Education

Children and Youth

Godly Play—Grades Pre-K to 1

Godly Play, which meets at 10 am following the 9:15 am 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 2–3 and 4–6

Living the Good News Sunday School classes, which also meet at 10 am following the 9:15 am Family Service, are grouped by age for students in the second through sixth 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.

Brooklyn Heights Interfaith Youth

The Brooklyn Heights Interfaith Youth meet monthly at different houses of worship in Brooklyn Heights. Youth aged 11–18 gather for meals, service activities and focused, interfaith dialogue about their own faith traditions’ differences and similarities. Please use the Contract Grace form for further information.

Christmas Pageant

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 Formation

Bible Study

Adult Bible Study meets 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.

Wise Aging

A six-part series led by our Interim Rector that centers on the experience of aging—its joys and its challenges—this conversational group is open to all, particularly those over 50. Discussions focus on aging as a period of honesty, growth, liberation and increasing intimacy with God and the self. Brief readings are provided for each meeting, which will also include Bible study. Information on the Wise Aging series can be found in Grace Notes or the Sunday bulletins.

Parents Group

Parenting with wisdom, a clear heart, calm mind and sense of humor—can it really be done? Our Interim Rector says yes—and invites all parents to a series of informal conversations to discuss this very challenge. Parents and grandparents alike are welcome to share their experiences and get new insight on a range of topics that include coping skills not just for the adults, but for the kids, too! Information on the Parents Group series can be found in Grace Notes or the Sunday bulletins.

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.