Changes to Sunday School Timing at St. Paul

SUNDAY SCHOOL MOVES TO THE 9:45 A.M. EDUCATION HOUR

Beginning September 11 the Sunday School at St. Paul Lutheran Church moves to the Education Hour 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. This move is made to support our congregation’s commitment to nurturing the Christian faith received in our Baptism. Jesus told His disciples, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20). The study of the Holy Scriptures is a lifetime task for followers of Jesus Christ, and it is the desire of the ministry of Spiritual Oversight and Christian Education at St. Paul Lutheran Church that we offer an appropriate option for each age group during the Education Hour. In the past, we offered during the Education Hour the Variety Hour. This was a multi-age classroom that did not sufficiently handle the different education needs that exist between preschool and sixth grade.

The Sunday School that happened in the past during the 11 a.m. Divine Service used the outstanding curriculum Growing in Christ by Concordia Publishing House. The Sunday School that takes place during the Education Hour will continue to use the Growing in Christ materials. In a Growing in Christ classroom, children hear the Good News of Christ’s death and resurrection in every lesson and are exposed to a substantial scope of Bible stories from early on! Every student will be placed into an appropriate age level classroom. Growing in Christ provides meaningful lessons that provide relevant interaction with God’s Word. This material was not designed to be used in the short time slot that existed for Sunday School during the 11 a.m. Divine Service. The teachers and children will all appreciate the time and focus that will be given to the lessons during the Education Hour.

People of every age are called to remain in God’s Word. Jesus says, “Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine; you are the branches” (John 15:3-5). We hope that parents will drop their children off in their Sunday School classrooms and then join a Bible study. We will also provide during this hour a middle school/high school class in the Activity Center.

KIDS’ CONNECTION AT 11 A.M. SERVICE FOR CHILDREN PRESCHOOL THROUGH SECOND GRADE.

Kids’ Connection is a worship and Bible learning time appropriate for children ages 3 through 2nd grade. During this time, children sing, pray and hear a lesson from Scripture. Kids’ Connection takes place after the Children’s Message at the 11 a.m. service on Sunday morning. Children will be returned to their parents during the gathering of the offering.

There are always opportunities to share your love of Jesus in Kids’ Connection. Currently, we are seeking adult and youth volunteers to help work with and teach the kids.

Beginning on September 11 we are lowering the top grade level that is invited to Kids’ Connection from 6th grade down to 2nd grade. In our confirmation program we expect youth to attend worship on regular basis, and for too many of these youth this is the first time they are consistently attending a full worship service. We encourage families to worship together as much as possible.

YOUR HELP NEEDED

You can help make this time of transition a success.

1) Pray for God’s Word to be living and active in our congregation.

2) Volunteer to help with the Sunday School or Kids’ Connection.

3) Volunteer to provide childcare in the Nursery during the Education hour.

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