Sunday School for 2022
As we look into 2022 and all the possibilities that lie ahead for Children’s Ministries, we begin with being thankful for the families who are a part of the life of St. Mary’s. Thankful to reconnect in-person with our long-time families, in addition to so many new families.
In an effort to best plan and serve the needs of our children and families while being mindful and responsive to the current health data, we will meet with the Children’s Ministries Committee in early January. The goal and hope of the meeting is to create a plan for Sunday School throughout the winter months of 2022. Then we will announce future plans for Sunday School in mid-January with the intention of implementing the new plan on or around Sunday, January 30. But as of right now, there is no Sunday School on Sundays, January 9 and 16.
Register Your Child in our Program!
Even though we are not meeting in person, please take a moment to go online and fill out a registration form for your child(ren). This information helps us so much to stay connected and up-to-date with your family. And it helps us have updated and accurate information, especially birth dates! We don’t want to miss a single one!
Children’s Chapel is during the 11 o’clock service. Children are invited during the Gospel hymn to come with Amelia and/or another group leader to the Block Room. During this time, children hear the Gospel story, have time for prayer, and sing. They return to the service at the Peace.
Nursery on Sunday Mornings
Our nursery is open for infants through children age 4. Our nursery staff, headed by Meg Zehmer, is fully vaccinated and wears masks in an effort to keep our youngest members healthy. Nursery opens at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings and runs through the end of the 11 a.m. service. The nursery will be closed on Sundays, January 9 and 16 due to the rising number of COVID cases. We will review the situation during the week of January 17 and make a decision for the following two week period.
Volunteer with Children’s Ministries!
The new outdoor format for Sunday School means need parent volunteers who are willing to check-in kids to Sunday School, pass out snacks, and guide kids from a big group setting to a smaller classroom. These volunteer roles require no preparation and are flexible around your availability. The hope is to build a team of 15-20 parents willing to rotate every few weeks to assist with Sunday School. Or go straight to the sign up genius link here to go ahead and sign up!
Note: Volunteers will need to participate in some Diocesan training.
If you are interested, contact Amelia McDaniel at email@example.com.
If you’d like to check out more resources to do at home, you can download, watch, or print them below:
- Children’s Chapel Worship
- Order a Sparkhouse Spark Story Bible through Amazon or Sparkhouse Publishing
- The music used during Children’s Chapel is from the CD All Creatures, published y Rain for Roots. Order a copy of All Creatures album.
Children’s Chapel Online
We created Worship Kits that are referenced in the videos. They contain items that help set the stage for learning, including The Sunday Paper. The Sunday Paper is a great resource to explore the week’s reading for your children and even has a parent guide on the back. We send out copies of the Sunday Paper periodically to keep the kids up to date with the lessons. In addition to the Sunday paper, there are copies of prayers we say, a liturgical wheel guide, and books of the Bible guide.
Our storytellers use the Spark Story Bible, published by Sparkhouse, to tell most of the stories shared. Follow this link to order one for your own home.
St. Mary’s Storytime
Do your kids enjoy being read to and love a wonderful story? St. Mary’s is excited to offer a new component to Children’s Formation this summer – St. Mary’s Storytime! In addition to weekly Children’s Chapel, we are offering Storytime each week! A different storyteller will share brief part of the Old Testament, Psalms, Epistle or the Gospel story from the previous Sunday’s readings. Then they will read a wonderful illustrated children’s book and talk about how the stories and their themes relate.
In addition, Denise Bennett, our summer intern, is a professional storyteller and has included some of her favorite stories to share with our kids. We are so grateful for her incredible gift!
St. Mary’s Storytime Stories:
Check out all the stories relating to recent Bible lessons shared by some of our favorite storytellers, follow the links below
- “When I Pray for You” – relates to Psalm 139
- “Wemberly Worried” – relates to Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
- “God’s Dream” by The Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams
- “King Maen’s Secret” as told by Denise Bennett
- “The Magic Garden of the Poor” as told by Denise Bennett
- “One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference” – relates to Matthew 14:13-21
- “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters” – relates to Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28
- “The Day the Crayons Quit” – relates to Genesis 45:1-15
- “Peggy: A Brave Chicken on a Big Adventure” – relates to Exodus 1:8-2:10
- “Rosa” – relates to Romans 12:1-8
- “Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom” – relates to Exodus 3:1-15