By Sheila Callaghan, Sunday School Director
Luke 18:16 But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these."
We hope everyone enjoyed the lazy, hazy days of summer and is ready to start Sunday school in our newly renovated space on Sept. 15th! During the summer renovations, the Bethlehem School's main classroom was divided in two and we will be welcoming the children into the classroom on the left. Abigail Travers will provide childcare for younger children not quite ready to join the Godly Play circle in the classroom to the right.
All children grades pre-k through grade 6 are invited to be part of Godly Play, the Sunday school curriculum at St. Paul’s. The Godly Play curriculum, written by theologian, author, and educator The Rev. Dr. Jerome Berryman, explores the mystery of God’s presence in our lives by teaching us (both children and adults!) to listen for God and to respond to God’s call in our lives. This is done through story, wonder, and play.
A typical Sunday morning in our classroom looks something like this: Sunday school starts at 10 a.m. with the Godly Play storyteller inviting the children to “the circle.” The children listen to a short story with visuals, either manipulatives or cards, to help engage them. After listening, the children “wonder” about and reflect on the story: How would you feel? Where might you be in the story? Wondering is such an important part of the Godly Play method; the children’s responses help everyone better understand what the storyteller has shared.
September's Godly Play story schedule:
9/15: The Circle of the Church Year
9/22: The Story of Creation
9/29: The Ark and the Flood
One Sunday a month, we begin downstairs but join the congregation in the Sanctuary during the Peace for Eucharist.
The teachers are very excited to start the program year. Thank you so much for sharing your children with us each Sunday.