“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these"
Some exciting enhancements have been made to accommodate our youngest learners. Our nursery area has been re-vamped to function more as a play along/classroom setting. The new “Kinder Room” will serve infants through Kindergarten-aged children. The warm, caring team that staffs our nursery will continue to provide their services in our new format. Each Sunday, a lightly structured, age appropriate lesson will be offered. Scripture readings for the week will be read to the kids from our children’s Bible. It is never too early to start hearing and learning God’s word. It will be through this semi-structured environment that the curious/playful needs of this group will be met, along with offering age appropriate Bible teaching.
Our traditional Sunday school classroom will serve children from 1st grade through 6th grade. The curriculum will be based on and will follow the UMC common lectionary. Each Sunday’s lesson will be prayerfully prepared to coincide with the message being shared from the pulpit. An offertory time will be set-aside for the youngsters to work toward a donation to Heifer Int’l http://www.heifer.org/. Our first goal, as decided on by last year’s class, will be a flock of chicks to help families from Cameroon to the Caribbean add nourishing, life-sustaining eggs to their inadequate diets. Be sure to let your kids know that every little bit helps- after all, pennies make dollars.
As always, the children will be present in the sanctuary for the closing song and benediction. Communion Sunday (1st Sunday of each month) will also follow our traditional routine of the students reporting directly to the classroom. After our lesson, I will return them to the sanctuary to receive communion.
I am honored and delighted to be instructing the children again this year. To bring my love for Christ, curiosity and respect for God’s word, and inner knowledge of the mighty works of the Holy Spirit, is a privilege. With delight, I must say I usually end most lessons having learned as much from your kids as they from me.