Few churches in our area offer regular Sunday School during the summer months and Emmanuel is proud to be among them. For nine weeks, beginning 26 June through 21 August our children through 5th grade have the opportunity to gather for 40 minutes or so during the beginning of our 10:00 AM Sunday service for a little learning, a lot of fellowship and a hands-on project or craft. Teachers and children then rejoin the congregation in time for Holy Communion.
This summer’s theme is focused on the gifts that God gives us through the earth, the plants that provide our food, and the beauty and wonder of creation. Our children will plant seeds in a garden box specially made for us and watch week by week as shoots and sprouts first appear and then grow. Lessons will draw from the many places Jesus and other biblical figures refer to growing things as signs of God’s providence and blessing.
We like to give our regular Sunday School teachers the summer off, so we depend on volunteer teachers to sign up for a week (or more, if you want!) on the list that is posted in the Slype hallway. The curriculum is prepared each week by our Christian Education Coordinator, with a simple page of directions and all the materials put up in a box. It couldn’t be easier to use. Older students are encouraged to volunteer as teaching aids, and their help is always welcome.
Please consider making Summer Sunday School a part of your summer routine as our children learn how present God is in the world around us. And may “the peas of the Lord” be always with you.