Bible stories, with their drama and excitement, their miracles and battles, their messages of love, faithfulness, hope, and joy all show children the wonder of the presence of God. At St Michael’s we guide children on their faith journey in an environment that encourages them to be open, honest and genuinely enquiring. Sunday school classes for preschool to 5th grade children are offered during the 9 and 11 am services (parents bring their children to the education wing at the beginning of the service, then they are brought to the worship space to join their parents in time for Eucharist).
Our infant and toddler nurseries are open 8:45am – 12:30pm for those younger than 3 and include Bible play and fun. Kids Intermission, from 10-11 pm is for children whose parents are in adult education between the 9 and 11 am services.
A time for children to play and parents to meet. Join us on the playgrounds near the education wing between the 9 and 11 am services. Everyone welcome.
In this first week of Advent the children will light their advent candles and learn about the many different names in the Bible that are given for Jesus. The graphic art project they make will be displayed in the church entryway.
Ledges: next meeting December 2
Ledges is a program for all 3rd – 5th graders. It meets every first and third Wednesday of the month, from 5-7 pm and mirrors a traditional youth group – during the evening the children have dinner together, play games, get to know one another more, and have an age appropriate bible study. Contact Mary Conkling our youth minister for more details.
Sunday School Overview
Children and youth attend class at the beginning of the services and join worship in progress (at the Peace). During their class, they hear lessons and respond to them on their developmental level while the adults are hearing the lessons of the day and a sermon (a response to the lessons). Then we all experience the liturgy of the table and Eucharist together. Children are welcome to attend the whole worship service if they prefer not to attend Sunday school.
*No Sunday School classes are provided Easter morning or the first Sunday after Christmas
Curriculum Descriptions & Class Locations:
- 3 – 4 year olds (Room #2)
Let the Children Come – Children hear a story and participate with craft stick figures created for each story. Class begins with free play time, followed by “The Lords Prayer” which opens circle time. Next, the story is presented and is followed by craft time at the table.
- Kindergarteners to Fifth Graders (check bulletin board inside education wing entrance for weekly room location) Workshop Rotation – Grass roots curriculum, ideas shared online (rotation.org). The story is told three weeks in a row, but in a different workshop for each grade level (ours include cooking something that ties with the story in Garden of Eatin’, acting out the story or using the puppet theatre in Parable Productions and creating an art project in How Great Thou Art). [Multi-intelligence based and the most exciting curriculum we have seen in years.]
- Sixth to Twelfth Graders (Rooms #6 and #8)
Living the Good News – Lectionary based curriculum written by the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado Christian Education Department. There is a weekly focus which reflects the theme of the scriptures for that Sunday. Class time includes opening activities, scripture readings, discussions and “going deeper” experiences. Taught by our Youth Minister and experienced adult mentors.
10:10 to 10:50 Sunday Morning Programs
During the adult classe sat 10:10 a.m., these programs are offered for children of all ages:
- Infants through 5 year olds: VIP: Very Important Pre-schoolers (Nurseries A & B) – Free play and snack with nannies in our nurseries.
- Kindergarten to Fifth Graders: Kid’s Intermission (Room #6) – games and crafts, time to develop friendships and interact in a fun environment.
- Sixth to Twelfth Graders: Breakfast Club (Room #8) – A time to socialize and enjoy light snacks with our youth minister, Mary Conkling.