Learning and Doing the Work of Jesus
St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church
Douglassville, Pennsylvania
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Atria

 ST. GABRIEL’S SUNDAY SCHOOL ATRIA PROGRAM
For children 3-11 years old
“Teaching the children to learn and do the work of Jesus”
Carol Heist, Atria Coordinator




 "SCHOOL YEAR" REGULAR SCHEDULE

9:15 Sunday School begins with singing
9:30 Prayers
Lesson
Work Time
Feast (snack)
11:15 Children are brought into church to join their parents.
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 CURRICULUM

3 to 6 ATRIUM
Children 3 years old by September 1st enter the 3-6 Atrium Class.
Godly Play is the curriculum used. It is a Montessori approach using Old Testament, New Testament and seasonal stories. Multi-sensory materials are used for a hands-on experience. Route 52 Explore Bible People is used to provide children with additional crafts, games, and activities. Our Sunday morning routine involves singing, communal prayer with the 6-9 Atrium, circle time, lesson, work time, and feast (snack).

6 to 9 ATRIUM
Children 6 years old by September 1st enter the 6-9 Atrium Class.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is the curriculum. Children explore their relationship with God, family, friends, and the larger community. This curriculum is Montessori based with hands on models. Route 52 Follow the Bible is used to provide children with additional crafts, games, and activities. Our Sunday morning routine involves singing, communal prayer with the 3-6 Atrium, lesson, work time, and feast (snack).
The 3-6 and 6-9 Atria collect offering every Sunday as part of the communal prayer service. This offering is donated to support a school in Kajo Keji, Sudan, Aftrica.

9 to 11+ ATRIUM
Children 9 years old by September 1st enter the 9-11+ Atrium Class.
Living the Good News is the curriculum used. It is a lectionary-based, worship friendly curriculum. The lectionary is the cycle of Bible readings used in church. Each Sunday the lessons, readings, discussions and activities in this Atrium are based on the Bible readings used in the church service. Living the Good News shapes and transforms the children through the shared experiences of the Bible readings.
The Book of Common Prayer is also explored in this Atrium Class. The components of Rite 11 Liturgy are studied. This better prepares the children for participation in church.

SPECIAL EVENTS
  • Our annual Kick-off Breakfast is held on the third Sunday of September to begin the new year of Sunday School. 
  • Youth Sundays are held several times during the year. Youth conduct the church service and the younger children sing for the congregation. 
  • The Atria children perform the story of the nativity at the early Christmas Eve Service each year. 
  • During Lent the Atria children along with the entire congregation, collect sacrificial offerings for a mission, most recently the children of Kajo Keji, Sudan, Africa. 
  • Atria children prepare and serve refreshments for coffee hour after church once or twice each year. 
  • Vacation Bible School is held one week in July each year. It is open to any family in the community to reach out and share the news about doing the work of Jesus.
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