fourth, fifth, and sixth graders meets Sunday mornings to consider the ways in which the stories of our faith connect us, weaving us together as members of God’s family. The curriculum we are using is called Weaving God’s Promises. We’ll explore stories from the bible and connect those stories to our own faith journey as well as to our world today.

The Upper Church School: Grade 7 to Grade 12 

We offer classes and a Youth Group for our Upper School Students. The classes take place from 11:20- noon on Sundays. The Program Year is organized on 4 semesters and a Lenten Study. Dates of specific classes are set by Instructors during the semester. Classes meet in the downstairs classrooms under the Sanctuary.

We encourage students to both attend classes and participate in the Youth Group. All are welcome! More information on the Upper School can be found on the bulletin board outside of the Church School Office.

Classes: Faith Studies

The Upper Church School is offering a four semester program for Understanding the Episcopal Faith. The youth choose from a range of course offerings based on the model of the Three Pillars of the Episcopal Faith: Scripture, Tradition and Reason.  Students are required to take the four basic courses prior to their 10th grade year:

Required Courses:

Introduction the Episcopal Faith ; Introduction to Scripture; Introduction to Tradition; Introduction to Reason.

We also ask that all students entering 9th/10th grade take the Pre-confirmation Class offered during Lent, so that they can learn about the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Episcopal Church.

All other classes are electives. 

Classes are taught on Sundays from 11:20-noon.

The following are our 2017 – 2018 class offerings:

Term 1:  Sept 17- Oct 29
Introduction to the Episcopal Faith: Scripture, Tradition & Reason   Instructor Erik Forsberg
Worship in the Episcopal Church  Instructor Maggie Marshall
Term 2: Nov. 12th – Dec 17th
Introduction to Scripture    Instructor Rev. Bill Bradbury
Scripture and Tradition in the Christmas Pageant   Instructor Laura Marshall
Term 3:  Jan 7 – Feb 18
Introduction to the Episcopal Faith: Scripture, Tradition & Reason   Instructor Erik Forsberg
Christian Themes in Super Heros    Instructor Deb Forsberg
LENT:  March 4th- March 25th
Lenten Study for all students    Leader Debbie Psilopoulus 
Pre-confirmation for all 9th/10th graders   Instructor Rev. Bill Bradbury
Term 4: April 8th – May 20th
Faith and Outreach: The West VA Workcamp and more  Instructor Dave Kuzara
The History of All Saints: Anna Eliza Hunt and more   Instructor Brian Hunter

Youth Group: All Saints’ Youth Group

To learn about YOUTH GROUP at All Saints- visit the Youth Group Page.

 

Church School Newsletter – Spring/Summer 2016

asc5After many months without a Church School Newsletter, our Spring/Summer edition has finely arrived!  Please click the link below for updates on all the events and activities going on in our church school program.  Our newsletter will now be seasonal instead of monthly, so be on the lookout for our Fall edition in September.  Have a blessed summer!

Spring-Summer 2016 Newsletter

 

Lenten Pretzel Making — Sunday, February 14th

pretzeljpgThe Church School classes will be participating in Lenten Pretzel Making on Sunday, February 14th, at 9:45 in the Parish Hall.  We cannot wait for everyone to try our delicious pretzels during coffee hour!  If you would like to help, we would love for you to make some pretzel dough for us!  You can use any recipe you’d like, but here’s a fairly simple one to try.  Thanks so much for your help!

December 2015 Church School Newsletter

asc5This Advent season has been a busy, joyful, bustling time for our Church School groups! Between Advent wreath making, creating raffle baskets for the Holiday Fair, and preparing for our annual Christmas Pageant, we’ve also taken time to focus on the joy and promise this wonderful season brings!   Check out our December Newsletter below to read about all that we have been doing this month.

Dec 2015 Newsletter