Children and Youth
Godly Play—Grades Pre-K to 1
Godly Play, which meets at 10 am following the Family Service, serves our youngest school-age parishioners—those in pre-K, kindergarten and first grade. The focus is on engaging children in the joy and wonder found in religious teachings. The Godly Play curriculum is an imaginative approach to religious education influenced by the Montessori method, which encourages teachers and children to be partners in learning. The lessons are hands-on, and children are encouraged to question and explore. The course draws parallels between the Biblical Gospel of compassion, mercy, justice, truth, faith, hope and love, and the children’s daily lives.
A dedicated team of teachers and assistants rotates throughout each month to lead Godly Play. For further information about enrolling your child in Godly Play or to learn about becoming a teacher yourself, please use the Contact Grace form.
Living the Good News—Grades 2–4
Living the Good News Sunday School classes, meet at 10 am following the Family Service, are for students in the second through fourth grades. The curriculum, supplied by Morehouse Education Resources, is synchronized with the lectionary, so the children study the lessons read at that Sunday’s Family Service. One-hour classes led by experienced and dedicated volunteer parishioners include discussions, drawing, contests and great works of religious music and art. While weekly attendance is encouraged, drop-ins are welcome. To learn more about Living the Good News Sunday School classes, please use the Contact Grace form.
Journey to Adulthood—Grades 5 and up
Using an engaging, discussion-based format, Journey to Adulthood draws young people into thoughtful consideration about what it means to be a faithful adult in today’s world. The program is based on the key concept that “Personhood is a gift from God, but Adulthood must be earned.” It encourages teens and ‘tweens to explore all areas of their developing selves and to learn to connect their faith to all areas of life. The class meets during the program year, generally on the last Sunday of the month at 10 am. To learn more about Journey to Adulthood classes, please use the Contact Grace form.
Grace Church’s annual, spectacular presentation of the Christmas story occurs during Advent. Children and their families commit to a small number of weekend rehearsals, where they learn the staging and their parts in the script. The final performance includes costumes, music and lifelong memories for all. For more information about your child’s participation in the pageant or to lend your talents, please use the Contact Grace form.
Adult Bible Study meets at periodic times of the year, five Tuesday mornings from 10:30 am to 12 noon, in the McKittrick Choir Room. Grace parishioners, members of other congregations and interested individuals from the community may attend. The group breaks during the summer months. More specific information regarding the schedule and study topics can be found in Grace Notes or the Sunday bulletins.
Our next five sessions will resume on Tuesday, January 9, with a new guest leader, The Rev. Craig Townsend, who will be looking at the images of water, tree, sheep, bread, and rock, and trace their development through Old and New Testament passages. Craig is currently an Associate for Faith Formation at St Ann’s and the Holy Trinity, and has preached at Grace on several occasions. He has lead pilgrimages to Canterbury England and to Jerusalem. He holds a Ph.D. in Church History, specializing in American Religious History. He has a reputation as a strong speaker and teacher.
Sunday North Room Chats
Have you been looking for a little something “extra” from church on Sundays? Join us on Sundays from 10:15 to 10:45 am in the North Room for “Sunday North Room Chats” where we’ll discuss spirituality and Christianity in bite-sized chunks. No need to prepare in advance. This is not a series where if you miss one chat, you’re behind. Just be open to learning something new, sharing your own life experiences, and, most importantly, growing in the Christian faith. Our next meeting will be Sunday, January 7.
Education for Ministry
Education for Ministry (EfM) is a ministry formation and theological education program for lay persons. The four-year program meets weekly, from September to June. Trained mentors lead participants in study and discussion of the Bible, church history and theology.
EfM provides a foundation for theological development through study, prayer and group activities, and guides students in discerning and nurturing their ministries. Sharing this journey supports individual confidence and mutual growth. EfM creates an informed, active and knowledgeable laity. For more information, please use the Contact Grace form or visit the EfM website at www.efm.sewanee.edu.