CHILDREN'S EDUCATION - SUNDAY CLUB
What is Sunday Club? It’s Sunday School. But more hands-on, more fun. Less talking and more doing (for active little bodies that don’t always want to sit). These activities are aimed at children and youth of Saint Anne’s (and any friends they might want to bring along) ages 3 through 4th grade. Middle School ( 5th-8th grade) also meets during this time. Lessons focus on stewardship and outreach: on teaching children how to love each other, our neighbors and the world. And we’ll have fun as we go.
Sunday Club begins each Sunday at 9:15 a.m., with a gathering time in the choir room. Children from preschool through 4th grade will meet together to sing old Christian Sunday school songs (Kumbaya, anyone?), recognize birthdays or special events, hear a story, and to say a prayer together. It will be an informal meeting time. If you can’t make it by 9:15, then come at 9:20 or 9:25. The gathering time is designed to be a gentle and warm way to open our Sunday mornings together.
At 9:30, the larger group breaks into smaller groups: pre-school and kindergarten, 1st - 4th grade, and middle school. Each month, Sunday Club focuses on a different theme and uses a different approach to teach the month’s message. Service projects to Saint Anne’s and service projects to the world will be a large part of what happens at Sunday Club, with plenty of stories, spiritualmessages, singing and game-playing in the mix. The middle school group centers around discussion, activities, conversation. Using the re:form curriculum from Sparkhouse. See videos online!
The Adult Forum gathers from September through May on Sunday mornings, 9:30, in the Fireside Room. We gather for a time to explore topics which have ranged from Racial Reconciliation to Environmentalism.
The Bible Study group meets Tuesday mornings, 10:00 - 11:30AM all year 'round in the Fireside Room. The meeting begins with Morning Prayer at 10:00, tea and Bible study at 10:30. This study group is currently reading the entire Bible, one book at at time. Read one to two chapters a day, or a whole book at one sitting. Reading continuously, rather than jumping around, gives you a sense of the sweep of the story, with its themes, continuities, contradictions. All are welcome!
The Parish Library has many interesting titles to borrow. There is also a book exchange.
On Wednesdays during Lent Saint Annians gather for a simple soup meal and then break into classes. There are usually at least three classes to choose from. Participants have read novels with spiritual themes, studied prayer and centering methods, baked, played games and learned church history. There is something for all ages. The evening concludes with Holden Evening Prayer.