Sunday School @ Home
With the return of limited in-person worship along with the continuation of live-streaming online worship participation, we are all anxious to get back to normal Sunday School. However due to ongoing restrictions and precautions, we will continue to Sunday School at Home until things are safe to open to that level.
Your children may know songs they learned at Sunday School or VBS. Singing is an important way to start a learning time because it is fun, engaging and uses people’s gifts together. Prayers can be shared in creative ways as well, depending on the age of your children. Here we have a link to some familiar songs that can be used for your Sunday School opening. Families can share videos of their family singing a song for opening and we can add it to the list. Send your videos to DCE Mark.
You can watch any of the opening videos on our Youtube channel. www.youtube.com/timothystl
The Theme - NEW for Fall
Our Sunday School theme this Fall/Winter is Faith at Home. We will also be referring to Households of Faith material we are providing to Sunday School families.
Sunday School Materials
Here is a the link to drive with videos, activities and lessons for this Fall:
When you navigate to the drive you see a file with the upcoming Sunday's date.
Working the Lesson at Home
As you get into each lesson you may find supply lists and other lesson prep that you don’t have in your home. That is okay! When you look through the lesson, feel free to cross out items that don’t work for you. Take advantage of what does work. Feel free to add or change a suggested item to something you have.
You are also encouraged to take advantage of your parenting knowledge of your children. If they like to draw and color, make that activity a bigger part of the lesson. If they like to act out the story or engage in a puppet show, you can use that to tell the story. There may be parts of the lesson where it is appropriate for the children to be the leader.
You may decide that it works better to do this lesson in small pieces throughout the week. If that works better for your children, please do it. The purpose is for children to discover and engage in the Bible, think about it and apply it in age appropriate ways. As much as you can talk about these things during the week, this helps make it memorable. Learning together also makes this a shared experience - and growing households of faith is the goal.
Devotions and other faith building routines have also been made available online by CPH, you can find them linked here.
Change is an opportunity to grow
With these changes we see opportunity in the interruption of patterns and habits. We believe the church is a family of believers as children of God. The church is made up of families, and this family is the primary place where faith is nurtured. Children hear first of Jesus and the Gospel in their homes as small children. Parents tell and read to their children before they can read for themselves. During this time where larger gatherings are being discouraged, parents have the opportunity to engage in their own “Bible class” learning and leading – along with Sunday School. The first words we see in Luther’s Small Catechism are “As the head of the family should teach them in a simple way to his household.” God be with you as you spend your Sunday School hour with your children at home, and in your Bible study and devotions together. Let us all take advantage of a time where we are home more often with the people we have been charged to care for physically, emotionally and spiritually. God be with you!
Youth Lesson on Zoom
Teens will continue to have their Zoom Bible Class each Sunday at 9:30am. Each week our Youth have a lesson using Zoom video conferencing. Our teens can join the class by using their computer or smart phone. Contact DCE Mark for Zoom Link or Meeting ID.