SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS - APRIL

APRIL UPDATE

The big news this month is that both Jocelyn and Keith made their First Holy Communion on March 10! What an important day for each of them and it was so good to see so many people there to support them.      

Also, have you noticed what a great job Ethan and Jocelyn are doing as acolytes-in-training? And did you know that Gavin, Paul, Mason and Dean volunteered at the Dining-Side-by Side event on St. Patrick’s Day?       

We are so lucky to have such a great group of young people involved in church outside of the Sunday School program (acolytes, choir, outreach, etc.). And we are so lucky to have such great people in our congregation who dedicate their time to the Sunday School Program. Thank you to June Irvine for taking two class days this monthto teach the kids about the Book of Common Prayer!    

Our Annual Easter Egg Hunt is set for Saturday, April 20. We hope you can join us for this wonderful event. We will enjoy some treats in the Undercroft and the Easter egg hunt out on the lawn if the weather cooperates!

Please join us for the remaining class dates: April 7 and 28, and May 5 and 19.  


 ~ Christine K.

 

ARCHIVE 2019 Sunday School

Thank you to all who participated in Souper Bowl Sunday! This year we raised $330 and collected 29 food items to be donated to our local food pantry at St. Ignatius in Hicksville. Since we began our participation years ago, our total donations add up to a very amazing $3,100 and 954 food items!Thank you to all the kids that made posters to decorate the church and for encouraging everybody in the congregation to get involved.           

Our Annual Easter Egg Hunt is set for Saturday, April 20. This is always a wonderful event, and we look forward to having your family and friends there. We will enjoy some treats in the Undercroft and then head outside for the Easter egg hunt on the lawn, weather permitting.

Please have your children join us for the remaining class dates March3, 10, 17, 24, and 31; April7 and 28; May5 and 19. The kids have been enjoying them-selves in class learning about the weekly liturgy. On March 3 and 17, June Irvine will teach the children about the Book of Common Prayer. These two  sessions are especially important for our new acolytes-in-training,and also will help our class learn more about Sunday services. We have had great attendance this year, and that always makes class more fun! We are so grateful for our teacher volunteers and thank you to all the kids and families for making this effort to share Sunday School hour together.

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Feb. 2019
I hope everyone had a chance to enjoy our Epiphany Pageant last month. Big thanks to Barbara A. for coordinating this event and bringing a fresh look and sound this year! Grateful thanks also to Dan and Susan for adding wonderful music to our pageant. Dan, accompanying himself on guitar, sang “Mary, Did You Know?” and almost stole the show! And most importantly, thank you to all our families who were able to participate ... the kids did a wonderful job and we thank the parents for all your assistance with the props, costumes and encouraging your kids to join us.           

Each year on Super Bowl weekend, our Sunday School youth do a special outreach project called “The Souper Bowl of Caring.” Their goal is to fight hunger and poverty in our local communities. On Feb. 3, our youth, dressed in their favorite football jerseys, will collect food and monetary donations after both services. All proceeds go to the St. Ignatius Food Pantry. There is also Sunday School class that day! 

We are still in need of teacher volunteers for 2/3; 3/10; 3/17; 3/24; 5/5 and 5/19. It is no longer necessary to sign up for consecutive weeks or blocks of time. Even if you can sign up for one week it would be a tremendous help! Contact me if you would like to cover a class date or need additional information.

 ~ Christine K. 

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS UPDATE: JANUARY 2019

Our annual Epiphany Pageant will be held on Jan. 6 during the 10 a.m. service. Kids of all ages are encouraged to join us … there are many ways we can use your help! A short practice, costume selection and pizza party will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5.

Sunday School classes will resume on Jan. 13 and Jan. 27. Debbie McG. will be teaching those classes ... so please come and see what fun things she has planned! 

We will also get together on Jan. 20 to make posters for our “SOUPer Bowl” event on Feb. 3. The Souper Bowl of Caring is concurrent with Super Bowl weekend in America and mobilizes young people to fight hunger and poverty in their local communities. On Feb. 3, we invite the children to wear their favorite football jersey and join us after the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services to collect donations for the St. Ignatius food pantry. There is also Sunday School class that day!

We are still in need of teacher volunteers for the following weeks (2/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 5/5 and 5/19). Please keep in mind that it is no longer necessary to sign up for consecutive weeks or blocks of time. Even if you can sign up for one week it would be a tremendous help! You can reach me at if you would like to cover a class date or need additional information

 ~ Christine K.

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SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS - DECEMBER 2018

A special thank you to Barbara A., Barbara H., Debbie McG. and Father Isaias for such a fantastic start to this year’s program! These are some of our veteran teachers and the children love to spend the morning with them all. 

We have one more class date this year ... on Dec. 16th.  The class will be based on the reading of Luke 3:1-18, John the Baptist. We are hoping for another full classroom! 

We hope everyone can participate in our special events coming up as we step into 2019. 

  • The Epiphany pageant will be held on Jan. 6th (10 a.m. service)
  • “Souperbowl” poster-making will be Jan. 20th at 9 a.m.
  • “Souperbowl” will be Feb. 3rd. Our young people will collect food and monetary donations for St. Ignatius Food Pantry after both services. Please be generous!

We are still in need of teacher volunteers for the following weeks: Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24; and May 5 and 19.

Please keep in mind that it is no longer necessary to sign up for consecutive weeks or blocks of time. Even if you can sign up for one week it would be a tremendous help! Contact me if you would like to cover a class date or need additional information.

 ~ Christine K.

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS - NOVEMBER 2018

The first few weeks of Sunday School have been amazing! We have had great participation and have had a very full classroom. The conversations are lively and the kids are enjoying our new curriculum that is based on the weekly lectionary calendar. Thank you to all our great parents and family members for your efforts to get the kids to class. 

I have personally seen my kids engaged in the readings in the church service following Sunday School. Of course, that is quiet time in service so we aren’t discussing it just then ... but I see the wheels turning and figure they must be thinking about what they discussed in class. How exciting to see them more engaged in service!

We are still in need of teacher volunteers for the following weeks: (11/18, 2/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 5/5 and 5/19). Please keep in mind that it is no longer necessary to sign up for consecutive weeks or blocks of time. Even if you can sign up for one week it would be a tremendous help! Contact me if you would live to cover a class date or need additional information.

 ~ Christine K. 

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS - SEPTEMBER 2018

It’s that time again ... back to school ... and back to Sunday School, too! I hope everyone enjoyed a fun-filled summer.

This year we’ll be changing the Sunday School curriculum to a lectionary-based program. This means that the kids will dive into the Gospel reading for that particular day. We are still in the planning phases, but our hope is that when Sunday School is over and the kids attend the 10 a.m. service afterwards, their familiarity with the Gospel reading will make the service and sermon more meaningful.This is one way to begin engaging our children in the service itself. 

Sparkhouse (our current provider) offers a lectionary-based program that I’m looking into so that we can use the children’s Bibles that we already have, and our teacher volunteers will already be somewhat familiar with how it works.

Speaking of volunteers ... we still need you!The new lectionary-based curriculum may provide more convenient options. Because each week is a stand-alone class, it will no longer be necessary for you to volunteer for consecutive weeks. You can pick and choose a few dates that work with your schedule. 

Once the calendar and curriculum are finalized, I will get the information to our families and teacher volunteers as quickly as possible. Stay tuned!

 ~ Christine K.

P.S. We need a volunteer to coordinate this year’s Trunk-N-Treat event at Halloween. The kids always have a fun time! Please contact Barbara A. or Christine K.

 

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SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS - MAY 2018
A SPECIAL EARTH DAY VISITOR

Lily the Cockatoo Says ‘Hi’ at Sunday School

Sunday School had a surprise visitor on April 22: Lily, the Umbrella Cockatoo. Lily is one of our birds that spent a very pampered winter in the rectory with Father Isaias and Christie. Lily had a special reason to be joining our Sunday School kids she represented one of the many species threatened with extinction unless we humans care enough to help them.

On Good Shepherd Sunday, Father talked about how we should all “shepherd” each other with love, kindness, and help. This love must extend to all of creation. As it was also Earth Day, the students learned a bit about parrots, including two species that are getting some emergency help from caring people. They also had an up-close snuggle and pictures with Lily, who loves kids (and lots of attention)!

Parrots live not only in the rapidly disappearing rain- forest, but almost everywhere in the world except the Arctic and Antarctica. Cockatoos hail from Australia and the Philippines. These beautiful and intelligent birds need our protection, as do so many other species. Let’s all be good shepherds of God’s marvelous creation!

 ~ Linda A.

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS - MAY 2018

The final series, “Woman at the Well,” will have class dates on May 6 and 20. Through this Bible story, children will learn about Jesus’s “living water” and that he offers it to everyone. All people are valuable to God, and Jesus desires that we demonstrate love to everyone. The children can look forward to working with Debbie McG., Father Isaias and Christie Ginson for these lessons.

Thank you to Barbara H. and Jane Ames for teaching the “Wandering in the Wilderness” series! The kids also had fun with Earth Day projects. My boys have lots of seeds growing!

And a big THANK YOU to Barbara Archer for running our Easter Egg Hunt this year. It was another wonderful event for our congregation’s children as well as our visitors!

 ~ Christine K., Sunday School Coordinator

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS - MARCH 2018

Thank you to everyone that contributed for “Souper” Bowl Sunday! The kids made some great posters this year. St. Margaret’s collected $299 and 92 food items for the St. Ignatius Food Pantry in Hicksville. Thank you to Ken Rice for packing it all in his car to take to the food pantry for us.

Classes continue on March 4 and 11 with Debbie McG.. She has talked to me about changing gears a little bit and doing some teaching about Holy Week. Perfect timing! No matter what she has planned it is sure to be fun for the kids. Please join the class for any dates you can make.

The young people of St. Margaret’s will take an active part in the 10 a.m. service on March 4 as acolytes, intercessors, lectors, and presenters.

If you are interested in the Sunday School Program and would like to receive a letter with more details and our 2018 schedule, please contact me. We can also send our letter to friends, neighbors and family members who may not be already connected to St. Margaret’s.

Looking forward to having everyone in class!

 ~ Christine K., Sunday School Coordinator

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SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS - FEBRUARY 2018

This month’s outreach event will be “The Souper Bowl of Caring” on Feb. 4, Super Bowl Sunday. Its mission is to mobilize young people to fight hunger and poverty in their local communities. Parishioners are encouraged to wear their favorite team jerseys, and the children they will also be wearing their jerseys and collecting food items and monetary donations after both services. All proceeds will be given to the St. Ignatius Food Pantry in Hicksville.

Thank you to everyone who joined in our little production of the Epiphany Pageant! Every year it turns out a bit different and takes some creative thinking to make sure the kids can play all the parts that they want to. Of course, we owe a special thank you to Barbara A. - she puts in a lot of work before, during and after the pageant. We couldn’t do it without her – Thank you again, Barbara!

Classes begin again on Feb. 11. Debbie will be teaching Series #4, “Ten Men Healed.” The children will learn about Jesus’s love and being thankful. Class dates for Series #4 are 2/11, 3/4 and 3/11.

Please have the kids come for any dates they can make. Because we review the same story for a few weeks, they can join in at any time. We look forward to seeing everyone in class!

Program Overview: Our Bible Story class will study five different stories over the course of the year. Each story will be explored for several weeks using the Sparkhouse Rotation curriculum. 

 ~ Christine K., Sunday School Coordinator

 

2017 ARCHIVE - Sunday School NEWS

November 2017 From Fr. Isaias:

Do you know any kids who want to learn about the Bible and Jesus in an age-appropriate and special way? Invite them to Sunday School at St. Margaret’s!

In our children’s program, kids meet friends and get to know God through an exciting time of worship, Bible stories and small-group time. For this year, I would like to emphasize the three basic truths that will guide each one of us:

1.) I need to make the wise choice.
2.) I can trust God no matter what.
3.) I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

November 2017
Our Sunday School program is off to a great start this year. Thank you to all our volunteers, students and parents for your participation!

We kicked off the program year with “Jonah and the Big Fish.” In this story, we discovered how God comforts and saves us when things look dark and how God gives us second chances. Thank you to Barbara Archer for leading the children in their understanding of this story.

I will be teaching our next series, “Four Friends,” on Nov. 5 and Nov. 19. In this story, we will learn about four companions who took their friend to see Jesus for healing. In class, we will discuss friendships, how we can help others and creative ways to assist others. God helps us find ways to help others.

Please join the class for any dates you can make! Because we review the same story for a few weeks, you can join in at any time.

If you are interested in the Sunday School Program and would like to receive a letter with more details and our full 2016-2017 schedule, please contact me. We can also send our letter to friends, neighbors and family members who may not be already connected to St. Margaret’s.

Looking forward to having everyone in class!

Program Overview – Our Bible Story class will study five different stories over the course of the year. Each story will be explored for several weeks using the Sparkhouse Rotation curriculum. In every class session, the children will open an age-appropriate Bible and explore the story using various methods that accommodate the many ways that children learn including art, Bible skills and games, cooking, creative drama, music, science and/or video. Each series will be taught by a different member of our congregation and may be facilitated by other volunteers from the congregation that we call shepherds. 

Class dates are:

Series #1
October 1, 15, 22

Series #2 
October 29; Nov. 5, 19

Series #3 
December 10, 17; Jan. 21

Series #4
February 11; March 4, 11

Series #5
March 18; April 8, 15

Series #6 – Teacher Needed
April 22, 29; May 6, 20

Our Youth Group teens will meet independently, as directed by Janet S. and Karen H.

~ Christine K., Sunday School Coordinator