Sunday School

Welcome to All Souls’!  We hope that the following information will help guide you through your Sunday morning with us.  Scroll down to find the Adult Sunday School information.

 SUNDAY SCHOOL AND NURSERY

Sunday school rooms and nurseries are most easily accessible by entering the church through the lower level east doors of the main church building.

Ages 0 to 3 years

Nursery care is available for most all services and church events (as listed in the church bulletin).  Sign-in is in the “Yellow Room,” where you may also request a pager.  Children may be taken to the nursery at any time before or during a service, as you may choose to participate in the procession and blessing ( at the beginning of the 10:00 service only).

Nursery hours are 7:50 a.m.– approximately 11:15 a.m. to accommodate the 8:00 and 10:00 services, as well as Adult Sunday school at 9:15.

M&M (Ministry and Mission) – While adults are in Sunday school their Sunday school-age children (potty-trained 3’s through 5th grade) will meet in the “purple room” downstairs to participate in some of our local mission projects, and learn some new skills!  At 9:55 a.m., children will meet their parents in the back (narthex) of the church.

Ages 3 years – Kindergarten

Children ages three years through Kindergarten gather  in the back of the church (narthex) at approximately 9:55 a.m. for the procession (see Procession below).  Following the procession and chapel service, the children assemble outside the “Godly Play” classroom (“Green Room”) where they are greeted by our “door person” and prepare to enter the “circle”.

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What is Godly Play?  Godly Play teaches children the art of using Christian language–sacred story, liturgical action, parable and silence–helping them become more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives.  Godly Play is not just about learning lessons or keeping children entertained.  It is about locating each lesson in the whole system of Christian language and involving the creative process to discover the depths of meaning in them.  It is about understanding how each story of God’s people connects with the child’s own experience and relationship with God.

The goal of Godly Play is to model the classical Christian language system to help root children deeply in the Tradition, while at the same time allowing them to be open to the future.

Godly Play values process, openness and discovery.  It is concerned with the spiritual development of each child as an individual and with modeling the appropriate moral behaviors expected of people living within a Christian community.

Godly Play encourages children to make meaning for themselves by inviting them into stories and providing opportunities for them to connect the stories with their personal experience in a non-coercive way that encourages them to move into larger dimensions of belief through wondering questions and open-ended response time.  Each class session follows the pattern of the church’s service.  It is a way of preparing children to join in the worship and life of their congregation as they develop an understanding of the stories, symbols and rites.

Grades 1 – 5

Children in these grades are invited to begin their Sunday morning in the main church service.  After the Gospel and during the sermon hymn, they are asked to follow the Crucifer down the aisle to the Chapel of St. Mary, where they have a short service.  Following chapel, the children go downstairs to their respective Sunday school classes.  Children’s Sunday school, including “Godly Play”, is over immediately following the 10:00 a.m. service.

 Children’s Sunday Morning Procession

On Sunday morning all children nursery-age (with parent) through Kindergarten are invited to process through the nave and sanctuary at the beginning of the 10:00 a.m. service.  Procession begins at the back (narthex) of the church.  Children walk up the aisle behind a Crucifer (carries the cross) to the altar for a blessing, then out the side door, by the organ, and on to children’s chapel downstairs.

If parents choose to join their children in the procession, they may drop them off at the children’s chapel (or nursery) downstairs, after the procession, and return upstairs to the church service.

6th Grade Confirmation

Those in 6th grade (or other youth not yet confirmed) are invited to participate in this Sunday school class which will prepare them for confirmation in the spring.  This class meets in the “Yellow” room of the undercroft from 9:15-9:55 a.m.

7th, 8th and High School

Youth Sunday school meets in the “Kennedy Parlor”, located upstairs at the north-end of the main hall, from 9:15-9:55 a.m.  This class does not meet during the summer months.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES

Adult Sunday School meets from 9:15-9:55 a.m., as follows:

Adult Sunday School – Parish Hall, “Gospel of Grace at Home”-South Lounge, and “Coffee Break”-Red Room of the Undercroft

Adult Inquirer’s Class (Learn about the Episcopal Church and preparation for Confirmation in May) – January through early May-immediately following the 10:00 service (11:30), in the Chapel of St. Mary.

Bible Studies:

Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. – Parish Hall with Fr. Yoder

Thursday at 9:30 a.m. – Ladies Bible Study – South Lounge

 

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