Classes meet from 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Primary class (ages 3 – Grade 2)
Location – Sunday School room in the upstairs hallway next to the nursery.
Intermediate class (Grades 3 to 5)
Location – Meets in the Old Parish Hall downstairs.
St. Gabriel's Children's ministry program
“Teaching the children to learn and do the work of Jesus”
Carol Heist, Children’s Ministry Team Coordinator, Emeritus
Responding to the needs of our young congregants, we have created a Sunday School classroom with a broader age range and with curriculum flexibility. The core curriculum is “Godly Play” which is filled with a rich, albeit simple plan that is both refreshing and traditional.
It focuses on Old Testament stories and parables that allow the children to come to the stories from where they are both intellectually and spiritually. The children internalize these stories and instinctively know after the lessons what kind of Godly Play (their work) is important for them as they are asked what they would like to work on.
After the teacher’s presentation of the lesson, the children choose from a variety of Montessori Bible based props and artistic materials. Parents won’t always see a finished project going home, however, the lessons and stories will live inside the children as they resume their daily activities. Whether it is to volunteer or visit, we hope you will take some time to slip into our classroom to see and feel the magic of Godly Play!
Leaders: Carly Greenwald, Katie Schiel, and Mike Schiel
in the Children's Classes
Perform the story of the nativity at the early Christmas Eve Service each year.
Visit the Villa, a personal care facility, during Sunday School. We sing songs and create crafts together.
Prepare and serve refreshments for coffee hour after church once or twice each year.
Collect (along with the entire congregation) sacrificial offerings for a mission, such as Kajo Keji in South Sudan, Africa during Lent.