SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS - DECEMBER

DECEMBER UPDATE

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.

 

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Sunday School: 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: 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 Armbruster

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

 

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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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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