Children's Sunday School
Sunday mornings, 10:25 - 11:05 am
St. Peter’s offers a rich, Bible-based curriculum for children ages three through fifth grade. Using God’s word as our textbook, each class has its own unique way of engaging children in the Bible. We encourage children to bring their Bibles to class each week.
Sunday School is offered between our morning services, from 10:25-11:05 am. During the recessional hymn at the 9am service, children are invited to follow the crucifer to the back of the church and proceed down the back staircase directly to their classrooms. Families who attend the 11:15 am service should have children in their classrooms by 10:25 am.
Our Sunday school teachers are devoted to the spiritual growth of your children. However, we believe that Sunday school is just the beginning of a conversation about God and our Anglican beliefs that should continue throughout the week at home. Parents will be guided and encouraged to participate in their child’s formation both.
Ages three and four: Praising God through Music and Stories
Led by Kristina Osterhaus and Chad Hess
The three and four year olds find out that praising God and learning about Him at church is fun! The children are taught that studying God's word helps us build our faith and grow "strong spiritual muscles."
This class follows the same format each week so that the children become comfortable and know what to expect. We start with opening exercises including a song, a bible verse, and prayer. Then the children hear and see a bible story through the use of our “felt board”. We have a two-year plan that teaches Old Testament stories during the first year, and New Testament stories the next. The lesson is reinforced with a prayer and craft to take home to their loved ones. We are excited to watch the children's "spiritual muscles" grow!
Kindergarten: Godly Play - An interactive approach of telling the stories of the Bible
Led by Erica Lee and Elizabeth Carrouth
This is a wonderful method of telling stories of the Bible, parables, and teaching the church’s liturgical traditions using textured 3-dimensional materials. The Godly Play approach invites children into the stories and encourages them to move into a clearer understanding of faith through “wondering questions”.
Godly Play models the worship service with a greeting, song, lesson, response time, prayer, feast and dismissal. An understanding of the stories, symbols and characteristics of their faith, leads to a more meaningful and appropriate participation in worship.
1st grade: Children's Catechumenate - One Family of Faith - Introduction to Worship in the Anglican Tradition and more
Led by Carol Long, Sheri Freeland, Lisa Miller and Julie Dombroski
St. Peter’s is proud to offer first graders and their families a unique and exciting experience in their Christian journey. Our first grade curriculum, “One Family of Faith” was developed to prepare our children for worship in the Anglican tradition, with a special emphasis on Baptism and Holy Eucharist. This class helps them become active participating members of the Body of Christ and culminates with a Festal Eucharist during the Easter season.
This is an interactive class that assists children in understanding the worship and traditions of the Anglican Church and the Biblical basis of why we do what we do. Children will experience firsthand many of our Worship Ministries throughout the year. By emphasizing the Holy Baptism, the Holy Eucharist, ministries of the Church, clergy involvement, mission, exploration, and church etiquette with a hands-on approach at a level the children can understand, relate to and engage in, we accomplish our goal of bringing our children up as full, participating members of the Body of Christ.
2nd Grade: Bible Basics
Led by Ann Smith and Cindy Townsend
Our second grade curriculum focuses on building a solid foundation for future bible studies. We will encourage memorization of the books of the Bible through focusing on the natural groupings in both the Old and New Testament. Within the Old Testament, groupings include the Law, Poetry, Major Prophets and Minor Prophets. Within the New Testament, groupings include the Gospels, Church History, Pauline Epistles, General Epistles and Revelations.
Children are encouraged to bring their Bibles to class so that they become comfortable with finding each book discussed. This course is designed to be hands-on with crafts and art projects. The art will be open to the imagination of the child, allowing the Holy Spirit to work through each child’s expression.
At the conclusion of this course, it is our hope that we have equipped our children to enter the 3rd grade Sunday school class with a solid foundation for more in-depth studies of the New and Old Testaments.
3rd Grade: Warriors of the World - Defending the Faith and Prayer and Creating a Relationship with God
Led by Amy Hines and Staci Duggar
Building on the Bible Basics that our second graders learned, Warriors of the World will delve more fully into a study of the Old and New Testaments.
Beginning with the Old Testament, we will cover exciting stories including Abraham, Isaac, Moses, Joseph, David and Solomon. As we follow the tales of God’s chosen people, we will learn about the armor he has given believers of the new covenant. The focus will be on Ephesians 6:10-11. Parents are encouraged to review this Bible passage with their child before the first day of class.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. Ephesians 6:10-11.
We will use class discussions, physical activity and craft projects throughout the year to engage children in learning important themes in the Bible. Through scripture and discussion, we will learn how to “buckle the belt of truth” around our waist, wear the “breastplate of righteousness”, feel the protection of the “helmet of salvation”, be prepared with “feet of readiness”, use our “shield of faith” and appropriately make use of the “sword of the Spirit”. Through several craft projects, each student will construct their own Armor of God to wear proudly at our Sunday School Graduation in the Spring.
4th/5th Grade: Discipleship & Missions – Christ's Light in the World
Led by Chuck Lang and Foyt Ralston
Taking the Bible lessons learned in fourthgrade, this course will delve more deeply into God’s word and apply it to the world around us. Through mission projects, children will more fully understand what God has called us to into – being salt and light in the world. Topics include compassion, humility, giving, evangelism, grace and obedience. Parents are encouraged to review this Bible passage with their child before the first day of class.
"You are the salt of the earth...You are the light of the world." Matthew 5:13-16.
Students will go on four off-site mission trips during the year, prepare gifts and care packages, prayer cards as well as collect donations for ministries in the community. In addition, guest speakers who have gone on foreign mission trips will offer a unique perspective of their travels and, perhaps, even their calling.
Our students will be asked to complete a mission journal which will include pictures from mission work and scripture they have studied all year. This journal will help them as they make the leap at the end of year to our Youth Program.