Traditional Schedule 10:15 AM Children’s Chapel (all ages & parents) Our chapel time includes reading, prayer, singing, and discussion. We also take up a collection that the children decide the cause to donate to. Following chapel, youth proceed to the appropriate Church School class. Godly Play (Pre-K-Kindergarten) Godly Play is based on the Montessori method of education, with hands-on learning and a respect for children’s own expression of their religious understanding. Elementary (Grades 1-4) The Elementary curriculum includes education on the Bible, Church history and tradition, spiritual practices, and identity formation. Our learning includes songs, reading, acting, and artwork. We often incorporate guest teachers from throughout the parish and encourage parents to participate in the classroom. Middle School (Grades 5 & up) This group offers youth a forum to ask questions, share life stories, and learn about themselves and their faith. We explore material from the Bible, church history and tradition, and faith formation practices. We learn about our religion, other faiths, our identity, and how to be authentic representations of God’s love in the world. 11:00 AM (approx. time) All pre-school, elementary grade children and middle schoolers join their families in the worship service in progress in the church. Formation Station Schedule (January – February/Epiphany & Easter – Pentecost) 9:30 AM – Optional breakfast provided and time for fellowship. 9:45 AM – 10:20 AM – Gather together with singing and prayers, a shared spiritual practice for the day, or Bible lesson. Times for age-appropriate break-outs and regathering to share learnings or questions. 10:20 AM – Godly Play children dismissed to class while older children and parents head to church.
For some parts of the year, we’ll follow a traditional Church School schedule, where the children are offered age-appropriate class time for the first half of the year. During these seasons, children gather for Children’s Chapel at 10:15 before heading to their classes. They then join their families in church for Communion, at about 11:10. During Epiphany (6-8 weeks post-Christmas) and Eastertide (6 weeks post-Easter) we offer an intergenerational Church School opportunity we call Formation Station, where families gather together before church to engage in learning stories of our faith, how to pray, and for a chance to sing together. We usually start Formation Station with a simple breakfast at 9:20, and our program beginning at 9:45 until 10:20. Children in 1st grade and up attend church with their parents, and often have special roles in worship. Children in preschool and Kindergarten attend Godly Play at 10:30 and join their families at the Peace for Communion.