What a gift it is to work with children, partnering with parents and families to pass on faith in God to the next generation. This is part of our baptismal promises and therefore, it is with joy that we are reopening classes for all age groups this May! Our hope is that parents and families will make the most of this opportunity to reintroduce children to church, build relationships with new and returning friends, and reestablish habits of weekly worship. We are all starting over together, so this is a great time to jump back in! Masks are welcome in all classrooms.
We realize some children will need more support than others. Parents are welcome to attend classes with their child(ren). There is also an Adult Forum in the Fireside Room with a variety of topics.
Bring your friends! Class offerings, age groups, and descriptions are below. All are welcome!
Thank you to everyone helping out!!
Please contact Deacon Beth Tobin with any questions or to help at 360-357-3386 or by emailing the church office.
This fun class teaches basic faith concepts using hands on materials and songs. Parents are welcome to stay with their child(ren) or participate in another class. This class is a great way for families with children the same ages to meet each other. For the month of May will will explore the story of creation, “Thank you, God, for Everything!” Little Lambs is led by Cedrus Fox-Dobbs and Carley Jacobs.
Like a rainbow is a promise of God’s love, so too are our children! Busy two-year olds explore stories of God’s love and promise through interactive learning and song. Throughout May children will explore the concept of “Jesus is with Me” everywhere I go through the fun theme of transportation. Rainbows is led Cory Seidel.
This age group is encouraged to learn through story and center time exploration. Children study one story a month, interacting with the story in a different way each week. For this month, children will explore the story of creation in fun and engaging ways. Sunbeams is led by Karena Houser.
This Montessori style of Sunday school teaches many aspects of worship along with Bible stories. For the month of May, children in Godly Play will be unwrapping parables Jesus told. Children hear and see these Bible stories told using beautiful materials, are invited to respond to wondering questions, and respond to the stories using a variety of materials of their own choosing. Godly Play is led by Sean Flynn, Bryn Kunkel, and Star Parsons.
Students in these grades focus on learning one story every three to five weeks and interact with it in a different way each week through a variety of “Workshops” or classes. This is called the Workshop Rotation Model of Sunday School. Workshops vary with each story (rotation) and may include: a movie and discussion, art, drama, cooking, computers, games, worship, or special project.
Teachers repeat the same lesson each week of a rotation to a new group of students. Leaders sign up for workshops that match their own skills or interests. Shepherds stay with their assigned grade level class from week to week to provide continuity and support for learning.
We utilize a four year cycle of rotations developed to prepare students for entry into seventh grade Confirmation. Bible skills along with Spiritual practices are woven into each rotation.
For the month of May, students in grades 1-5 will be exploring the story of The Road to Emmaus through cooking, games, dramatic storytelling, and a walking to Emmaus field trip experience.
Taught by Teri Dickason in the Sheep Pen upstairs. We discuss life, faith, and expand on many lessons covered in Confirmation on Wednesday nights.
Taught by Justin Snider in the High School Room (206) upstairs. We focus on relevant life topics from the Gospel that day, and often do service projects, and even help out in other Sunday School classes.
Sunday school is dynamic, fun, and successful at Gloria Dei because each year over 100 people help behind the scenes, teach, lead, or shepherd in classes for ages birth through high school. Being involved in Sunday school is a great way to honor the baptismal promise to help our children grow in faith, feel really good about contributing to our Christian Education Ministry, and to work with some really great people!
If you would like to volunteer or would like more information, please let us know.