New approach for Sunday School
(New Adult Education Class starting Sept. 20)
Sunday School for the new school year began on Sept. 13th with some changes. Classes this year will be led by a Superintendent Team of Ruth Dufresne, Carol Hubbard and Laura Young Connelly. Ruth, Carol and Laura are dividing up the year to solicit teachers.
Ruth Dufresne will be in charge of the first three months, September through November, followed by Laura (December through February) and then Carol (March through May).
One of the other changes that will take place for this year’s Sunday School will be the division of classrooms. Over the past few years, there were three separate classes, divided by age groups. Beginning on Sept. 13, there will be one classroom for all school-age children. If younger or older children do not want to participate, the option will be for them to remain with their families in the sanctuary during the 10 o’clock service.
A nursery still will be available for pre-school children.
“I am delighted with our new Christian Education Team,” said Rev. Ruth Morrison. “We are sharing the duties very creatively among Ruth, Laura and Carol who will be coordinating the grade-school classes of our ‘One Room Sunday School.’
“Diane Tompkins will continue to provide child care from 9-11 a.m. so that parents can take part in the adult classes and worship. Little children are always welcome in worship and youth are encouraged to participate when not in class.”
As for the Sunday School curriculum, Jenny Green, who was our superintendent the past few years, came up with one that everyone loves and we will be continuing with it. It is easy to use, fun, creative, and colorful.
So, when Ruth or Carol or Laura ask you to teach for a few weeks, know that the curriculum is good and you will have their support. (A listing of weeks during which we will need teachers is at the bottom of this story).
The school year will begin with Ruth Dufresne teaching the first three Sundays of Sunday School, followed by Julie Lefebvre, who will teach for the first two weeks in October.
The curriculum is fully explained in a guidebook that will be provided for anyone willing to volunteer as a teacher. The guidebook clearly explains everything that can be done with many options. It also explains each lesson in detail so that no one needs to be concerned about knowing each story from the Bible that might be used. The guidebook also offers plenty of suggestions for hands-on activities, including the use of puppets, which were very popular this summer.
When either Ruth, Laura or Carol ask you to volunteer as a teacher, please consider serving. It always works best if anyone volunteering can do so for a month, because it more easily corresponds with the way the curriculum is set up. But if you can volunteer for only a week, that would be much appreciated, too.
The following is a list of the Bible stories that will be used during the first third of the Sunday School year. If you are interested in teaching any of these classes, please see Ruth Dufresne, Laura or Carol. There also is a sign-up sheet on the door in the back of the sanctuary.
Unit 1: Joseph
¨ Sept. 13: Down in the Pit (Teacher: Ruth Dufresne)
¨ Sept. 20: Way Down in Egypt Land (Teacher: Ruth Dufresne)
¨ Sept. 27: The Brothers Meet Again (Teacher: Ruth Dufresne)
Unit 2: Moses
¨ Oct. 4: A Baby in a Basket (Teacher: Julie Lefebvre).
¨ Oct. 11: Take Off Your Shoes (Teacher: Julie Lefebvre).
¨ Oct. 18: Let My People Go! (Teacher: Still Needed)
¨ Oct. 25: Through the Sea (Teacher: Still Needed).
Unit 3: God Forms a People
¨ Nov. 1: In the Wilderness (Teacher: Still Needed).
¨ Nov. 8: God Gives the Law (Teacher: Still Needed).
¨ Nov. 15: A House for God (Teacher: Still Needed).
¨ Nov. 22: And the Walls Fell (Teacher: Still Needed).
¨ Nov. 29: A Savior is Coming (Teacher: Still Needed).
Using lessons learned in Sunday School, there will be three Family Sunday services during this school year, the first of which is planned for Nov. 15. A second is tentatively set for Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day.