Sunday School Registration 2017-2018

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    Windows of Grace Rally Day is September 17th… And this autumn we’re doing something different in our Sunday School. With this coming year being the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the Christian Education Committee is looking to focusing on stories of grace, and it occurred to us that many of those stories are told in Gethsemane’s stained-glass windows. So, among the things we will do each week, we will share the Bible stories highlighted in our windows and explore how each of these stories is rich in God’s grace and how Jesus shares God’s grace with us. One of the more significant changes is that the Sunday School was looking for ways to make Sunday School more relevant to our Sunday Worship. With some brainstorming, we decided that this year, during our Sunday School opening, we will be learning songs that will be sung at the JJJ worship service in the coming weeks. Our children will also be involved in writing prayers, learning to be readers, and playing a greater role in worship The Sunday School is also trying to be more responsive to our families who want to participate in Sunday School and Worship, but are pressed for time on Sunday mornings, or who have younger children for whom a longer stretch of time is challenging. We have set the schedule so that families can worship at 8:30 a.m. and go immediately to Sunday School which will be 45 minutes long, so that worship and Sunday School together are about an hour and a half. It is hoped that with all the different activities, there will be enough to keep even small children interested. Our JJJ worship band will be on hand to help with the music. A Sunday Morning for our children will look something like this: September 24 8:30 a.m. JJJ Worship 9:15 Sunday School Opening Window: Jesus and the children (Choir starts) Bible story: Matthew 19:14; Luke 18:16 Music: Jesus Loves the Little children, Jesus loves me JJJ preparation: Children make Prayer petitions for October 1 JJJ worship Doing Sunday School this way is a change in our format, so we are hoping that all our parents will choose to be involved. We can learn the Bible stories together and explore them as families. In addition, Sunday School lessons will be sent out via email (“The Olive Grove”!) each week so that each family can continue to learn at home, or if a Sunday is missed do the lesson on their own. More information will be coming in the weeks leading up to Rally Day, so be watching. We’re looking forward to a new year, and a new way of learning together!
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